2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV

MSRP $68,995 - $71,995

Ranked #14 in Fullsize Suv

2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The GMC Yukon has been a popular full-size SUV for a long while. Its tall stance and ability to comfortably seat 7 occupants and go as far as one would like to go have been some of its key traits that are admired. The Yukon Denali brings slight changes in the standard setup and tries to offer a power-packed powertrain unit and other bits and pieces that make it slightly more attractive than the rest of the Yukon’s trims.

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Pros

Impressive towing capabilities

Quiet and well-specced cabin

Spacious seating for 7 occupants

Powerful powertrain unit

Cons

Sluggish braking performance

Cramped third-row legroom.

Difficult to maneuver through tight spaces

Exterior and interior styling seem outdated

What's New?

There aren’t any changes to the 2020 GMC Yukon Denali compared to the previous model year version.

The Yukon Denali certainly feels outdated at times considering the fact that there haven’t been many changes to the SUV since 2014 compared to its rivals like the 2020 Ford Expedition Platinum which gets fresh looks and updated interiors.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$68995

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$68,995 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV 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.

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The Yukon Denali might not be the quickest or sportiest full-size SUVs out there, but it certainly has a reputation of having a really powerful drivetrain that helps it have one of the best towing capacities in the segment alongside the ability to go through rough terrains if you opt for the AWD version. The Yukon Denali’s prices start at $68,995 for the RWD version and it costs a couple of thousand dollars extra for the AWD version. It competes with the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier, the 2020 Ford Expedition Platinum, and the 2020 Nissan Armada Platinum in the full-size premium SUV segment.

2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Features

The GMC Yukon comes in 4 trims named SLE, SLT Standard Edition, SLT, and lastly the Denali. The Yukon Denali is the costliest trim in the lineup and certainly the most luxurious and feature-loaded one. The Yukon SLE is priced at $52,000 while the Denali will cost you around $69,000.

Trim

SLE

SLT Standard Edition

SLT 

Denali

MSRP (FWD)

$52,000

$56,000

$59,000

$68,995

MSRP (AWD)

$54,500

$59,000

$62,000

$72,000

Key Features

8” infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Adds/Upgrades to SLE

Adds/Upgrades to SLT Standard Edition

Adds/Upgrades to SLT 

 

Three-zone climate control

Adaptive shock absorbers

Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

Cylinder Deactivation

 

Automatic wipers

Bose Premium Audio

Enhanced suspension

Blindspot and Lane Departure Warning System

 

Bose audio system

Lane Keep Assist

Heated Power Auto-Dimming Outside Mirrors w/ Integrated Turn Signal Indicators

Three-zone climate control

 

4G LTE and WiFi system

 

Keyless Start

Multi-level heating and ventilated seats.

 

Rear Vision Camera

 

Keyless Open

 
 

18" Machined-Aluminum Wheels

     

Which trim should you buy?

The Yukon Denali is a whole trim and hence doesn’t come with optional packages or accessories. When compared to the rest of the trim levels that come in the Yukon lineup, the Denali trim feels like the one to go for as it is definitely the luxurious and feature-loaded trim level of the Yukon. It also gets a bigger powertrain unit which is the highlight of the Denali trim.

2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Engine and Performance

The 2020 GMC Yukon Denali gets a bigger and better powertrain unit when compared with the other trim levels. The powertrain unit is a 6.2 L naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque. This engine when compared to the 5.3 L naturally aspirated V8 engine that comes in the rest of the trim levels available for the Yukon seems more sensible. It has the right amount of grunt to move this enormous SUV and thereby increasing the towing capacity by a great margin as well.

The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox that works seamlessly to help transfer the power to the wheels. The Yukon Denali is available in RWD configuration as standard while an AWD drivetrain is also available for an extra $2,500.

At 6.2 seconds, the Yukon Denali’s 0-60 mph timing suggests that it is neither the quickest nor the slowest SUV in the segment. It can cover a quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph.

Models

2020 GMC Yukon Denali

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

2020 Ford Expedition Platinum 

2020 Nissan Armada Platinum

MSRP

$68,995

$63,995

$75,630

$62,425

Engine

6.2L Naturally Aspirated V8

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.5L Twin-Turbo V6

5.6L Naturally Aspirated V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

420 hp @ 5,600 rpm

355 hp @ 5,600 rpm

400 hp @ 5,000 rpm

390 hp @ 5,800 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

460 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm

480 lb-ft @ 3,250 rpm

394 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.2

7.0

5.6

6.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.5

15.3

14.1

15.0

Top-Speed (MPH)

124

132

134

127

The Yukon Denali’s powertrain unit makes it a great value for money as it has got one of the best horsepower and torque figures in the segment at a considerably reasonable price. The Ford Expedition Platinum seems to be the quickest of the lot, but it costs around $8,000 more than the Yukon Denali which makes it costlier.

How well does the 2020 GMC Yukon Denali handle?

Handling is something that the Yukon Denali struggles with. It does a decent job going around corners and accelerating, but certainly lacks the feel and confidence that is expected from a vehicle with such engine performance. 

There is a considerable amount of body roll and the SUV feels sluggish and hard to maneuver around tight spaces. The ride quality also seems pretty bland as it is neither too stiff nor too soft. The mass and the long-wheelbase do help it remain stable in a straight line though.

Braking performance

When it comes to stopping the Yukon Denali, the brakes actually don’t do that great of a job. The brakes lack feel and feedback as needed and certainly take some time for stopping the Yukon which weighs around 5,500 lbs. 

The front rotors are 13-inch ones while the rear gets 13.6-inch ones. The Yukon shares its brakes with the Chevrolet Tahoe just like many other features and parts as they share the same platform.

Models

2020 GMC Yukon Denali

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

2020 Ford Expedition Platinum 

2020 Nissan Armada Platinum

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.0

13.0

13.0

13.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.6

13.6

13.5

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,482

5,220

5,443

5,713

60-0 (feet)

139

128

129

126

The Yukon Denali certainly could have had better brakes as it covers 139 feet to stop itself from 60-0 mph while the heavier Nissan Armada takes comes to a halt at just 126 feet.

2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Fuel Economy

For a premium full-size SUV with over 400 horsepower and lb-ft. of torque, the Yukon Denali offers a decent fuel economy with an excellent range on the highway thanks to clever features such as cylinder deactivation systems. The Yukon Denali delivers a combined fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon and has a 26-gallon fuel tank capacity which is best in class.

Models

2020 GMC Yukon Denali

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

2020 Ford Expedition Platinum 

2020 Nissan Armada Platinum

MPG (City)

14

15

17

14

MPG (Highway)

23

22

23

19

MPG (Combined)

17

18

19

16

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

26.0

26.0

23.3

26.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

364 / 598 / 442

390 / 572 / 468

396 / 536 / 443

364 / 494 / 416

The Yukon Denali offers the best in class fuel economy on the highway and has a decent combined fuel economy as well. The cylinder deactivation feature along with the best in class fuel tank capacity helps the Yukon Denali cover a maximum of 598 miles on the highway on a full tank of gas.

2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Interior

The interior of the Yukon Denali is a massive one with a great amount of space and creature comforts that make it one of the best SUVs to go for in the segment. Tall and wide windscreen along with the big windows bring a lot of light and airiness into the cabin.

The dashboard has a leather surface finish with metal trim inlets. It doesn’t feel cluttered with buttons and has a lot of space in the glove box and center console for storing things.

The front row seats are ventilated and heated perforated leather seats with 12-way power adjustability. The front row has a great amount of space for the occupants to be seated comfortably and the seats have power-adjustable lumbar support as well for that extra comfort and confidence. The steering wheel too comes with heating and leather upholstery. The Tri-zone automatic climate control works like a charm and provides excellent ventilation and cooling in and around the cabin.

The second-row seats are foldable pilot seats that provide a huge amount of space and comfort for the second-row occupants making them the best place to be inside the Yukon Denali. The individual climate control settings help with adequate ventilation and cooling around the interior.

The third-row seats are fixed a bit higher and don’t have much legroom. This makes them uncomfortable for adults although kids can sit comfortably. The Yukon Denali also has an excellent cargo capacity of 94.7 cu-ft. with the seats behind the first row folded. 

Models

2020 GMC Yukon Denali

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

2020 Ford Expedition Platinum 

2020 Nissan Armada Platinum

Seating Capacity

7

7

8

8

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

42.8 / 64.8 / 45.3

42.8 / 64.8 / 45.3

42.0 / 64.9 / 43.9

39.8 / 63.8 / 41.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.7 / 65.1 / 39.0

38.7 / 65.1 / 39.0

40.0 / 64.8 / 41.5

40.0 / 63.4 / 41.0

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.1 / 62.6 / 24.8

38.1 / 62.6 / 24.8

37.3 / 64.2 / 40.9

36.4 / 60.5 / 28.4

Trunk Capacity (behind the third row) (cubic feet)

15.3

15.3

20.9

16.5

Trunk Capacity (behind the second row) (cubic feet)

51.7

51.7

63.6

49.9

Trunk Capacity (behind the first row) (cubic feet)

94.7

94.7

104.6

95.4

The GMC Yukon Denali and the Chevrolet Tahoe Premier seem to have identical interior and cargo capacity as they share the same platform and the products of brand badging. The Ford Expedition Platinum leads the segment in the interior and cargo capacity criteria as it has the best in class legroom and exceptional cargo capacity compared to the rest of the SUVs.

Some of the noteworthy interior features are:

  • 12-way power driver and passenger seats w/4-way power lumbar control
  • Heated front and second-row seats w/ ventilated front seats
  • Power folding third row 60/40 split-bench
  • Power tilt and telescopic steering column w/heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 8.0-inch Driver Information Center
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Universal Home Remote

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2020 GMC Yukon Denali is the most feature-loaded trim level in the Yukon lineup and hence has a plethora of infotainment features onboard.

The infotainment screen is an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment multi-information display unit that is intuitive and progressive. It does feel tiny on the large dashboard surface, but the large icons do help to navigate through the various settings. The GMC infotainment system also has features like SiriusXM satellite radio, 4G WiFi internet access hotspot, and SiriusXM NavTraffic as well.

The audio system is a premium quality Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system with 10 speakers and active noise cancellation. The Yukon Denali gets a host of connectivity features as well such as Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard along with wireless charging as well.

Some of the noteworthy infotainment features are:

  • 8.0-inch touchscreen GMC Infotainment System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
  • 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System w/Bose Active Noise Cancellation
  • HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable
  • Navigation and SiriusXM NavTraffic
  • Head-up display
  • Optional Rear Seat Entertainment system

2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Exterior

The GMC Yukon once looked modern and futuristic with its tall-boy stance and massive grille. But after about 6 years of being in the same look, the Yukon certainly looks outdated with its bland exterior bodywork, and the projector-beam headlamps and the old tail lamps definitely make it look outdated.

As far as the design cues go, GMC has thrown in a lot of chrome elements around the exterior which might have looked regal and premium during the current generation Yukon’s inception, but certainly don’t go well in today’s day and age, and when can definitely spot that if they compare the Yukon with the new Ford Expedition.

Models

2020 GMC Yukon Denali

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

2020 Ford Expedition Platinum 

2020 Nissan Armada Platinum

Curb Weight (lb)

5,482

5,220

5,443

5,713

Length (inches)

203.9

203.9

210.0

208.9

Width (inches)

80.5

80.5

79.9

79.9

Height (inches)

74.4

74.4

76.6

75.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.0

7.9

9.8

9.2

Wheelbase (inches)

116.0

116.0

122.5

121.1

The Yukon Denali’s wheelbase is certainly the shortest wheelbase in the segment in the segment and that really helps it to handle and have a better turning radius compared to the rest of the rivalry. But having a shorter wheelbase has certainly affected the interior space as it could have done with better third row and cargo capacity.

Some of the noteworthy exterior features are:

  • 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels
  • High-intensity discharge projected beam headlamps
  • Power-adjustable heated outside rearview mirrors
  • Handsfree liftgate

2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Safety

The Yukon Denali might seem in need of an update when taking into consideration the various aspects of the SUV. But GMC has made sure that it doesn’t feel outdated in the safety point of view and has made the Yukon Denali certainly one of the best SUVs in the segment when it comes to safety ratings and features.

As per the NHTSA’s records, the 2020 GMC Yukon Denali gets an overall safety rating of 4 out of 5 stars which is a very good score for a vehicle of its caliber. Apart from being structurally safe, the Yukon Denali hosts various safety features that are the latest in the segment. These safety features include a tire pressure monitoring system, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and many more.

Some of the noteworthy safety features are:

  • StabiliTrak stability control system w/brake assist, Hill Start-Assist and traction control
  • IntelliBeam automatic high beam on/off
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist w/Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver mode

2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Competition

2020 GMC Yukon Denali vs. 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

The Yukon and Tahoe are practically similar SUVs and hence share almost every component there is. They share the same platform and hence have the same amount of interior space and cargo capacity. The Tahoe Premier costs around $6,000 less than the Yukon Denali but doesn’t get the powerful engine that the Yukon Denali gets in spite of being the top-of-the-line trim in the Tahoe lineup.

2020 GMC Yukon Denali vs. 2020 Ford Expedition Platinum

The Expedition is a better SUV in many aspects including exterior features, interior features, cabin space, and cargo capacity. Being priced more than $6,000 over the Yukon Denali’s sticker price it also is the most powerful SUV in the segment. But when it comes to criteria such as towing and trailer hauling capacities the Expedition can only pull about 6000 lbs. while the Yukon Denali can pull about 8,400 lbs. which is a really insane figure for an RWD full-size SUV.

2020 GMC Yukon Denali vs. 2020 Nissan Armada Platinum

The Armada Platinum is certainly one of the closest competitors to the Yukon Denali with respect to a lot of aspects including power figures, fuel economy, interior volume, and towing capacity. The Armada Platinum is cheaper than the Yukon Denali to purchase, but the ride quality doesn’t provide the level of comfort that the Yukon Denali offers. Also, the Armada has a larger wheelbase making it a bit tight around turns and corners.

2020 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Final Verdict

If you fancy an all-American full-size SUV that can fit 7 people comfortably and move mountains then the 2020 GMC Yukon Denali is a really capable and worthy candidate.

The only drawbacks of the Yukon Denali seem to be the outdated design cues and cramped third-row seats whose solution can be found in the Yukon’s rivals such as the Ford Expedition and the Nissan Armada, but considering the price point and the amount of performance and safety features it offers, it truly fits as a value for money premium full-size SUV in the segment.