2021 GMC Yukon Denali review

2021 GMC Yukon Denali SUV

If you are shopping for a large, near luxury truck-based Sports Utility Vehicle, the new 2021 GMC Yukon certainly deserves a bit of consideration. Some of its upsides include extremely quiet highway ride, a strong V8 power, impressive interior quality, a stout towing capacity, and an available nine-person seating capacity. Its release date should be expected early next year.

New features and changes for 2021 include Apple CarPlay, a standard hands-free power liftgate, capless fuel filler, a number of hardware and technology upgrades, and an upgraded IntelliLink touchscreen interface.

Do you need a big family vehicle? Well, you could choose one from the overflowing number of SUVs dealerships are offering. They are large, nimble, offer solid performance, and offer tons of standard accessories. But what if you want to kick it old school? Well, that’s where the 2021 GMC Yukon excitement kicks in, it is undoubtedly one of the remaining behemoth crossover.
The vehicle comes with the old-school combination of V8 power and body-on frame construction.

2021 GMC Yukon Denali exterior

Therefore, it boasts of a significant towing capacity than other SUVs, and delivers a higher-rated degree of solidity and burliness. Additionally, it offers a nine-passenger capability, a fete that even top-rated minivans cannot afford to offer.

Sadly, even if the Yukon may seem the right vehicle for you, we have realized that the vehicle is still subpar compared to other vehicles in the segment. For instance, it comes high load height and cargo floor, lazy gas pedal response, cramped kids-only third-row seat, lackluster handling and ride, and the base model doesn’t feature a telescopic steering system.

That said, it might be worth considering what its competitors offer. They include 2021 Dodge Durango, 2021 Toyota Sequoia, 2021 Ford Expedition, and GMC’s own Acadia.

GMC Yukon Denali – Available Trims

The new 2021 GMC Yukon is available in just three trims: base SLE, SLT, and top-of-the-line Denali trim.

The 2021 GMC Yukon XL is reviewed separately.

Exterior Colors & Interior Pictures – 2021 GMC Yukon

2021 GMC Yukon Denali interior

The base 2021 GMC Yukon SLE comes standard with a driver integrated blind-spot monitor, a leather wrapped steering wheel, side assist steps, foglights, 18” alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control (dual zone), rear privacy glass, front and rear parking sensors, remote ignition, a locking rear differential, automatic wipers and headlights, four-way passenger seat, a 60/40-split folding second row bench seat, tilt-only steering wheel, and cruise control.

Electronic equipment includes an 110V power outlet, an 8” touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an Apple CarPlay capability, CD player, Bose sound system, satellite and HD radio, SD card slot, Pandora Internet radio, smartphone app integration, and a 4G LTE connection.

Opting for the SLE gets you lane departure warning system, forward collision alert, automatic high-beam headlight control, power adjustable pedals, auto-diming rearview mirror, a power liftgate, and a lane-keeping assist.

Picking the SLT model gets you keyless entry and ignition, a hands-free power liftgate, rear cross traffic alert, heated second row seats, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, driver memory settings, ambient interior lighting, power folding third-row seats, and wireless phone charging.

2021 GMC Yukon Denali trunk

Available options for all Yukons include an air-suspension with increased leveling and capacity, specific gearing, a low-range gearing, trailer brake controller, and seven-pin wiring harness.

Engine Specs – 2021 GMC Yukon

Coming with a 5.3L V8 rated at 355 hp and 383 pounds of torque are both the SLE and SLT models. Both the six-speed automatic transmission system and rear-wheel-drive are standard, an AWD system is optional.

When properly equipped, a 2WD Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds.
The fuel economy ratings for the 5.3L V8 stand at 16/23/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
During our own test drive, the AWD 2021 GMC Yukon sprinted to 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds.

2021 GMC Yukon Denali engine

Finally, the top-of-the-range 2021 GMC Yukon Denali comes equipped with a 6.2L V8 engine rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pounds of torque. Its maximum towing capacity stands at an impressive 8,400 lbs., while its fuel economy ratings should be expected to be 15/22/17 mpg with the rear-wheel-drive.

Price & Release Date – 2021 GMC Yukon

An MSRP starting from $48,165 is what the base 2021 GMC Yukon SLE is going for, while the range-topping Denali should set you back by an MSRP starting from $65,045.
Expect it to go for sale sometime early next year.

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