2021 GMC Yukon: A Trim Comparison

the front grille of a red 2019 gmc yukon

Few vehicles can multitask like a GMC Yukon. These full-sized SUVs can seat up to eight passengers, tow up to 8,400 pounds, and provide luxury that competes with its cousin, the Cadillac Escalade.

Comparing Yukon Trims

If you’re in the market for a 2021 GMC Yukon, this trim comparison can help you choose which one is right for you. Keep in mind that all trims can be two- or four-wheel drive. For this guide, we’ll be discussing pricing on the 2WD models.

Yukon vs. Yukon XL

First things first. Buyers can choose between two different lengths on the GMC Yukon. If you’re familiar with Chevrolet models (another General Motors company), the brand uses two nameplates for its full-size body-on-frame SUVs: the Tahoe and the Suburban. GMC, however, uses a single nameplate for its related vehicles. The Yukon is similar to its Tahoe cousin, and the Yukon XL is comparable to the related Suburban.

The Yukon has been redesigned this year to offer more third-row legroom and an increase in cargo space – up to 30 cubic feet. There’s also a new AT4 trim available plus two V8 options. All Yukon models come equipped with a standard 10-speed automatic transmission.


The 2021 GMC Yukon SLE is the least expensive trim, but it has plenty to offer. It has a starting MSRP of $50,700 and features the strong exterior you’d expect from a Yukon. It’s equipped with a standard 5.3-liter EcoTEc3 V-8 engine that’s capable of 355-horsepower and 383 pound-foot of torque. Fuel economy is, predictably, on the low end with returns of up to 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

On the interior, the SLE features premium cloth seating with a 60/40 split second-row seat and a flat-folding split third-row bench. On this trim, the second- and third-row seat folding capability is a manual operation. However, GMC does allow customers to upgrade the front-row seating to a 40/20/40 bench. With this extra seat, the SLE can accommodate for nine passengers, though they may be uncomfortable.

The SLE also comes with an 10.2-inch diagonal infotainment system in the center console where drivers can access their phone using Bluetooth connectivity. Six-speaker audio, HD radio, satellite radio and wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay are standard as well. You’ll even get a total of six USB ports and a Wi-Fi hotspot. A rear-vision camera and front and rear park assist come standard, along with safety features like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.


Starting at $57,800, the 2021 GMC Yukon SLT builds on the SLE’s features by adding some luxurious touches to make it more enjoyable for both drivers and passengers. Drivers may first notice that the SLT is equipped with keyless open and start features. No more fumbling with your keys to open the door. It also comes standard with a hands-free programmable liftgate. To activate it, you simply place your foot beneath a sensor under the rear bumper on the driver’s side.

The Yukon SLT also offers leather-appointed seating, as well as heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seating. Power folding also comes standard on the third row. To make the SLT a little more luxurious, the interior features a heated steering wheel for colder days.

This trim level also includes the Enhanced Driver Alert Package. This combines multiple safety features, such as forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, low-speed forward automatic braking, and a safety alert seat. Upgraded IntelliBeam headlamps also provide better visibility.


The AT4 has a starting price of $64,800. This trim is designed for those who love to roam the outdoors as it is the only model that comes with four-wheel-drive. To improve the experience, a two-speed transfer case, skid plates, and hill descent control are included. For comfort and convenience, heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and power-folding third-row seats are included.

The AT4 offers the option for additional packages like a Technology package with a surround-view parking camera and a heads-up display. A Premium Capability package adds a limited-slip differential and adaptive air suspension. Then there’s the Rear Media and Nav package, or the AT4 Premium Plus package that includes everything plus a panoramic sunroof for under $10k.


The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali challenges the Cadillac Escalade at a lower cost of $68,400. For comparison, the base Cadillac Escalade starts at $76,490. The first major difference found on the Denali trim is the upgraded engine. The larger 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 is capable of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

The Denali also features an upgraded interior composed of higher-quality materials, second-row bucket seats and a heads-up display. A surround-view parking camera and rear pedestrian alert.

The GMC Yukon delivers numerous offerings when it comes to packages. The Advanced Technology package, for instance, features a rear camera mirror and adaptive cruise control. A Denali Premium package includes everything in the Advanced Technology package plus power-retractable assist steps and a panoramic sunroof. the Denali Ultimate package has a rear-seat entertainment system and adaptive air suspension. Adding four-wheel-drive will cost you an additional $3,000.

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