You probably know that GMC makes powerful vehicles that are a joy to drive. However, you might not realize that GMC is also the manufacturer of FOUR WHEELER’s 2021 SUV of the Year. The GMC Yukon AT4 took home the honors after just making its debut in 2020. The accomplishment is even more profound when looking at the rigorous testing used to evaluate the SUV’s acceleration time, suspension, braking distance, and ride quality. Get the details on how the 2021 GM Yukon AT4 nailed each part of the test to win the SUV of the Year award.
Acceleration Speed and Braking
Weighing in at 5,677 pounds, the Yukon AT4 is a beast of a vehicle, but that weight doesn’t slow it down. The massive SUV reached 60 mph in 8.21 seconds during testing and hit the quarter-mile mark in 16.27. It sailed through that quarter-mile, finishing at 89.6 mph.
When a large SUV reaches fast speeds, you can’t help but wonder how long it’ll take to brake. But, again, the Yukon AT4 turned a lot of heads during that test. The Yukon can go from 60 mph all the way down to zero in a mere 123.20 feet. In other words, it might be big, but it’s nimble and quickly complies with commands.
The acceleration and braking were both impressive, but the suspension category is where the Yukon AT4 really showed its stuff. The team tested it on an RTI ramp to check the suspension. It went head to head with the Tahoe for this test and managed to climb 9.5 inches further up the ramp than the other SUV. According to the team at FOUR WHEELER, the Yukon did so well because of its limited-slip rear differential. This feature allows the SUV to climb higher than others without losing traction or lifting a wheel. That comes in awfully handy during off-roading adventures where traction is everything.
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On-road and Off-road Performance
The Yukon AT4 also scored high marks on off-road and on-road performance. For off-roading, the rear differential stole the show. It is responsible for sending torque to the wheels as needed, allowing the testers to navigate difficult terrain, such as a loose sandstone hill. It also has 10 inches of ground clearance and other features that make off-roading a breeze. And it’s not just about the ability to tackle the terrain. It’s also a comfortable ride during off-roading adventures.
The team at FOUR WHEELER also found lots of reasons to love the Yukon during the highway test. The magnetic dampers and air springs ensure that rides are smooth, even on damaged roadways. Plus, the SUV does an excellent job of keeping noises out, so you can relax in the vehicle. On top of that, the SUV is extremely comfortable. No matter if you’re in the first or third row, you can expect a comfortable ride.
These are just some reasons why FOUR WHEELER named the Yukon AT4 its 2021 SUV of the Year. Find out other reasons this vehicle stands out by visiting Cavender Auto Country Chevrolet Buick GMC in Weimar, Texas. We will go over the features and then let you take it for a spin. After a drive, you’ll know that this is the SUV for you. Then, we can help you take home the SUV of the Year.