Why The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali Isn’t Recommended by Consumer Reports

The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali did not receive the coveted Consumer Reports recommendation. Several factors lead to the popular SUVs’ overall low score. What held this year’s model back from making the grade?

A white 2021 GMC Yukon Denali on display
2021 GMC Denali Yukon | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

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Dangerous safety issues and serious recalls affect the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali

Safety recalls plague the Yukon Denali. There are four active recalls that effect the 2021 Yukon. These dangerous recalls mean that the Yukon Denali took a hit in overall safety. Affected vehicles could have a leak in their fuel system increasing risk of fire.

There are two wide-spread issues with the Denali’s seatbelts. Firstly, many units were sold with improperly installed seatbelt assemblies. In the event of a crash, occupants may not be properly restrained. Other units may also break during a collision.

Serious recalls at the release of a new model are a sign of trouble to come. There are few things as frustrating as buying a brand new vehicle that’s already subject to inconvenient recalls and long periods of time out of commission.

Low owner satisfaction predictions are looking up for the 2021 Denali

A red 2021 GMC Yukon Denali on display
2021 GMC Denali Yukon | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

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Consumer Reports owner satisfaction scores are data-driven and backed by decades of expertise. The organization rates vehicles for owner satisfaction on a scale of one to five. The purpose of this score is to rate how satisfied car buyers across three categories.

Firstly, buyers are asked to rate their satisfaction with the value of their vehicle. The intention is to find if owners got what they expected when they purchased their car. Secondly, Consumer Reports considers the owner’s comfort. Finally, scores include the owner’s overall satisfaction with their driving experience.

The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali has a favorable predicted driver satisfaction score of four out of five. This data is largely based on numbers from the previous year’s models. Actual annual survey results may tell a different story. Only time will tell.

Reliability predictions hurt the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali’s overall score

Buyers associate Consumer Reports with trustworthy reviews and reliability scores. The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali has a dismal predicted reliability score of two out of five. This score is in part due, in large part, to active recalls for the new SUV.

Low reliability spells trouble for buyers. Frequent repairs and costly replacement parts quickly add to the overall price of vehicle ownership. Many buyers shy away from vehicles with such low scores in this vital category.

A sudden down turn in a positive trend

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The 2021 Denali is the first in three years to receive such a low-reliability rating. The truck had been in an upward tick of scores with Consumer Reports. After a shaky history, it seemed the Yukon was on its way to restoring its reputation. The 2021 model broke that positive trend.