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2 GM Models Make List of Best Off-Road SUVs in 2021

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2021 GMC Yukon AT4 SUV parked on the edge of a sandy cliff overlooking a body of water
2021 GMC Yukon AT4
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If off-road capability is a non-negotiable characteristic of your new SUV, you have two impressive options to choose from courtesy of General Motors. The 2021 GMC Yukon and the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe snagged adventure-ready spots on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the Best Off-Road SUVs in 2021

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Side and back view of the 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 SUV on a sandy cliff facing the ocean
2021 GMC Yukon AT4
Photo: GMC

2021 GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon was redesigned for the 2021 model year. The new Yukon offers drivers plenty of features and style as well as powerful engine options. Plus, you can opt for the new AT4 trim, the ideal choice for off-roading adventurers, according to U.S. News & World Report writer Jim Gorzelany.

“Four-wheel drive comes standard, and includes a two-speed transfer case, skid plates, and hill descent control, along with upscale items like a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and a power-folding third row. Options include an adaptive air suspension and a limited-slip differential,” he wrote.

When properly equipped, the 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 can tow a maximum weight of 8,200 pounds. The winning attributes of the 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 also gained favor with Four Wheeler magazine, which honored the rugged, capable, and fun-to-drive model with its SUV of the Year Award.

Sideview of a silvery grey 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 SUV in a desert landscape with mountains in the distance under a partly cloudy blue sky
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71
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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe shares much of its off-roading DNA, features, and capabilities with the aforementioned 2021 GMC Yukon. But, the model has its own unique style to offer to off-roading enthusiasts if you opt for the Z71 trim.

“In addition to amenities like heated power leather front seats and a hands-free power liftgate, it comes with four-wheel drive, a front skid plate, a two-speed transfer case, a heavy-duty air filter, a premium suspension, and hill descent control,” according to Gorzelany.

Under the hood of the 2021 Tahoe Z71 is a 5.3-liter V8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management technology paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain nets 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Z71 sits on 20-inch all-terrain Blackwall tires and features black assist steps, black roof-mounted side rails, body-color door handles, and body-color heated power outside mirrors.

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If you’re ready to take the road less traveled, check out the off-road prowess of the 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 and the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71.