May 19, 2021 at 7:26 pm #655247
I’m currently considering trading in my 2020 Range Rover Velar for a 2021 Yukon Denali—I just need something bigger than my Velar. Curious as to everyone’s thoughts on the good and bad with this new body style and year. I think the design looks fantastic from the exterior but I also realize that with new design / body style changes come issues on the first year typically. Give it to me.
May 21, 2021 at 5:48 am #655529
Dealer chiming in. We really have not seen a lot of issues on these. There was one batch that had a set of bad valve springs on the 6.2L, a while ago, but that affected a couple models and wasn’t exclusive to Yukon. The only real negative feedback I see are based on the rear entertainment system and the various restrictions that users run into trying to use various devices (ie, can’t stream wireless from apple devices easily). Not necessarily a design flaw but a factor of navigating the various legalities inherent with the device and software manufacturers. Only really headache you will have….finding one. Be flexible and you should be ok.
May 21, 2021 at 11:53 am #655626
Mostly good. Nice interior. Feels more spacious.
Things you might care about:
* If you want roof cross-rails get them with the car & don’t accept the car without them — its a new system — GMC parts are on permanent back order & no 3rd party options yet – so you are SOL if you need ’em.
* Has automatic engine-stop at lights — there is a button to turn it off but resets itself to “on” between drives. (There may be setting in a menu somewhere to override that – but have not found it yet)
* No DVD player – can get phone HDMI adapter and play from there as long as you don’t need you phone while the kids are watching
* Uses USB-C plugs — very up to date! — annoying if your other kit is not latest and greatest.
June 21, 2021 at 4:48 am #660139
As stated, I am one of those maniacs who wants to live in the Yukon. I am stateless, formerly a US citizen and my wife is a Russian national. She is pretty highly educated and skilled. She’s got a neuroscience masters degree and has multiple years of experience from the pharmaceutical industry. I am not so educated, I did not graduate high school and I used to be a forester
July 3, 2021 at 7:37 am #661995
All thumbs up from my perspective. Seemed like it took forever to get here (almost 5 months) but worth waiting for. I ordered the XL with the diesel ($1,500 off MSRP for the Denali—when has an engine “option” ever got you a discount??) and it is amazing. No, it’s not like the diesel in full size pickups. If you want to tow your house go for the supper duty trucks. But towing my 6,500 lb camper or 5,000 lb utility trailer it’s a gem. Excellent fuel economy (high 20’s on highway not towing) and 14-16 mpg towing.
The interior is comfortable and stylish. Cargo capacity is largest you can get in an SUV. Electronics are good—only gripe here is that it keeps wanting to connect to an iPhone when I don’t want it to.
An oh yes, on day 2 of ownership a coolant line running into the cabin heater lost its retaining clip (defective according to my dealer) and I dumped 2 gallons of antifreeze and needed to be towed in—luckily I was close to home. 5,000 miles on the odometer and 125 hours on the engine (yes, there is an engine hour log). 3500 miles towing my camper and not a glitch. Because of the chip shortage I couldn’t get the max towing package, but the diesel already has an oversized radiator and aux trans cooler. I added my own brake controller and was good to go.
Spring for the power center console, you’ll like it.
I came from a Ford Expedition EL and have no regrets.
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