The GMC Yukon will roll into the 2022 model year unchanged, but that doesn't means the big SUV is getting soft. The Yukon received a top-to-bottom redesign for 2021 with emphasis on interior space and technology. Compared with the previous generation, the current Yukon is significantly more welcoming of people and cargo, and a leap forward in safety and infotainment features.
Last year's switch to an independent rear suspension resulted in a 41 percent increase in third-row legroom and 30 percent more cargo space. The Yukon can easily accommodate up to eight passenger, plus 25.5 cubic feet of stuff. With the second and third rows folded, capacity balloons to 122.9 cubic feet. The extended-length Yukon XL offers 41.1 cubic feet with a full crew aboard, and a truly cavernous 144.7 cubic feet with the rows down.
Every Yukon comes with a 10.2-inch floating touchscreen, HD and satellite radio, seven USB ports, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, wireless device charging, and wireless Apply CarPlay and Android Auto. All models can be equipped with a dual-display rear media system.
The standard interior features leather upholstery and heated power front seats. The mid-level SLT is available with power-folding second and third rows, driver memory settings, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, and a panoramic sunroof. These features are standard on the line-topping Denali, along with upgraded leather and genuine wood trim.
Most Yukon models will likely carry a 5.3-liter V8 engine with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, hooked to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Denali gets a 6.2-liter V8 that provides a boost to 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine roster includes an optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel six-cylinder that delivers an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon combined, outstanding efficiency for an SUV of this size. Four-wheel drive is available with any engine, and comes standard on the off-road-oriented AT4 model. Properly equipped, the Yukon can tow up to 8,400 pounds.
The Yukon continues to offer a full complement of driver assistance features, including automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors. The Denali goes even further with surround-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, and a 15-inch head-up display. Available on all models is a trailering camera system with nine different views.