2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV

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2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 2, 2021

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The 2021 GMC Yukon XL has been launched with a massive redesign, both on the inside and on the outside. With this redesign, the 2021 Yukon gets a hike in prices across the various trims on offer, with prices starting at $53,400 for the base SLE trim with 2WD and rounding out at $74,100 for the AWD Denali trim. There are three powertrain options for the 2021 Yukon which include a 335 hp 5.3L V8 or a 3.0L turbo-diesel in the SLE and SLT trims, and a 6.2L V8 in the Denali trim.

All-new for 2021 is the Yukon XL AT4, priced at $67,500, and costing over $14,000 more than the base SLE trim. With all these changes and redesign, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL has some serious competition on its hands in the form of the Chevy Suburban, Toyota Sequoia, and the Ford Expedition Max

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Pros

Superior Ride Quality

Endless Space on the Inside

Feature-laden cabin

Cons

Massive proportions makes maneuverability difficult in tight spaces

Average MPG figures

What's New?

Independent Rear Suspension

New design and platform


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$54695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lb.-ft.. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

17/17 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

134.1 in.

length

225.2 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

76.5 in.

curb weight

5633 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37 cu ft.

cargo volume

144.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

7800 lbs.

payload capacity

1687 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Trims

SLE $54,695 onwards

355 hp @ 5600 rpm | 5.3 L | V8 | Regular unleaded

  • 6-Speakers Audio System
  • 60-40 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seats
  • Carbon-fiber aero kit
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Enhanced suspension
  • Firmer suspension tuning
  • Front & Rear Park Assist
  • Front & Rear Parking Aid w/ Rear View Camera
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Infinity sound system
  • Passenger Seat w/ Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • SiriusXM with 360L AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Spoiler-mounted solar panel
  • Three-Zone Climate Control w/ Filter

SLT $61,795 onwards

355 hp @ 5600 rpm | 5.3 L | V8 | Regular unleaded

  • Adaptive shock absorbers
  • Auto Dimming Driver-Side & Inside Rearview Mirrors
  • Black GMC Emblem
  • Bose Premium Audio
  • Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
  • Panoramic Sunroof
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Colors and Styles

2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Quicksilver Metallic color 2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Satin Steel Metallic color 2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Summit White color
Quicksilver Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And 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

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.5

Overall Rating


"It's enormous, both inside and out. It's also powerful and comfortable, but its below-average predicted reliability rating hurts its overall score." - Caranddriver

The 2021 GMC Yukon XL is even more mighty this Model year, priced at an MSRP range of $53,400-$74,100 based on the configuration. One could choose between the SLE trim or the SLT trim. Further, the power unit offering has either a 5.3L V8 or a 3.0L Turbo diesel engine to choose from. Lastly, one could also opt for the 4WD or the 2WD drivetrains, the final pricing would be based on the above selections.

The exteriors of the 2021 Yukon XL are no doubt grand and majestic. On the inside, the GMC Yukon XL comes with a 10.2" diagonal GMC Premium Infotainment System as standard, front bucket seats, Power-folding 60/40 third-row seats, heated second-row outboard seats, and more. One could further add a Power-sliding center console, First and second-row All-weather floor liners, All-weather cargo mat, and a lot more at an additional charge.

2021 GMC Yukon XL front third quarter view
2021 GMC Yukon XL rear third quarter view

9.6/10
Pricing and 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 XL SUV Pricing and Features

9.6/10

"When it comes to large, three-row family-hauling, toy-towing muscle, the 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are hard to beat." - Caranddriver

The 2021 GMC Yukon XL is available in two trims, the SLE and SLT, with the AT4 and the Denali models being sold as dedicated purpose-built moels. The trims have been priced at $54,694 for the SLE and $61,795 for the SLT trim and include Destination and freight charges. The trims get a 5.3-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. All the trims feature a standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) with an option to upgrade to a Four-wheel drive (4WD) powertrain. 

The SLE comes with cloth upholstery and a 10.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Keyless entry and ignition, and standard 18-inch wheels. The SLE trims get the GMC Pro Safety Plus Package and a Max Trailering Package.  The SLT trim gets leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, and a better infotainment system with a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system. It sits on standard 20-inch wheels and also gets a hands-free liftgate as a standard offering. 

Trim

SLE

SLT

MSRP (2WD)

$54,695  $61,795
MSRP (4WD)  $57,695  $64,795

Key Features

Satellite Radio

Adds to the SLE features-

 

5.3-liter V8

5.3-liter V8

 

Three-zone climate control

Bose Premium Sound speaker and 1 subwoofer

 

Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support

Illuminated Mirror GMC Emblem

 

Rear View Camera

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

 

6-speaker sound system

Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat

 

Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel

Power Panoramic Sunroof


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2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV Buying Advice

The GMC offers four equally desirable trims. The final decision would depend on the requirement and desires of the customer. The SLT is a more reasonable and practical choice in a pocket-friendly price range as it comes with well-equipped features than the SLE trim lacks. Furthermore, the SLT helps the Yukon stand out from its cousin, the Chevrolet Suburban. But if money is not the issue then the luxurious Denali is worth every dollar and cents. The price difference between the SLT and Denali is justified by the comfort and convenience that comes with the Denali.

 

2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV Engine and Performance

8.1/10

"The Yukon’s V-8 hits a boil quickly; the air springs give it a slick ride." - Thecarconnection

The 2021 Yukon XL from GMC comes standard with a 5.3L V8 engine that churns out 355 HP and 383 lb-ft of torque. A 3.0L Inline-6 turbo diesel engine for 277 hp and 477 lb-ft of torque is also available for buyers who want to max out on the miles in their Yukons. A four-corner air ride adaptive suspension has been added to the options this year which has a considerable effect.

For an enhanced off-road capability, the AT4 offers a 2-speed transfer case and a traction select system with off-road mode. In the light of improvement, GMC has also offered magnetic ride control for a finer ride in the higher trims. The 2021 GMC Yukon XL can tow 7,800 lbs of weight, making it one of the practical luxury SUVs in the market right now.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon XL 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Ford Expedition Max

MSRP

$53,400

$51,700

$50,200

$54,810

Engine

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V8

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V8 

5.7L Naturally Aspirated V8 

3.5L Turbocharged EcoBoost V6 

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive

Rear Wheel Drive

Rear Wheel Drive

Rear Wheel Drive

Transmission

10-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power (hp@rpm)

355 hp @ 5,600 rpm

355 hp @ 5,600 rpm

381 hp @ 5,600 rpm

375 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft@rpm)

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

401 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

470 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

6.5 

5.1

7.1

6.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.7 

16.7

15.3

15.5

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

113

115

120

60-0 MPH (feet)

137

121

130

121

Towing Capacity (lbs) 7,800 lbs 7,500 lbs 7,400 lbs 9,000 lbs

The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL offer similar engine options keeping them in the same status. On the other hand, both the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia prove to be more worthy than the base trim of Yukon XL, in terms of power and performance.


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2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV Fuel Economy

6.5/10

"Is the GMC Yukon good on gas? No." - Thecarconnection

The GMC Yukon is particularly popular in its class for its fuel economy and the 2021 GMC Yukon XL might come with similar mileage efficiency. The 5.3L engine which is the best for fuel-saving gives a mileage of 16 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. The bigger V8 engine, on the other hand, loses out on efficiency.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon XL 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Ford Expedition Max

MPG (City)

16

16

13

17

MPG (Highway)

23

20

17

23

MPG (Combined)

19

18

15

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

28.0 

28.0

26.4

30

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

420.0/532.0/N/A miles

448/560/504 miles

343/449/342 miles

510/690/570 miles

The Yukon XL is second to none, except the Ford Expedition which delivers 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The Suburban and Sequoia fail to provide a satisfactory mileage report and the difference is quite considerable and hard to ignore.


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2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV Interior

7.9/10

"The 2021 GMC Yukon and long-wheelbase Yukon XL are completely remade, with more room, more features and more muscle, but surprisingly not much more in the way of pricing. " - Kelley Blue Book

The 2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV offers an 8-seating arrangement on the inside, that can be switched for a second-row Captain’s chair setting, limiting the car to a 7-seating capacity. The seats offered in all the trims are cozy and spacious. Although the current model gives the third-row a hard time due to limited space availability, we can positively expect a larger space in the upcoming Yukon XL.

The Denali variant embodies a wooden-trim finish and hand-stitched leather upholstery. In terms of the design, it is blessed with utter finesse, an ultra-modern look, and high-quality material in all the trims. The 2021 model may present us with an updated interior and more standard convenience features especially in the base trim.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon XL 

2021 Chevrolet  Suburban

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Ford Expedition Max

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

42.3/66/38.9

42.3/66/44.5

34.8/66.4/42.5

42/64.9/43.9

Second (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.9/64.8/42.0

38.9/64.8/42.0

34.9/65.6/40.9

40/64.8/41.5

Third (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.1/62.6/36.8

38.1/62.6/36.8

34.5/65.7/35.3

37.3/64.2/40.9

Cargo Space (cu-ft)

41.5

41.5

18.9

34.3

The cargo space on the Yukon XL is a one-time solution to all the cargo problems ever faced. With the second and third-row down, the SUV has 41.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity which is unbeatable. Even the Toyota Sequoia falls short in this segment with its 18.9 cu-ft. The Expedition Max and the Suburban have managed to provide similar if not more spacious cabins.

2021 GMC Yukon XL infotainment system

The Yukon XL also comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with the all-new GMC IntelliLink system. The system is convenient and responsive so there is guaranteed entertainment all the way. The car even offers a 9-speaker sound system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The optional package is also available which includes the navigation system and a Bose audio system.


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2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV Exterior

6.9/10

"As you might have surmised from its fantastically literal badging, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL is an enlarged version of the GMC Yukon." - Edmunds

The 2021 GMC Yukon XL gets a bolder look with the extra wheelbase and an increased standard length. There are some features that remain in their previous position and these include the standard LED headlights and taillights. The new front grille makes it look stronger and bolder than before.

Besides optional packages, each trim gets a variety of colors to choose from. The 2021 model gets a new exterior look that still has a traditional insignia and an updated wheel design which varies with the trim level.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon XL 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 Ford Expedition Max

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,633

5,641

5,730

5,443

Length (inches)

225.2

225.7

205.1

221.9

Width (inches)

80.5

81.1

79.9

79.9

Height (inches)

76.5

75.8

77.0

76.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.0

8.0

10.0

9.8

Wheelbase (inches)

134.1

134.1

122

122.5

The 2021 Yukon XL comes as an answer to all its rival’s problems and it has managed to successfully outdo all its class competitors when it comes to interior space with the longest wheelbase.


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2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV Safety

9.9/10

"The 2021 GMC Yukon finishes in the middle of our large SUV rankings. It's enormous, both inside and out. It's also powerful and comfortable, but its below-average predicted reliability rating hurts its overall score." - Cars.USnews

The 2021 GMC Yukon XL has been tested by the NHTSA, it got a decent 4-stars while it also registered four recalls and complaints.  The IIHS hasn't tested the 2021 Yukon XL yet.

 GMC has taken care of any safety issues with a pre-collision safety system, tire pressure monitoring, traction control, 4-wheel ABS with an emergency braking assist, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot, and lane departure warning system. To conclude, if you are in a GMC then safety is not an issue.


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2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV Competition

9.5/10

2021 GMC Yukon XL vs 2021 Chevrolet Suburban

The 2021 GMC Yukon and its sibling the 2021 Chevrolet suburban offer similar designs and mechanical specifications. The Yukon XL beats the Suburban in terms of ample space availability and the long list of features that take the GMC one step ahead. Although the exterior design is similar but with fine detailing, the Yukon looks more dazzling. 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

2021 GMC Yukon XL vs 2021 Toyota Sequoia

The Yukon XL is clearly a more reasonable choice than the 2021 Toyota Sequoia as the 2021 Yukon XL offers a long list of standard features, is more spacious, and comes with a fuel-efficient engine. Even though the Sequoia comes with a stronger engine, it still cannot beat the ride perfection and predictable handling of the Yukon XL.

 2021 Toyota Sequoia

2021 GMC Yukon XL vs 2020 Ford Expedition

The 2021 Ford Expedition gives a tough competition to the 2021 Yukon XL and it is hard to judge which one of them is an overall better choice. The Expedition Max matches the cargo capacity of the XL whereas the XL has managed to have a slightly better fuel mileage. The engine, acceleration, and braking system take the Expedition closer to being the best amongst the lot.

2021 Ford Expedition Max

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2021 GMC Yukon XL SUV Final Verdict

The 2021 GMC Yukon XL will soon hit the roads. Besides being a pleasure to the eyes, the upcoming model is also likely to give us an experience of a smoother ride. Even with redesigned styling, the Yukon is still asking for a touch of newness and an overall modern look. The reliability and assurance that comes with a GMC, make the Yukon XL even more appealing. The price quoted for the SUV is convincingly reasonable, keeping in mind the convenience features and space on offer. In comparison to its rivals, the GMC stands as one of the top choices.


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2021 GMC Yukon XL FAQs

What powers the 2021 GMC Yukon XL?

The power unit offering of the 2021 GMC Yukon XL has either a 5.3L V8 or a 3.0L Turbo diesel engine to choose from

How is the towing capacity of the 2021 GMC Yukon XL?

The 2021 GMC Yukon XL has a towing capacity of 7800 lbs and a payload capacity of 1687 lbs.

How much power does the 2021 GMC Yukon XL generate?

The 5.3L V8 engine delivers 335 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine generates 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

How is the warranty offering of the 2021 GMC Yukon XL? 

The warranty package of the 2021 GMC Yukon XL includes the following:

  • Limited Warranty – 3 years / 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier
  • Powertrain Warranty – 5 years / 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance – 5 years / 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

2021 GMC Yukon Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.8

based on 5 ratings


7.8/10 Features
8.2/10 Interiors
8.0/10 Design
8.0/10 Safety
7.8/10 Reliability
8.0/10 Deal Value

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2021 GMC Yukon Overall Reviews


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Linda R. Szeto

2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV

SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

2017 GMC Yukon

Pros - Clean cabin design. Powerful engine. GMC reliability.

Cons - High cargo loading floor. Outdated front design.

The no-nonsense giant from GMC! My 2017 Yukon has 47,000 miles on it and no problems. This car has everything you would want in an SUV. Some have complained about problems with their Yukon’s but not this one. It has a powerful 6.2 liter V8 and can pull around 8500 lbs. The interior cabin is sleek and so much cheaper to maintain than a BMW. The only thing that bugs me is hig loading floor which makes loading heavy stuff difficult! My trusted place for my Yukon maintenance needs. Capable and efficient bunch of folks. Highly recommend for your GMC repair needs!

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
6/10
Design
7/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
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JB

Jordan W. Baldwin

2013 GMC Yukon XL SUV

SLT 2500 4dr SUV 4WD (6.0L 8cyl 6A)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

Our 2013 Yukon!

Pros - Comfortable ride. Spacious cabin. Great towing capacity.

Cons - Too many repairs. Value depreciation.

Didn't really expect from a GMC engine! The Yukon was our beloved family SUV for over six years until we sold it six months back. Over time, it was a great vehicle for long trips. However, since the past two years there were considerable amount of repairs that came up. The first major issue was an oil/coolant mix which required completely strip down of the engine. Ever since, the fuel economy was really botched. Next thing I know, there was burning smell when I tried to start the Yukon one weekend. A burned starter motor! It actually felt like the engine was falling apart piece by piece. Hence, we decided to sell it off to make way for a new one. However, didn't really get the value we were expecting! I have been a regular customer to the workshop since 2016. I have had mostly good experiences here. But, the only time I entrusted my Yukon with a major oil/coolant mix problem, they seemed to have been wrong somewhere. The problems with the engine started being repetitive after that visit. Probably will never consider a GMC or this workshop again!

6/10
Features
8/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
4/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

FC

Flora Christian

2011 GMC Yukon XL SUV

SLT 2500 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 5, 2021

user review of GMC Yukon

Pros - Towing power, Good Size, spacious room space

Cons - Less leg room

Good powerful truck based SUV This truck based SUV is very good at built quality and offers the best towing power. The standard features like the good audio system, a telescoping steering wheel adds value to the drive. and The driver’s seat makes the ride more refined. The MPG figures are 16/23 in city/highway with the best performance. The reliability is reliable made cross miles after miles with no worries.

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
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