2021 GMC Yukon Denali Review (2023)

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GMC has no trouble selling Yukon Denalis. According to the company, they comprise 56% of all Yukon sales, appealing to people who want a luxury SUV but don’t want a luxury badge or a luxury price tag. Based on J.D. Power data, Yukon owners also want a more passenger- and cargo-friendly interior. With the redesigned 2021 GMC Yukon, they’re getting exactly that.

Thanks to a new independent rear suspension design and three additional inches of wheelbase, GMC lowers and lengthens the Yukon’s interior floor, adding desperately needed room for second- and third-row passengers. Plus, the changes dramatically grow cargo capacity. The result is a more appealing GMC Yukon – and it already impressed its owners in that department.

In addition to the familiar SLE, SLT, and Denali trim levels, the 2021 GMC Yukon lineup adds a new AT4 trim level. It’s the equivalent of a Chevrolet Tahoe Z71, but GMC-style. That means it is made for off-roading, with a revised front end that provides a more generous approach angle, all-terrain tires, purposeful red tow hooks, and skid plates.

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For this review, J.D. Power evaluated a Yukon Denali equipped with metallic paint, a power sliding center console, and the Ultimate Package. The price came to $83,720, including the $1,295 destination charge.

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Before we discuss the results of our evaluation of the 2021 Yukon, it is helpful to understand who buys this large SUV, and what they like most and least about their vehicles.

According to J.D. Power data, 61% of GMC Yukon owners are male (vs. 59% for the segment), and the median age of a Yukon owner is 56 years (vs. 55).

Owners say their favorite things about the previous-generation Yukon were (in descending order) the exterior styling, driving feel, powertrain, feeling of safety, and interior design. Specifically, these five things about the vehicle rank highest in comparison to the large SUV segment:

  • Fuel economy/driving range
  • Smoothness of engine/motor
  • Power of engine/motor
  • Exterior styling
  • Audio system sound quality

Owners indicate their least favorite things about the outgoing Yukon were (in descending order) the driving comfort, setting up and starting, infotainment, getting in and out, and fuel economy. Specifically, these five things about the vehicle rank lowest in comparison to the large SUV segment:

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  • Getting in and out of the third row
  • Ability to hold personal items
  • Ability to carry everything
  • Rear seat comfort
  • Getting in and out of the second row

In the J.D Power 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, the Yukon ranked 2nd out of six large SUVs.

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In the sections that follow, our independent expert provides his perceptions about how the 2021 GMC Yukon measures up in each of the ten categories that comprise the APEAL Study.

Exterior

Led by its bold, detailed, and shiny grille, the new 2021 GMC Yukon adopts a more chiseled appearance that suits it well. A set of 22-inch aluminum wheels comes with the Denali’s Ultimate Package, and they add significant presence to a design that already commands your attention. They also make the Denali look smaller, taller, and narrower than it is, a visual trick aided by inset “Yukon” and “Denali” badges on the tailgate, quad exhaust outlets, and a thick trim plinth above the license plate.

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Interior

GMC gives the Yukon Denali an exclusive dashboard design that you won’t find in other versions of the SUV. Appropriately, it looks more upscale and sophisticated, and features a two-tone color treatment trimmed and accented with real wood and genuine aluminum. Perforated leather with unique stitching completes the luxurious appearance.

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Analog gauges are a little surprising, but a digital driver information center separates them. A 10.2-inch infotainment display is set neatly into the dashboard, with unusual electronic transmission controls to its left. Traditional knobs and buttons control the primary stereo, infotainment shortcut, and climate system functions. Ambient lighting is conspicuous by its absence.

An optional upgrade, GMC’s new power sliding console expands the Yukon’s already generous storage to reveal a center tray and a locking storage area. GMC offers plenty of places for your things, including bins and shelves carved into the front and rear door panels.

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Getting In and Out

Despite its power deploying and illuminated running boards, you still stair-step up into and down out of this vehicle. But that’s just part of the full-size SUV ownership experience. If you’re not interested in doing so, shop elsewhere.

Loading and unloading people is easier than before. The Yukon’s stretched wheelbase and lower cabin floor, coupled with wider rear doors, sliding second-row seats, optional power fold-and-tumble second-row seats, and a roomy third-row seat resolve primary complaints among Yukon owners.

The new Yukon also offers more cargo space than it did previously. Cargo volume measurements are 25.5 cubic feet behind the third-row seat, 72.6 cubic feet behind the second-row seats, and 122.9 cubic feet with both rear rows folded down. Naturally, the longer and larger Yukon XL offers even more room inside, its cubic-foot cargo measurements amounting to 41.5, 93.8, and 144.7, respectively.

Setting Up and Starting

You’ll spend a good 15 minutes, if not longer, setting up personal preferences using the Yukon’s driver information center and infotainment system. The optional head-up display is also programmable, and you’ll want to review all of the buttons on the roof console and to the left side of the steering wheel.

With that said, the user interface is intuitive and straightforward, and you won’t need to crack open the owner’s manual to figure out what you’re doing.

Start the Yukon up, and the engine fires with a subtle roar that dials down to that V-8 burble people adore. Sitting up high and viewing the squared-off hood through the windshield, the Yukon makes you feel like you can go anywhere and tackle anything.

Infotainment System

GMC installs a comprehensive infotainment system in the new Yukon Denali. In addition to using over-the-air software updates to keep it fresh over time, the system uses a 10.2-inch touchscreen display with high-resolution graphics and reasonably quick response to inputs.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone projection, Amazon Alexa integration, and satellite radio are standard equipment. The system is ready for Wi-Fi and other connected services as long as you pay a subscription. It is easy to pair a phone to the Bluetooth, and the SUV includes up to eight USB ports. The voice recognition system works well, accurately and quickly responding to all prompts except a request to change the cabin temperature.

Denali trim also includes a navigation system, a full-color 15-inch head-up display showing a wealth of information, and a 14-speaker Bose Performance Series premium sound system, which sounds weak, flat, and unimpressive. At this price point, the audio components need to be better.

As part of the Ultimate Package, the test vehicle included GMC’s new Rear Seat Media system. It installs dual 10.6-inch touchscreen displays, and it does not play DVDs. Instead, you connect a gaming system, computer, tablet, or smartphone via HDMI and USB inputs. Using your data plan or the Yukon’s Wi-Fi, you stream various content and listen using the wireless headphones. Rear seat occupants can share information between screens, view individual programming of their choice, and even send destination suggestions to the navigation system.

It took a little while, but ultimately my 12-year-old figured everything out. During an impromptu afternoon road trip, she and her sister had a lovely time watching “Hamilton,” listening to music, and laughing their heads off at YouTube Kids videos. However, we rejected their request for a stop at a favorite ice cream shop of ours.

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Keeping You Safe

All 2021 Yukon Denalis have a package of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) called GMC Pro Safety Plus. This collection of technologies includes forward collision warning, front pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking at lower speeds, automatic high-beam headlights, and a vibrating Safety Alert Seat that lets you know it’s time to pay closer attention. Lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are also a part of GMC Pro Safety Plus.

As an upgrade, you can option the Yukon Denali with adaptive cruise control and a more sophisticated automatic emergency braking system that works at higher speeds. The test vehicle had these, helping me decide that GMC has done an excellent job with the Yukon’s ADAS. From the subtleness of the Safety Alert Seat to the smoothness of the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance, nothing about the safety tech’s behavior encouraged me to shut any of it off.

Additionally, GMC includes a rear-seat reminder system and Teen Driver monitoring technology that produces a report card showing how a young driver used the vehicle while it was in their possession. Automatic collision notification and emergency calling are also standard, part of an OnStar connected services plan that requires a paid subscription.

Because the Yukon is a redesign that just went on sale as this review was published, it had not been crash-tested. Given its size, though, it will likely fare well in collisions with smaller and lighter vehicles.

Powertrain

A 6.2-liter V-8 engine is standard in the Yukon Denali, making 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s exclusive to this version of the SUV, replacing the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V-8 engine that’s standard in other Yukons. Soon, GMC will offer a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline 6-cylinder for most versions of this SUV, and it cranks out 277 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.

A 10-speed automatic transmission delivers the 6.2-liter V-8’s power to the rear wheels unless you order the new Active Response four-wheel-drive system. It pairs a 2-speed Autotrac transfer case with Traction Select driving modes and a new electronic limited-slip differential to improve overall traction and handling regardless of road surface conditions.

Power is not a problem. The Yukon Denali sounds great when started, when idling, and when accelerating. You can quickly get up to speed to merge with fast-flowing traffic, and gutsy response down low means you can exit your subdivision and onto a busy boulevard without trouble.

If you’re planning to tow with a Yukon, the maximum rating is 8,400 pounds, depending on trim level, engine, and equipment. This amount is slightly less than last year’s Yukon, and it is significantly less than some competitors. However, GMC hasn’t said what the Duramax diesel is going to do on this front. The maximum payload measures 1,792 pounds, an improvement over the previous Yukon.

Fuel Economy

During testing, I kept the Yukon Denali’s Autotrac 4WD system in the Auto mode most of the time, meaning it would automatically send power to the front wheels as necessary depending on traction levels. The resulting fuel economy number was 15.3 mpg in combined driving, coming in a little under the official EPA rating of 16 mpg.

Based on the 24-gallon fuel tank and my test result, this translates into a driving range of about 365 miles. Since you’ll want to leave yourself a little wiggle room, plan to stop at the gas station every 325 miles.

Driving Comfort

GMC equips the Yukon Denali with heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel. The leather upholstery is perforated and features contrast stitching, but it is not a premium grade of hide.

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Despite the level of plush, after a couple of hours of driving, the seats felt hard rather than supportive, and I found myself wishing for a massage feature that doesn’t exist. Also, the shape and detailing of the upper door panel trim hurt my elbow after a while. And while GMC pads the sides of the center console, the shape of this panel irritated my right leg.

One of the most significant advancements with the redesigned 2021 Yukon is the improved second- and third-row seat comfort. The second-row seats slide forward and back, and the third-row seat supplies comparatively generous legroom and a seat cushion with genuine thigh support. However, if you’re looking for second-row or third-row sunshades, you are out of luck.

Late summer heat forced the Yukon’s climate control system to work overtime, and the airflow seems a little loud for a luxury SUV. Despite its 22-inch wheels and tires, the Denali was reasonably quiet on the road, and I didn’t note excessive wind noise. However, I did have my family with me, so moments of silence were few and far between.

Driving Feel

GMC’s switch to a new independent rear suspension does more than just increase the Yukon’s passenger and cargo room. It improves the SUV’s ride and handling, too, helped along by the Denali’s standard next-generation Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) adaptive dampers. A new 4-Corner Air Ride suspension is available, and the test vehicle had it.

Given this hardware, you’d think the Yukon Denali would supply a magic carpet ride quality. The Denali’s available 22-inch wheels have other ideas, ensuring that you’ll always know what’s happening at the road surface. Wrapped in 275/50R22 tires, they broadcast sharply enough to get past the MRC and air suspension, negatively impacting ride comfort and smoothness.

Nevertheless, the improvement over the previous Yukon is noticeable. Body motions are largely controlled, eliminating most of the SUV’s roll, squat, and dive. In turn, occupants suffer less head toss, and that’s nothing but a good thing. The fancy underpinnings also nearly erased the effect of speed humps on the ride.

Steering effort levels are a little light, and the brakes are a bit firm, but overall this SUV is mighty pleasing to pilot. And since you won’t require the level of grip supplied by the 22-inch tires, it likely rides better on the Denali’s standard 20s.

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GMC has improved the 2021 Yukon in most of the ways that count. Maximum towing capacity isn’t competitive, but a new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel 6-cylinder engine is coming that could rectify both that issue and the V-8 engine’s thirst for gas. Otherwise, the new Yukon should continue to impress its owners in terms of overall appeal.

Christian Wardlaw is a veteran digital automotive journalist with over 25 years of experience in test-driving vehicles. In addition to JDPower.com, his work has appeared in numerous new- and used-car buying guides, newspapers, and automotive industry trade journals.

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FAQs

How reliable is 2021 Yukon Denali? ›

Is the GMC Yukon Reliable ? The 2021 GMC Yukon has a predicted reliability score of 73 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Is the Yukon Denali worth it? ›

While none of the features offered are necessary, they're all nice to have and can really enhance your driving experience in the long term. The Denali package is more worth it for people who want an advanced safety system in their car.

What is the difference between 2021 and 2022 Yukon Denali? ›

The 2021 model year had 8-inch digital with analog gauges, but now in the 2022 model year it has grown to 12-inch Digital Information Cluster, giving the driver a better view of the information in the cluster. Also, another update in the 2022 Yukon is the Power Sliding Center Console now becoming standard on Denali.

Is GMC Yukon worth buying? ›

In conclusion, it isn't worth waiting for the 2023 GMC Yukon. Almost nothing about the large SUV is changing for the new model year. Unfortunately, the Denali Ultimate trims contain features already available but for a much higher price. We're still getting the same design and features as the 2022 model.

Are there any recalls on the 2021 Yukon Denali? ›

General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2021 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, and Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles. The rear wheel driveshaft assemblies may have internal components that were not heat-treated properly, possibly resulting in driveshaft failure.

Is Denali or Sierra better? ›

Ultimately, since both trucks are very similar, it all comes down to where they are different. The Denali is more powerful and more luxurious, but also more expensive.

Which is better Denali or Silverado? ›

2022 GMC Sierra Denali Keeps the Crown

The 2022 GMC Sierra Denali, in particular, is just on a completely different level. The base Denali offers higher quality interior features, infotainment, and stylings over the Silverado 1500's highest-end trim, the High Country.

Do GMC Denali hold their value? ›

GMC: 54.6 Percent Retained Value

Each is available in Denali trim, which adds premium amenities and design details. In any trim level, GMC vehicles have desirable durability and versatility that aid in their 54.6 percent value retention over five years.

What makes the Denali so special? ›

Denali signifies comfort and quality with attention to detail, including premium features and materials. Leather-appointed, heated driver and front-passenger seating, real aluminum trim, unique seat trims and stitching details are just a taste of the luxury, comfort and style you'll get in a Denali.

Which is better Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon? ›

If you put a high value on towing and/or a lower purchase price, the Chevrolet Tahoe is the better choice; but if thrifty fuel economy and a long list of standard tech and safety features are important to you, that makes the Yukon the wiser option overall.

Is a Yukon or a Tahoe better 2022? ›

While the Yukon has more cargo space overall, the 2022 Chevy Tahoe SUV offers best-in-class cargo space when combined with the amount of second-row and third-row leg room.

How often do you change oil in 2021 Yukon? ›

GMC advises getting your 2021 GMC Yukon oil & filter changed every 3,000-5,000 miles for conventional oil. Synthetic oil frequently should be changed every 7,500 - 10,000 miles. Keep in mind it's best to check your owner's manual and confer your dealer to find out the intervals that work best for your car.

Is GMC better quality than Chevy? ›

GMC trucks and SUVs are priced relatively higher than their Chevy counterparts, but they offer better quality materials and come with more standard equipment and premium features. Most of GMC's truck and SUV sales come from its luxurious off-road AT4 and high-end Denali trim levels.

Is Denali top of the line? ›

GMC Denali — GMC automaking's highest standard. The ultimate in advanced design; pinnacle of professional grade. The Denali nameplate is the distinctive top trim available for the GMC Sierra and Canyon trucks, as well as Terrain, Acadia, and Yukon SUVs.

How long will a Yukon Denali last? ›

Industry experts agree that owners can expect their GMC Yukon to last for at least 200,000 miles with regular maintenance, and the Yukon made Forbes' top 15 list of vehicles that run up to 300,000 miles or more.

Does GMC Yukon have problems? ›

2021 GMC Yukon Airbag Problems

The airbags in the 2021 Yukon seem to be a big problem. In addition to driver complaints and a recall, there is an open NHTSA investigation into airbag malfunction. This was launched in April 2021 after numerous complaints to NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation.

Does GMC Yukon have transmission problems? ›

Anyone in the market for a GMC Yukon should be aware that some models have experienced recurring problems with 8-speed transmissions, and that those problems have prompted significant class action lawsuits.

Is Yukon Denali a luxury SUV? ›

Model Overview. 2023 GMC Yukon Denali. Full-Size Luxury SUV.

Is GMC better than Silverado? ›

Both the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 produce identical horsepower and performance specs with help from their ten-speed automatic transmissions. Where they differ is in towing capacity. The Silverado 1500 has a higher towing capacity, when properly equipped, than the Sierra 1500.

What does Denali stand for? ›

Denali is a word from the Koyukon Athabaskan language of the Native peoples of Alaska that means “the great one.” It was used for centuries to describe the highest mountain in the state, which was renamed Mount McKinley during the 19th-century gold rush.

Whats better an AT4 or a Denali? ›

The main features separating the 2022 GMC Yukon Denali from the Yukon AT4 include price, performance capabilities, and features. While the AT4 costs less than the Denali, the Denali offers better horsepower and technology. Either way, you can't go wrong with a Yukon.

Is High Country or Denali nicer? ›

Is High Country or Denali better? Although the two have a lot in common, the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali is more luxurious overall. However, the most important thing about every vehicle is the price.

Is Denali the top trim? ›

GMC Denali models are at the top of the trim range on GMC vehicles. Around the exterior, the show starts with flairs like a chrome grille and accents, stand-out wheel designs, exclusive colors, and premium badging.

What is the Ford version of the Denali? ›

The 2022 Ford F-250 Platinum and GMC Sierra 2500 Denali are two heavy-duty trucks with big personalities.

Which SUV has the highest resale value? ›

2022 Best Resale Value: SUVs
  • 2022 Kia Telluride. ...
  • 2022 GMC Yukon. Resale Value: 47.2% ...
  • 2022 Toyota 4Runner. Resale Value: 58.6% ...
  • 2022 Volvo XC40. Resale Value: 39.0% ...
  • 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB. Resale Value: 41.1% ...
  • 2022 Range Rover Velar. Resale Value: 36.0% ...
  • 2022 Lincoln Aviator. Resale Value: 41.5% ...
  • 2022 Lexus LX. Resale Value: 45.2%

Which large SUV holds its value the best? ›

GM's big body-on-frame SUVs are all-new for 2021, and the beautifully appointed GMC Yukon has just been named the top Full-Size SUV in the 2021 KBB Best Resale Value Awards.

Is Denali just a trim package? ›

The Denali is GMC's finest trim package for the, Yukon, Sierra,Terrain, Acadia, and soon for the Canyon. SLT is the trim package between Denali and the base SLE. GMC crafts the Denali with a modern design, a unique grille, the finest materials and the latest safety technologies.

Are Denali good on gas? ›

You may make a plan to stop at a gas station after covering 325 miles. The new Yukon Denali offers a mileage of 14mpg on city roads and 10 mpg on the highway. It offers a combined mileage of 16 mpg. The 6.2 liter V8, its efficient cylinder management system, and gearbox all work together to bring down fuel consumption.

Is the GMC Denali the same as Chevy High Country? ›

Comparison Summary

The Sierra Denali and Silverado High Country share the same frame, engines, drive terrain, and perform the same on and off the road. The difference between the two trucks comes down to looks, both in the interior and on the exterior.

What is the top of the line Yukon? ›

A new range-topping Denali Ultimate trim joins the Yukon lineup for 2023 and features fancier Alpine Umber leather upholstery, 16-way power-adjustable front seats with massage, open pore wood trim, and an 18-speaker Bose stereo system, among other niceties.

Which is better Yukon or expedition? ›

The Yukon has a towing capacity of 8,400 pounds, while the Expedition can tow up to 9300 pounds. All the 2022 Expedition models possess an independent rear suspension which provides better handling and riding experience than the live-axle setups on the 2022 GMC Yukon.

Is suburban better than Yukon? ›

Winner: GMC Yukon XL

The Suburban slots in just shy of the GMC at a TCC Rating of 6.2 out of 10, with a lower styling score but otherwise identical scores. If it's value at the top of your list, the Suburban can be less expensive—and could be the better choice.

What is comparable to Yukon? ›

Yukon: Which Is Better? The Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon are two of the top three selling large SUVs in the United States. Both utes are built by General Motors, and for 2021 both models were totally redesigned.

What gets better gas mileage Yukon or Tahoe? ›

In the Yukon, the diesel is capable of achieving 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, but in the Tahoe, it's marginally more efficient with a rating of 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

Why are Tahoes and Yukons the same? ›

The Chevrolet Tahoe and the GMC Yukon are like twins. Technically, they come from the same parent company, General Motors, so mistaking them for doppelgangers is understandable.

Does 2022 GMC Yukon require premium gas? ›

FUEL ECONOMY

With the 6.2 engine and RWD, the Yukon is rated at 15/20 and the XL is rated at 14/20; with 4WD, both are rated at 14/19. Premium-grade gas is required for the 6.2 engine; the 5.3 runs on regular gas. The turbodiesel engine is rated at 21/27 with RWD and 20/26 with 4WD.

How much should I pay for a 2021 GMC Yukon? ›

The base price for a new 2021 GMC Yukon Denali is $72,695 (prices include destination).

How much does an oil change cost for a Yukon Denali? ›

The average cost for a GMC Yukon oil change is between $129 and $139. Labor costs are estimated between $36 and $45 while parts are priced at $94.

Does 2021 Yukon fit in a garage? ›

The other part: The Yukon is 210 inches long and 81 inches wide. The good news, however: Large as it is, it did fit in my petite city garage. So, someone in a city could own this and not have to worry about trying to find street parking night after night.

Are the new Yukons reliable? ›

We expect the 2023 Yukon will be less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2021 and 2022 models.

What is better 2021 Tahoe or 2021 Yukon? ›

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has a TCC Rating of 6.8 while the 2021 GMC Yukon has a TCC Rating of 7.0. The difference comes down to our editorial team feeling the Yukon's bold looks are slightly more attractive and the high-zoot Denali model nearing Cadillac-levels of luxury.

How long will a Denali last? ›

The GMC Yukons can last as long as 250,000- 300,000 miles with regular maintenance. A few owners on vehicle discussion forums have reported hitting 400k with minimal issues and repairs over the years. Basically, you can get 20 years and more from the Yukon if it is properly maintained.

Does the Yukon have a Corvette engine? ›

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Denali models come with a 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 that shares much of its innards with the Corvette's standard engine.

Is GMC Yukon expensive to maintain? ›

A GMC Yukon will cost about $8,300 for maintenance and repairs during its first 10 years of service. This beats the industry average for popular SUV models by $833. There is also a 22.80% chance that a Yukon will require a major repair during that time.

Is a Yukon Denali a luxury vehicle? ›

In the GMC lineup, Denali means luxury. Virtually every GMC product has a Denali trim, which represented the best the automaker had to offer.

Which is quieter Tahoe or Yukon? ›

Compared with the Tahoe High Country I tested, the Yukon Denali was significantly quieter, smoother and less choppy — you didn't feel that the 22-inch wheels were too big for the truck, and not as much of the road imperfections were transmitted into the cabin.

Which is better Yukon or Expedition? ›

The Yukon has a towing capacity of 8,400 pounds, while the Expedition can tow up to 9300 pounds. All the 2022 Expedition models possess an independent rear suspension which provides better handling and riding experience than the live-axle setups on the 2022 GMC Yukon.

Do GMC Yukons have transmission problems? ›

Anyone in the market for a GMC Yukon should be aware that some models have experienced recurring problems with 8-speed transmissions, and that those problems have prompted significant class action lawsuits.

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