2021 GMC Yukon First Test Review: Bigger—But Is It Better? (2023)

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GMC Yukon Full Overview

The Sierra pickup truck may be the heart of GMC, but the Yukon has always been the soul. The original GMC Yukon Denali became a pop culture icon soon after its debut for 1999—given as much street cred as its big brother, the Cadillac Escalade. The new, fifth-generation 2021 GMC Yukon attempts to reinject that bit of cachet into the line with an updated Denali and a new-to-the-Yukon AT4 trim, both of which we had a chance to review.

Like the prior four generations, the 2021 GMC Yukon and extended-wheelbase Yukon XL share much with the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and 2021 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV. But from the curbside view, at least, GMC has successfully differentiated the conservatively styled 2021 Yukon from the edgy Tahoe and Suburban and blocky Escalade, especially in the SUV's AT4 trim. The updated Yukon Denali takes things a step further, sporting both distinctive sheetmetal and a trim-specific dashboard, leaving the AT4 and the rest of the Yukon line to essentially share a cabin design with the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban.

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Like humanity, the Yukon, Tahoe, and Escalade are all the same under the skin. Riding on a new hybrid unibody-on-frame platform, with—for the first time in Yukon history—an independent rear suspension, the Yukon grows by 4.9 inches in wheelbase and 6.1 inches in overall length, allowing GMC to significantly increase third-row passenger legroom and cargo capacity (the not-yet-driven Yukon XL gets stretched by 4.1 inches in wheelbase and 0.9 inch in overall length compared to before). Power in our Yukon AT4 test model comes courtesy of GM's largely carryover 5.3-liter V-8, which makes 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a new-for-2021 10-speed automatic transmission, relegating the old six-speed slushbox to the cheapest of GMC Sierra pickups. Four-wheel drive is standard on the off-road-oriented Yukon AT4, though all- and rear-wheel drive are available elsewhere in the lineup.

The Yukon Denali shares its powertrain with the Escalade—a mostly unchanged 6.2-liter V-8/10-speed-auto combo with four-wheel drive. Power remains the same as 2020, with 420 horses and 460 lb-ft of torque. For 2021, the 6.2-liter V-8 is exclusive to the Yukon Denali, but we wouldn't be surprised to see it show up under the hood of the Yukon AT4 in the coming years as the automaker attempts to expand and elevate that particular sub-brand, which stands as the rugged and sporty alternative to the Denali's upscale pretensions.

Not coming to the Yukon AT4 (but available for the Yukon SLE, SLT, and Denali) is the new-for-2021—and as of yet untested—Duramaxturbo-diesel 3.0-liter I-6. The engine and its associated hardware, which makes 277 horsepower and 420-lb-ft of torque, won't fit in the Yukon AT4 due to its distinct front fascia, which features a nipped-and-tucked chin to boost the off-roader's approach angle.

Optional and equipped on both our Yukon AT4 and Denali examples is arguably the biggest news for 2021: GM's new Air Ride adaptive suspension system. Combining electromagnetic dampers with air springs, the new tech blends the ability of the system's MagneRide dampers to rapidly adapt to various road and drive conditions with the air suspension's variable ride height and load-leveling capability in an effort to further improve the utility of what's already an exceptionally versatile SUV.

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How Does the 2021 GMC Yukon Drive?

Despite the models' different powertrains and use cases, the Yukon AT4 and Yukon Denali drive pretty similarly. Somewhat unexpectedly, though, the Yukon AT4, equipped with the smaller V-8 and the optional Air Ride suspension (but saddled with 20-inch wheels and off-road tires) was the more enjoyable model to wheel around. We've never been fans of GM's 5.3-liter V-8, which in the last-gen Yukon seemed to be better at making noise than increasing forward momentum, but the new 10-speed auto seemingly cures those ills. Its tight ratio spread makes the most of the 5.3's segment-worst power output and really helps it punch above its weight.

Like a teacher's pet, the 10-speed always has the right answer (and gear) for the task at hand. The Yukon AT4's powertrain even handles a trailer well, with a decent amount of passing power on tap and exceptional shift behavior from the transmission when dragging along approximately 4,000 pounds' worth of Airstream camper. That was about half of the AT4's 8,200-pound towing capacity.

The Yukon Denali's big 6.2-liter V-8 is no slouch, either, but at the same time, it doesn't quite feel as lively as does the 5.3. Part of that, no doubt, has to do with the couple hundred extra pounds the Denali is carrying, but we suspect taller transmission gearing in the Denali may be partially to blame, too. Unless you're towing heavy trailers regularly, Yukon AT4 buyers needn't feel like they're missing out on the 6.2-liter V-8.

When it comes to ride quality, the Yukon AT4 gets the slight edge on its big brother, while the Denali scores points back for handling. Both Air Ride-equipped Yukons are prone to transmitting more impact harshness into the cabin than expected, but aided by its smaller 20-inch wheels and cushier tire sidewalls, the AT4 dispatches the rough stuff a bit better. The Denali, riding on optional 22-inch wheels, has a tendency to find bumps and rough patches the AT4 doesn't notice. Although its off-road-oriented tires help improve the Yukon AT4's ride quality, the taller rubber also hurt its steering feel, which is direct but numb. The Denali, on the other hand, is pleasantly competent on a good road when in Sport mode, with quick, progressive steering, good feedback, and minimal body roll.

With no added power but some added weight, it wasn't surprising to see where the test numbers fell when we hooked the Yukon AT4 up to our gear at the test track. The new Yukon AT4, weighing in at 5,912 pounds, fell just behind the pace of the last Yukon we tested, a 5.3-powered 2015 Yukon SLT 4x4 weighing in at 5,633 pounds. The new Yukon accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds at 90.6 mph, whereas the old model needed 6.9 seconds to hit 60 mph and 15.4 to clear the quarter-mile at 90.0 mph.

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Our 60-to-0-mph braking test took 129 feet for the 2021 Yukon and 125 for the 2015 model. (For the record, the brakes on both Yukons we evaluated felt wooden and stiff, with little initial bite.) Thanks to a stability-control system that isn't fully defeatable (a rarity in a GM), the new Yukon also performed worse than its predecessor on the figure eight; it lapped our course in 30.6 seconds at 0.51 g average, versus 27.5 seconds at 0.65 g. We'd expect a non-AT4 5.3-powered 2021 Yukon to improve by a second at most on the figure eight, and remain steady in the zero-to-60 and quarter-mile tests. Similarly, we haven't yet tested the Yukon Denali, but we'd expect it to shed about a second from the AT4's acceleration and handling results.

Despite the new transmission, the 5.3-liter Yukon's EPA-estimated fuel economy is unchanged at 18 mpg combined; Denali four-wheel-drive models drop 1 mpg this year to 16 mpg combined.

What's the GMC Yukon's Interior Like? How's Its Cargo Space?

The new Yukon's interior is a significant step up from the fourth-gen model, but that's not to say there isn't room for improvement. First the good: It's positively enormous. The new Yukon is the first of its kind to comfortably fit adults in its third row. It's also the first to successfully fit passengers in the third row and a substantial amount of luggage—in this case, four airline-friendly rollaboard bags (done without stacking the bags on top of each other, too).

As far as design goes, the Yukon Denali's is more successful than the AT4's. With cross-stitched baseball-glove-like leather, ash trim that's as nice to touch as to look at, and a remarkably crisp high-resolution infotainment display, the Yukon Denali mostly feels the luxe truck that it is. Because the Denali makes up the bulk of Yukon sales, GMC decided to make its dash design exclusive, leaving the rest of the Yukon line (including the AT4) to share most of its cabin with the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban lineup. We think that was probably a mistake. Despite the addition of aluminum trim, acoustic glass, and GMC-exclusive upholstery patterns, the Yukon AT4's cabin doesn't look or feel noticeably higher-quality than the less expensive Tahoe and Suburban Z71 models we also had on hand for evaluation. GMC notes Yukon customers don't cross-shop with Chevrolet, but that doesn't mean the two SUVs shouldn't be compared.

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Despite the Yukon Denali's unique dash, both it and the AT4 still share far more with the Tahoe line than they ought to. Switchgear, for instance, on the Yukons is identical in both placement and quality to the Tahoe line. Worse, the Yukon shares the Chevy SUV's shotgun approach to button placement. We wish some thought—literally any thought—was put into how and where the Yukon's controls were placed. Tailgate, sunroof, center console, and seat buttons, for instance, are on the ceiling. Drive modes, 4WD selector, headlights, heads-up display controls, start-stop, parking—basically everything else—is haphazardly placed to the left of the steering wheel, below the driver's eye line. The most annoying part is that the headlight, drive mode, and suspension height knobs are literally identical (they're actually repurposed HVAC knobs, but we digress), and so if you're trying to adjust drive modes by feel—like to switch into Sport mode, for instance—there's an equal chance you'll turn your headlights off, or raise the suspension instead.

How Much Does the 2021 GMC Yukon Cost?

Pricing for the 2021 Yukon doesn't change much from past years, with the SUV's base price rising just $100 to $51,995. Yukon Denali prices don't shift much, either—rear-drive models start at $69,695, a $700 increase versus last year. The Yukon AT4 starts at $66,095. All-wheel drive is a $3,000 extra on all trims but the AT4, where four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case is standard (the Denali can be had with rear- or four-wheel drive, while four-wheel drive can be added to all-wheel-drive-equipped Yukon SLE and SLT models by adding the $565 Max Trailering package). The long-wheelbase Yukon XL adds another $2,700 to the GMC's list price.

The as-tested price for our loaded Yukon AT4 was $76,155, whereas our loaded Yukon Denali with 4WD stickered for $84,720. It bears repeating: An identically equipped (save for the sheet metal) Chevy Tahoe Z71 can be had for $4,320 less than the Yukon AT4, while a Tahoe High Country equipped similarly to our Yukon Denali tester can be had for $81,840. Also worth pointing out: An Escalade equipped similarly to our Yukon Denali tester will set you back $96,545.

Although more separates the Yukon lineup from its stablemates than ever before, the buyer unafraid of cross-shopping both in-house GM brands and rival automakers may find a better value elsewhere. That being said, the 2021 Yukon is the most convincing effort we've seen from GMC in quite a long time. It remains to be seen whether the new Denali and AT4 can capture the public's imagination in the same way the original Yukon Denali did more than two decades ago, but the fifth-gen model is certainly a step in the right direction.

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2021 GMC Yukon AT4
VEHICLE LAYOUTFront-engine, 4WD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV
ENGINE5.3L/355-hp/383-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION10-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)5,912 lb (51/49%)
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT210.0 x 81.0 x 76.5 in
0-60 MPH7.2 sec
QUARTER MILE15.5 sec @ 90.6 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH129 ft
MT FIGURE EIGHT30.6 sec @ 0.51 g (avg)
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY211/169 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB1.10 lb/mile
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Is the 2021 GMC Yukon reliable? ›

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 Yukon AT4 better than 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.

Does a Yukon have good resale value? ›

Predicted Resale Value after 5 Years of Ownership: 46.4%

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 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.

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.

What is the average life of a GMC Yukon? ›

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.

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 the Denali package worth it? ›

Overall, the Denali Ultimate provides more tech, extra convenience, a better ride, the complete towing package, and higher quality materials. For $81,690, it does not fall short of luxurious expectations.

Which is more expensive Denali or AT4? ›

2022 GMC Acadia AT4 (starting at $42,795)

In AT4 guise, the Acadia is quite a bit less expensive than the Denali. It's outfitted more like the base AWD SLE (which costs $38,295 but comes only with the 4-cylinder engine). Outside, you'll find black exterior trim extending to 17-inch wheels that wear all-terrain tires.

Is Yukon expensive to insure? ›

How much does GMC Yukon insurance cost? GMC Yukon car insurance rates average $1,694 annually, or about $141 monthly. Plan on paying about $26 less per year for GMC Yukon insurance when compared to the average rate for all large SUVs, and $127 more per year than the all-vehicle national average of $1,567.

What is best engine for Yukon? ›

2023 Yukon Photos

"The 5.3-liter V8 provides perfectly adequate acceleration. The 6.2-liter livens things up a bit, though we still wouldn't call it fast. Ultimately, we think the Duramax diesel is the best choice.

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.

How long do Yukon engines 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.

Is a Tahoe or Yukon safer? ›

Safety ratings

The GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe are virtually the same under the skin of base models. So how did they do on crash testing? Not surprising they came out the same with an overall safety rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Their overall rating loses a star because the rollover rating only gets 3 out of 5 stars.

What cars are equivalent to GMC Yukon? ›

The 2021 GMC Yukon is mechanically related to the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and offers the same powertrains, but the Yukon Denali has no Chevy equivalent. The Ford Expedition is just as big, with turbo V-6 power and a bigger body.

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 do Tahoes and Yukons look 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? ›


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.

Which SUV last the longest? ›

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Is GMC high maintenance? ›

You can expect your GMC to require slightly more maintenance than other cars. According to RepairPal, GMC vehicles tend to visit the repair shop about 0.3 times per year for unscheduled maintenance. That's not a terrible rate, but here's the full picture: 17% of those repairs are considered severe.

Is the Yukon reliable? ›

We expect the 2022 Yukon will be much less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2021 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Does GMC last longer than Chevy? ›

Although no General Motors vehicle topped its segment in the study, Chevrolet and GMC were both found to be among the longest-lasting car brands. GMC ranked third in the study, with 1.4% of all GMC vehicles reaching 200k miles or more, according to iSeeCars.

Has GM quality improved? ›

GM was recognized as the number one manufacturer out of 15 automotive corporations evaluated in the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Initial Quality Study, receiving more segment awards than any other company.

Which GMC is best? ›

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Is Denali considered luxury? ›

Step inside the 2023 Yukon Denali Ultimate full size luxury SUV and it's quickly apparent why its considered the pinnacle of GMC Denali styling.

Is Denali better than SLT? ›

The Yukon Denali delivers more power with its 6.2L, 420hp V8 EcoTec3 engine. The SLT comes with a six-speed automatic transmission while the Yukon Denali comes with an eight-speed auto transmission. The 18-inch aluminum wheels are a standard for the SLT while 20-inch aluminum wheels are standard for the Denali.

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.

What does AT4 stand for? ›

AT4 stands for All-Terrain 4WD.

Is GMC or Chevy more luxurious? ›

The Differences

Generally speaking, GMC trucks are more for luxury users, while Chevrolet trucks are more for the average truck buyer. By aiming for two different markets, General Motors can reach more people without having their trucks compete against one another.

Is Sierra or Denali 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.

Is a Tahoe or a Yukon more expensive? ›

The Chevy Tahoe starts $1,100 cheaper than the Yukon, making it better for buyers who care more about this SUV's roominess than features.

What is a good salary in the Yukon? ›

The average yukon salary in Canada is $67,207 per year or $34.47 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $36,075 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $93,985 per year.

Is a Yukon a luxury SUV? ›

For 2023 GMC has introduced the Yukon Denali Ultimate, a feature-loaded and much more advanced model in the carmaker's lineup. With impeccable use of materials, the 2023 Yukon Denali Ultimate is a luxury SUV offered by the company. It is bigger in proportions than most of its competitors and uses a powerful engine.

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.

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.

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.

What has more space a Suburban or Yukon? ›

2021 GMC Yukon Dimensions

Based on these figures, highlights include the fact that the 2021 Suburban offers more legroom for third-row passengers than the competition, and it also provides more cargo space when all seats are occupied.

How many miles can a Yukon Denali last? ›

A GMC Yukon will last anywhere between 250,000-300,000 miles, with some reports reaching up to 400,000 miles. Given that the average miles of Americans a year is roughly 13,000 miles, you can expect to have ownership of a Yukon for at least 20 years.

Which car is bigger Yukon or Suburban? ›

The 2021 Suburban is notably larger, with more cargo and passenger space. It seats up to nine in this three-row large SUV; and a front-row bench seat is optional on the LS trim.

Which engine is the longest lasting? ›

Of course, who could forget the ever-lasting Lexus 1UZFE engine? This engine is known to reach a million miles and remain smooth-running. The 1UZFE was known to be placed in Lexus' flagship car, the LS400.

How often should you change the oil in a Yukon? ›

An oil change is one of the most basic and crucial services for your vehicle. GMC advocates getting your 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.

What brand of vehicle lasts the longest? ›

Toyota earns the top spot as the best automaker for dependability. Toyota vehicles are known for their longevity, and they are proven to last longer than any other brand. Toyotas are built so well they have below-average maintenance and repair costs, which helps contribute to why they remain on the road for so long.

Are Yukon seats comfortable? ›

Each third-row seat has a dedicated tether anchor. "This is accompanied by special Denali front seats. In any 2022 Yukon, however, the seats are comfortable, even the third row."

Are GMC Yukons safe? ›

2022 GMC Yukon Safety and Reliability

Perhaps disappointingly for such a new SUV, the 2022 Yukon missed out on a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Still, four stars isn't all bad. It scored full marks for side crash tests, four stars for frontal crashes, and three stars in the rollover evaluations.

Is a Yukon like a Tahoe? ›

The GMC Yukon and the Chevy Tahoe are cousins with a lot in common. Both SUVs share the same T1 Truck platform from General Motors and offer a slightly larger body than the previous generation. With two potent V8 engine options and a turbo-diesel engine available, both cars can offer extraordinary performances.

Is Yukon bigger than Escalade? ›

The extended-length Yukon XL Denali offers 39.3 cubic feet of room behind its third row, 76.7 cubes behind its second row, and 121.1 cubes with all the seats folded. The Escalade ESV has the same measurements with its seats upright, but its max cargo capacity is tighter at 120.9 cubes.

Are yukons bigger than Tahoes? ›

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.

Is a GMC Yukon bigger than a Ford Expedition? ›

That's a 22% increase in GMC's SUV, and it only gets better from there. Folding down the third-row seats inevitably increases the cargo space significantly, but the Yukon still outshines the Expedition with 72.6 cu. ft. of space against 63.6 cu.

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 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).

Which is better expedition or Yukon? ›

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 a Tahoe better than a 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.

Does a Yukon or Tahoe get better gas mileage? ›

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.

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.

Is GMC Yukon affected by chip shortage? ›

Affected models include the GMC Acadia, GMC Canyon, GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Sierra HD, GMC Terrain, and the GMC Yukon. The features under constraint for these models include the Heated Steering Wheel feature, Heated Front Seats, Heated Outboard Rear Seats, Rear Park Assist, and Front and Rear Park Assist.

How long do GMC transmissions last? ›

Without service and maintenance, some transmissions can fail in as little as 100,000 miles. If you drive around 10-15,000 miles a year, your transmission could be down for the count in seven years! With care and service, transmissions can last 300,000 miles or more.

How much is an oil change 2021 Yukon? ›

GMC Yukon Oil Change Cost Estimate. 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.

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 Yukon bigger than Ford Explorer? ›

Bigger Really Is Better.

If you're looking for the best thre-row SUV for sale near Kansas City, the 2021 GMC Yukon simply outclasses the smaller Ford Explorer by virtually every measure. The Yukon beats the Explorer by a wide margin in passenger room, the number of passengers, and cargo volume.

What is comparable to the Yukon? ›

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. As a result, the two share a great deal in common.


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