2015 GMC Yukon

2015 GMC Yukon
2015 GMC Yukon

2015 GMC Yukon


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 23 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 5.3L Flex Fuel V8, 355 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 9
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The GMC Yukon exists primarily as a people carrier, albeit a much more rugged one than any of the minivans that litter the road. With three rows of seating, powerful engines and a truck based chassis with good ground clearance, the Yukon excels at taking anyone anywhere. Its secondary mission is one of luxury, the Yukon can be outfitted with enough options to do a credible impersonation of a limousine if need be. Everything from sumptuous leather to state of the art rear-seat entertainment systems can be had on the GMC Yukon. Prices start at around $46,000.

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What's New For 2015

The GMC Yukon gets a total redesign for 2015. The new truck returns with better, more distinct styling, an improved and more spacious interior and a set of new, more efficient engines.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 3 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2015 GMC Yukon

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Hill Start Assist brakes
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist, includes traction control
    • Daytime Running Lamps, with automatic exterior lamp control
    • Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • OnStar with 4G LTE provides a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds (Only on vehicles built after 10-5-14. Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE service available in select markets. 4G LTE performance based on industry averages and vehicle systems design. Some services require data plan.)
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children), for child safety seats; lower anchors and top tethers located in all second row seating positions, top tethers located in third row seating positions
    • Parking assist front and rear
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (does not apply to spare tire)
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years including RemoteLink Key Fob Services, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Access is available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include emergency services. To cancel RemoteLink Key Fob Services or if your vehicle is sold, contact an OnStar Advisor. See www.onstar.com/mobile for full details.)
  • Entertainment Features
    • Audio system, 8" Diagonal Color Touch Screen with IntelliLink includes New text message alerts and Siri Eyes Free functionality through voice command, AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD with USB ports, auxiliary jack, SD card slot, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and most phones, hands-free smartphone integration, Pandora Internet radio and voice-activated technology for radio and phone, and an articulating screen with hidden storage. Includes 5 USB ports, 1 auxiliary jack and 1 SD card reader (See "gmtotalconnect.com" for phone compatibility information.)
    • Audio system feature, Bose premium 9-speaker system with subwoofer in center console
    • Audio system feature, CD player
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio includes 3 trial months (If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system, SiriusXM and HD Radio SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2015 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus you can listen to SiriusXM Internet Radio everywhere on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue listening after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Antenna, integral in rear quarter glass
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 18" x 8.5" (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm) bright machined aluminum
    • Tires, P265/65R18 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheel, full-size spare 17" (43.2 cm) steel
    • Tire carrier, lockable outside spare winch-type mounted under frame at rear
    • Tire, spare P265/70R17 all-season, blackwall
    • Luggage rack, roof-mounted black
    • Assist steps, Black with chrome strip
    • Headlamps, halogen projector
    • Fog lamps
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding includes spotter mirror
    • Wipers, front rain-sensing, intermittent
    • Wiper, rear
    • Liftgate, manual
  • Interior Features
    • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, odometer with trip odometer, fuel level, voltmeter, engine temperature, oil pressure, tachometer, compass and outside temperature gauge
    • Windows, power all express down, front express up
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Remote vehicle start includes extended range Remote Keyless Entry
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Seats, front bucket with Premium Cloth power fore/aft, power recline and power lumbar, 10-way power driver seat, includes 6-way power cushion, 2-way power lumbar control and power recline
    • Seats, second row 60/40 split-folding bench, manual
    • NavTraffic is available in over 130 markets and works with your vehicle's navigation system to give you detailed traffic data right when you need it most - while you're driving. You'll avoid traffic tie-ups, save time and gas by getting alternate routes, and, in some cases, receive traffic speed and drive-time information. Plus, you can use NavTraffic at the same time you're enjoying SiriusXM Satellite Radio. You'll find that once you start using NavTraffic, you won't want to drive without it. (Includes 90 days of service. Included and only available with (IO6) Audio system with navigation. Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after trial period which is continuous until you call SiriusXM to cancel. Available only in select markets. For more information, see siriusxm.com/navtraffic.)
    • Seats, third row manual 60/40 split-folding bench, fold flat
    • Console, floor with storage area, cup holders, SD card slot and auxiliary jack (Not available with (AZ3) 40/20/40 split-bench front seats.)
    • Cargo net
    • Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted first and second row, removable
    • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
    • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, manual
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls and cruise controls, Driver Information Center controls and OnStar Hands-Free calling
    • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, multi-color
    • Climate control, tri-zone automatic with individual climate settings for driver, right-front passenger and rear passengers
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III
    • Theft-deterrent system, electrical, unauthorized entry
    • Power outlet, 110-volt, 1.1 Amp, 150 Watt
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Assist handles, all seats
    • Lighting, interior with dome light driver- and passenger-side door switch with delayed entry feature, cargo lights, door handle or Remote Keyless Entry-activated illuminated entry and map lights in front and second seat positions
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing, includes aluminum block construction (355 hp [265 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 383 lb-ft of torque [518 N-m] @ 4100 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive, tow/haul mode and tap up/tap down shifting
    • Rear axle, 3.08 ratio
    • Suspension Package, Premium Smooth Ride
    • Tow/haul mode selector, button located at end of shift lever
    • Differential, heavy-duty locking rear
    • Alternator, 150 amps
    • Rear wheel drive
    • Trailering equipment, heavy-duty includes trailering hitch platform, 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits mated to a 7-way sealed connector and 2" trailering receiver
    • Cooling, auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil
    • Cooling, external engine oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil integral to driver side of radiator
    • GVWR, 7100 lbs. (3221 kg) (Standard on 2WD models.)
    • Suspension, front coil-over-shock with stabilizer bar
    • Suspension, rear multi-link with coil springs
    • Steering, power
    • Powertrain grade braking
    • Brakes, VAC power, with VSES
    • Exhaust, aluminized stainless-steel muffler and tailpipe
    • Tools, mechanical jack and wheel wrench stored in rear quarter trim

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.0 x 1.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.6 x 0.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 79.90
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 43.20
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - 11.10
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 33.94
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 94.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 57.6
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 15.3
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 16.6
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 160
    • Maximum Alternator Watts - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - L83
    • Engine Type - Gas/Ethanol V8
    • Displacement - 5.3L/323
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 355 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 383 @ 4100
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 116.00
    • Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) - 203.90
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 80.50
    • Height, Overall (in) - 74.40
    • Overhang, Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 35.91
    • Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 8.00
    • Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 8.00
    • Rear Door Opening Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Door Opening Width (in) - - TBD -
    • Step Up Height - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Step Up Height - Side (in) - - TBD -
  • Frame Features
    • Frame Type - Ladder
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 26.0
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 9
    • Front Head Room (in) - 42.80
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.30
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 64.80
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 60.80
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.70
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.00
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 65.10
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 60.30
    • Third Head Room (in) - 38.10
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 24.80
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 62.60
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 49.30
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 18
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 16
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 23
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), On Center - 17.8
    • Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 39.0
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - GMC Yukon
    • Body Style - Sport Utility Vehicle
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Coil-Over Shock
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-link
    • Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - 3250
    • Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 4200
    • Axle Type - Front - Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Semi-floating
    • Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - 3400
    • Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 4200
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.08
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - 46.0
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - 46.0
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - 1.41
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RKX
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RKX
    • Spare Tire Order Code - ZRS
    • Front Tire Size - P265/70R17
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/70R17
    • Spare Tire Size - P265/70R17
    • Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - 2135
    • Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - - TBD -
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 5000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 6500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 975
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MYC
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.0
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.4
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.5
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.2
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.9
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.7
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.1
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 10.0
    • Rear Door Type - Liftgate
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 3200
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 4100
    • Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - 2654
    • Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - 2654
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 7100
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 11000
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Bronze Alloy Metallic Champagne Silver Metallic Crystal Red Tintcoat Iridium Metallic Light Steel Gray Metallic Midnight Amethyst Metallic Onyx Black Quicksilver Metallic Summit White
  • Bronze Alloy Metallic
  • Champagne Silver Metallic
  • Crystal Red Tintcoat
  • Iridium Metallic
  • Light Steel Gray Metallic
  • Midnight Amethyst Metallic
  • Onyx Black
  • Quicksilver Metallic
  • Summit White

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The GMC Yukon is all-new for 2015. What hasn’t been obviously restyled or re-thought has been re-programmed, re-calibrated or re-engineered. The biggest news for the 2015 Yukon is more power and better fuel efficiency, third-row seats that fold to a flat floor, electronics that provide Siri eyes-free, text alerts, a Wi-Fi hotspot and a tailored new cabin that’s very quiet.

New safety systems feature prominently in the 2015 Yukon overhaul as well. A rearview camera and proximity sensors front and rear are standard on the 2015 Yukon, as is a center front-row airbag that works as a divider cushion in side-impact collisions. A head-up display, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warnings are available on 2015 Yukon models.

The GMC Yukon is a full-size sport utility with room for five adults and up to nine passengers total. Yukon is built like a truck to handle rough use. It offers enough towing capacity to handle a four-ton trailer and has the versatility for cargo hauling.

Yukon’s interior layout looks more luxury sedan than any other GMC product. Although it offers a front bench seat, most models have a pair of front bucket seats flanking a center console that arcs up to the dash in well integrated fashion. Middle-row seats are individual bucket or three-across bench. The third row is a 60/40-split arrangement good for children.

Yukon runs a 355-hp 5.3-liter V8 and 6-speed automatic transmission with EPA ratings of 16/23 mpg City/Highway. Automatic four-wheel drive is available, as is a similar system with low-range gearing for off-highway work that can be towed behind your motorhome.

Denali is the top luxury model, powered by a 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 and 8-speed automatic, with EPA numbers of 15/21 mpg. The Denali 4WD system includes low-range. Yukon Denali has a unique instrument display and trim inside and out and adds features such as wireless phone charging, hands-free tailgate and a more sophisticated suspension.

Towing capacity is 8100-8500 pounds depending on model. Every towing aid available on the Sierra pickup, except trailering mirrors, is offered on Yukon. Most Yukon models will carry 1500-1650 pounds of personnel and baggage.

Yukon rolls down the road with nary a care, we found it stable, quiet and confidence-inspiring in challenging conditions. It can cart kids to practice, co-workers to lunch or boat to the lake with equal ease. If you require the ultimate in luxury, expect the price to almost double for a loaded Denali.

GMC Yukon competition includes the less-advanced but roomier Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada, Dodge Durango, as well as the related Chevrolet Tahoe. Yukon Denali competes with the Lincoln Navigator, Range Rover Sport, Infiniti QX80, Mercedes-Benz GL and Lexus GX.

If you do not need low-range 4WD or rugged truck construction, and have only a small lightweight trailer, a big crossover, such as the GMC Acadia, BMW X5 or Audi Q7 might be a better fit. If cargo volume and people space are paramount and ultimate luxury isn’t, a minivan will provide far greater third-row room, more cargo volume than the long XL version of Yukon, similar payload and better fuel economy in a smaller outside package.

On the other hand, if bigger is better, the Yukon XL bumps rear seat and aft cargo space considerably, is nearly as maneuverable, much easier entry/egress at the rear doors, at a premium of one EPA mile-per-gallon and $3,000. Skip a moonroof and rear-seat entertainment and you’re there.


The 2015 Yukon comes with a 355-hp 5.3-liter V8, 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Autotrac all-wheel drive adds $3000; four-wheel drive with low-range is part of a $650 HD trailering package.

Yukon SLE ($46,990) comes with cloth upholstery, three-zone climate control, front bucket seats, 60/40 folding second/third row bench seats, leather wrapped tilt steering wheel, locking differential, Class IV tow hitch and 7-pin plug, 18-inch alloy wheels (full-size 17-inch spare), side steps, fog lamps, heated power mirrors, remote entry and start, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, front/rear park sensors, Bose AM/FM/XM/CD/HD Radio with Pandora, Bluetooth, IntelliLink, and OnStar with 4G LTE, five USB ports, aux inputs, 4.2-inch color driver display, 110VAC outlet (150 watts) and 2-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance plan. SLE options include a driver alert package ($445); HD trailering package with integrated trailer brake controller, 2-speed transfer case, rear air suspension leveling and 3.42:1 axle ratio, $650), six types of 20 or 22-inch wheels; Convenience Package ($730) with power-adjust pedals and liftgate, universal remote, auto-dim inside mirror; cargo cover; 40/20/40 bench front seat ($250 delete); block heater and recovery hooks.

Yukon SLT ($55,475) upgrades with leather upholstery, heated and cooled front bucket seats, heated 60/40 second-row seats with power release, power-folding third-row seats, pushbutton start and entry, driver alert pack, convenience pack, power-folding mirrors, heated power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, driver memory, wireless charging for compatible device, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning. Optional on SLT are an enhanced security package ($395) that deletes overhead sunglasses holder and conversation mirror; moonroof ($995); 20- or 22-inch wheels; adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation braking ($995); navigation ($495); heated second-row bucket seats ($590); rear Blu-ray entertainment ($1595); Open Road package ($3255) with navigation, rear Blu-ray entertainment, moonroof, and an additional nine months’ SiriursXM radio and NavTraffic.

Yukon Denali ($63,770) and Denali 4WD ($66,770) use a 420-hp 6.2-liter V8, 8-speed automatic, and the 4WD is Autotrac with low-range. Denali adds or improves on SLT with unique exterior and interior trim, active noise cancellation, magnetic ride control, rear air leveling suspension, 8-inch customizable instrument display, trailer brake controller, hands-free power liftgate, HID headlamps and 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint sound system. Available on Denali are a head-up display, recovery hooks, block heater, 22-inch wheels, power-retracting side steps, enhanced security package, moonroof, and adaptive cruise control with auto-braking.

Safety features that come standard on all models include dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags for the front row, a between-seat center front airbag on bucket-seat models, three-row side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control system, OnStar, LATCH child safety seat anchors, tire pressure monitors, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers and front/rear park sensors. Blind-spot, lane deaprture and cross-traffic warnings are available where not standard, and SLT and Denali offer adaptive cruise control with automatic braking.


Yukon’s classic utility two-box body is clean, crisp and never mistaken for a jelly-bean crossover. Geometric lines work well on so many levels for vehicles designed to carry cargo or venture beyond paved roadways, and GMC makes it work well enough to take it where you might also take a limousine.

Painted surfaces surround GMC’s triple-bar grille and massive red logo; lighting modules are completely separated and fair into the fender tops. Both the lower lip and bumper run full width, with fog lights low and outboard where they work best. The deep air dam helps highway fuel economy but consider removing it before you hit the backcountry. Denali models are distinguished by amply chromed mesh grille work and, when on, their HID headlamps.

Strong horizontal lines define the profile, with wheel openings only minimally less square than GMC’s Sierra pickup. Wheels better fill those openings; though we prefer the standard 18-inch wheel for ride quality and think they fit the truck’s proportions better, 20- and 22-inch wheels in multiple finishes are offered. Denali comes with 20-inch wheels.

Dark door and rear pillars give the roof a cantilevered look, anchored at the windshield and balancing on the wide painted pillar above the rear wheels. Side steps are no wider than the bodywork so they’re less vulnerable, and power-retracting steps are available. Short rear overhang is helpful for off-road travel and towing stability, but in some views the tail appears stubby or truncated.

Deep window tint wraps rear side and tailgate windows into one piece and the wiper’s hidden under the gate-top spoiler. C-shaped taillights echo the ruby-red logo letters and the center brake light in the spoiler never casts light in the rear view. The covered receiver hitch keeps it clean and the top of the bumper has scuff protection.

The liftgate is manually operated on SLE, with the SLT’s power liftgate available; opening height is programmable for vertical clearance limitations or to open just high enough for you to walk beneath. On Denali you can wave a foot beneath the bumper (as long as the key is with you) to open or close the tailgate with your hands full.


The GMC Yukon interior is more upscale than ever, and there’s no base model more suitable for civil service fleets than family garages. Materials, be they leather on the steering wheel or hard plastic on the lower doors, are all a step up from pre-2015 Yukons. And we found the fit and finish left nothing to be desired.

No longer shared with Sierra pickups, the Yukon dash is set up more like a touring sedan than like a truck. The center section sweeps aft downward in a seamless transition to the console, the soft-touch dash top appears laid on, and the outer vent grille pattern runs along the passenger’s side.

Most of the controls, instruments and displays are similar to other GMC full-size models. To driver’s left are drive mode, lighting, trailer brake, adjustable pedals and some safety system switches, and whether you have the standard tilt or uplevel tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, some of those switches will be obscured by it. Switchgear is illuminated red at night.

Excellent gauges are standard, and the Denali gets a configurable 8-inch display amidst them. Top center is the audio and GMC IntelliLink infotainment screen with hidden storage behind. Knobs and hard keys below and touch-screen icons at top help speed you to common tasks. Alongside the usual apps and features (Pandora, Bluetooth, weather, traffic) it has text message alerts, Siri eyes free and OnStar with 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot and a 3gb/3month trial period. It did what we wanted and was faster than some, slower than others. The display never washed out in bright sunlight.

Below that are better-than-average rear climate controls, and front seat heat/cooling switches; these switch indicators do occasionally disappear in daylight. Cabin storage includes a usable glovebox, multiple door cubbies, third-row bin, five distinct places on the console, and the center armrest lid depression offers compatible-device wireless charging on Denali.

Everything forward of the middle armrest is set slightly to the passenger’s side side, making an easier reach for them and more right knee room for the driver. But we can’t imagine anyone fleeing the least bit cramped with all the room up front.

Bucket seats come standard for the front row and we found them comfortable for long or short hauls. Cloth seats now offer seat heating, as do the leather seats. Seat coolers are also available. You have to nit-pick to find anything wrong with the seats, and that would be cooling unit you can hear because the truck is so quiet inside. A center front airbag keeps front occupants cushioned apart in severe side-impact collisions.

A front bench seat, divided 40/20/40, is available, though this credit-delete option is so rare we’ve never seen one and GMC has no pictures of it. You could get an idea looking at a special services/police Tahoe which has computers and radio where the middle seat would be. The bench seat comes with a different dash, which stops at the climate controls and moves power and input ports low and forward underneath.

Second-row seats offer a choice of two buckets or a 60/40-split three-person bench, the latter far more practical and not significantly less comfortable. Buckets do give the choice of clambering around for third-row access but the second-row bench moves easily. Regardless of seat, big outboard pillars keep heads nicely shaded, and the climate controls and inputs/ports are an easy reach.

Third-row seats are split 60/40 as well, so you could still carry six people and long items like skis or wakeboards inside. Outer headrests extend well but there is no center headrest, and the center shoulder belt is conveniently out of sight in the roof when not needed. Head and hiproom are typical but legroom here is limited, nearly 13 inches less than an Expedition or Navigator, and best for kids.

Cargo access is by large liftgate, powered on some and operable with a foot wave under the rear bumper on Denali. The load floor is two levels up from the bumper and close to a yard off the ground, inconvenient for big heavy items. Power-fold and release rear seat (both rows) switches are on the side.

Cargo space behind the third row is 15.3 cubic feet. Under the floor is a well for small items. Behind the second row is 51.7 cubic feet, and 94.7 behind the first row, on a flat but not level floor. Cargo capacity is down about 10% from the previous Yukon and trails the level-floor Expedition (18.6/55.0/108.3) Sequoia (18.9/66.6/120.1) and Armada (20.0/56.7/97.1).

Driving Impressions

The Yukon is pleasant to drive, with a quiet interior and suspension that isolate you from most outside world annoyances. It’s as easy to drive as any car, only bigger.

Either engine delivers plenty of power smoothly, with minimal fuss, but both develop peak power at more than 4000 rpm and are tuned to eke out fuel efficiency. Since they cruise at less than half that speed, it takes a solid shove of the gas pedal to effect the downshifts needed for strong acceleration.

Yukon’s 6-speed automatic sorts out gears well. It has a manual shift function managed by a rocker switch on the column shift lever that rev-matches downshifts, but unlike most competitors you must first move the lever to M to use the rocker.

Denali’s 8-speed has quicker, smoother shifts and changes aren’t as noticeable because engine speed doesn’t change as much. The added gears also allow easier engine braking on long grades.

Both Yukon and Denali cruise along the highway effortlessly, but unless that is all you do, we’d strongly consider the towing package for its better performance. In any event you’ll be able to cruise at west Texas speeds with less than 2000 rpm showing.

Rack-and-pinion steering is now electric assist and feels as good as the predecessor’s hydraulic assist system. Assist remains consistent during heavy maneuvering as in backing a small trailer or navigating mall parking on black Friday. Despite its size the Yukon turns commendably tight, better than many smaller sedans.

Handling is secure and stable, ride comfort better on the 18-inch wheels. Denali’s magnetic ride control uses special shock absorbers that continuously adjust in milliseconds so you get needed control with no unnecessary firmness you don’t. On smooth roads you won’t notice as much because it makes the Denali’s 20-inch wheels ride almost as well as Yukon’s 18s, but on washboard surfaces or towing the MRC system proves itself.

Many versions have or offer air-leveling rear suspension so it stays level and headlights aimed properly with weight on board, but this not a substitute for a weight-distributing trailer hitch when called for.

Except under heavy throttle most noise inside comes from behind from the exhaust pipe and rear tires. It isn’t intrusive at all, only highlights how well the engine compartment is insulated and the aerodynamics work around the windshield.

Outward visibility is about par. Forward and rearward are quite good thanks to not-to-thick windshield pillars and angular bodywork. Side pillars are substantial, the mirrors are no good for towing anything tall and wide (like an express cruiser or RV) and the tapered rear flanks beyond the back door pillar aren’t visible in the mirrors. Fortunately, a rearview camera and proximity sensors at both ends are standard.

Denali’s optional head-up display projects speed, engine revs, signals, warnings, navigation instructions and so forth on the windshield ahead of the driver; the local speed limit (subject to mapping accuracy) appears in the instrument panel. Even at full-bright it was often illegible on sunny days with sunglasses on, a situation not unique to Denali.

The available brake controller for trailers with electric brakes is very effective. Even if we didn’t have a trailer with electric brakes we’d consider it for resale value and those friends’ electric-brake or future trailers.

Maximum tow ratings for the Yukon range from 8100 to 8500 pounds, behind Ford Expedition’s 9200 and Nissan Armada’s 8200-9000, but ahead of Toyota’s Sequoia and Dodge’s Durango. To find any particular truck’s towing capacity you need to subtract the door-jamb GVWR (maximum weight of truck, occupants, cargo and trailer tongue weight) from GCWR (gross combined weight rating). Very few sport-utility vehicles can carry full payload and tow maximum trailer weight at the same time.

Yukon 4WD models use a single-speed Autotrac system for automatic operation on highway. If you want 4WD with low-range gearing, as you might for backcountry access or even slippery boat ramps (or to tow the Yukon behind a motorhome), you have to get the HD tow package two-speed transfer case. Denali 4WD comes with it.


The GMC Yukon has a quiet, comfortable interior nice enough for a car, in a truck chassis that can cope with the worst roads and drivers. It combines plenty of smooth power and good towing capability with modern electronics and safety systems to make a squarely styled very well rounded full-size SUV.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent G.R. Whale filed this report after test drives in Yukon models in Los Angeles and San Antonio.

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