2021 GMC Yukon

What’s new

  • The GMC Yukon has been fully redesigned for 2021
  • This marks the first year for the Yukon's fifth generation

Pros & Cons

  • New independent rear suspension benefits ride and cargo capacity
  • Longer wheelbase increases passenger comfort
  • Redesigned interior is substantial improvement over the outgoing model
  • Newly available diesel-powered engine
  • Lacks maneuverability in parking lots and city streets
  • Not much different than the less expensive Chevrolet Tahoe
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2021 GMC Yukon Review

The Yukon is one of the few truck-based SUVs still around. But being truck-based can't be an excuse for being behind the times. The previous-generation Yukon offered plenty of towing capacity but came up short in refinement, versatility and features. This year's redesigned 2021 Yukon looks to have addressed many of those shortcomings.

A GMC design brief could have very well read "bigger is better" because the new Yukon is 6.1 inches longer than its predecessor. That's opened up more legroom for rear passengers as well as more cargo space. Fold down the second- and third-row seats and you've got a pretty massive 122.9 cubic feet at your disposal. A lower load floor also helps make loading big items easier than last year.

The Yukon also gets an independent rear suspension for the first time. Compared to the old Yukon, which had a traditional solid-axle rear suspension, the new Tahoe should ride more smoothly over bumps and around turns. GMC is also offering an air-ride suspension system that provides 4 inches of ride-height adjustment. This allows you to switch the Yukon from a low easier passenger access mode to an off-road mode that adds 2 inches of ground clearance over the standard ride height.

We haven't tested the new Yukon yet but our early prognosis is favorable. A more car-like three-row crossover SUV such as the Kia Telluride will still be easier to drive and get you better fuel economy. But all of these upgrades add up to a large SUV that should now be fully competitive with the excellent Ford Expedition, along with other rugged SUV stalwarts such as the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Toyota Sequoia.

Which Yukon does Edmunds recommend?

The midrange SLT should satisfy most Yukon buyers. It isn't substantially more expensive than the base model and adds upscale touches such as leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and a higher-quality audio system. Or if price isn't a concern, go big with the range-topping Yukon Denali. Aside from its more imposing exterior design and more powerful V8, the cabin gets a unique treatment that sets it apart from other Yukon variants.

GMC Yukon models

The 2021 GMC Yukon is a large three-row SUV that typically seats seven to nine passengers, depending on configuration. It is sold in four trim levels: SLE, SLT, AT4 and Denali. Most Yukon models are powered by a 5.3-liter V8 (355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque). Two other engines are also available:

The Denali exclusively has a 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp, 460 lb-ft). Later in the model year, GMC will offer an optional turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine (277 hp, 460 lb-ft). All engines are paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional except on the AT4, where it's standard.

SLE
The base SLE trim kicks things off with:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Eight-person seating configuration (2-3-3)
  • 10.2-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto compatibility
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

There are several options for the Yukon SLE, including:

  • GMC Pro Safety Plus package
    • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
    • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)
    • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Max Trailering package
    • Trailer brake controller (helps you adjust the brakes on your trailer)
    • Heavy-duty cooling system
    • Two-speed active transfer case (4WD models only)
  • Tire-pressure monitoring sensors for trailer
  • Nine-passenger seating configuration (3-3-3)

SLT
The midgrade SLT comes standard with:

  • GMC Pro Safety Plus package
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio system
  • Wireless charging pad

As with the SLE, a number of options are available for the SLT. These include:

  • Rear Media and Nav package
    • Navigation system
    • Rear-seat entertainment system with dual 12.6-inch display screens
  • SLT Luxury package
    • Driver-seat memory settings
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Heated outboard second-row seats
    • Power-folding third row
    • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Yukon and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Max Trailering package
    • Additionally, the blind-spot monitor extends to cover a trailer, if attached
  • Seven-passenger seating configuration with second-row bucket seats
  • Tire-pressure monitoring sensors for trailer

AT4
The AT4 is the Yukon's off-road-oriented trim and is offered in 4WD only. Features unique to the Yukon AT4 include:

  • Unique front fascia to improve the Yukon's approach angle
  • Dark gray wheels with all-terrain tires
  • Front tow hooks and skid plate
  • Heavy-duty air filter

On top of SLT equipment, the AT4 also adds:                                 

  • Adaptive suspension dampers (better ride and handling capabilities)
  • Hill descent control
  • Two-speed active transfer case
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated outboard second-row seats
  • Power-folding third row

Options for the AT4 include:

  • Technology package
    • Rear cross-traffic alert system can now detect pedestrians
    • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Yukon and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Premium Capability with Active Response 4WD package
    • Air suspension (can raise or lower the ride height of the vehicle)
    • Electronic limited-slip differential
  • AT4 Premium Plus package
    • Max Trailering package
    • Rear Media and Nav package
    • Technology package
    • Premium Capability with Active Response 4WD package
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Power-retractable side steps
  • Max Trailering package
  • Tire-pressure monitoring sensors for trailer

Denali
The Denali includes all non-unique AT4 features, though the two-speed active transfer case is reserved for 4WD models. Further additions include:

  • 6.2-liter V8
  • Technology package
  • Navigation system
  • 14-speaker Bose audio system

Even the top-trim Denali doesn't include every feature available for the Yukon. Optional extras include:

  • Advanced Technology package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Yukon and the car in front)
    • Digital rearview mirror (can display an image from the rearview camera in the mirror)
    • Advanced security system
  • Denali Deluxe package
    • Advanced Technology package
    • 22-inch wheels
    • Rear-seat entertainment system with dual 12.6-inch display screens
  • Denali Premium package
    • Advanced Technology package
    • 22-inch wheels
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Power-retractable side steps
  • Denali Ultimate package
    • Denali Premium package
    • Max Trailering package
    • Rear-seat entertainment system with dual 12.6-inch display screens
    • Air suspension (rear-wheel-drive models only)
  • Premium Capability with Active Response 4WD package
  • Max Trailering package
  • Tire-pressure monitoring sensors for trailer

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    Features & Specs

    SLE 4dr SUV features & specs
    SLE 4dr SUV
    5.3L 8cyl 10A
    MSRP$50,700
    MPG 16 city / 20 hwy
    SeatingSeats 8
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower355 hp @ 5600 rpm
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    SLE 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
    SLE 4dr SUV 4WD
    5.3L 8cyl 10A
    MSRP$53,700
    MPG 16 city / 20 hwy
    SeatingSeats 8
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower355 hp @ 5600 rpm
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    AT4 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
    AT4 4dr SUV 4WD
    5.3L 8cyl 10A
    MSRP$64,800
    MPG 16 city / 20 hwy
    SeatingSeats 8
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower355 hp @ 5600 rpm
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    Denali 4dr SUV features & specs
    Denali 4dr SUV
    6.2L 8cyl 10A
    MSRP$68,400
    MPG 15 city / 20 hwy
    SeatingSeats 7
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower420 hp @ 5600 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Yukon safety features:

    Forward Collision Alert
    Warns you to take action to avoid colliding with a vehicle or other object in front of the SUV.
    Lane Keep Assist
    Alerts you when the SUV drifts out of its lane and delivers steering input to keep the vehicle in its lane.
    Safety Alert Seat
    Generates vibrating pulse patterns in the seat cushion to alert you to potential collisions on the left or right side of the car.

    GMC Yukon vs. the competition

    GMC Yukon vs. GMC Yukon XL

    As the name suggests, the GMC Yukon XL is a larger version of the Yukon. The extra room is all in the cargo area, which increases from 25.5 cubic feet in the Yukon to 41.5 cubes in the Yukon XL. This is the only key difference between the two vehicles.

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    GMC Yukon vs. Chevrolet 2021

    The Chevrolet Tahoe is essentially Chevy's version of the Yukon. The two vehicles are mechanically similar, and trim levels more or less match up between the two vehicles. The Tahoe is less expensive, but the Yukon gives off a slightly more luxurious vibe.

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    GMC Yukon vs. Ford Expedition

    The Yukon has some truly tough competition in the Ford Expedition. The Expedition is priced to rival the Tahoe, and it undercuts a similarly equipped Yukon by thousands. The Expedition is notable for its quick acceleration and adult-friendly third-row seat.

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    FAQ

    Is the GMC Yukon a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Yukon both on the road and at the track. You probably care about GMC Yukon fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Yukon gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg to 18 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Yukon has 25.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a GMC Yukon. Learn more
    What's new in the 2021 GMC Yukon?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 GMC Yukon:

    • The GMC Yukon has been fully redesigned for 2021
    • This marks the first year for the Yukon's fifth generation
    Learn more
    Is the GMC Yukon reliable?
    To determine whether the GMC Yukon is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Yukon. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Yukon's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2021 GMC Yukon a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 GMC Yukon is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Yukon is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2021 GMC Yukon?

    The least-expensive 2021 GMC Yukon is the 2021 GMC Yukon SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $50,700.

    Other versions include:

    • SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $50,700
    • SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $53,700
    • AT4 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $64,800
    • Denali 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $68,400
    • SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $60,800
    • Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $71,400
    • SLT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $57,800
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    What are the different models of GMC Yukon?
    If you're interested in the GMC Yukon, the next question is, which Yukon model is right for you? Yukon variants include SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A), SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), AT4 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), and Denali 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A). For a full list of Yukon models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 GMC Yukon

    2021 GMC Yukon Overview

    The 2021 GMC Yukon is offered in the following submodels: Yukon SUV. Available styles include SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A), SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), AT4 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), Denali 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), and SLT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A).

    What do people think of the 2021 GMC Yukon?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 GMC Yukon and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Yukon.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 GMC Yukon and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Yukon featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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