Renowned for years as the ultimate family vehicle, the GMC Yukon XL is a full-size SUV that offers a variety of class options for consumers to choose from. Whether you are interested in a simple, conventional SUV or a luxury, full-size SUV experience, buyers can get either in the 2021 GMC Yukon XL. First introduced in 1992, this SUV has maintained its legacy for decades. With each version being more advanced and better than ever, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL is the best model yet. Read on to find out more about this versatile, yet stylish SUV model.
What's New for 2021?
This year's GMC Yukon XL line is available in four different trim levels: the SLE, SLT, AT4, and the Denali. All these models are equipped with one of two engine options: a 5.3-liter 355-hp or a 6.2-liter 420-hp setup. The upcoming year's GMC Yukon XL model continues without many changes.
Like last year's model, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL will share the same platform with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban models. Also, in sync with these other SUV models, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL will come equipped with an independent rear suspension. Making history, this is the first time that this feature has been incorporated into the design of a full-size SUV.
There is no shortage of premium exterior features for the 2021 GMC Yukon XL. Even the base SLE offers its fair share of upscale trims and accents on the outside for all to see. A signature GMC grille is standard on the SLE and SLT, while the Denali line takes it up a notch with a distinctive billet grille upgrade. The AT4 adds a sporty touch with black chrome exterior accents, and the Denali upgrades minor details that make all the difference in this SUV's sleek appearance.
Despite the versatility of this SUV that spans from the base SLE to the luxurious Denali model, every model of the GMC Yukon XL seats seven or eight passengers. A bench seat in the middle can be replaced with captain seats in the second row to make mobility easier, but it also eliminates one seat. In addition to these options that are not available in most SUV models, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL also boasts unique interior designs that take its elegance to the next level.
Picture a wood-trimmed dashboard surrounded by leather upholstery and finished off with a power-sliding center console in the middle. The entirety of the GMC Yukon XL's interior design is based on functionality and luxury, which are two attributes that normally do not allow for the other to exist. Yet, in the GMC Yukon XL these two facets thrive together harmoniously.
Two V8 engine options that were present in last generation's Yukon model maintain their presence in the 2021 Yukon XL. A standard 5.3-liter can be upgraded to a 6.2-liter in higher trim levels. Both gasoline engines give way to a turbodiesel 3.0-liter I-6 that is also a potential option. Producing up to 460 lb.-ft. of torque, the turbodiesel is a great option for those who frequently haul items and need a little extra power.
Every 2021 GMC Yukon XL model is paired with a 10-speed transmission that can be activated by a push button on the dashboard. Rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive are available options, and the AT4 elevates the customization of the Yukon XL by implementing a two-speed transfer case and an optional air suspension. Made to glide easily over objects in its path, the AT4 provides exceptional off-road handling.
Quality and Comfort
The quality of the 2021 GMC Yukon XL is much better than many other options in its class. Tough enough for frequent travel with multiple passengers, yet upscale enough to make a statement, this full-size SUV offers the best of both worlds. Maneuverable storage compartments and a center console make it easier than ever to stow large items in the cabin of this SUV. From the front to the rear, the amount of cargo space available in this SUV is unimaginable.
When all its seats are stowed away, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL offers a whopping 145 cubic feet of cargo space. Not only is this impressive, but it is much larger than many competitor models. The sheer space of this vehicle combined with the comfort of its seating makes it a great option for family travel, commuting, or company use.
Although no traffic rating agency has released their evaluation of the crash test safety ratings of the 2021 GMC Yukon XL, we can only expect good things to come from this SUV's safety features. In previous years, the Yukon XL was renowned for its innovative safety technology and driver-assistance features. For the 2021 model year, this manufacturer claims they have implemented more driver-assistance features as standard inclusion instead of solely as available upgrades. Automated Emergency Braking and Lane-Keep Assist are a few features that buyers of this vehicle adore.
Due to its size, many buyers assume the 2021 GMC Yukon XL will not be as fuel efficient as they would like. While this is true, GMC has made many efforts to upgrade the fuel economy of this full-size SUV. Taking measures, such as using gasoline engines of a smaller size and auto start/stop features to conserve fuel, GMC has made their commitment to improved fuel efficiency clear to consumers.
The 2021 GMC Yukon XL is a vehicle that has battled its way through the crowded market segment of full-size SUVs. Still holding strong to its top spot, this large SUV provides family travel in style.
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Note: All GMC Yukon XL MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.