GMC went for a “go big or go home” access with the 2021 redesign of the Yukon. Aggregate is bigger on this full-size SUV: the ample interior, alternative auto barter agent and, potentially, the sticker shock.
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GM’s calendar has a scattering of accompanying full-size SUVs, like the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Cadillac Escalade. Accompanying to both, the GMC Yukon fits appropriate amid in price; it’s nicer than the Tahoe but not as luxe as the Escalade. (The accompanying Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade ESV are extended-length versions of these corresponding SUVs.) Upgrading to the Denali trim can get you a little afterpiece to Cadillac’s akin of luxury. Despite falling amid these two SUVs in the lineup, the 2021 Yukon appearance a host of upgrades that differentiate it from the pack.
Dreaming of a new Denali? The analysis (see the articulation above) from Cars.com Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bragman capacity aggregate you’ll charge to know. If you aloof appetite the fast facts, actuality are the pros and cons of the 2021 GMC Yukon:
1. Chrome, Sweet Chrome
The Yukon Denali’s exoteric administration alludes to the affluence inside, with a massive chrome grille and C-shaped daytime active LEDs up front. Opt for the Denali Ultimate Amalgamation to get 22-inch aluminum wheels. The all-embracing attending distinguishes the Yukon from its SUV siblings; it looks added aesthetic and avant-garde than the Tahoe, but not absolutely as angular as the Escalade.
You get your best of three engines in the Yukon: the accepted 5.3-liter V-8, alternative turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder or the Denali trim’s massive 6.2-liter V-8. That 6.2-liter is the agent to have, as it makes 420 application and 460 pounds-feet of torque. But it’s not aloof all about power. The big agent additionally provides bland dispatch and does able-bodied at artery speeds.
3. Bland Ride
The massive 22-inch auto in the Denali Ultimate Amalgamation would about spell a aflutter ride, but not so in this Yukon. The alley and berth break abundantly separated, acknowledgment to the air springs and adaptive shock absorbers that use GM’s Magnetic Ride Ascendancy technology.
The Denali adaptation gets a different dashboard able with a 10-inch multimedia touchscreen, stitched covering trim, absolute metal accents and copse veneers, and high-quality buttons and switches — all the accouterment of a exceptional interior. But alike the accepted Yukon’s autogenous does not disappoint. The apparatus console in bottom trims is the aforementioned as the Chevy Tahoe’s interior, but it’s advised able-bodied and uses affection materials.
5. Berth Versatility
A ample autogenous is the acumen you get a three-row SUV. This Yukon is bigger than the last, authoritative allowance for adults to sit in the third row in about comfort. The tilt-and-fold mechanisms on the Denali’s second-row captain’s chairs accomplish it alike easier to get in and out of the way-way-back. In the accepted Yukon, the seats are accessible to bend and slide.
1. Big SUV, Big Price
The abject amount for the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali is $72,695 (all prices accommodate destination). Add the Denali Ultimate Amalgamation — which includes the rear ball system, 22-inch wheels, adaptive cruise ascendancy and a trailering amalgamation — for an added $11,180 to ability a whopping $83,720, which is able-bodied into the ambit of a big affluence SUV. Still, what you get for that amount ability be able-bodied account it if you can get over the antecedent sticker shock.
2. Ammunition Economy
Considering this Yukon is added than its antecedent and its bigger agent is the aforementioned as what’s acclimated in some GM auto trucks, it’s no abruptness ammunition abridgement hasn’t bigger abundant for the 2021 archetypal year. The four-wheel-drive Yukon with the 6.2-liter agent gets an EPA-rated 14/19/16 mpg city/highway/combined.
As abundant as the autogenous is, there are still a few things GMC could acquire done better. Push-button transmissions aren’t our favorite, alike if the Yukon has one of the bigger executions. The rearview mirror is additionally too baby to appearance the huge rear window, and the moonroof controls can be difficult to accomplish unless you’re attractive anon at the switches.
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