When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Suburban LT’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Yukon XL doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
Both the Suburban and the Yukon XL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat center airbag, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
There are over 88 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Suburban’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Suburban uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Yukon XL Denali requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Suburban Premier handles at .77 G’s, while the Yukon XL Denali 4x4 pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Suburban Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Yukon XL Denali 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s).
Insurance will cost less for the Suburban owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Suburban will cost $195 less than the Yukon XL over a five-year period.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Suburban is less expensive to operate than the Yukon XL because typical repairs cost less on the Suburban than the Yukon XL, including $8 less for fuel injection.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Suburban will be $246 to $4785 less than for the GMC Yukon XL.