Meet the Chevrolet Tahoe’s twin, named the 2021 GMC Yukon.
General Motors originally sold the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon as the Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy respectively. The company reintroduced the full sized Jimmy as the GMC Yukon in 1991. They waited until 1994 to rerelease the Blazer as the Chevrolet Tahoe. While the Tahoe and Yukon operate under different nameplates, they’re nearly identical twins of one-another. The GMC Yukon is the biggest of its SUV models, with the other GMC SUVs being the Terrain and Acadia. The GMC Yukon sits in its fourth generation, where it has been since the 2015 model year. The current GMC Yukon (the 2020 model year), which is likely the last of the fourth generation Yukon, doesn’t have any major changes from the 2019 model year.
What users tell us about the GMC Yukon
The GMC Yukon is one of the most notable of the large SUV models in the United States. This third-row SUV can seat a maximum of nine passengers, which is more than most models of any class, although the third-row seating is cramped for most adults. Opting to the XL trim can alleviate this issue. The available V8 engine is one of the most powerful engines in the class. The biggest drawback for the current GMC Yukon is its maneuverability. This model is bigger than many of its competitors, making it one of the harder models to maneuver in close-quarter driving situations. Overall, there are many full size SUV models that are better than the Yukon, but it’s still a great, balanced model.
What can we expect from the 2021 GMC Yukon
General Motors has already confirmed that the 2021 Yukon will be all new and completely redesigned. The exterior is expected to remain largely the same, although they have supposedly used new sheet metal materials on the Yukon’s frame. GMC has pulled from their Terrain and Acadia models for the Yukon’s new exterior design. The company will also include a new interior design and a new infotainment system. There’s also a new independent rear suspension that will be used on the Yukon in 2021 in an effort to make the car operate more smoothly in rough driving conditions.
GMC Yukon Facts
The 2019 GMC Yukon received a five star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Every GMC Yukon currently comes standard with a rearview camera, a TeenDriver system, and parking sensors in the front and the rear. There’s also a long list of additional available safety technology. The GMC Yukon is one of the safest models of its class, and that’s not likely to change in the coming years.
The massive GMC Yukon is, surprisingly, one of the most fuel-efficient models in its class. The base engine for the GMC Yukon (not including the Yukon XL) averages 15 city and 22 highway miles per gallon. The bigger available engine averages about 14 city and 23 highway miles per gallon.
The GMC Yukon has one of the best interiors on the market. In fact, critics say that the Yukon Denali’s interior can rival many luxury model’s interiors. This model offers an optional Active Noise Cancellation system that makes this interior silent and comfortable. The third-row seating is cramped, but opting to go with the Yukon XL fixes this issue. Additionally, this model has tons of available features on the interior such as a WiFi hotspot, voice recognition, premium sound, dual-zone climate controls, and more.
The exterior of this model is massive, which is a plus to many and a negative to others. Ultimately, your opinion of the exterior will likely come down to preference. The upcoming 2021 Yukon, which will be completely redesigned, will be built on General Motor’s T1 vehicle platform, which is the same platform used on the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra (both of which are manufactured by General Motors).
There’s two available V8 engine options for the current GMC Yukon model. The base engine is a 5.3-liter V8 engine that is capable of producing up to 355 horsepower. The 6.2-liter 420 horsepower V8 engine is available on the SLT trim and standard on the Denali version of the Yukon. The engine is extremely powerful, and suitable for most driving situations. However, the pedal is not very responsive to all of this power.
2021 GMC Yukon price and expected release date
The MSRP of the current GMC Yukon model (2020) starts out at $50,600 which is up $1,000 from the previous year (2019). With an all-new Yukon coming in 2021, another price bump could be on the horizon. Production on the 2020 GMC Yukon began in the early fall of 2019. Therefore, production of the 2021 model year will likely begin in the fall of 2020. Expect some competition from the 2021 Ford Explorer.
GMC Yukon images from the GMC Presskit based on previous model years.