2021 GMC Yukon Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos (2023)

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2021 GMC Yukon Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos (1) Martin Padgett Editorial Director

March 3, 2021

Likes

  • Bolder looks
  • Upscale Denali trim
  • Tougher AT4 trim
  • Available turbodiesel
  • And it’s bigger…

Dislikes

  • …but does it really need to be?
  • Lots of options
  • Denali goes heavy on chrome look

Buying tip

The value will be in the GMC Yukon SLT, but the Denali edition offers Cadillac-grade luxury, down to its big V-8.

features & specs

2WD 4-Door Denali

2WD 4-Door SLE

2WD 4-Door SLT

MSRP

$68,600

MSRP

$51,000

MSRP

$58,000

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Coming to an upper-middle-class neighborhood near you: The 2021 GMC Yukon is richer and bigger, with details and a price tag to match.

What kind of car is the 2021 GMC Yukon? What does it compare to?

The 2021 GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV from the truckmaker and its biggest to date. Available in Yukon and long-body Yukon XL form, it’s a rival for the related Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, and the Cadillac Escalade.

What's new for the 2021 GMC Yukon?

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It’s new for the 2021 model year and its changes represent the largest shift for the brute ‘ute in more than a decade. It’s larger, has a more sophisticated suspension in pricey versions, gets an optional turbodiesel engine, and sports more cameras and forward gears than ever. With the Yukon, GMC has another high-dollar hauler to add to its arsenal and one with more trims than before.

Is the 2021 GMC Yukon a good car?

It’s blessed with excellent powertrains, copious interior room for people and their baggage, a long roster of standard safety and luxury features, and a face we prefer to the one on the Tahoe/Suburban, by a slight margin. We give the 2021 Yukon a TCC Rating of 6.7 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

How do we get there? We start with the snapped chalk lines that frame the Yukon body. It’s big and bluff, with a massive grille that sits chest-high to 6-footers. Its C-shaped lighting corners the body like photos in an album, and the slight forward kick of its C-pillar gives the Yukon some visual motion when it’s parked. Inside it’s low-key lavish in Denali trim, with wood layered between metallic trim and leather; all versions get a big 10.2-inch touchscreen dovetailed neatly into the dash.

GMC taps a 355-horsepower V-8 for the most popular Yukons; Denali makes an inline-6 turbodiesel with 460 lb-ft of torque standard, while the larger 420-hp V-8 is optional. All team with a 10-speed automatic for mostly invisible power transfers to the rear or all four wheels. GMC’s traction systems get assists from available electronic limited-slip differentials, wheels sized from 18 to 22 inches, and newly available adaptive dampers and air springs. In its most mechanically complex form, the GMC Yukon knits it all together for seamless power, a remarkable ride, firmly controlled steering, and sad-face fuel economy.

(Video) 2021 GMC Yukon Denali REVIEW: IT'S SO MUCH BETTER!

The Yukon’s fitted with up to eight seats and cargo room for multiple roll-on bags or a full Welsh dresser, depending on which seats are folded. The seat comfort’s high in the front and second rows, but even row three can fit 6-foot-tall adults for crosstown treks. In Denali trim, the Yukon wears the low sheen of modern luxury like low-heel boots.

Crash-test scores aren’t in yet, but the 2021 Yukon gets standard automatic emergency braking; adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and towing and surround-view camera systems can be ordered. The Yukon’s gorgeous 10.2-inch touchscreen wields wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as in-car wi-fi; Denalis upgrade the basics with a power sunroof, power-folding third-row seats, leather upholstery, and wireless smartphone charging.

How much does the 2021 GMC Yukon cost? How much is a fully loaded 2021 GMC Yukon?

Prices start at $53,290 for the Yukon SLE and rise to $71,290 for the Denali. Four-wheel drive costs $4,000 as an option, while the XL body costs $2,700.

Where is the GMC Yukon made?

In Arlington, Texas.

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Styling

The Yukon wears angles like snapped chalk lines.

The Yukon has visual snap that’s more muted on its Tahoe cousin; the interior’s welcoming where it’s not palatial, in the Denali. We give it an 8 here, with two points above average for its exterior, one for its interior.

Is the 2021 GMC Yukon a good-looking SUV?

The 2021 Yukon draws heavily from the Sierra 1500 from which it's based and stubs a bigger grille into the truck’s snout—depending on trim level.

So far, GMC has only shown us the luxury Denali and off-road-adjacent AT4 trim levels, each with their respective looks. The Denali goes all-in on chrome up front with a big, honeycomb chrome grille up front, surrounded by chrome above and below. C-shaped LED lights frame the badge, which floats toward the top in the ocean of chrome.

More chrome? Sure. The fog lights have chrome surrounds, and the body sides have chrome too.

The AT4 version subs in black and matte black in place of the Denali’s chrome and adds accents such as red tow hooks and visible skid plating to boost its macho resume.

Inside, the Yukons have a low dash with a 10.2-inch touchscreen planted on top of the dash. A push- and pull-button gear selector—similar to the GMC Terrain, except vertically oriented—sits on the driver’s side, next to touchscreen and climate controls perched low in the center stack.

Yukon Denalis get their own dashboard that’s more upright and covered in real wood trim. The touchscreen is integrated into the dash for a better look, although the center console and storage are the same throughout.

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Performance

The Yukon’s V-8 hits a boil quickly; the air springs give it a slick ride.

How fast is the GMC Yukon?

It’s fast enough to forget at times that it’s a GMC relies on one of two V-8s or a 3.0-liter turbodiesel to power the Yukon. Lower-end models get a 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 with 383 pound-feet of torque. A 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 is optional. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 is standard on the Denali, but wasn’t available for a test drive.

We drove the effortlessly smooth and quick Denali edition. GM’s powertrain skills show up in full force here; the big V-8 sounds unbothered as it hustles up to speed, estimated here for scoring at about seven seconds to 60 mph. In Lincoln’s Navigator, the brute force comes with a more grainy soundtrack; the Yukon’s as muted as a sewing-machine-smooth V-12. In the Tahoe, the smaller V-8 doesn’t fall behind by much in acceleration, so we’ve scored it similarly here.

All engines pair to a standard 10-speed automatic. It’s mostly unruffled here, though it sometimes riffles through gears before it settles on one. It’s difficult to tell as it hunts, though.

Is the GMC Yukon 4WD?

(Video) The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali is Truck Tough, Luxury Smooth, and Better Than Ever (In-Depth Review)

Rear-wheel drive is standard on most trims and automatic four-wheel drive is available on every trim except AT4, where it’s standard. An electronic limited-slip differential is available on most models to find better grip—should any Yukons dare to leave the road.

Tow ratings hit 7,900 pounds in rear-drive versions with a standard set of towing accessories (the XL’s 7,800 pounds); with an uprated tow package, the rear-drive 5.3-liter V-8 Yukon can pull up to 8,400 pounds.

The Yukon’s elevated ride and handling mark major progress, and bring GM’s big SUVs on par with the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. For the first time, the Yukon rides on a four-wheel independent suspension that can be upgraded with adaptive dampers and an air suspension that can raise or lower the Yukon by 4 inches for better ground clearance or cruising.

We pressed our Denali test vehicle into post-hurricane escape mode, through floods and sand, and over concrete berms and fallen branches. The Yukon’s full-time four-wheel-drive system never wanted for traction; it gripped a grassy median and led a turnaround caravan when the water grew too deep to ford, its suspension raised two inches to clear anything that couldn’t be seen through murky water. It scrabbled through wind-whipped sand and easily found a foothold; the steering’s weight pulled off the neat effect that makes the Yukon feel smaller and better controlled despite its enormous height and width.

When it finally merged into interstate traffic, it settled into a very welcome, serene lope that masked new potholes and soothed frazzled nerves, even on big 22-inch wheels standard on the Denali.

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Comfort & Quality

The Yukon suits five or more people, and vast quantities of...anything.

Based on the SLE and SLT versions, we give the 2021 Yukon a 9 for comfort and utility. The Denali would be a 10, thanks to its handsome wood and leather trim.

First, the basics. The 2021 Yukon is longer than its predecessor by nearly six inches (210 inches from bumper to bumper) with a wheelbase that stretches 120.9 inches, almost five inches longer than before. The Yukon XL measures 225.2 inches from end to end (up about one inch from last year) and rides a wheelbase that’s 134.1 inches long.

On a practical level, it means the Yukon’s biggest seating challenge is climbing into it. Power running boards help on some versions, but the Yukon’s very tall now; the grille’s at shoulder height for someone 6 feet tall. Climbing in requires a hook around the steering wheel and a grip on the assist handle. Once inside the front power-adjustable seats and tilt/telescope wheel yield a good driving position, an epic view of the road ahead, and compromised views over the shoulders where headrests and roof pillars get in the way. Some trims wear a great grade of leather upholstery, and get heated and cooled seats—and don’t suffer the usual hard seat bottoms that can come with the cooling mechanism.

The second-row captain’s chairs fit nearly the same, with an excess of head and leg room—38.9 and 42.0 inches, respectively. Adults can sit in back and cross a leg over a knee while they watch available rear-seat entertainment; heated second-row seats are available, and we expect a bench seat to become available with less expensive versions, too.

The biggest change inside is for wayback riders in the third row, which gets nearly 35 inches of leg room, up more than 10 inches on the 2020 version. It’s suitable for tall people for short trips, with enough head room and leg support for 6-footers. Their knees will rub against the second-row seat backs, but they’ll get there.

The Yukon’s cargo capacity has grown too. With all three rows of seats in place the Yukon holds 25.5 cubic feet of gear or 122.9 cubic feet with the second and third rows stowed. With rows two and three in place, the Yukon XL holds 41.1 cubic feet of cargo, or 144.7 cubes with the rows out of the way. The cargo floor’s still high, since the Yukon’s a tall-riding vehicle, but better third-row packaging yields more useful space, accessed by a power tailgate.

The Yukon’s fit and finish rises to top tier in the Denali we drove. Matte wood trim melds with leather and metallic trim to frame out the cabin in a low-key but expensive look. We’ve yet to sit in low-end versions, though.

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Mark the Yukon incomplete, for now.

How safe is the GMC Yukon?

The NHTSA gives the Yukon a four-star overall rating, and rollover resistance comes in at three stars. Each of those costs it a point here; it makes up one with standard automatic emergency braking, another for its array of safety-aid cameras. The IIHS still hasn't rated it; that could bring it above average, but for now, it's a 5.

A surround-view camera system is available, as well as blind-spot monitors. The Yukon offers up to nine cameras for better outward vision and towing assistance and the Yukon can be fitted with adaptive cruise control and active lane control, as well as a rear camera mirror.

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Features

The Yukon’s richly appointed, especially in Denali trim.

The Yukon racks up points for lots of standard features, plenty of options, and a big, beautiful touchscreen with great infotainment. It misses points for value and warranty coverage, so it’s an 8.

Which GMC Yukon should I buy?

We recommend the most expensive one, but even the $53,290 Yukon SLE will have great feature content. It comes with power features, cruise control, a 10.2-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 18-inch wheels. Four-wheel drive is a $4,000 option (but only $3,000 on the similar Chevy Tahoe); the XL body is $2,700.

The $60,390 Yukon SLT adds 20-inch wheels, nine-speaker Bose audio, wireless smartphone charging, leather upholstery, and heated and cooled front seats. It’s our recommended pick, with a catch.

How much is a fully loaded 2021 GMC Yukon?

The $67,390 Yukon AT4 could be great because it comes with hill descent control, 20-inch off-road tires, skid plates, and recovery hooks.

If cost is no object, we’d spend up into the $71,290 Yukon Denali, which gets the adaptive suspension, four-wheel drive, the bigger V-8, 14-speaker sound, wood trim, heated second-row seats, a power-fold third-row seat, blind-spot monitors, and a surround-view camera system. Options include a rear-seat entertainment system, a power sunroof, 22-inch wheels, an electronic limited-slip differential, an air suspension, active cruise control, a rear camera mirror, and a trailering package with hitch-view camera and trailer blind-spot monitors.

The Yukon has a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.

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Fuel Economy

Is the GMC Yukon good on gas? No.

Is the GMC Yukon good on gas?

The Yukon isn’t very efficient. It’s equipped with a turbodiesel and one of two V-8 engines which post EPA combined ratings in the high teens. We give it a 3 for fuel economy.

The Yukon’s gas mileage is up from last year by 1 mpg. For 2021, it checks in at 16 mpg city, 20 highway, 18 combined when equipped with the base V-8 in rear- or four-wheel-drive form. The Yukon XL gets the same rating with rear-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive it’s rated at 15/19/17 mpg.

Denali editions with the bigger engine are rated at 15/20/17 mpg in rear-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive drops the numbers to 14/19/16 mpg.

The 3.0-liter inline-6 turbodiesel is the most efficient Yukon at 21/27/23 mpg in rear-wheel drive; four-wheel drive costs it 1 mpg to 20/26/22 mpg.

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FAQs

How reliable is the 2021 GMC Yukon? ›

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 the GMC Yukon hold its 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.

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 Yukon a good buy? ›

While not the least expensive SUV in its class, the 2021 Yukon represents good value for your money. It comes in at a lower price than some of its stiffest competition. It's filled with just enough perks while still being a practical vehicle to own.

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 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.

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.

What does AT4 mean GMC? ›

AT4 stands for All-Terrain 4WD.

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.

Which SUV has the highest resale value? ›

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How long will Yukon 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.

Does Yukon need 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.

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.

Are GMC Yukons good in snow? ›

Even rear-wheel drive GMC Yukons will be decent in the slippery stuff if they're fitted with the right tires. They're much heavier in the back compared to a similarly sized RWD pickup, so they have inherently better rear-wheel traction and will be less prone to fishtailing.

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.

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 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.

Is GMC Yukon a luxury SUV? ›

Immerse yourself in Denali's most sophisticated interior yet. Designed with premium features such as the Bose® 18-speaker Performance Series sound system and the 16-way power front seats with massaging features, this full-size luxury SUV offers excellent comfort and convenience.

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.

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.

Is GM more reliable than Ford? ›

For reliability and facts however, GM has more vehicles and vehicle types than Ford, more brands, better chosen, more reliable, and easier to repair technology. Many times the vehicles are less expensive slightly and parts are less expensive, while the parts quality is about the same as Ford.

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.

Which GMC is best? ›

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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 the Denali worth the extra money? ›

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.

What is the luxury version of GMC? ›

The 2022 Sierra HD Denali luxury truck brings refinement and impressive power to the heavy-duty truck segment. Its available Duramax® 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine with Allison® transmission allows you to trailer up to 30,990 lbs with up to 910 lb. -ft. of torque.

Does GMC 6.2 require premium? ›

Yes, the Chevy 6.2L engine has a higher compression ratio, and 93-octane gas is recommended.

Is AT4 the same as Z71? ›

The other engines come with only a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Trail Boss and the AT4 come loaded with similar off-road packages. The AT4's package is called the X31, and the Trail Boss's package is called the Z71.

Is AT4 similar to Z71? ›

You read that right, the Z71 actually has taller tires. While the width is the same, the Duratracs on the AT4 are much more aggressive with thicker and stiffer sidewalls for better puncture resistance.

Is GM still waiting on chips? ›

Sales are down from the same quarter last year and the chip shortage isn't helping. We are officially more than halfway through 2022 and the chip shortage triggered by the global pandemic continues to have a significantly detrimental effect on the automotive industry.

Which car makers hit hardest by chip shortage? ›

The most affected

A report from AutoForecast Solutions showed that Ford was the hardest hit by the global chip shortage, pulling more than 230,000 vehicles from its production schedule. Chevrolet was the second hardest hit U.S. automaker with a production cut of 140,800 vehicles.

How long will chip shortage last for GM? ›

GM CEO Mary Barra Warns Chip Shortage Will Go Into 2023. She Wants Congress to Help. General Motors didn't finish 95,000 cars in the second quarter because of a lack of parts.

What color SUV holds its value best? ›

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According to the iSeeCars report, yellow is the most valuable colors among convertibles and SUVs, while orange does it for coupes, beige is best for pickup trucks, and purple, being among the rarest of colors in any segment, boosts the value of sedans the most.

What is the #1 selling SUV in America? ›

Best-selling SUV/crossover models in the U.S. 2021. Out of all the SUV/Crossover models purchased by American consumers, the greatest number of sales was generated by the Toyota RAV4, with 407,739 automobiles sold.

What is the number one SUV sold? ›

The SUV that has the best sales numbers for the first half of 2022 is the Toyota RAV4. This shouldn't be a big surprise for anyone familiar with the RAV4. The first six months saw 200,885 RAV4s sold, representing a decline of only 9 percent compared to the same time last year.

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.

Is the new Yukon reliable? ›

The 2022 GMC Yukon has a predicted reliability score of 73 out of 100.

What happens if I put regular gas instead of premium once? ›

However, remember this: when a premium fuel engine runs on regular fuel, there's a risk of combustion of the fuel mix before the spark plug even lights up. This causes a phenomenon called knocking, which is likely to damage the engine. Although Mazda recommends using premium fuel, they don't require it.

What happens if I pump regular gas instead of premium? ›

Because regular has lower octane, it is more prone to detonation. Burning regular in an engine designed for premium on a long-term basis or under heavy loads can cause engine knock, and that in turn can damage the pistons, valves or spark plugs.

What happens if you use regular gas and not premium? ›

If your vehicle's manufacturer recommends using premium gasoline, then filling up with premium is a good idea. Using lower octane fuel in a high-performance engine over time could eventually cause knocking, potentially damaging the engine.

Do GMC Yukons hold their value? ›

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.

Are GMC Yukon expensive to maintain? ›

GMC Yukon Maintenance Costs. 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.

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.

Is Yukon worth the money? ›

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 GMC Yukon a reliable car? ›

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.

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.

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 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.

Are Yukon good on 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.

What SUV last the longest? ›

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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.

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.

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.

Why is there a shortage of GMC Yukons? ›

The chip shortage has vexed automakers around the globe since 2020, forcing many automakers to temporarily close factories and trim production. The shortage has limited the supply of new vehicles on dealer lots in the U.S. to around 1 million, when in normal years it's about 4 million at any given time.

Are yukons expensive to fix? ›

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.

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.

Are GMC expensive to maintain? ›

RepairPal, which looks at many different model years, tells us that the average annual repair costs for all GMC vehicles and model years are $747. They note that this cost is above average for vehicle brands and that GMC vehicles have a 14% probability of having their repairs be severe!

Are GMC engines reliable? ›

The GMC Reliability Rating is 3.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 22nd out of 32 for all car brands. This rating is based on an average across 345 unique models.

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