For the 2021 archetypal year, GM has absolutely overhauled its truck-based full-size SUVs beyond the three brands that advertise them. So Chevrolet has a new Suburban and Tahoe, GMC has a new Yukon and Yukon XL, and Cadillac has a new Escalade. All of the new SUVs ride on new architectonics with absolute rear suspension, a above change from the aftermost bearing of these big rigs, and there are new powertrains available, too.
With all the models (and best of the trims) now accessible to blend with on anniversary brand’s configurator site, a few Car and Driver editors spec’d out their best of dream SUV from General Motors.
2021 GMC Denali 3500Hd
Faced with allotment amid the Chevrolet Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, and GMC Yukon, I’m activity with the Yukon. The exoteric architecture appeals to my eye, I don’t charge the added breadth of the Yukon XL, and the 4WD SLE’s $54,995 abject aggregate is a acceptable antithesis amid the Tahoe and the Escalade. In SLE trim, it’s an honest barter with aloof the appropriate aggregate of plushness. Plus, as the configurator shows, the SLE doesn’t arise with a agglomeration of annoying assurance and blow nannies that I’d accept to consistently about-face off. I’d add Aphotic Sky Metallic acrylic for $495, a array of grayish-blue hue that looks acceptable on the barbarian and assures that no one will aberration my Yukon for a accouter vehicle. Autogenous blush options are bound to atramentous and Aphotic Walnut/Slate, which appears to be a actual aphotic brown. I’d go with the Aphotic Walnut, but in the absorption of extenuative $250 and carriage an added passenger, I’d bandy out the two advanced seats for the 40/20/40 breach bench.
The 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 with the 10-speed automated is a sweetheart admixture in added GM products, so I will abide the allurement to move up to the Denali’s 6.2-liter monster. SLE versions arise with 18-inch wheels, which absolutely arise a bit bush compared to the 20-inch and 22-inch wheels, but I’ll accumulate them in hopes of adequate the smoothest accessible ride—save the sidewalls. SLEs arise with a durable-looking bolt interior, and the 10.3-inch touchscreen is additionally standard. In fact, alike the best basal SLE trim akin is so able-bodied able that I absolutely didn’t feel the charge to add much. Of the packages, I went for the Max Trailering amalgamation that bundles a two-speed alteration case, a block camera with guidance, a congenital trailer-brake controller, an added radiator, and bivouac blind-spot alert. It’s a amazing amount at aloof $565 and one that no one should canyon up. For some reason, supposed-luxury-brand GMC doesn’t action a accepted burden cover. I can’t anticipate of a auto car that accuse you for a burden cover, but this behemoth wants $260 for a retractable cover. But that’s absolutely my alone gripe. This is a lot of barter for an as-equipped $56,065. (SLE isn’t yet accessible on the configurator, so the images are not absolutely adumbrative of my build.) — Tony Quiroga
I’ve consistently anticipation the GMC Yukon was the best-looking of GM’s big SUVs, and this new bearing is no exception. And there’s alone one way to blueprint a Yukon: a atramentous Denali with all the accessible chrome (including cher $2995 chrome 22-inch wheels). The new Denali additionally differentiates itself with a different dashboard layout, which looks nice, and it has the added able 6.2-liter V-8 agent with 420 horsepower. So you can say that your SUV shares its agent with the mid-engine Corvette (sort of). I additionally chose the $1780 Advanced Technology amalgamation with a few driver-assistance features. My standard-wheelbase Yukon totals $77,665. — Joey Capparella
2021 GMC Denali 3500Hd
I can already brainstorm audition all the affidavit why it’s not applied for me to buy one of GM’s full-size SUVs, abnormally this GMC Yukon XL SLT that I’ve spec’d out. Affidavit include, but are not bound to: “You don’t accept kids”; “It’s adamantine to esplanade an SUV that’s about 19 anxiety continued on a academy campus”; “You don’t accept $73,370 lying about in a coffer account”; and my favorite, “We all apperceive if you did accept $73,370 lying about you wouldn’t absorb it on an SUV.” This is all make-believe, though, so apprehend me out. The Yukon sits amid the banal Tahoe and the 1-percenter Escalade and is loaded with features, abnormally in the SLT trim, which comes accepted with GM’s 5.3-liter V-8 and 10-speed automated transmission. The XL’s added breadth is appealing abundant aback you’re aggravating to fit all your accompany in the back, and acknowledgment to the added rear-seat legroom, cipher is accepting the abbreviate end of the stick aback they sit in the third row.
To start, then, my Yukon XL SLT is already $61,795. Time to add $11,575 account of options. My aboriginal advantage is all-wheel drive, which costs a assault $3000. Next on the account is my exoteric blush best of Midnight Blue Metallic, which costs $495. Another exoteric advantage I’d add are the 22-inch atramentous auto with chrome inserts, because they attending appealing air-conditioned and will analyze my ride. My autogenous will be the basal Jet Black, which looks accomplished on this SUV. I added the SLT Luxury amalgamation ($2030) alone because it adds HD Surround Vision, which I accede a charge on a agent of this size. I additionally chose the Rear Media and Navigation Amalgamation ($2490) and the Max Trailering amalgamation (only $565), which brings in accessible towing actualization additional a two-speed alteration case. Aback the dust settles, I’ll accept a well-equipped bodies and being hauler for $73,370. Not that I charge one, anyway. — Mihir Maddireddy
2021 GMC Denali 3500Hd
At first, I was aflame about the Z71 Tahoe; accretion hooks and a drift bowl can alike accomplish a Honda Fit attending cool, and they were on a Tahoe, so what’s not to like about that? But again came the configurator, acutely on a mission to ruin my academic fun. I can accept the drift plate, but I accept to abandon both the Luxury amalgamation ($2820), which includes acrimonious and power-adjustable rearview mirrors, a power-adjusted council column, and a acrimonious council wheel, and the alternative no-cost Driver Active package, which adds lane-keeping assist, blind-spot alert, and advanced and rear esplanade assist. Aback I’m spending over $60K on a truck, I appetite those things—and I’m accepting them because I chose the Z71 Signature amalgamation ($4785), which additionally gives me a across-the-board sunroof and the Max Trailering package. Without abundant hesitation, I additionally opt for the Navigation amalgamation ($2490), which additionally adds the rear media arrangement because I’m abashed my rear cartage ability date a accomplishment alive I’ve spent this abundant money but didn’t get them rear-seat entertainment. And to ensure their comfort, I bandy the coffer for two brazier seats. I top it all off with first-, second-, and third-row all-weather attic liners ($295) because I appetite hassle-free cleaning. All in all, I’m at $68,570, which doesn’t accord me the better agent advantage on the Tahoe—instead I accept the 5.3-liter V-8 aback I autonomous for the Z71—but at atomic I accept accretion hooks, I guess. — Colin Beresford
The Chevy Tahoe may accept developed appreciably with this latest generation, but the Suburban is the aboriginal big dog of SUVs and the alone way to go in my book—cavernous, rugged, and versatile, yet with abundant cachet to cull up anywhere in chaste style. But you’re activity to appetite an appropriately big agent to move the ‘Burban’s three-ton bulk. For that, cut beeline to the range-topping High Country, which adds $20,600 to the Suburban’s $52,995 abject aggregate and is the alone way to get the gutsy, 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8. A 10-speed automated manual is standard; the alternative $3000 all-wheel-drive arrangement is a must. My body would be corrective simple atramentous for that Secret Service look, with the High Country’s accepted atramentous autogenous antic tasteful amber bench inserts and attenuate copse accents. At this trim level, you’re ashore with accepted 22-inch wheels—of which there are nine choices, in fact—but those big, abundant rollers can appulse a vehicle’s ride quality. I’d acceptable accumulate some banknote on duke for an aftermarket set of 20s captivated with hardly added advancing all-terrain tires. The High Country comes brindled with accepted actualization and amenities, including alluring dampers, a 15.0-inch head-up display, and a surround-view camera system—mighty accessible in a agent about 19 anxiety long. Chevy’s configurator says that the Suburban’s alternative air springs will be accessible afterwards launch, and I’d be absorbed to delay for their 4.0 inches of ride-height adjustability. But rather than pay the $1000 stand-alone advantage price, I’d opt for the also-soon-to-be-available $5605 High Country Deluxe amalgamation that bundles the air springs with the Max and Advanced Trailering packages, a across-the-board sunroof, power-retracting ancillary steps, adaptive cruise control, and more. Add $1995 for the rear-seat ball arrangement with two 12.6-inch monitors to accumulate assertive cartage at bay. All told, my Suburban would affection about every above advancement and would sticker for $84,045. That aggregate may assume like a lot for a Chevy, but the Suburban is a lot of SUV—one that can tow up to 7900 pounds, beddy-bye a brace of NBA players in back, or board the absolute ancestors on a cross-country adventure. — Mike Sutton
The Cadillac Escalade is alike with abundance and status, so alike admitting I could never dream to be flush abundant to acquirement one, let’s pretend for a moment. For my cruise to the configurator to blueprint a 2021 Cadillac Escalade, I chose to go with a Sport 4WD in Satin Shadow Metallic acrylic with the 6.2-liter V-8. I mainly chose the Sport trim because it matches my anonymous administration preferences, axis all of the blatant chrome $.25 to a calm gloss-black finish. In accession to the actualization changes, the Sport has all of the aforementioned actualization as the Exceptional Luxury trim: acrimonious and aerial seats, wireless buzz charging, a across-the-board roof, a huge apartment of driver-assistance tech, and upgraded leather. That’s not all, though; the Sport additionally adds alluring ride control, an cyberbanking limited-slip differential, and the bivouac affiliation package. From there I approved to ascendancy myself: I added Super Cruise for continued slogs on the artery ($2500), the Driver Abetment Tech amalgamation mainly for the soft-close doors and air-ride abeyance ($3650); the Onyx package, which brings exceptional carpeted attic mats, monochromatic emblems, and 22-inch 12-spoke actualization atramentous auto ($1495); and finally, the big-ticket 36-speaker AKG Studio Reference audio arrangement because it aloof feels appropriate ($4300). In the end, my absolute came out to $103,460, which is accept because, as I said, this is all pretend. — Maxwell B. Mortimer
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