The GMC Yukon was introduced into GMC’s lineup as a full-size SUV in 1991 and is still made today. The Yukon is known for its unique styling and for having the features consumers expect from SUVs, including towing. But what is the towing capacity of a 2021 GMC Yukon?
A 2021 GMC Yukon can tow up to 8,400 pounds when properly equipped.
A 2021 GMC Yukon XL can tow up to 8,400 pounds when properly equipped.
The 2021 GMC Yukon tow capacity can vary based on a few different factors such as engine size, drivetrain, and others which we’ll cover in this guide.
There’s a bit more to know about the 2021 GMC Yukon tow capacity which we’ll cover in today’s guide.
How Much Can The 2021 GMC Yukon Tow?
The 2021 GMC Yukon has a towing capacity of 8,400 pounds.
The 2021 GMC Yukon XL has a towing capacity of 8,300 pounds.
The 2021 Yukon tow capacity is affected by other factors like engine type, drivetrain, the weight of cargo and passengers, and whether your vehicle has a towing package equipped or not.
You can always reach out to your local GMC dealership for details to confirm how much your Yukon can tow.
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
2021 GMC Yukon Engine And Drivetrain
There are three engine options for the 2021 GMC Yukon: a 5.3 Liter V8, a 6.2 Liter V8, and a 3.0 Liter Turbo-diesel engine.
The 5.3L V8 engine produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.
The 6.2L V8 engine produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
The 3.0L Turbodiesel engine produces 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
All three engines are paired to an automatic 10-speed transmission.
2021 GMC Yukon 5.3 Liter V8 Towing Capacity: 8,400 pounds / 3,810 kg
2021 GMC Yukon 6.2 Liter V8 Towing Capacity: 8,200 pounds / 3,720 kg
2021 GMC Yukon 3.0 Liter Turbo Diesel Towing Capacity: 8,100 pounds / 3,674 kg
2021 GMC Yukon XL 5.3 Liter V8 Towing Capacity: 8,300 pounds / 3,765 kg
2021 GMC Yukon XL 6.2 Liter V8 Towing Capacity: 8,100 pounds / 3,674 kg
2021 GMC Yukon XL 3.0 Liter Turbo Diesel Towing Capacity: 8,000 pounds / 3,629 kg
2021 Yukon & Yukon XL Tow Capacity Chart
|2021 Yukon Model||2021 Yukon Towing Capacity|
|2WD / 5.3L V8 / No Towing Package||7,900 lbs / 3,583 kg|
|2WD / 5.3L V8 / Towing Package||8,400 lbs / 3,810 kg|
|4WD / 5.3L V8 / No Towing Package||7,700 lbs / 3,493 kg|
|4WD / 5.3L V8 / Towing Package||8,200 lbs / 3,720 kg|
|2WD / 6.2L V8 / No Towing Package||7,700 lbs / 3,493 kg|
|2WD / 6.2L V8 / Towing Package||8,200 lbs / 3,720 kg|
|4WD / 6.2L V8 / No Towing Package||7,500 lbs / 3,402 kg|
|4WD / 6.2L V8 / Towing Package||8,000 lbs / 3,629 kg|
|2WD 3.0L Turbodiesel||8,100 lbs / 3,674 kg|
|4WD 3.0L Turbodiesel||7,900 lbs / 3,538 kg|
|2021 Yukon XL Model||2021 Yukon XL Towing Capacity|
|2WD / 5.3L V8 / No Towing Package||7,800 lbs / 3,583 kg|
|2WD / 5.3L V8 / Towing Package||8,300 lbs / 3,765 kg|
|4WD / 5.3L V8 / No Towing Package||7,500 lbs / 3,402 kg|
|4WD / 5.3L V8 / Towing Package||8,000 lbs / 3,629 kg|
|2WD / 6.2L V8 / No Towing Package||7,600 lbs / 3,447 kg|
|2WD / 6.2L V8 / Towing Package||8,100 lbs / 3,674 kg|
|4WD / 6.2L V8 / No Towing Package||7,400 lbs / 3,357 kg|
|4WD / 6.2L V8 / Towing Package||7,900 lbs / 3,583 kg|
|2WD 3.0L Turbodiesel||8,000 lbs / 3,629 kg|
|4WD 3.0L Turbodiesel||7,700 lbs / 3,493 kg|
2021 GMC Yukon Payload Capacity
The payload capacity of the 2021 GMC Yukon is 1,673 to 1,910 pounds.
The payload capacity of the 2021 GMC Yukon XL is 1,702 to 1,867 pounds.
Please note, the payload capacity will vary based on factors such as engine type, drivetrain and whether or not your vehicle is equipped with a towing package that includes other features like an engine oil cooler or transmission oil cooler.
If you are unsure of your vehicle’s payload capacity, please contact your local dealership for details.
2021 GMC Yukon Tow Package
GMC offers a factory-installed tow package for the 2021 Yukon & 2021 Yukon XL.
This includes a trailer hitch, a heavy-duty cooling system, and a wiring harness.
2021 GMC Yukon Tow Capacity Vs Competitors
The 2021 GMC Yukon has a maximum towing capacity of 8,400 pounds, which makes it capable of doing some heavy duty trailer towing. This number is similar to its main competitors, the 2021 GMC Tahoe and the 2021 Ford Expedition.
Here are some similar vehicles to the GMC Yukon and their towing capacities below:
2021 Nissan Armada Towing Capacity: 8,500 pounds
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Towing Capacity: 8,400 pounds
2021 Ford Expedition Towing Capacity: 9,300 pounds
2021 Dodge Durango Towing Capacity: 8,700 pounds
2021 Toyota Sequoia Towing Capacity: 7,400 pounds
2021 Chevy Suburban Towing Capacity: 8,300 pounds
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official 2021 GMC Yukon Owner’s Manual on GMC’s website and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.
Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with your GMC Yukon.