2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV

MSRP $45,000 Est.

Ranked #10 in Fullsize Suv

2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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One of the most successful trims in the American automotive industry is the Denali from the house of General Motors. Introduced for the GMC’s large SUV in 1999, the luxury line has always been the top trim. The fifth-generation Yukon Denali has surpassed some of its previous sales records. Borrowing its looks from the highly popular Sierra truck, the SUV is in its best-ever form.

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Pros

Rugged and strong appearance

Power-packed engine options

Spacious and rich interiors

User-friendly infotainment system

Cons

Heavier to steer than expected

Mediocre reliability expectations

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45000

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$45,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV in Cayenne Red Metallic color
Cayenne Red Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Having given a fully refreshed design and introducing its new generation just a year ago, there is a high certainty that the 2022 model will remain the same. Appearing more rugged and muscular from the outside, the insides are feature-filled and very luxurious. The 2022 GMC Yukon Denali has limited but worthy competition with candidates like the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, and the Infiniti QX80.

2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Features

The Denali is a model in itself. Escalating every model it touches, this trim is different from the whole lineup and offers one of the most comfortable and opulent interiors. Equipping it to the truck-sized SUV of Yukon, the exteriors also have a nice list of standard features. The upcoming GMC Yukon Denali is expected to be priced ranging somewhere from $70,000 to $74,000. Besides great utility and functionality, there are plenty of standard features all around the SUV and some of them are mentioned below.

Trim

Denali

MSRP (RWD)

$70,500.00

MSRP (4WD)

$73,500.00

Key Features

LED headlights, DRLs, taillights with auto high-beam feature

 

20-inch six-spoke multi-dimensional polished aluminum wheels 

 

Rainsense automatic wipers, upper active aero shutters, roof-mounted side rails

 

Automatic heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Heated and ventilated driver and front passenger perforated leather seats with memory settings

 

10.2-inch multicolor infotainment screen with 8.0-inch driver instrument cluster display

 

Tri-zone Climate Control

 

Body-colored heated exterior mirrors

Which Trim should you buy?

Since the Denali is the topmost trim with all the features and luxury GMC has on offer for their vehicle, there is no other trim you would want to look at. If you do have the dough to spend, the Yukon Denali is one of the best ways to do it.

Release Date

The 2022 GMC Yukon Denali is slated for a Summer release in 2021. 

2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Engine and Performance

With a new generation being imposed, GMC has decided to power its large SUV with the same old powerhouse. The very famous 6.2L naturally-aspirated V8 that has been driving these huge GM vehicles is standard on the new 2022 GMC Yukon Denali. Producing an enormous 420 HP of power and 460 lb-ft of torque, a smooth and easy 10-speed automatic transmission is mated along with the engine. A way more efficient option is the diesel-powered 3.0L Duramax that generates 277 HP of power and 460 lb-ft of torque.

An option between a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive exists. The former gives stable speed and saves more fuel whereas the latter equips the Yukon with a 2-speed Autotrac transfer case to perform off-road and make it a little more capable. Talking about capability, the RWD model has a maximum towing and payload capacity of 8200 lbs and 2044 lbs respectively while these numbers reduce to 8000 lbs and 1956 lbs for the 4WD model.

With a four-wheel-drive configuration, the Yukon Denali takes just 6 seconds to accelerate from being stationary to going 60 miles an hour. The quarter-mile is covered in just 14 and a half seconds and the top speed reaches 120 MPH. The rear-wheel-drive model has not been tested for performance but it could be a little faster. However, among both the trims, what remains common is an efficient suspension system that does a great job at keeping the cabin as comfortable as possible while taking all the impacts from the surface irregularities. Looking at it from a large SUV perspective, body roll exists but it is as minimum as it could get.

Models

GMC Yukon Denali

Cadillac Escalade Luxury

Lincoln Navigator Standard

Infiniti QX80 Premium Select

MSRP

$70,500.00/ $73,500.00

$76,195.00/ $79,195.00

$76,705.00/ $79,375.00

$73,450.00/ $76,550.00

Engine

6.2L V8

6.2L V8

3.5L turbocharged V6

5.6L V8

Transmission

10-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Drivetrain

RWD/ 4WD

RWD/ 4WD

RWD/ 4WD

RWD/ 4WD

Power (HP@RPM)

420@5600

420@5600

450@5500

400@5800

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

460@4100

460@4100

510@3000

413@4000

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.1*

6.1*

5.2*

6.6*

Quarter-mile (seconds)

14.5*

14.6*

13.8*

15.2*

Top speed (MPH)

120*

130*

115*

142**

*unofficial data **without speed governor

Though the Lincoln has a V6, it is ravaging and has the best powertrain in the segment. The top speed is low but its acceleration and quarter-mile timings are staggering. Talking about the GM-owned brands, the Escalade and Yukon have the same power and torque figures; still, the GMC is a nano-second quicker than the Cadillac in terms of quarter-mile timings whereas the Escalade has a better top speed of 130 MPH. Infiniti’s QX80 is the slowest because it is powered from a lower-capacity engine with no additional air intake systems aiding performance. However, it manages the highest top speed of 142 MPH and even the performance does not differ drastically from the GMC.

2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Fuel Economy

With the 6.2L V8, the new Yukon Denali bears the same old MPG figures reading 15 miles in the city and 20 on the highway for the RWD model. The 4WD reduces these numbers by a notch, while the most efficient 3.0L Duramax diesel rules this section and is expected to return 21 MPG in the city and 27 on the highway. A 24-gallon fuel tank capacity is standard on any engine option or configuration, thus giving a better range to the truck-sized SUV. 

Models*

GMC Yukon Denali

Cadillac Escalade Luxury

Lincoln Navigator Standard

Infiniti QX80 Premium Select

MPG (city)

15

15

16

14

MPG (highway)

20

20

22

20

MPG (combined)

17

17

18

16

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

24.0

24.0

23.0

26.0

Range in miles (city/ highway/ combined)

360.0/ 480.0/ 408.0

360.0/ 480.0/ 408.0

368.0/ 506.0/ 414.0

364.0/ 520.0/ 416.0

*RWD model data

While the Lincoln Navigator performs the best, it has the most efficient engine with the best figures of 18 MPG, but can carry the least amount of fuel. The most efficient large SUV is the Infiniti QX80, not because of its MPG numbers but because of the largest fuel tank, it has the best range offered in the segment of 416 miles. The GM-twins have the same engines as well as fuel tank capacity and so, they offer the same range and are diminutively lower than the other two rivals.

2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Interior

GMC has always been known for its luxury, especially the Denali trim and with its all-new Yukon, it has renounced that reputation once again. With that said, the cabin quality is very impressive and decorated with reasonable but lavish materials. The 2022 GMC Yukon Denali would have the same interiors with the upper part of the dashboard covered in smooth and premium leather. The center console and door panels have a wood veneer whereas metal-finished detailing can also be seen. The lower half of the cabin is made of medium-grade plastic and four dark-themed interior trim colors might feel dull but suit the opulence. Talking about seating, the Yukon is a vivacious three-row SUV that allows maximum seating for eight full-grown adults. 

The Denali trim brings in perforated leather surfaces on all seats and the front row has good comfort with the occupants enjoying the 12-way power-adjustable seats. The front seats have all the necessary convenience features like heating, ventilation, and memory settings as standard. The middle row comes with a pair of well-cushioned outboard heated bucket seats as standard or a 60/40 split-folding bench seat is also available, these fold down flat and can be done electrically from the buttons provided in the trunk. The third row has a similar 60/40 bench as standard and works the same way as the optional bench seating in the second row. Being an SUV of this size, there is a ton of space not just in the trunk but also around the cabin. A huge glovebox, multiple center console storage areas, massive door bins, and a deep storage bin under the front center armrest make it very utilitarian.

Models

GMC Yukon Denali

Cadillac Escalade Luxury

Lincoln Navigator Standard

Infiniti QX80 Premium Select

Maximum seating capacity

8

8

8

8

First row (headroom/ shoulder room/ legroom) (in)

42.3/ 66.0/ 44.5

42.3/ 65.5/ 44.5

41.8/ 65.2/ 43.9

39.9/ 63.8/ 39.6

Second row (headroom/ shoulder room/ legroom) (in)

38.9/ 64.8/ 42.0

38.9/ 64.6/ 41.7

40.0/ 65.1/ 42.6

40.0/ 63.5/ 41.0

Third row (headroom/ shoulder room/ legroom) (in)

38.2/ 62.7/ 34.9

38.2/ 62.7/ 34.9

37.3/ 64.2/ 40.9

36.8/ 60.5/ 28.8

Cargo capacity (ft3) std./ max.

25.5/ 122.9

25.5/ 121.0

20.9/ 103.4

16.6/ 95.1

The Yukon Denali is the most spacious large SUV in its segment, it also has the best cargo carrying capacity of 25.5 cu.-ft and with all seats folded down this further improves to 122.9 cu.-ft. Based on the same platform, the Cadillac shares the same room in the third row but the shoulder room, legroom, and maximum cargo capacity are a bit lesser than the GMC. The Lincoln might have compromised on its cargo-carrying capacity but it gives the best overall legroom whereas the Infiniti’s QX80 is highly uncomfortable in the rear and the front legroom is also way lesser than what is offered by the competition, it also has the least cargo capacity of all.

  • Automatic heating and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Panoramic sunroof (optional) 
  • Rear camera mirror (optional) 

What's there to keep you entertained?

With no major changes on the interiors, the upcoming Yukon Denali will also come with a familiar infotainment system. The new SUV will be equipped with a 10.2-inch unit that has a crystal clear display, a simple interface, and is very responsive to touch. The screen is placed at a good distance from the front occupants and does not compromise on visibility, even in bright daylight. An 8-inch multicolor driver information cluster is another screen that matches the quality of the infotainment system just right. There is a lot of information that the screen shows and to make it concise, a 15-inch heads-up display is standard and gives all the necessary information to the driver without having to take eyes off the road.

In addition to this, all the audio in the SUV gets equipped with a 14-speaker Bose Surround with a CenterPoint audio system that brings out every detail in any kind of music that is being heard, giving a surreal experience in the cabin. Being a modern-day vehicle, the Yukon Denali has got a good load of infotainment features, some of them are mentioned below.

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible
  • HD Radio with Navigation
  • SiriusXM with 360L trial subscription
  • Wireless charging
  • 4G LTE WiFi hotspot
  • Type-A, Type-C, and charge-only USB ports, AUX input, and SD card reader
  • Two 120V power outlets and a 12V power outlet

2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Exterior

Getting a major refresh with its 2021 MY, the 2022 GMC Yukon Denali would barely display any changes on the outside. Nevertheless, the large SUV and its truck-like looks are just as rugged and strong as the Sierra pickup. Starting up front, the front fascia looks familiar but premium as there is hardly any difference that can be spotted between the medium-duty truck and this large SUV. 

With a multidimensional grille finished in satin-chrome and block-style elements, the front end is a highly reflective and attention-grabbing view of the vehicle. The hood and the front bumper have muscular details and more of those chrome inserts to bring out its strong and aggressive character. And, the LED headlights and DRLs retain their traditional shape but have a very modular design for the Denali trim. All these components go extremely well altogether.

The side view is made the most attractive by a set of four 20-inch 6-spoke multi-dimensional polished aluminum wheels and a mild character line that starts from the upper end of the headlight to meet the taillight mid-way. To spice up the wheel game, GMC offers five options within the 22-inch wheels. Other decorations include a GMC fender badge, Denali badging on the lower part of the doors, and more of that satin-chrome surrounding the windows and lower door trims of the SUV. The rear looks pretty simple with the taillight housing slightly extended on the trunk lid, Yukon and Denali badging moved further down, and a well-lifted rear bumper makes the SUV appear wider than it is.

Models

GMC Yukon Denali

Cadillac Escalade Luxury

Lincoln Navigator Standard

Infiniti QX80 Premium Select

Length (in)

210.0

211.9

210.0

210.2

Width (in)

81.0

81.1

79.9

79.9

Height (in)

76.5

76.7

76.4

75.8

Minimum ground clearance (in)

8.0

8.0

9.7

9.2

Wheelbase (in)

120.9

120.9

122.5

121.1

The Navigator has the shortest length and width but the longest wheelbase of 122.5 inches and also sits higher to the ground than its competitors. Borrowing the same width, the QX80 is slightly longer but way shorter than the Lincoln’s SUV and the ground clearance is also a bit more than what is offered by the GM vehicles. 

The Escalade is a little more bulky and long than the Yukon while both share the same wheelbases and ground clearances of 120.9 and 8 inches, respectively. With optional features like power-retracting assist steps with perimeter lighting, illuminated GMC badges, and panoramic power sunroof, the Yukon Denali offers many standard exterior features as given below:

  • IntelliBeam auto on/off high-beam headlights
  • Upper active aero shutters
  • Rainsense automatic wipers with a rear intermittent wiper
  • Body-colored, driver-side auto-dimming heated and power door mirrors
  • Bright roof-mounted side-rails 
  • Hands-free power liftgate with emblem projection
  • Dual quad-exhausts with chrome tips

2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Safety

With no major updates on almost the whole vehicle, the Yukon will still have the same body-on-frame construction for 2022. Made from one of the oldest and strongest chassis architectures of all time, the SUV will be very successful in keeping all of its occupants safe and sound inside the cabin. To support that statement, GMC has equipped the 2022 GMC Yukon Denali with all the best-in-class safety systems as standard. Such as:

  • Hill-start assist
  • Hill descent control
  • Forward collision alert
  • Pedestrian braking
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Moreover, the 2021 model scores an overall 4-star safety rating with a 5-star side crash, 4-star frontal crash, and a 3-star rollover rating by the NHTSA while the full-size SUV has not yet been tested by the IIHS.

2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Competition

2022 GMC Yukon Denali vs. 2021 Cadillac Escalade Luxury

Though both of these SUVs are technically the same; the badging, design and build quality are slightly different. GMC has adapted to its truck-style design whereas the Caddy has been updated with squinted headlights and a new front bumper, although most of the hood and character lines on the body resemble. Both the SUVs get powered from the same powertrain and so the performance is also equaled. Both brands equip their models with plenty of standard equipment including comfort, convenience, safety, and infotainment features.

Talking about interiors and infotainment, the Escalade has a more executive approach with smooth and curved lines going all over the cabin whereas the Yukon has a straightforward design made from durable materials on the inside. The infotainment system remains the same and screens, AC vents, and other placements are very much the same but an addition of a gear shifter knob in the Cadillac makes it a little more sensible than the gear selector switches in the GMC. Having said that, all the dimensions on both the SUVs pretty much match.

2022 GMC Yukon Denali vs. 2021 Lincoln Navigator Standard

From the house of Ford, Lincoln is a luxury brand just like GMC is of General Motors. While the truck-based SUVs have striking and profound appearances, the Navigator looks executive class starting right from the outside. The Yukon Denali has a good amount of features on the outside but Lincoln’s SUV is unbeatable at offering high-class features as standard. This explains why the Navigator costs around five grand more than the Yukon.

Peeping into the cabin, the Lincoln Navigator has rich and premium materials that have good contrast. Also, Lincoln offers a number of power adjustability options and offers more comfort than the GMC. Both of the SUVs have a good level of standard features, be it comfort and convenience or safety. The battle continues down to a level as low as where both the infotainment systems are also equally good and the gear knob is also replaced by selector buttons.

2022 GMC Yukon Denali vs. 2021 Infiniti QX80 Premium Select

From the Japanese auto mogul of Nissan, the Infiniti’s large luxury SUV costs slightly higher than the GMC and it still cannot go as fast as the Yukon. The towing capacity is almost the same but Infiniti boasts to do more with the little engine it has. Having said that, the QX80 is the most efficient SUV in its segment with some boxy but brawny looks. The Premium Select trim makes it appear a little dark and sporty unlike the simple and rugged styling of the Denali.

The interiors feel luxurious looking at the centerpiece and a little bit of dashboard but the front passenger side has an amusing curve that ruins most of it. While the trim colors are available as a choice on the Denali, the Infiniti QX80’s cabin is rather dull and plain. The QX80 is equipped with a good amount of standard interior features but GMC’s offering is more attractive. Moreover, the infotainment system might be big and wide in Infiniti but GMC has a more functional and easy-to-operate interface. 

2022 GMC Yukon Denali SUV Final Verdict

The large SUV from GMC has been redesigned for the good. It was rather old-looking with outdated interiors but this refresh will last for the coming years. Setting the base for the new generation, the new GMC Yukon Denali could get the highest sales in the upcoming year. All of that ruggedness and truck-like features are for the active and adventurous souls who also have a soft corner for luxury.