If you’ve been searching for a powerful full-size SUV that can seat up to nine passengers in three rows, you’ll want to take a good look at the 2021 GMC Yukon. This traditional body-on-frame model gets a complete redesign for 2021 that brings several improvements to the table. The Yukon is now longer, and offers even more leg room to passengers in the third row. According to the GMC dealership near Salinas, there’s also more cargo space, with a total of 122.9 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. The 2021 Yukon also features a lower load floor that facilitates getting larger items in and out of the SUV.
Customers of the GMC Dealership serving Salinas appreciate the smooth ride provided by the 2021 Yukon’s new independent rear suspension. An optional air-ride suspension offers allows drivers to lower the ride height to let passengers get in and out easily or raise it two inches over the standard setting to add ground clearance when taking the Yukon off-road.
The 2021 GMC Yukon comes in four trim levels: SLE, SLT AT4 and Denali. This article will examine the Yukon AT4 trim. Powering the Yukon AT4 is a 5.3-liter V8 engine that generates 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard. The Yukon AT4 gets fuel economy estimated by the EPA at 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway.*
The Yukon AT4 received Four Wheeler’s 2021 SUV of the Year award. Editor Ken Brubaker said:
“GMC came out of the gate strong with the first-ever Yukon AT4. Its styling ensures that it stands out from the crowd visually, while the AT4-specific mechanical bits like the Active Response 4WD system with electronic limited-slip differential help deliver off-road performance. The result is a luxury SUV that can stylishly and capably haul a family and its gear away from the hustle and bustle of paved life.”
Inside, the 2021 Yukon AT4 gets a Jet Black interior with exclusive Brandy accents and dark brushed aluminum details. Heated and ventilated front seats feature unique embroidered AT4 badging on the front-seat head restraints.
Off-roaders will love the 2021 GMC Yukon AT4. It comes with 20-inch wheels, a two-speed active transfer case, an exclusive front fascia that provides a better approach angle, dark gray wheels with all-terrain tires, front tow hooks, skid plates, and a heavy-duty air filter. Also standard is a heated steering wheel, hill descent control, heated outboard second-row seats, driver-seat memory settings, and a power-folding third row. Audiophiles will appreciate the Bose audio system with nine speakers.
Several option packages are available, including the Technology package, the Premium Capability package, the Max Trailering package and the AT4 Premium Plus package. Tire-pressure monitoring sensors for the trailer are a stand-alone option.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.