Trucks & SUVs

The GMC Yukon Denali Is Finally 100% Worth It

Good news, GMC fans! The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali doesn’t disappoint. The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali has finally received updates to differentiate it from the Chevy Tahoe with luxury and power. 

Is the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali worth buying? 

The 2021 Yukon Denali begins around $68,400, which is a pretty penny. However, that’s a pretty good deal for a luxury three-row SUV. For example, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator starts at about $76,185, and the 2020 BMW X7 starts around $73,900. 

2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali parked outdoors
2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali

However, the GMC Yukon Denali isn’t the best on gas. According to  AutoBlog, the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali that they tested got up to 17 mpg in the city with the 6.2-liter V8 engine, but the upcoming 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine should get up to 30 mpg on the highway. Adding four-wheel-drive also hurt the fuel economy a little more. 

2021 GMC Yukon Denali power 

The AutoBlog also noted that the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali is fun to drive with its powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that pumps out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It has an improved acceleration with a smooth ride. You can thank the acoustic laminated windshield and front-door windows for the quiet interior. 

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Also, the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali can tow up to 8,400 lb, making it pretty capable. The active 4×4 system can help you traverse through snow and other slippery conditions as well. You can go off-roading with the GMC Yukon Denali AT4 too. 

But the suspension is the real treat. The Yukon Denali has an independent suspension in the rear with magnetic shocks and steel springs. There is also an optional air suspension without magnetic shocks. Either way, the smooth ride is unmatched. Usually, a vehicle with a body-on-frame design shakes or shudders, but the suspension eliminates these issues. 

2021 GMC Yukon AT4
2021 GMC Yukon AT4 | GMC

The Denali is said to be almost sporty, which is a compliment for a massive SUV. The steering is well-weighted, and the sport driving mode provides a firmer suspension. Plus, the air suspension can add 2-inches of steering clearance for going over obstacles. 

2021 GMC Yukon Denali features 

The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali is excellent on the outside and fantastic on the inside. The interior has a high-quality, luxurious feel without being too flashy. Premium leather, authentic wood, and other materials are used to enhance quality and comfort. 

The 2021 Yukon Denali interior has a 10.2-inch center touchscreen.
2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali Interior | GMC

The 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system is paired with a 15-inch head’s up display and dual 12.6-inch screens in the backseats. Plus, the second row is found to be large enough for taller passengers. 

You’ll find a power sliding center console for more strange, a hidden storage drawer that can be secured to protect your personal items and more. The navigation system, third-row power-folding seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated seats in the second row, and more come standard. 

2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali in snow
2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali | GMC

Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance with departure warning, rear park assist, nine camera views to see exactly where you’re going, and more. A ton of value is packed in with the price.