If you’re left scratching your head, not knowing which way to go- the best way to compare these two giants is to figure out what you want in a full-size SUV. Remember, General Motors is marketing the Yukon XL and Suburban to different groups of buyers, even though both vehicles are mechanically the same. The Chevy is best for typical families that require a decent-sized hauler and towing machine. Meanwhile, the Suburban is the more economical choice, seeing as it starts at a lower base price.
The GMC Yukon XL is aimed squarely at luxury buyers. Yes, you pay more money for the Yukon XL, but you get more luxurious features and equipment than in a regular Suburban. And since the Yukon XL is decidedly the more ‘premium offering’ of the duo, it has a higher base price in exchange for its numerous luxurious features.
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How do you choose between the two, when both the GMC Yukon XL and Chevy Silverado have the same capacity to accommodate up to nine adults- not to mention the wheelbase, length, and height of the vehicles- since they both have the same physical dimensions?
But don’t get us wrong! Even though the 2020 Yukon XL is posher, it remains as capable as the 2020 Chevy Suburban in terms of hauling or towing. In fact, both vehicles are rated to tow more than 8,000 pounds when properly equipped. We didn’t find this surprising, as both the Yukon XL and Suburban are based on the same platform with identical engines, transmissions, and drivetrains.
Therefore, if you like to be pampered in your large SUV, the GMC Yukon XL is king. However, that isn’t to forget, the Chevy Suburban can also do double duty as a refined cruiser and family workhorse. It also boils down to how much you’re willing to spend on a brand-new SUV. Remember, expect to pay more for the Yukon XL even if comparing both vehicles in the same trim level.