By on March 13, 2020

General Motors is offering plenty of opportunity to drop mountains of cash on a next-generation GMC Yukon, but if frills are something you don’t need, easing into a 2021 Yukon can be a fairly painless process.

The longer and more spacious full-sizer carries a base price just $100 higher than 2020’s entry-level trim, though moving up the ladder will obviously see GM take home extra. There’s now an extra rung on that ladder, too.

The incomplete pricing comes by way of Car and Driver. Sadly, there’s no word yet on the markup assigned to the optional 3.0-liter Duramax straight-six diesel. Conventional, gas-powered offerings are an open book, however.

A base, rear-drive, regular-wheelbase SLE carries a starting price of $51,995 after destination, with four-wheel-drive asking an extra $3,000. That ask applies to all Yukons. A better outfitted SLT starts at $59,095, with a normal-length, rear-drive Denali bringing the minimum outlay to a lofty $69,695.

In Denali guise, the standard 5.3-liter V8 gives way to GM’s superb 6.2-liter mill. A 10-speed automatic is standard across the board. The new-for-2021 AT4 model, positioned as a more rugged lux SUV second from the top, carries standard 4WD and a two-inch lift, but relegates the 6.2L to the options list. Starting price is $66,095.

While the standard body size offers significantly expanded passenger and cargo volume, some will want to upgrade to an XL. The markup depends on trim. In base SLE guise, moving to an XL will add $3,500 to the vehicle’s price, or a grand more than the current base XL. SLT? $2,600. An upsized Denali asks $2,700 more, and same goes for a lengthened AT4.

The 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL hits dealers later this year.

[Images: General Motors]

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16 Comments on “2021 GMC Yukon Pricing Revealed; More Space Needn’t Come at a Premium...”

  • avatar

    These are not very interesting vehicles. No wonder there is not much of a response.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “More Space Needn’t Come at a Premium”

    $52-70+k feels pretty premium to me.

  • avatar

    I would rather buy a Mirage than these inefficient over-priced whales.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    I would rather buy a Mirage than these inefficient over-priced whales.

    TRanslation-I can’t afford one-Thus I will call them names.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      He probably can’t swing a Mirage either. I see him as more of the 2003 Buick with a weekly note crowd. I mean even Mitsubishi requires like a 600 beacon score.
      Perhaps he knows former contributor Steve Lang.

  • avatar

    I think they are Sweet.
    But I have no need for one. And the Denali is the way to go. Maximum Bob said on autoline after hours (between the goh dam crackers he was eating) the GMC is better than the Caddy (controls all go thru the TV screen)

  • avatar

    LIFE PRO TIP: Never trust someone who starts a sentence with a “I would rather buy a Mirage than…”

    On topic; I’d have to see how Denali compared with Escalade now. IMO, now with a new dash, it’s looking more like a separate, legit 4th “cousin” of the Tahoe gang.

  • avatar

    For the money, I would rather purchase a CT5. It at least is reasonably fast and is not a lumbering elephant in the turns. I just used the Mirage analogy to show my utter contempt for these over-priced unrefined behemoths.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Seriously? I mean I like to turn but some people just want a spacious ride that can pull some stuff. It is not my Fiesta ST in the Twisties, but if I wanted a big BOF SUV this would certainly make my list as they have solid reputations.

  • avatar

    Talk about ugly, wow! Nearly horizontal hoods with cliff-like front ends — take a gander at a profile view. Having no visible bumper contributes mightily to the look.

    I saw an early Subaru Tribeca the other day in traffic. It’s front end was legendary for the scorn heaped on it by TTAC’s founding father Robert Farago. More than a decade on, the Tribeca’s visage looks rather tame compared to these Cliffs of Dover.

    • 0 avatar
      CKNSLS Sierra SLT


      The newer front end is designed in such a way to minimize injury in the unlikely event of running in to a pedestrian. The “victim” would roll up unto the vehicle (in theory) instead of going underneath it.


  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    The one on the right looks so much better than the one on the left. All hunkered down with a nice muscular stance. Tough looking truck!

    Option it out with 6.2 goodness under the hood and you have the ultimate people mover/toy hauler. Perfect for loading up family/friends & devouring miles of interstate in total comfort with your favorite toy hooked to the back!

  • avatar

    I would rather buy Lincoln Navigator than this overpriced lumbering unrefined behemoth.

    • 0 avatar

      No, it’s pickups that are “overpriced”. These are several steps beyond. And who exactly buys these and don’t mind losing 80 to 90% of their money 10 years in, if they keep it in excellent condition? I mean around everyday working folk.

      Yeah there’s celebs looking to keep it real and other millionaires, real estate agents trying look the part, federal agencies, livery, etc. But jeeze.

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