2021 GMC Yukon


What kind of car is the 2021 GMC Yukon? What does it compare to?

The 2021 GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV from the truckmaker and its biggest to date. Available in Yukon and long-body Yukon XL form, it’s a rival for the related Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, and the Cadillac Escalade.

What’s new for the 2021 GMC Yukon?

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It’s new for the 2021 model year and its changes represent the largest shift for the brute ‘ute in more than a decade. It’s larger, has a more sophisticated suspension in pricey versions, gets an optional turbodiesel engine, and sports more cameras and forward gears than ever. With the Yukon, GMC has another high-dollar hauler to add to its arsenal and one with more trims than before. 

Is the 2021 GMC Yukon a good car?

It’s blessed with excellent powertrains, copious interior room for people and their baggage, a long roster of standard safety and luxury features, and a face we prefer to the one on the Tahoe/Suburban, by a slight margin. We give the 2021 Yukon a TCC Rating of 7.0 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

How do we get there? We start with the snapped chalk lines that frame the Yukon body. It’s big and bluff, with a massive grille that sits chest-high to 6-footers. Its C-shaped lighting corners the body like photos in an album, and the slight forward kick of its C-pillar gives the Yukon some visual motion when it’s parked. Inside it’s low-key lavish in Denali trim, with wood layered between metallic trim and leather; all versions get a big 10.2-inch touchscreen dovetailed neatly into the dash.

GMC taps a 355-horsepower V-8 for the most popular Yukons; a turbodiesel’s coming, while the Denali makes the optional 420-hp V-8 standard. All team with a 10-speed automatic for mostly invisible power transfers to the rear or all four wheels. GMC’s traction systems get assists from available electronic limited-slip differentials, wheels sized from 18 to 22 inches, and newly available adaptive dampers and air springs. In its most mechanically complex form, the GMC Yukon knits it all together for seamless power, a remarkable ride, firmly controlled steering, and sad-face fuel economy.

The Yukon’s fitted with up to eight seats and cargo room for multiple roll-on bags or a full Welsh dresser, depending on which seats are folded. The seat comfort’s high in the front and second rows, but even row three can fit 6-foot-tall adults for crosstown treks. In Denali trim, the Yukon wears the low sheen of modern luxury like low-heel boots. 

Crash-test scores aren’t in yet, but the 2021 Yukon gets standard automatic emergency braking; adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and towing and surround-view camera systems can be ordered. The Yukon’s gorgeous 10.2-inch touchscreen wields wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as in-car wi-fi; Denalis upgrade the basics with a power sunroof, power-folding third-row seats, leather upholstery, and wireless smartphone charging.

How much does the 2021 GMC Yukon cost? How much is a fully loaded 2021 GMC Yukon?

Prices start at $53,290 for the Yukon SLE and rise to $71,290 for the Denali. Four-wheel drive costs $4,000 as an option, while the XL body costs $2,700.

Where is the GMC Yukon made?

In Arlington, Texas.

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