Every 2021 Full-Size SUV Ranked from Worst to Best

While automakers have been busy cramming turbo and plug-in-hybrid powertrains into more models—and planning for an electric future—the full-size SUV class moves on with bigger beltlines and more internal-combustion powertrain options. The segment’s most progressive engine offerings for 2021 are a twin-turbo V-6 and a turbo-diesel. They need the power, because all that weight requires some serious grunt. And you have to consider towing capacity, too. Change for these big brutes comes in the form of new independent rear suspensions, improved infotainment displays, and more standard driver-assistance features. These machines excel at hauling a great number of people, and their things, over a wide variety of terrain.

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7. Toyota Sequoia

Largely unchanged for 2021, the Toyota Sequoia’s thrust comes from a 5.7-liter V-8 making 381 horsepower and an archaic but proven six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard while four-wheel drive is our recommended option. The Sequoia is available in six different trim levels, ranging in price from $51,565, for the SR5 all the way up to $67,615 for the tricked-out Platinum model. We think a well-optioned SR5 is the smartest buy. Towing is rated at 7400 pounds and a third row of seats allows the Sequoia to fit up to eight passengers. The interior is relatively sparse and does nothing to hide the truck’s 15-year-old design. Still, basic amenities, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Wi-Fi hotspot capability are available.

  • Base Price: $51,565
  • Powertrain: 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Cargo space behind second row: 67 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 19 cubic feet


6. Toyota Land Cruiser

Like its cousin the Sequoia, the 2021 Land Cruiser is a bit over the hill. Under the hood is a proven 5.7-liter V-8. It’s adequate but not impressive. While the 2021 Land Cruiser’s $86,930 entry price may seem high, with that big number comes big capability and unmatched durability. Of the two trim levels available, Base and Heritage Edition, we found the latter to be the better value. It includes a JBL sound system, external cameras to help navigate off-road obstacles, attractive BBS wheels, and some minor exterior improvements. Prospective buyers, however, may want to act fast—Toyota insiders have told us that a 2022 model won’t be arriving on American shores.

  • Base Price: $87,030
  • Powertrain: 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Cargo space behind second row: 41 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 16 cubic feet


5. Ford Expedition and Expedition Max

Zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds is mighty quick for a three-ton sled that can carry up to eight passengers. But if the 2021 Ford Expedition Max (along with the standard Expedition) wants to succeed at dethroning GM from its title as king of the full-size SUV heap, it better have some game. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 375 or 400 horsepower, depending on trim. A base-model Expedition, which comes with only two rows of seating and standard rear-wheel drive, starts at $51,690. A long-wheelbase Expedition Max Platinum, however, rang in at $84,085, a price that makes a lot of the European luxury competition look quite appealing.

  • Base Price: $51,690
  • Powertrain: 375-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, 400-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6
  • Cargo space behind second row: 58-80 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 19-34 cubic feet


4. Nissan Armada

Reshaped sheetmetal and a spruced-up interior carry the already impressive Nissan Armada into 2021. Power is supplied by a tried-and-true 400-hp 5.6-liter V-8 which, when fed premium fuel, makes 10 more horsepower and 19 more lb-ft of torque than last year’s model. Inside, a new 12.3-inch infotainment display is now standard and offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and the ability to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot. There’s also a new entry-level S trim that has a base price of $49,995. Additionally, every 2021 Armada comes with a slew of new safety features including forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, and driver attention alert.

  • Base Price: $50,095
  • Powertrain: 390-hp 5.6-liter V-8 engine
  • Cargo space behind second row: 49 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 16 cubic feet


3. Chevrolet Suburban

Chevrolet’s Suburban is longer and more stylish than ever, and it was born in 1934. The 2021 model sees a redesign for the big bruiser, and while its aesthetics have changed, its aura has not. Though the new Suburban is still available with one of two V-8 gas engines, making either 355 or 420 horsepower, there’s now a torquey turbo-diesel option that can be fitted as well. Chevy replaced the old solid rear axle with an independent suspension setup to improve on-road handling and increase the size of its third-row seat and cargo area. Pricing starts at $52,995 for an LS model, although our favorite is the mid-pack RST trim which can be fitted with the diesel engine as well as four-wheel drive.

  • Base Price: $52,995
  • Powertrain: 277-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel inline-6; 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8; 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 94 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 42 cubic feet


2. Chevrolet Tahoe

Like the Suburban, the 2021 Tahoe has been redesigned to offer fresh looks and a range of new features. Chief among them are a turbo-diesel engine, which makes 460 lb-ft of torque, and a new independent rear suspension. There are six different trim levels to be had with pricing ranging from $50,295 for an LS to $70,895 for the plush High Country model. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard and, while four-wheel drive is optional, rear-wheel drive is standard. Interior space has also increased all around, including in the cargo area and for adults forced to sit in the third row. Those looking to wander off paved roads may be interested in the Z71 model which comes out of the box with four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, and a front skid plate.

  • Base Price: $50,295
  • Powertrain: 277-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel inline-six; 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8; 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 73 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 26 cubic feet


1. GMC Yukon and Yukon XL

If the Tahoe or Suburban’s new design language is a little too loud for you, take a look at the Yukon or Yukon XL. Functionally the same, the GMCs offer a sleek design along with attractive option packages. Our favorite is the SLT which includes 20-inch wheels, heated and ventilated leather seats, and a power rear liftgate. As with the Chevrolets, the Yukon and extended-wheelbase Yukon XL have three different engine options available including a 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V-8 or a torque-tastic 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six. All models are equipped with a 10.2-inch infotainment display, while a head-up display is available on the AT4 trim and standard on the top-spec Denali. All models offer a variety of standard driver-assistance features such as park assist, automatic high-beam control, lane-keep assist, and forward-collision alert.

  • Base Price: Yukon $51,995 | Yukon XL $61,795
  • Powertrain: 277-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel inline-six; 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8; 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8
  • Cargo space behind second row: 73-94 cubic feet
  • Cargo space behind third row: 26-42 cubic feet


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