The 2021 GMC Yukon is considered by many to be one of the world’s most powerful SUVs. Its gargantuan size, herculean engine and lavish interior make it coveted by many and a hallmark of American extravagance. But is it good enough to beat the 2021 Porsche Cayenne, a sporty SUV with a silky smooth appearance with incredible towing capacity and unabashed luxury?
Design & Style
While the Porsche Cayenne might be an SUV, it offers sports car level performance. This has earned it the Editor’s Choice award and it is the big brother of the Porsche Macan which has won the same accolade. The Cayenne has an extensive range of powertrain options and the cabin is roomy and extensively customizable.
The GMC Yukon is a large and intimidating vehicle driven by those who want to impose their will on the world around them. It offers three different engines and the cargo area has been increased. Like the Cayenne, it too has won the Editor’s Choice award and those who purchase the AT4 will be able to enjoy off-road driving.
Technology & Safety
Due to its size, there are few vehicles that can threaten the Yukon or its passengers in a collision, but be that as it may, the GMC engineers implemented a number of safety countermeasures, which include standardized emergency automated brakes, blind area monitoring, frontal impact alerts, notifications for cross traffic in the rear, airbags for every passenger and lane management. Its cabin perks include the choice of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi, leather upholstery which has been hand stitched with wooden trim, and climate control.
The Porsche Cayenne is equipped with every safety function found in the GMC Yukon, as well as night vision with parking sensors for each end. It also incorporates a camera that has infrared capabilities. Amenities within its cabin include a Bose sound system with 14 speakers, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi and an infotainment system with a ten inch display. This combined with its rotary controller and climate control ensures a relaxing and stress free riding experience.
The Porsche Cayenne offers serious performance for serious drivers. Those that purchase the GTS variant will get a V8, 4 liter engine that is dual turbo and capable of generating 460 horsepower that is connected to an automatic eight speed transmission. Those that purchase the GMC Yukon will get a V8, 6.2 liter engine that can generate 420 horsepower.
The Bottom Line
While some experts consider this a close contest, a detailed look under the hood reveals that the GMC Yukon is not fuel efficient, has too many similarities with the Chevy Tahoe and lacks the horsepower, acceleration and maneuverability of the Porsche, making the Cayenne the winner.
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If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2021 Porsche Cayenne offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Porsche of Princeton. We are located in New Jersey and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book a Porsche Cayenne test drive appointment.
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