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2021 GMC Yukon Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 17, 2020

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The GMC Yukon has always been a popular choice in the full-size SUV segment, and proudly carries the bequest of a family that has members like the Cadillac Escalade and the Chevrolet Tahoe. From being a pop icon to being the ultimate gangsta vehicle in innumerable t.v. shows, the GMC Yukon has done it all.

However, now is the time that the Yukon moved over this bad-boy image and did something that instilled back its qualitative and quantitative propaganda, and enhanced the value for money factor. Well, the 2021 GMC Yukon is just that, as the SUV takes a shot at making a much better-rounded package out of itself. The GMC Yukon is all-new for the model year 2021, as it enters its 5th-generation.


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Pros

Powerful towing capacity

Elegant and stylish interior

Efficient power saving engine

Engaging Infotainment

Cons

Poor overall reliability

High loading floor

Sluggish performance

What's New?

All new platform that is shared with Chevy Tahoe and Suburban

All new Independent rear suspension

All new trim Yukon AT4

Unique Front Fascia now comes with an Increased Front Approach Angle of Nearly 32 Degrees

Jet Black Interior With AT4-Exclusive Brandy Accents

All-New Available Active Response 4WD


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Styles

2021 GMC Yukon in Summit White color 2021 GMC Yukon in Onyx Black color 2021 GMC Yukon in Dark Sky Metallic color 2021 GMC Yukon in midnight blue metallic color 2021 GMC Yukon in Smoky Quartz color
Summit White

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Ratings

Features

9.6

Engine And Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

7.9

Exterior

6.9

Safety

9.9

Competition

9.5

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 GMC Yukon SLE

SLE

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$51,995 - $54,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $51,995 MSRP (16/17/20) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $54,995 MSRP (14/17/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

2021 GMC Yukon SLT

SLT

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$59,095 - $62,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $59,095 MSRP (14/17/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $62,095 MSRP (15/17/19) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

2021 GMC Yukon Denali

Denali

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$69,695 - $72,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $69,695 MSRP (14/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7
Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $72,695 MSRP (14/17/19) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7

Expert Review

8.5

Overall Rating


The 2021 GMC Yukon lineup gets a major overhaul both on the interior and exterior front with many first-in-class features including the Power Sliding center console and four new extra interior colors specific to the Denali trim to the 20-22" wheels on the base trim levels. However, what comes as the biggest surprise is the addition of the new AT4 trim which is an attempt of exploring the adventurous side of this big and bulky SUV. 

The 2021 GMC Yukon is currently on sale, at a starting price of $51,995. The pricing of the 2021 GMC Yukon cannot really be called as competitive, yet this price tag places the Yukon in the crosshairs of rivals such as the Ford Expedition, the Nissan Armada, and it's very own cousin sibling, the Chevrolet Tahoe. So will the 2021 GMC Yukon be able to emerge as the ultimate choice from a pool of such bloody rivals? Scroll down to find out. 

2021 GMC Yukon Front View
2021 GMC Yukon Rear View

9.6/10
Features

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

7.9/10
Interior

6.9/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

9.5/10
Competition


2021 GMC Yukon Features

9.6/10

GMC Yukon is all-new for the model year 2021 as it has entered its 5th-generation. As this cult SUV enters a new era, the American auto-marque has made several essential changes to the trim lineup of the 2021 GMC Yukon.

The 2021 GMC Yukon offers two engine options, along with two transmission options as well. The prices of the 2021 GMC Yukon start at $51,895 for the base SLE trim and goes all the way up to $68,995 for the top of the line Denali trim.

However, that's not all, all the trims of the 2021 Yukon come standard with an RWD drivetrain. In order to get an AWD configuration, you need to spend a few extra bucks ($3000 to be precise) on your Yukon. Well, the good thing is, all the trims of the 2021 GMC Yukon can be configured to an AWD drivetrain. 

Trims

SLE

SLT

AT4

DENALI

MSRP(2WD)

$51,995 $59,095 - $69,695
MSRP(4WD) $54,995 $62,095 $66,095 $72,695

Key Features

10.2-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment System

Adds/Upgrades to` SLE

Adds/Upgrades to SLT

Adds/Upgrades to AT4

  Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Wireless charging Jet Black Interior accents Denali Exclusive Instrument Panel
 

High Definition Surround Vision System

20-inch 6-spoke polished aluminum wheels

20-inch Goodyear All-Terrain Tires

Bose 14-Speaker surround system with CenterPoint

  Independent Rear Suspension Heated and Ventilated Perforated Leather Seating Surfaces 4-Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension Ambient lighting
  Trailer Brake Controller Bose 9-Speaker Audio System 15-inch Diagonal Head-Up Display with Off-Road Inclinometer 22-inch alloy wheels

The base trim is the SLE trim which is priced at $51,895 and despite being a base model. the 2021 MC Yukon SLE comes with plenty of features. The SLE trim offers most of the essential features and amenities which makes it a good choice to buy.

The SLT Standard Edition comes next which is priced at $56,095 for the RWD drivetrain and $59,095 with the AWD configuration. It gets a nine-speaker Bose Audio system installed in it along with an available rear-seat entertainment system and several other highlights. 

2021 GMC Yukon Rear Third Quarter View

One new addition to the trim lineup of the 2021 GMC Yukon is what is known as the AT4. The AT4 is GMC's dig on the adventurous personality of the Yukon. The 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 is specifically designed for the adventure-junkies and encompasses upscale amenities, unique AT4 interior and exterior styling, and rugged capability to maneuver the road less traveled

The Denali trim, as is the case with any GMC, is the most expensive and most opulent trim level of the 2021 GMC Yukon. Apart from all the enhancements on the features and magnificence front, the 2021 Yukon Denali also gets a more powerful 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. 


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2021 GMC Yukon Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Reliability and Ownership Costs

Though there are a number of ways and techniques for deriving the actual reliability and ownership experience of a vehicle, one of the most trusted ways is to call attention to what the JD Power says about it. The JD Power Report gives ratings to vehicles on certain parameters like the Quality, Driving experience, resale value, etc. The ratings are mainly based on reviews by car-owners.

Speaking of the GMC Yukon, the 2020 GMC Yukon bagged a total J.D. Power score of 84 out of a maximum 100, which happens to be a pretty impressive score.  Below is a further breakdown of this score:

  • Quality and reliability: 84 out of 100
  • Driving Experience: 81 out of 100
  • Resale: 85 out of 100
  • Dealership Experience: 87 out of 100

These scores are for the 2020 GMC Yukon. Speaking of the model year 2021, which marks the first year of the 5th generation of the Yukon, GMC has surely put the metal on the pedal and upped its game with this all-new Yukon. Since the 2021 GMC Yukon makes up for a more rounded package than its predecessor, we expect these scores to go up. 

Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$1279

$1324 $1370

$1418

$1468 $6859

Maintenance

$447

$685 $693 $1969 $1207 $5001

Repairs

$0

$0

$136

$322 $468 $926

Taxes and Fees

$4886

$349 $312 $283 $283 $6113

Financing

$3888

$3126 $2315 $1448 $523 $11,300

Depreciation

$9457

$4676 $4427 $5192 $4920` $28,672

Fuel

$2523 $2598 $2676 $2756

$2839

$13,392

The real cost of ownership

$22,480

$12,758 $11,929 $13,388 $11,708 $72,263

Speaking of the ownership costs, the GMC Yukon seeks a total of around 72,000USD over a span of 5 years. This amount includes a number of costs such as insurance, taxes and dealership charges, depreciation, repairs, fuel, financing, etc. 

Warranty

GMC offers a warranty package with the Yukon that is competitive with its rivals in the full-size SUV class. The first maintenance visit or the charge is free for every GMC customer. But, on the other hand, one of its rivals which is the Toyota Sequoia offers maintenance for a full two years or 25,000 whichever comes first. Toyota is providing better service than the GMC in this case.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty of Yukon

3 years or 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty of Yukon

5 years or 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hours roadside assist of Yukon

5 years or 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

When one purchases or leases a new GMC, then their vehicle is backed by the company Pro Grade Protection. This protection program by GMC does not require special enrolment or sign-in, anyone who gets or purchases a GMC new vehicle will be automatically enrolled and this will be covered. GMC also provides 3 years or 36,000 miles of corrosion protection and we know that the first visit for maintenance is free of cost that will remain the same.

Miles Per Dollar 

The fuel expense of the GMC Yukon is quite friendly from the segment standards but it does cost something to get something. Here we have selected the Yukon SLE four-wheel-drive that costs $2.09 per gallon for 15000 miles per year. On average it will cost $1,742 per year for fuel, this is just the estimated amount. It equates to about 7 miles per dollar.


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2021 GMC Yukon Buying Advice

Although the base trim of the GMC Yukon is now available with the upgraded engine option, and that provides better-off-the-line acceleration than the standard power plant. So, this basically means that you got to go for the higher trims for more options. If you need more room or more cargo spaces, then it is for sure that you will have to spend more money.

We would strongly recommend the SLT model which should satisfy most of the Yukon buyers. The SLT model is not too expensive than the base model, and adds upscale touches such as the leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and also with a higher-quality sound system that everyone prefers. However, if budget is not a concern, one can go for the highest Denali trim which comes with a more powerful engine and sets a completely different tone with its ultra-luxurious cabin. 

Is buying a used GMC Yukon a good idea?

It is always a sensible decision to buy a used car, as it saves you a lot of money while giving you a larger selection of options within your price range. Moreover, when you buy a used car, you do not take a hit on the depreciation factor.

Speaking of whether you should get a used GMC Yukon or not, well you can but it won't be considered as the most rational choice. The GMC Yukon received its last set of updates in the model year 2015, and after that, it has been revamped now for the model year 2021, after a hiatus of 6 years. So in case you go for a used GMC Yukon, you will be missing out on a lot of features, all the while spending an equally handsome amount. 

2021 GMC Yukon Engine and Performance

8.1/10

You need some serious power prowess to make one of the biggest SUVs of the market come to life. Well, the 2021 GMC Yukon got plenty of thrust that indeed makes it feel alive and kicking. Though the GMC Yukon is all-new for the model year 2021, the engine options remain the same as the 2020 model of the Yukon

The 2021 GMC Yukon gets two engine options - a 5.3L naturally aspirated V8 and a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8. The 5.3L engine happens to be the standard powertrain of the 2021 Yukon, while the 6.2L V8 mill is available only on the Denali trim. 

Speaking of the figures, the 2021 GMC Yukon's standard 5.3L V8 engine is good for 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of the twisties. Bring the 6.2L V8 into the picture and the power figures rise to 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. 

In addition to those gasoline-burning engine options, GMC will also offer a 3.0L turbo-diesel inline-six which makes an output of 460 lb-ft of torque and this should be the choice for buyers who intend to tow heavy items.

2021 GMC Yukon Engine

Regardless of your choice of powertrain, the 2021 GMC Yukon comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. By default, all the grunt is routed to the rear wheels of the SUV, until and unless you spend a few extra bucks ($3000) and get the optional 4WD drivetrain. 

The GMC Yukon, for the model year 2021 gets an Active-Response 4WD System. This fully integrated system leverages electronic limited-slip differential technology to continually monitor input from the vehicle before automatically and seamlessly sending the optimum level of torque to the wheel with the most traction.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Nissan Armada

MSRP

$51,895

$50,295

$54,504

$47,100

Engine

5.3-liter Naturally Aspirated V8

5.3-liter Naturally Aspirated V8

3.5L Twin Turbo V6

5.6L Naturally Aspirated V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power

355 hp @ 5,600 rpm

355 hp @ 5,600 rpm

375 hp @ 5,000 rpm

390 hp @ 5,800 rpm

Torque

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

470 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

394 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

Speaking of the rivals, well almost all the contenders of this segment are more or less in the same ballpark in terms of power figures. However, the Nissan Armada, packing 390 ponies takes the lead, followed by the 2021 Ford Expedition that offers 375 hp on tap. Coming to the family siblings, both the 2021 GMC Yukon and the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe share exactly the same specs as the come from the same family line. 

2021 GMC Yukon Acceleration and Braking Performance

Before we get to the acceleration figures of the 2021 GMC Yukon, the fact that needs some attention is that the power delivery from the standard 5.3L engine of the Yukon feels sluggish and delivers lack-luster acceleration at lower revs. The 6.2 L V8 is where things start to get interesting. 

2021 GMC Yukon 0-60 MPH Just In 7.1 Sec

The 2021 GMC Yukon, with its base 5.3L engine, can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a tad more than 7 seconds, while achieving the quarter-mile distance in 16.5 seconds. 

Replace the 5.3L V8 with the more punchy and potent 6.2L V8, and the equation seems to be changing. The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali, which comes fitted with this 6.2L mill can go from naught to 60 in 6 seconds.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Nissan Armada

0-60 MPH

7.1 secs

7.1 secs

6.2 secs

6.4 secs

Quarter-Mile

16.5 secs

16.7 secs

14.8 secs

14.9 secs

Top Speed

NA

N/A

120 MPH

120 MPH

60-0 MPH

N/A

137 feet

129 feet

N/A

Comparing the sprinting capabilities of the 2021 GMC Yukon with its rivals, well the SUV is still not at top of its rivals, yet posts respectable figures.

The 2021 Ford Expedition posts the best in class 0-60 acceleration figures, which are then followed by the acceleration figures of the Nissan Armada. The Yukon slot in the lower half of the comparison, accompanied by the acceleration figures of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe

2021 GMC Yukon Ride and Handling

The GMC Yukon has entered its fifth generation and is all amped-up for the model year 2021. However, this does not change the fact that the Yukon is a truck-based SUV, which it always has been. The massive size and body on frame construction affects Yukon’s handling and ride quality. Maneuvering a Yukon in urban areas or city traffic is quite a chore even for the best of drivers.

However, take it to the freeways, and that's where the Yukon really comes alive. The Yukon is undoubtedly a heavy SUV, yet it achieves highway speeds quite easily and can stay at them for prolonged hours. Thanks to all the heft and size, the Yukon swallows the hardest of bumps and breaks without transmitting them to the cabin.

Moreover, the 2021 GMC Yukon comes fitted with a four-corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension. This system automatically adjusts the stiffness of the suspension via variable-rate air springs, offering you a more comfortable ride regardless of whether the vehicle is lightly or heavily loaded.

Now, let's speak of the downsides. The 2021 GMC Yukon carries its weight well, however, throw the SUV around a bunch of twisties and you'll make a note to yourself to not repeat this mistake. The 2021 GMC Yukon is no corner carver, and if you really did expect a 5000 lbs. SUV to handle some tight cuts and corners for you like a hot hatch, dude, you seriously need some counseling!


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2021 GMC Yukon Fuel Economy

6.5/10

Do you really expect an SUV that weighs more than 5300 pounds and comes fitted with a V8 engine in order to drive all that weight around? Well even if you do, the 2021 GMC Yukon won't at least disappoint you if not impress you. 

The 2021 GMC Yukon, with its base 5.2L V8 engine, can roll for 16 miles in the city or can cruise through 20 miles on the highway for every gallon of gasoline. Sum up these figures and you get a combined mpg of 19, which is indeed impressive when compared to the segment standards.

 However, once equipped with the bigger 6.2L V-8 engine, it loses some mileage and opting for 4WD also decreases the fuel-efficiency by 1 mpg. 

2021 GMC Yukon Instrument Cluster

For the record, the 2021 GMC Yukon is more fuel-efficient and return better mpg figures than the mpg figures of the 2020 GMC Yukon. All the credits for this improved fuel efficiency lands on the cylinder-deactivation technology than the 2021 Yukon has been equipped with. 

The 2021 GMC Yukon feature a Dynamic Fuel Management system, which allows an engine to turn cylinders off when driving in situations that don’t require full power, like cruising on the freeway. 

Models

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Nissan’s Armada

MPG (city)

16

16

17

14

MPG (highway)

20

20

24

19

MPG (combined)

19

18

19

16

Fuel Capacity

26.0

24.0

25

26.0

Range (city/highway/combined)

390/572/NA

390/572/494

510/690/570

364/494/416

Furthermore, what strengthens the case for the 2021 Yukon is the fact that it comes with the best in class fuel-tank capacity. The 2021 GMC Yukon's fuel tank can stow up to 26 gallons of gasoline, which helps this SUV to extract the most range, before finally coming to a refill stop. 

All the SUVs in this segment have their respective MPG figures around the same ballpark. With Ford Expedition inching out a bit with a better-combined fuel-efficiency and a decently-sized fuel tank takes the mantle this time around, although the 2021 Yukon is not that far behind, even for a $51,000 335 hp SUV.

2021 GMC Yukon Interior

7.9/10

Folks at GMC have spent a fair share of efforts in making the Yukon all-new for the model year 2021, and a large chunk of this endeavor has been drained upon how the SUV looks and feels from the inside. 

Yukon has always been positioned as a luxurious SUV that can do the hauling duties for your family and pals and can even become the ultimate gang vehicle to roll in. The 2021 GMC Yukon's interiors carry forward this legacy with head-turning style, modern amenities, and high levels of ride comfort. 

While the 2021 GMC Yukon's seating capacity is still restricted to a maximum of up to 9, the amount of space on offer has increased. The 2021 GMC Yukon equips an independent rear suspension design that lowers the overall frame, hence significantly increasing the third-row space by 40%.  

2021 GMC Yukon Seating

Well, that was all about the amount of space on offer in the 2021 Yukon, now let's shift our focus to the level of comfort and opulence inside this mammoth SUV. 

The Yukon undoubtedly feels grand and opulent on the inside, but the layout of the dash is very much similar to the cabin of the Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban. However, the facet where the Yukon takes the leads is quality. With aluminum trim, acoustic glass, and GMC-exclusive upholstery patterns, the Yukon feels a lot more worthy of the bucks spent than any of the Chevy.

Apart from that, there's always the Denali trim which takes the level of plushness to an altogether different level. The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali's cabin surely looks worthy of its price tag with a 4-color theme, exclusive Denali badges, chrome accents, perforated leather-appointed seats, and bright door sill plates. 

Models

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Nissan Armada

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

Front Row (head/shoulder/Legroom) (in.)

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.8/64.8/45.3

39.5/63.2/41.1

40.9/63.8/41.9

Rear Row (head/shoulder/Legroom) (in.)

38.7/65.1/39.0

38.7/65.1/39.0

39.7/63.7/39.1

40/63.4/39

Third Row (head/shoulder/Legroom) (in.)

38.1/62.6/24.8

38.1/62.6/24.8

38/67.1/37.7

36.4/60.5/28.3

Apart from these artistic touches inside the Yukon's cabin, there is plenty of tech on offer too that further strengthens the case for this SUV. The 2021 GMC Yukon comes fitted with Air Ride Adaptive Suspension which accentuates the ride quality manifolds. 

Moreover, the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension also gives the driver the liberty to either raise or lower Yukon up to two inches from its normal height. While it may not sound as outright handy but this highlight really eases your ingress and egress from this beastly sized SUV. 

While this wizardly suspension setup does not conclude the part where we discuss the tech on offer in the 2021 GMC Yukon, you too will have to put in some efforts and scroll down to read all about that. 

How’s the 2021 GMC Yukon infotainment system?

GMC claims that it has armed the 2021 Yukon with a plethora of tech, and proclaims that the 2021 Yukon is driven by "forward-thinking innovation" and several segment-first features, 

For the starters. the 2021 GMC Yukon houses a class-leading 10.2-inch diagonal touch screen infotainment display that runs the GMCs IntelliLink system. This 10.2-inch display is pretty suave and presents you with all the vital information and media needs in the form of crisp and intuitive graphics. The touch response of this panel too is on-point and makes it one of the easiest infotainment systems to interact with. 

The 2021 GMC Yukon now offers wireless projection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Wireless projection enables access to certain functions and select apps of your smartphone through the infotainment system, without the fuss of USB cords. 

2021 GMC Yukon Infotainment Screen

The 2021 GMC Yukon also offers an available 15-inch diagonal multicolor head-up display, that helps the drivers stay connected with all the vital stats, without taking their eyes off the road.

Moreover, the 2021 Yukon also offers a rear-seat entertainment system that comes with two available best-in-class, high-resolution 12.6-inch LCD touch screens mounted to the back of the front seats and offer first-in-class touch capability, screen sharing, and tilting for better visibility. 

Apart from this some of the most prominent standard infotainment features of the 2021 GMC Yukon are:

  • 6 speakers
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable
  • 2 1st row LCD monitor
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation turn-by-turn navigation directions
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • AM/FM radio
  • Window grid antenna
  • Primary monitor touchscreen
  • SiriusXM with 360L AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Voice-activated radio

What's the cargo capacity of the 2021 GMC Yukon?

The 2021 GMC Yukon offers an ultra-spacious interior and all of which the space on offer in the third-row just happens to be the highlight of the entire show. However, this does not imply that the SUV chops off on the luggage carrying aspect for the sake of increased space. 

Because of the independent rear suspension, and the increase in dimensions of the Yukon, GMC has seriously improved the cargo-capacity despite the spacious third-row in the back. With 25.5 cu.ft of cargo space behind the third row in the 2021 GMC Yukon, is still better than by 10 cu.ft, a huge gain from the last generation Yukon.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Nissan Armada

Cargo Capacity behind 3rd row (cu.ft)

25.5

25.4

20.9

16.5

Cargo Capacity behind 2nd row (cu.ft)

72.6

72.6

63.6

49.9

Cargo Capacity behind the front row (cu.ft)

122.9

122.9

104.6

95.4

When it comes to carrying occupants in the utmost comfort along with all their belongings, the home-bred brands simply rule the charts. The 2021 GMC Yukon offers the best in class cargo capacity, followed closely by the Chevrolet Tahoe. The 2021 Ford Expedition's cargo capacity ranks third, while the Armada is left for the last. 


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2021 GMC Yukon SUV cockpit area
2021 GMC Yukon SUV cockpit area
2021 GMC Yukon SUV front seats
2021 GMC Yukon SUV rear seats
2021 GMC Yukon SUV cargo area
2021 GMC Yukon SUV passenger infotainment screen

2021 GMC Yukon Exterior

6.9/10

The 2021 Yukon's completely new front fascia gives the new GMC much more of a commanding stance. The new GMC Yukon swears by the boldness and the hood vibe it carries. The GMC Yukon has an aggressive design and an elegant look, its boxy design separates it from the rivals and gives the SUV an old school charm. 

2021 GMC Yukon Third Quarter View

The 2021 GMC Yukon benefits from a brand new C-shaped LED headlights with turn indicators integrated into the ‘C’. When they are in action they look stunning. The front bumper is quite humongous in itself, but the grille eats into it in the middle. The hood of the car receives prominent muscular creases. Besides the skid plate, there is a black plastic cladding to protect the body when traversing over the uneven surfaces.

 The quad-outlet exhaust all the more adds to the brawny character of the 2021 Yukon. GMC has made it relatively more aerodynamic to swish through the air at 3-digit speeds, all the while maintaining the true sense of spacious structure to accommodate people in.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Nissan Armada

Curb Weight (lbs)

5379

N/A

5443

5577

Length (inches)

210.0

210.7

210

208.9

Width (inches)

81.0

81.0

79.9

79.9

Height (inches)

76.5

75.9

76.6

75.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

9.8

9.1

Wheelbase (inches)

120.9

120.9

122.5

121.1

In terms of dimensions, the Ford Expedition holds the leader’s place in the segment. The GMC Yukon is still one of the largest SUVs in the segment, all the other SUVs weigh more than 5000 lbs. Overall, all the SUVs have similar kinds of ground clearance and all have done well in their own segments.

2021 GMC Yukon SUV front view
2021 GMC Yukon SUV front view
2021 GMC Yukon SUV three quarter view
2021 GMC Yukon SUV haedlight and grille
2021 GMC Yukon SUV three quarter view
2021 GMC Yukon SUV three quarter view

2021 GMC Yukon Safety

9.9/10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or known as NHTSA gave the 2020 GMC Yukon 4/5 stars for Overall Safety Rating. Since the 2021 GMC Yukon has not yet been bashed in a barrier or two by any of the organizations, we have to address the previous year's rating in order to get an idea of how the all-new 2021 Yukon will fare on the safety aspect. 

However, the 2021 GMC Yukon is expected to be a lot safer than its predecessor, owing to the number of contemporary safety features it has to offer. Some of the most eminent standard safety features on offer in the 2021 GMC Yukon include highlights such as:

  • High-Definition surround vision camera
  • Standard Forward Collision Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control-Advanced
  • Standard Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags with rollover sensor help provide head protection for outboard occupants for all three rows
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for the driver)
  • Front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Traction Control
  • High-strength side-door guard beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

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2021 GMC Yukon Competition

9.5/10

2021 GMC Yukon vs. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

Coming from the same family tree, there's a lot (almost everything) that the 2021 GMC Yukon and the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe share with each other. Ranging from the powertrain options to performance to space to almost everything else that you can imagine. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Third Quarter View

However, the GMC Yukon is a take on the luxurious aspect of life whereas the Chevy Tahoe does everything that the Yukon does but at a budget. So now the final call lands upon you, whether you want to have a taste of the finer things of life or you want to go street smart and save some bucks. 

2021 GMC Yukon vs. 2021 Ford Expedition

The Expedition is Ford's answer to General Motors' full-size SUV lineup. The Ford Expedition is a pretty good SUV that can haul you and all your pals around in the utmost comfort. However, when it comes to street presence and the true gangsta vibe, the Yukon has a better report card. 

2021 Ford Expedition

Moreover, the Ford Expedition is being carried forward to the model year 2021 without any changes, whereas the Yukon comes adorning an all-new bodysuit. So while the Yukon will garner you more attention, the Expedition will help you save some bucks in the long term. 

2021 GMC Yukon vs. 2021 Nissan Armada

The Nissan Armada makes up for a very practical deal in this SUV segment. With the best in class power figures to the fastest 0-60 sprinting time, the Armada surely gets the job done. So in case you are looking for a vehicle that gets the job done, the Armada is an ideal choice. 

However, if it's more than the "getting the job done" notion that you seek from a vehicle, the Yukon surely makes up for a stronger case. With an all-new look inside-out, a ton of features and amenities, and suave street presence, the Yukon is a much more delightful choice than the Armada if not much more practical. 

2021 GMC Yukon Final Verdict

The GMC Yukon has revived itself for the model year 2021, and for good. With better styling, more space on offer, more opulence at your disposal, and more tech at your service, the 2021 GMC Yukon is one hell of a vehicle that holds the potential of changing the game in this segment of SUVs.  

GMC Yukon is a decently large-sized SUV for the buyers who give their full priority to comfort and style. Its luxurious and handsome cabin is highlighted by quality materials and plenty of standard amenities. Though the prices of the 2021 GMC Yukon are a bit on the higher side, yet it justifies its cost with all the above-discussed facets. 


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2021 GMC Yukon FAQs

When is the 2021 GMC Yukon releasing?

The next generation Yukon was released way back at the start of 2020, and it has since then started to even roll out of dealerships from as early on as the start of Summer 2020.

Are all GMC Yukons AWD?

No, the 2021 GMC Yukon comes standard with an RWD drivetrain, and only offers an AWD drivetrain as optional, and charges an amount of $3000 for this. However, the all-new 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 comes AWD as standard. 

What is the annual maintenance cost of GMC Yukon?

On average, a GMC Yukon seeks around $353 in the name of maintenance on an annual basis. 

Can I lease the GMC Yukon?

Yes, for an affordable payment of $336 per month, you can claim you GMC Yukon for over a period of 36 months, granted that this excludes a downpayment of $1,000.

Used GMC Yukon for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2021 GMC Yukon 0 Great Deals Out of 1968 $55,076 1968 Listings
2020 GMC Yukon 18 Great Deals Out of 664 $41,804 664 Listings
2019 GMC Yukon 5 Great Deals Out of 336 $38,895 336 Listings
2018 GMC Yukon 2 Great Deals Out of 278 $33,759 278 Listings
2017 GMC Yukon 11 Great Deals Out of 1006 $29,735 1006 Listings
2016 GMC Yukon 8 Great Deals Out of 589 $18,937 589 Listings
2015 GMC Yukon 9 Great Deals Out of 682 $21,888 682 Listings
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