The 2021 Chevy Suburban is one of the latest additions to our testing fleet, and we give our first impressions on what it’s like to drive this big SUV, both on the open road, as well as in urban environments. The subscription model is common with many services these days, yet is still fairly uncommon in the automotive world. However, recent announcements by Tesla and GM may change this, and could introduce the concept of charging a monthly fee for access to important safety features. We talk about how these programs will work, and why they might not be in the best interest of consumers. We also discuss the long-term reliability of turbos and direct-injection vehicles, the best way to store your winter or summer tires, and if a dealership might allow you to learn to drive a manual transmission with one of their vehicles (spoiler alert: probably not.)
Subscribe to Talking Cars on Apple Podcasts!
Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!
From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!
We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at
Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify:
00:00 – Introduction
00:29 – Monthly Subscription Fees for Vehicle Safety Features
05:53 – 2021 Chevrolet Suburban First Impressions
13:36 – Question #1: Are turbocharged engines less reliable than non-turbos?
16:35 – Question #2: Which Toyota vehicle would have the best resale value?
19:41 – Question #3: What is the best practice for storing a set of tires?
22:24 – Question #4: Would a car dealer allow an inexperienced operator test drive a manual transmission vehicle?
Coronavirus Resource Hub
Why You Might Need to Subscribe to Get Certain Features on Your Next Car
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Grow in Size and Features
Prep Your Car for Winter
Getting your tires ready for winter: Advice from Consumer Reports
2016 Toyota Tacoma Quick Drive
2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive
Check out for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel:
Follow Us on Social:
Does it come standard with the check engine light on like most of the large GM SUVs?
At the country club every single large gm SUV had the check engine light on even brand new ones when they were valet parked.
Let me see here…👉🏻🔘 and were off 🌴☀️🌴😛
alas, on the clutch issue: it was the other way round for myself getting into an US rental with an automatic for the first time. The kind rental sales showed me the ropes. Just had to keep that left foot away from any pedal 😉 Thanks you CR for your Youtube stream 🙂
What happened to the Chevy Suburban “Eco” Whatever it was that had a decent engine, batteries throughout the floorboard and electric drive assist units on power train? It was rumored to be an SUV capable of 30-40 mpg. They braved about it a decade ago… then nuthin… what happened to that concept?! I want one!
I do not like subscriptions
As someone from a community where the large GM vehicles are common. Everyone who I know who bought one, had it for kid activities and as soon as their kids started driving, got rid of them and bought mid size suvs. Most people cannot deal with the massive size.
4:02 also how long do you think it will be before hackers find away around those paywalls?
The premier uhhhhhhhh comes uhhhhhhhhhh with uhhhhhhhhhhh chevy’s uhhhhhhhhhh magnetic uhh ride control uhhhhhhhh
You guys totally dodged the question on reliability of different technologies. Direct injection without port injection as well, are known to make the ports very dirty and need cleaning under 100000 miles. E-awd would be more reliable then mechanical. Turbo engines are also more prone to reliability issues. If they weren’t, why hadn’t Toyota moved to all turbos like everyone else?
Hello Consumer Reports. I would like to you to turn the caption on your video because I am deaf. Thank you.
@3:40 no, people are not buying the cars with these subscriptions to save money. Maybe someone buying a 10 year old car, who doesn’t go for the Sirius subscription, is trying to save money, but not the person buying a new suburban
@5:00 Are manufactures actually likely to make people start paying a subscription for a feature they thought they paid for? This seems like a silly concern.
Ryan is back…..
Want to learn how to drive a manual car? Why not (even if you have a license for an auto), go to a driving school and pay for a few lessons.
P.S. Hello from Australia. 🇦🇺🇦🇺👋🇦🇺🇦🇺
Alex in Montreal mentioning a famous YouTuber who doesn’t like DI, Hybrid, Turbos, AWD, etc.. Obviously he’s referring to Scotty.
HA! Scotty Kilmer lol
Buy a Camry or Avalon, they still have naturally aspirated engines… That’s what I’m looking for..
I feel lile tha taho is kinda like a luxury suv. It seems too nice to beat on.