The 2021 GMC Yukon is a truck-based SUV that can seat up to nine passengers. The Yukon gets a complete redesign for 2021 that provides several improvements. The SUV is now more than 6 inches longer than last year’s model, with more legroom in the rear and more cargo space. Watsonville GMC shoppers who choose the Yukon now get a full 122.9 cubic feet of space to store their stuff when the second and third rows are folded down. There’s a lower load floor, which makes it even easier to load large items.
Also new is an independent rear suspension, which lets Watsonville GMC drivers ride smoothly around turns and bumps in the road. Buyers can choose an available air-ride suspension system, which offers 4 inches of ride-height adjustment. Drivers can easily change from a low ride-height to accommodate passengers to an off-road adjustment that provides ground clearance that’s 2 inches more than the standard height.
The 2021 Yukon gets positive reviews from the automotive media, with Kelley Blue Book writing: “The 2021 GMC Yukon and long-wheelbase Yukon XL are completely remade, with more room, more features and more muscle, but surprisingly not much more in the way of pricing. For families looking for the biggest SUV they can find, the new Yukon easily fills the bill.”
The 2021 GMC Yukon can seat between seven and nine passengers, depending on the configuration. Buyers can choose from four trim levels: SLE, SLT AT4 and Denali.
Powering the Yukon is a standard 5.3-liter V8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Step up to the Denali trim, and you’ll get a 6.2-liter V8 that develops 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The newest offering is an available Duramax 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel powerplant that generates 277 hp and 460 lb-ft. All engines are mated to a ten-speed automatic gearbox. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all trims except the AT4, which gets standard all-wheel drive. All other trims can get all-wheel drive as an option.
Standard features on the base SLE trim include 18-inch wheels, seating for eight passengers, keyless entry and ignition, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a 10.2-inch touchscreen. The standard forward collision mitigation system warns the driver if it senses an impending collision and applies the brakes under certain conditions.
The SLT trim includes 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, wireless charging, a hands-free liftgate and the GMC Pro Safety Plus Package.
The off-road-focused AT4 trim comes with an exclusive front fascia, dark gray wheels with all-terrain tires, a heavy-duty air filter, and front tow hooks and skid plate.
The range-topping Denali’s 14-speaker Bose audio system is sure to please music lovers, while the navigation system keeps drivers headed in the right direction. The Denali also comes with advanced safety features that include a surround-view camera system, rear cross-traffic alert with pedestrian detection, and a head-up display that keeps the driver’s eyes on the road.
Several option packages are available for each trim, along with many stand-alone options.