When GMC introduced the Yukon Denali in 1998, it was an immediate hit with buyers. It quickly became the GMC Yukon’s most popular trim level. According to the GMC dealership near Salinas, approximately 56% of all Yukon models sold are Denalis. Buyers love this full-size SUV’s luxurious cabin and rugged performance. The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali is all-new. It’s entering its fifth generation, ready to give buyers even more reasons to make it the best-selling Yukon.
The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali can seat up to seven passengers. Customers at the GMC dealership serving Salinas are impressed with the Denali’s combination of luxury amenities and capabilities. The new interior styling features genuine wood and premium leather. It includes an exclusive dashboard with an integrated 10.2-inch touchscreen. Buyers get a choice of four interior color themes.
The 2021 Denali employs a 6.2-liter V8 engine that puts out an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. An optional turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine generates 277 hp and 460 lb-ft. Both engines are coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. In Car and Driver’s testing, the 2021 Yukon Denali with the 6.2-liter V8 unit made the sprint to 60 mph from off the line in 6.0-seconds.
Automotive reviewers continue to give the Yukon Denali high praise, with Forbes writing:
“A large family SUV needs to be many things, but primarily it needs to be spacious and capable both on and off-road. GMC makes several popular SUVs, but when it comes to finding an SUV that is truly made to be used by families and people with active lifestyles, you won’t do much better than the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali.”
The Yukon Denali offers an excellent ride, thanks in part to a new independent rear suspension that absorbs bumps and rough road surfaces. The available Air Ride adaptive suspension can raise or lower the SUV using an air pump that fills or empties each shock absorber. The system can automatically adjust the height of the ride up to four inches. When the SUV hits cruising speed, this setup automatically lowers the height by 20 mm to save fuel and increase aerodynamics. A driver-selectable setting makes it easier to get in and out of the vehicle by lowering the height by two inches.
Features that come standard include upgraded interior materials, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, second-row bucket seats, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, a Bose stereo system with 14 speakers, navigation and rear pedestrian alert. Models with all-wheel drive include a two-speed active transfer case.
Buyers can choose from several option packages. The Advanced Technology package adds a rear camera mirror and adaptive cruise control. The Denali Premium package includes all the features of the Advanced Technology package and adds power-retractable assist steps and a panoramic sunroof. The Denali Ultimate package comes with all the features of the Advanced Technology and Denali Premium packages and throws in a rear-seat entertainment system, an adaptive air suspension and a limited-slip differential (four-wheel-drive models).
* 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.