2021 GMC YUKON AT4 WINS FOUR WHEELER’S SUV OF THE YEAR AWARD
With excellent comfort and genuine off-road capability, the 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 stands out from the pack when it comes to hitting the trail.
In fact, comfort and capability were big reasons why FOUR WHEELER chose the First Ever Yukon AT4 as the winner of its 2021 SUV of the Year award. This invitation-only competition is open to all-new or significantly revised SUVs for the upcoming model year. Judges selected for the contest included individuals from different segments of the off-road industry.
"GMC came out of the gate strong with the first-ever Yukon AT4," reported FOUR WHEELER. "Its styling ensures that it stands out from the crowd visually, while the AT4-specific mechanical bits like the (available) Active Response 4WD™ system with electronic limited-slip differential help deliver off-road performance. The result is a luxury SUV that can stylishly and capably haul a family and its gear away from the hustle and bustle of paved life."
The competition included controlled testing of vehicle suspension, acceleration time and braking distance. The participating vehicles were then driven to the Southern California desert to spend two days primarily on off-road environments. The tests included a loose-dirt hill climb, sandstone slab rock crawl and night driving to gauge lighting equipment. A total of three days of testing was performed, covering about 750 miles.
Judges were impressed with Yukon AT4’s grit in handling rugged environments. The magazine made note of the large off-road SUV’s approach angle, departure angle and available first-in-class four-corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, which adjusts ride height and aids in providing additional ground clearance. They also cited the front skid plate and available Active Response 4WD system with electronic limited-slip rear differential as reasons why this large SUV is perfect for when it’s time to go off the grid.
Additionally, the judging team were fans of Yukon AT4’s interior. Judges found the seats to be incredibly comfortable. They also remarked on how easy it was to get in or out of the rearmost row of seats. The interior was also praised for its aesthetics, such as the Jet Black leather seating surfaces with Brandy accents. As for technology, the wireless and the GMC Infotainment System† with 10.2-inch (diagonal) multicolor touch screen were listed as big perks.
Another big win for Yukon AT4 was the smooth ride experience. The independent rear suspension, available four-corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control were singled out for giving great comfort regardless of whether you are driving on- or off-road. And the judges noted the Yukon AT4’s powerful 5.3L V8 engine and 10-speed transmission delivered smooth power, adding to the driving experience.
From the highway to the trails, Yukon AT4 proved to be a comfortable and confident off-road warrior.
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