The 2021 GMC Yukon Is Bigger and Better Than Ever

October 9th, 2020 by

A black 2021 GMC Yukon Denali from a local GMC dealer is parked on a snowy field in front of snow-covered mountains.


The new 2021 GMC Yukon has a bigger, sleeker design with more interior space and more updated features to keep pace with modern life and offer more convenience and comfort while you drive. With four trim levels, three available engines, and fantastic safety and infotainment features, buyers will soon be flooding their local GMC dealers to grab a 2021 Yukon, one of the few truck-based SUVs left on the market. You should consider doing so too, and we at Rick Hendrick Buick GMC of Duluth are going to tell you why. Let’s get started.


Power and Performance

For starters, the 2021 Yukon comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, which makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission and is offered with standard rear-wheel drive, the ideal drivetrain for towing. Four-wheel drive is available for all trims, though it comes standard with the purchase of the AT4 trim.


The top-tier Denali trim comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 engine, which features a best-in-class horsepower of 420 and generates 460 lb-ft of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission is also paired with this engine, and it comes standard with rear-wheel drive or the option for four-wheel drive.


With all of this power, the Yukon has the capability to do almost anything. In fact, this powerful SUV has the ability to tow up to 8,400 lbs. That is extremely impressive, coming from an SUV and allows traveling only that much easier. Overall, this is an extremely powerful and versatile vehicle in terms of performance.


A Good Looking Exterior

A white 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 is parked on a beach near Atlanta, GA.


GMC has redesigned the 2021 Yukon to be bigger and better than ever, and not just in terms of performance. An extra 6.1 inches has been added to the length of the new Yukons, which means more room inside, but it has also gained new features.


The appearance of the exterior has been upgraded, with the body shaving away the edges of the boxy look of last year’s design while still upholding a recognizable Yukon boldness. LED daytime running lights, fog lights, and headlights are all standard for the 2021 Yukon, and it will be available in nine paint colors. If the length of the standard Yukon isn’t enough, it’s also available as a Yukon XL with all the same features and more than 15 inches of extra length.


Appearance aside, other features of the 2021 Yukon have been upgraded to make the driving experience smoother and safer. An independent rear suspension manages the weight of the Yukon better than in previous generations, and it reduces the feel of bumps in the road while driving. The Denali trim takes it a step further with magnetically-controlled shock dampeners and an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension. The air ride suspension will both manage rough roads and will raise and lower the vehicle height up to four inches to either gain more ground clearance or drop to allow for easier entry.


Other features of the exterior include wheel sizes from 17 to 22 inches, acoustic laminated glass, black assist steps, heated and powered exterior mirrors, Rainsense automatic wipers, available panoramic sunroof, Intellibeam automatic headlights, roof rails, and an available max trailering package. Certain features like a retractable powered assist step or the rear camera mirror washer are exclusive to the Denali trim, but most features can be added as options to most trim levels. That is an extensive list of features, meaning, the exterior of the Yukon can be made to fit anyone’s wants and needs.


A Luxurious Interior

Sitting inside the 2021 Yukon will be a clear upgrade in modern design and technology. Right away, the dashboard draws the eye with the leather-wrapped comfort of the steering wheel and shift knob, the flow of the command center’s appearance, and the addition of some chrome accents tastefully outlining shapes in the dash and steering wheel. The center stack contains the 10.2-inch infotainment center loaded with apps for various functions like the audio and phone connectivity, as well as the standard tri-zone automatic climate control and other features.


Interior colors come in several options, including attractive two-tone choices in both leather and cloth, and the Denali trim features an upgraded stitching pattern on the seats. Heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats are standard for all but the base trim, and heated second-row seats are available for all but the base trim. All trim levels come standard with powered front seats, and the Denali comes standard with driver’s seat memory.


Technology features like HD radio, an HD rearview camera, SiriusXM, hitch guidance, USB data and charging ports, a 12-volt outlet in the rear cargo area, a 4G WiFi hotspot, and remote start are standard on all trims. Additional features like a hands-free liftgate, head-up display, rearview auto-dimming mirror, rearview mirror camera, and universal home remote are only available with the Denali trim. A rear-seat media system with 12.6-inch dual screens that allow screen sharing, streaming, and come with Bluetooth headphones is available for all but the base trim.


Space in the 2021 Yukon is plentiful for both passengers and luggage, with a variety of configurations possible amongst the trim levels. In the SLE and SLT trims, three bench seats can seat nine, or the standard bucket seats in the front row combined with two back row bench seats can seat eight. The Denali is the only trim that comes standard with two captain’s chairs in the second row and allows seating for seven. In the Denali, both rows of rear seats are powered to fold flat to maximize cargo space, and this feature is an option for some lower trims. The 2021 Yukon is both well-equipped and spacious.


The brown and tan front seats and dashboard of a 2021 GMC Yukon Denali are shown.


An Abundance of Safety Features

Every trim level of the 2021 Yukon comes standard with driver-assisted safety features and built-in technology to ensure the vehicle avoids impacts and stays on the road in poor driving conditions. Automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, and front pedestrian braking are all designed to prevent accidents before they happen. Stabilitrak will electronically stabilize your Yukon with sensors to put traction where it’s needed, hill start assist will prevent rolling downhill, and seven airbags throughout the vehicle will sense an impact and protect the passengers while OnStar can call for help if you need it.


The Teen Driver system can keep your young drivers safe when you aren’t in the car, and a rear-seat reminder will alert the driver to remember little ones in the back. Front and rear park assist will help make sure you pull into a space safely. Also available for all trims are lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keep assist with lane departure warning. For the Denali and SLT trims, trailer side blind zone alert is available to help make towing safer. Exclusive to the Denali, an interior movement sensor will alert you if something is moving inside your vehicle when you aren’t there. Overall, the 2021 Yukon has an extensive list of features to keep passengers safer than ever on the road.


About Rick Hendrick Buick GMC Duluth

The 2021 GMC Yukon has so much to offer drivers. From performance to space, to entertainment and safety features, the Yukon is the perfect SUV for families and adventurers alike. There is simply nothing that this vehicle does not offer. So if you are in the market for a strong, comfortable, fun SUV, look no further: the 2021 GMC Yukon was made just for you.

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