2021 GMC Yukon

MSRP $53,400 - $56,400

Ranked #2 in Fullsize Suv

8.6

Overall Rating

2021 GMC Yukon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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A large,three row,big flexing muscles to haul the family and towing, all of these is a base trait for the GMC Yukon. The Yukon might be a distant relative of the Tahoe and the Suburban from Chevrolet.This is not something to be disappointed about since both those cars from chevy are good. The Yukon is powered by three different engines,two V8 engines and one turbo Inline-6.All these three engines are mated to a 10 speed automatic transmission which can be operated through GMC’s unique and signature Push-Button style gear selector.

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Pros

good towing capacity

Spacious and stylish interior

Easy to use Infotainment system

Multiple engine options

Cons

Reliability rating is poor

Too many options

Loading floor is high

Performance is sluggish

What's New?

A new platform

new Independent rear suspension setup

new trim

Increased Front Approach Angle

All-New Active 4WD


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$53400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

transmission

10 speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

17/17 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

120.9 in.

length

210 in.

width

81 in.

height

76.5 in.

curb weight

5379 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37 cu ft.

cargo volume

122.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

7900 lbs.

payload capacity

1792 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

183 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SLE$53,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 GMC Yukon in Dark Sky Metallic color
Dark Sky Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.5

Competition

9.5

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.6

Overall Rating


The Yukon’s cabin is really spacious and airy,the new model is made better by upgrading the features and more cargo space than before.The car is now being made friendly for the whole family and for all activities we perform together.It now can do the Family vacations,the shopping trips and the parties too.This car as mentioned is a cousin Tahoe and the Suburban and yet can stand out and be distinguished from them thanks to the difference in styling and look of the car. 

2021 GMC Yukon SUV front view
2021 GMC Yukon SUV rear view

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.5/10
Safety

9.5/10
Competition


2021 GMC Yukon Features

The 2021 GMC Yukon is offered in two trims.Starting at $51,995 comes the SLE trim.this is the base model and has a 5.3L V8 engine and with a single 10-Speed transmission.A 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine available is available as optional for another $1000.

The Price of the Yukon goes all the way up to $69,695 and at that point we have the SLT trim coming in

Coming into 2021, the 2021 GMC Yukon is offered in over 2 trim levels- SLE and SLT. There is also the AT4, and the Denali variants, with prices ranging from an MSRP of $51,995 to $69,695. The 2021 GMC Yukon offers three engine choices, namely the 5.3L V8 in the SLE, SLT, and the new AT4 trims, whereas the 6.2L V8 engine option in the Denali trim, along for all the variants with the SLE and SLT trims will cost you an extra $1000. The prices of the 2021 GMC Yukon start at an MSRP of $51,995 for the base SLE trim and goes all the way up to $69,695 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. 

Trims

SLE

SLT

MSRP(2WD)

$51,995

$59,095

MSRP(4WD)

$54,995

$62,095

Key Features

10.2-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment System

Adds/Upgrades to` SLE

 

Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Wireless charging

 

High Definition Surround Vision System

20-inch 6-spoke polished aluminum wheels

 

Independent Rear Suspension

Heated and Ventilated Perforated Leather Seating Surfaces

 

Trailer Brake Controller

Bose 9-Speaker Audio System

Which Trim should you buy?

The SLE trim even though costly seems really good and feature loaded,with 20” aluminum wheels on offer the car looks good,with the leather seats being ventilated and heated so the people travel in comfort and for those music lovers the 9 speaker Bose audio system is a big treat.Thus, the trim we would opt would be the fully loaded SLE.

2021 GMC Yukon Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Yukon is offered with three engine options where there is a 5.3L V8 that puts 335 hp in the SLT and the SLE trims.However, the bigger 6.2L V8 producing 420hp is offered only on the Denali models. There is also the 3.0L Turbo-diesel inline- six cylinder engine that churns out 277hp and 460lb of torque.All these engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox and the trucks are RWD by default which can be upgraded to the optional $wd powertrain.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Nissan Armada

MSRP

$51,995

$50,295

$54,504

$48,900

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

10-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

400 hp @ 5,800 RPM

Torque

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

470 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

413 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH

7.1 secs

6 secs

6.7 secs

5.9 secs

Quarter-Mile

16.5 secs

16.7 secs

15.5 secs

15 secs

Top Speed

120 MPH

N/A

120 MPH

120 MPH

The 2021 Yukon, with the base 5.3L V8 engine, accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and completes the quarter-mile run in 16.5 seconds.However the Chevy,Ford and the Nissan are all faster and comparatively put out better performance.The nissan turns out to be the fastest as it accelerates from 0-60 in 5.9 seconds while being mated to a 7-speed gearbox and produces the most power.

How well does the Yukon handle?

The Yukon is equipped with Independent rear Adaptive Suspension. This system on its own adjusts how stiff the suspension should be using variable-rate air springs, offering a more comfortable ride regardless of whether the vehicle is lightly or heavily loaded. Although, the massive size and ladder frame chassis affect Yukon’s ride quality and the handling. 

The steering does a good job to take some pressure off the city traffic.The lightweight and responsive steering setup of the SUV feels nice while making turns in the city. The large wheels do get a bit irritating when going over sharp bumps, but the multi-link rear suspension works great at keeping small irregularities off the cabin space.

2021 Chevrolet Yukon 1500 Crew Cab Braking Performance

The GMC comes with disc brakes on all four wheels equipped with a well working ABS system to bring that big bulky vehicle to a stop.The Yukon weighs a good 5379 lbs and that works to its advantage with less traction being lost during braking.

The big 15.6” rotors in the front and the back have 10.8” rotors to make sure this truck comes to a stop from 0-60 in just 137 ft.The brake pedal and the brakes are very much in proper tune with each other and give great feedback.

Model

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Nissan Armada

Brake Rotors Front

15.6"

15.6"

13.5"

13.8"

Brake Rotors Rear

10.88"

10.88"

13.2"

13.8"

Curb Weight

5,379 lbs

5,647 lbs

5,443 lbs

5,672 lbs

60-0 MPH

137 ft

137 ft

121 ft

128 ft

Considering the Yukon SLE’s RWD nature, the larger front brakes are an integral part in the effective braking.In the RWD drivetrain,the front brakes have to cover two type of motions; first transferring the the back to the front, and then keeping the motion of the vehicle continuing so that the vehicle does not topple.Thus, the different size rotors in the Yukon give a rather stabilized experience during braking.

2021 GMC Yukon Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The Yukon with the 5.3L V8 engine returns 16mpg in the city and 20mpg out on the highway.when the truck is using a RWD drivetrain.The mileage figures drop by one i.e.15 mpg in the city and 19mpg on the highway,if the 4WD drivetrain option is chosen.The bigger engine might be assumed to be more thirsty but it returns almost the same figures.which can be interpreted in just one of the two ways that either the bigger engine is more fuel efficient or the smaller engine is not as efficient as the bigger one.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Nissan Armada

MPG (city)

16

16

17

13

MPG (highway)

20

20

24

18

MPG (combined)

19

18

19

15

Fuel Capacity

26.0

24.0

25

26

Range (city/highway/combined)

390/572/NA

390/572/494

510/690/570

364/494/416

The Ford is the most fuel efficient car among the list offering a mileage of 17mpg in the city and 24mpg on the highway which is a good thing considering that the Chevy and the Yukon both offer 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway,while the Nissan offers the least mileage with 13mpg in the city and 18mpg on the highway.however the Yukon and the Nissan have the biggest fuel tank capacity on offer at 26 gallons while the Tahoe offers the smallest 24 gallon tank.

2021 GMC Yukon Interior

8.0/10

The 2021 GMC Yukon's interiors are still made to have the head-turning style, modern amenities, and high levels of ride comfort. The 2021 Yukon's seating capacity is still 9, the amount of space on offer has been increased considerably.The dashboard layout h;as been made similar to its cousin the Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban.

With aluminum trim, acoustic glass, and exclusive upholstery patterns, the Yukon feels a lot more rich and worthy of the extra price. 

The Yukon’s cabin space is complemented by a good arrangement of seats.Just like any SUV close to the same size, the 2021 GMC Yukon comes with three rows of seating. Each row speaks a lot about the technology and ergonomics used in designing the vehicle.The second row has an option for captain seats, which reduces the seating capacity to 7, while leaving a central passage for access to the third row. The new Yukon is six inches long, so the second and the third rows get even more comfortable. 

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

42/64.9/43.9

40.9/63.8/41.9

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

38.7/65.1/39.0

38.7/65.1/39.0

40/64.8/41.5

40.0/63.4/41.0

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

38.1/62.6/24.8

38.1/62.6/24.8

37.3/64.2/40.9

36.4/60.5/28.3

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

Thanks to these figures we can clearly see that the Yukon is really spacious. The second row offers a good amount of space,with the captain seats. The third row is more of a place not too favoured for seating during very long drives . The Chevrolet Tahoe was one of the spacious models in the segment, but it looks like GMC is taking the fight straight for the crown. 

The GMC Yukon’s interior features include the following:

  • Premium Perforated Leather seat trim
  • 12 way Powered Driver Seat
  • 12 Way Power passenger seat
  • Heated Front Seats with 3 Level Adjustments
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Captain’s seat option for the 2nd row
  • Heated 2nd Row Outboard Seats
  • 60/540 Split 3rd Row Seats
  • 60/40 Split-Folding 2nd-Row Bench Seats
  • 2nd and 3rd Row Adjustable Headrests

What’s there to keep you entertained?

When it comes to GMC’s entertainment feature list, there is always an expectation of the best. The maker has remained as the country’s top vehicle maker for a long time, and this has given access to a lot of new technology.The company on its part has always taken the heads on approach towards trying something new.Thus, the new Yukon gets a lot of infotainment and convenience options. Starting with the front dash which is equipped with a 10.25” diagonal reconfigurable infotainment system inbuilt with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay coupled with Bluetooth and connectivity options for 4G LTE.

The driver is given a novel 15” multicolor display as an instrument cluster to show all necessary information relating to the state of the vehicle.

The highlight of the interior is the dash-mounted setup of the electronic transmission interface. This set-up comes with buttons for transmission states and are built into the left side of the central 10.25” infotainment display.The infotainment system is mated to a 6-speaker surround sound system and ambient lighting modes.The steering wheel is heated for convenience and the front seats are heated as well as ventilated.

The highlight interior features inside the 2021 GMC Yukon are: 

  • 10.25-inch Touch-Screen Display with GMC Connected Access Capability
  • Smart Cruise Control with Steering Mounted Controls
  • Smart Key with Push Button Start
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Hands-Free Phone Buttons
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • 4 USB Ports with two 12V charging points
  • Front Power Seats w/ Driver's Memory

2021 GMC Yukon Exterior

8.0/10

The Yukon now shares the same platform as the Tahoe and Suburban,the updates for the new trucks include 20-inch wheels, brand new C-shaped LED headlights with turn indicators integrated into the ‘C’.A humongous front bumper,beautiful muscular creases on the hood and quad-outlet exhaust makes it look even more alpha.

Models

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Nissan Armada

Curb Weight (lbs)

5379

5647

5443

5677

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)

8.0

7.9

9.8

9.1

Wheelbase (inches)

120.9

120.9

122.5

121.1

The Ford comes out on top here among the list.The Yukon is the lightest car in here even though it is almost 5000 lbs and it is also the slowest car off the lot.It also has the same wheelbase and has a good ground clearance of 8.0” ,while also being quite tall a truck.

The important exterior features are:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • brand new C-shaped LED headlights 
  • turn indicators integrated into the ‘C’
  • A humongous front bumper
  • beautiful muscular creases on the hood
  • quad-outlet exhaust 

2021 GMC Yukon Safety

9.5/10

The new Yukon will have a good advantage over its predecessors in terms of safety as it gets a lot of contemporary safety features both active and passive features indulging occupant and pedestrian safety but, some of the features are reserved as optional and have to be bought separately.

The Yukon does come packed with a decent amount of features like 7 airbags, front and rear park assists, a glass break alarm, a LATCH system, intelligent high-beams, etc.

It also has some SUV specific features like Hitch guidance, hill descent control, hill start assist, and a StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control.The other important safety features of the car are: 

  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • HD Surround Vision
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) 
  • Teen Driver

2021 GMC Yukon Competition

9.5/10

2021 GMC Yukon vs. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

Being part of the same family tree, there's a lot that the Yukon and the Tahoe share in common. The platform,the powertrain options,performance, interior space and almost everything else that is there in the car. However, the GMC Yukon is the pricier take on this aspect of life while the Chevy Tahoe does everything that the Yukon does but on an affordable budget.

2021 GMC Yukon vs. 2021 Ford Expedition

The Expedition is Ford's reply to the full-size SUV lineup from General Motors. The Expedition is a pretty good SUV that can haul you and your buddies or family around in a lot of comfort. The Ford Expedition is being carried forward to the model year 2021 without any changes, while rivals like the Yukon comes adorning an all-new body work.Thus,the Yukon will garner you more attention, but, the Expedition will help you save some bucks in the long term. 

2021 GMC Yukon vs. 2021 Nissan Armada

The Nissan Armada is a very practical deal in this SUV segment. With the best power figures of 390 hp to the fastest 0-60 sprinting time of 5.9 seconds in the class , the Armada gets the job done. but, if it's more than that on your mind this might not be the car and you will be better off with the yukon.There is a lot more features,space and comfort on the Yukon than the Armada which is a rather raw vehicle.The Yukon is a much more delightful choice than the Armada if not much more practical. 

2021 GMC Yukon Final Verdict

The Yukon is more of a car with capabilities to outdo itself many times over but is not given the opportunity to prove itself.It is often overseen and overshadowed by the likes of the more popular ford Expedition and the less expensive Chevrolet Tahoe and the Chevrolet more so as it is practically a very affordable Yukon.But this is not a bad car either.Especially the Denali trims offered are a delight always.

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