General Motors completely overhauled the GMC Yukon nameplate for the 2021 model year, introducing a wide variety of changes, upgrades, and features. Among these was the inclusion of GM’s Air Ride Adaptive suspension, which provides multiple settings for the vehicle ride height, thus affecting the GMC Yukon’s ground clearance. Now, we’re taking a closer look at the ground clearance for 2021+ GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models.
The GM Air Ride Adaptive suspension is available on 2021-and-newer GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL models, including the new-for-2021 AT4 off-roader trim level, as well as the range-topping Denali trim level. The system incorporates a centrally located air pump that adjusts the air pressure for each shock absorber, thus either lower or raising the vehicle’s ride height as needed.
The system comes with multiple driver-selectable settings to suit the conditions at hand, whether more or less ride heigh is needed. Ride height can be adjusted several inches, with the four selectable modes including (listed from the lowest setting to the highest):
- Entry exit ground clearance
- Normal ground clearance
- Increased ground clearance
- Maximum ground clearance
The lowest setting is ideal for passenger ingress and egress, while the highest setting provides more capability when venturing into the rough stuff. The taller ride height settings are available at lower speeds and with the proper off-road drivetrain settings (such as 4WD LO for Maximum ground clearance).
Additionally, the GMC Yukon’s Air Ride Adaptive suspension will self-adjust as needed, including a self-leveling feature which automatically changes ride height settings at all four corners to adapt to passengers or cargo. The system will also self-lower when cruising on the highway to enhance overall aerodynamics and fuel returns.
The exact ground clearance settings for GMC Yukon models equipped with Air Ride Adaptive suspension can be found below. The settings range from 6 inches of clearance in the lowest setting and 10 inches of clearance in the highest setting:
|2021+ Yukon/Yukon XL|
|Standard Suspension (in / mm)||8.0 / 203|
|Air Ride Suspension, Entry Exit Ground Clearance (in / mm)||6.0 / 152|
|Air Ride Suspension, Highway Ground Clearance (in / mm)||7.25 / 184|
|Air Ride Suspension, Normal Ground Clearance (in / mm)||8.0 / 203|
|Air Ride Suspension, Increased Ground Clearance (in / mm)||9.0 / 229|
|Air Ride Suspension, Maximum Ground Clearance (in / mm)||10.0 / 254|