The 2021 GMC Yukon XL is an extra-large full-size SUV, expanding upon the regular GMC Yukon with more passenger and cargo space. Newly redesigned for 2021, this Yukon XL is rolling out an efficient new turbodiesel engine, high-tech gear, and even more passenger space than before.
What’s new for the 2021 GMC Yukon XL?
The Yukon XL has been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year. It now offers an optional adaptive air suspension for an extra-smooth performance. Shoppers can also choose a brand new turbodiesel engine, which helps this big SUV achieve up to 23 mpg combined (21 city/27 highway mpg).
What is the 2021 GMC Yukon XL? Is the Yukon XL the same as the Suburban?
The Yukon XL is a bigger version of the GMC Yukon. Both truck-based SUVs offer three rows of seating, but the Yukon XL is the roomier of the pair. After this year’s redesign, the Yukon XL is even bigger than before, which means more space for you and your loved ones.
Behind the rear seats, this GMC SUV now offers an extra 2.2 cubic feet of cargo space, dishing up a total of 41.5 cubes for your road trip supplies. Fold down the rear seats, and the Yukon XL’s maximum cargo hold is absolutely enormous, with a total of 144.7 cubic feet.
While the regular Yukon is an upscale version of the Tahoe, the Yukon XL is more closely related to the bigger Suburban.These full-size SUVs have a chassis in common, but the Yukon XL is actually the more luxurious model, with a desirable list of standard features and classy upgrades.
What’s under the hood? How much can the 2021 GMC Yukon XL tow?
Three engines are on offer for Yukon XL shoppers. Three of the four trim levels — SLE, SLT, and AT4 — feature a hefty 5.3-liter V8 engine. Its 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque are just what this big SUV needs to achieve highway speeds in a jiffy. The top-trim Denali delivers an even more powerful performance, compliments of its bigger 6.2-liter V8 engine (420 hp, 460 lb-ft).
The brand new turbodiesel engine, a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, combines hefty towing capabilities with impressive fuel economy. Not only does it generate 277 horses and 460 pound-feet of torque, but it also helps this huge SUV earn up to 23 mpg combined.
Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. Four-wheel drive is optional for all but the AT4 trim model, where it’s standard equipment. After all, the AT4 is the off-road-ready Yukon XL. It also comes standard with front tow hooks and skid plates to help you navigate rocky trails.
With the Max Trailering Package, the Yukon XL can tow up to 8,400 pounds. That’s great news for shoppers who love nothing more than to tow huge campers into the woods. If you’re looking to get into sport fishing, you’ll be pleased to know that the Yukon XL can also manage an especially big boat.
How long does the GMC Yukon XL last?
When it comes to longevity, the Yukon XL has a rock-solid reputation. Many drivers even report crossing the 200,000-mile threshold. If you take care of your Yukon XL, it will certainly return the favor.