Last week we had the opportunity to drive the new GMC Yukon Denali 2021 for the first time. Despite having it for only 24 hours, it was a great experience to navigate this new SUV with rows of seats for seven people. Of course, this is not a complete review in the same way as we usually do after driving a vehicle for seven days, but this experience was excellent and gave me a great preview of this SUV value.
The Yukon Denali I tested with all-wheel drive features a 6.2-liter V-8-cylinder Ecotec3 engine, which delivers 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with the new advanced cylinder deactivation system that was introduced by Chevrolet in 2019. The transmission on this SUV is a 10-speed automatic, and the towing capacity of this Yukon is 3.72 tons.
In terms of fuel consumption, this Yukon 2021 is not the best in its segment, and according to EPA, it offers 14 miles per gallon of fuel in the city, 19 miles per gallon of gasoline on the highway, and combining city-highway offers fuel consumption of 16 miles per gallon of gas. For every 100 miles, you have an estimated flow of 6.2 gallons.
GMC this year with the Yukon in addition to this engine included with the Denali, it also offers as standard a 5.3-liter V8 engine, which offers 355 horsepower and a turbocharged diesel engine of 6 cylinders and three cylinders, 0 Liters providing 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. All Yukons are available with rear or four-wheel drive.
A fundamental change is introducing an independent rear suspension (IRS), which is an adaptive air suspension. In addition to a better driving experience, much smoother and more predictive, it also introduces a more rear floor. Low, which creates more space inside, specifically for the third-row seats and, of course, for the vehicle’s primary cargo area, behind these seats.
At its most economical trim level, the new SUV has a list price of $ 50,700, and the 2021 Yukon Denali with included option packages (Denali Ultimate, White Frost Tricoat (exterior color) and sliding center console) is priced at 84,320 Dollars. This Denali, among other things, includes:
- 22-inch bright aluminum machined wheels
- Panoramic sunroof
- Electronically limited-slip differential
- Adaptive cruise control
- The rear camera mirror
- 4G LTE Wi-Fi available
While the exterior is imposing, when I first entered the interior of the new 2021 Yukon Denali with the naked eye, I could detect luxury at its finest, a unique interior with high-end features, and one immediately realized that one was in a Familiar and luxurious atmosphere as is the Denali atmosphere.
The dashboard is enormous and a bit boxy for my taste, but GMC managed to make it friendly using high-quality materials like the stitched leather used in some parts and the passenger part’s wood panel. This wood is also present in the interiors of the front doors, which of course, combine with the leather used in them.
This SUV comes very well equipped in infotainment, starting with the 15-inch HUD (Head-Up Display), the 10.2-inch center console color touchscreen, two-color displays, and 12-inch touchscreens. , 6 inches in the back of the front seats to offer travel information and entertainment to the passengers of the second (captain’s chairs) and third row of seats that can play media from different devices, and finally, the dashboard screen. Instruments with information about the trip and even the state of the vehicle, such as tire pressure.
The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay (wireless) and Android Auto (automatic wireless), wireless smartphone charger, 3-zone climate control, heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats, second-row seats, and steering wheel with heating and Bose Performance audio system with 14 speakers (a delight!).
Suppose you have a large family or need to travel far. In that case, the interior space is excellent, with plenty of room for the driver and passenger, for the second row of seats. Although the third row of seats has a smaller space than the previous one, two adults can very comfortably take long trips, all thanks to what I mentioned earlier about the new independent suspension.
As I said before, the exterior is impressive, especially the front with a massive grille and an imposing GMC logo. The headlight, position, and fog lights are all LED.
The rear features dual tailpipes with dual chrome terminals on each side. C-shaped LED taillights.
In terms of safety and driver assistance features, this 2021 Yukon Denali includes several: Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Brake, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Front and Rear Parking Aid, Rear View Camera high definition, surround vision (360 degrees) high definition, lane departure alert with a blind-spot warning, rear traffic alert, assist and lane-keep alert, safety alert (vibration) in the driver’s seat and others.
My first impression of driving with the 2021 Yukon Denali 4WD was great, fun to go, comfortable, and despite being a large vehicle. However, not as much as the 2021 Yukon XL, it is like driving a car, very smooth, and most of the silent situations.
In curves, thanks to the new adaptive air suspension, it stays much closer to the ground and off the road (Off-Road), it can be raised to 2 inches.
The suspension is also great in the city, especially when we go through some considerably big bump. The Yukon keeps its composure perfectly, which is admirable in this type of vehicle.
Of course, we cannot thoroughly test everything that this SUV can give with only a few driving hours. Still, I can tell you that it is a vehicle to consider if you have the pocket with the necessary money and looking for a luxury vehicle. These characteristics compete very well in this market with other established SUVs such as the Cadillac Escalade or the Lincoln Navigator.