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GMC Yukon Review

The 2015 GMC Yukon ranks 2 out of 13 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the GMC Yukon, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The 2015 GMC Yukon delivers sure handling, powerful engines and a plush interior, as well as decent fuel economy for the class, according to auto writers. However, non-XL models provide less cargo space than some competitors.

Test drivers say the standard V8 engine that powers the 2015 GMC Yukon delivers spry acceleration, and the larger V8 in the Denali trim generates ample power. A six-speed automatic transmission is mated to both engines, but reviewers note that when more power is needed it can be slow to downshift. The base Yukon gets an estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for a large SUV. Test drivers also say the Yukon is one of the best-handling large SUVs available and note that it feels planted in turns and has strong brakes. According to reviewers, the 2015 Yukon is a good tow vehicle, and it can tow up to 8,500 pounds.

Critics report the 2015 GMC Yukon's interior is handsome, and they appreciate the premium materials used to construct it. Eight people can ride in the base Yukon; that number climbs to nine with an optional front-row bench. Automotive journalists find the first two rows spacious and supportive, but as is the case with many large SUVs, they say the third row isn't particularly roomy. The XL model's third row provides more area and is suitable for adults. The Yukon has less cargo space than several competitors, but if you need more room, the long-wheelbase Yukon XL offers a bit more space. For the 2015 model year, the GMC Yukon gains standard fold-flat second- and third-row seats. The 2015 Yukon comes standard with a rearview camera, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, an 8-inch touch screen, five USB ports and satellite radio. Available features include navigation, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, a rear-seat Blu-Ray/DVD entertainment system and leather heated and cooled front seats. Test drivers report that the Yukon’s infotainment system is straightforward, though some note that the system can be slow to react to touch inputs.

  • "Sure, these beasts don't fit easily into narrow, compact-car parking slots, nor are they going to win any awards for sports-car-like handling or ease of maneuverability. As far as full-size SUVs go, however, GMC has perfected the formula better than anyone, creating a modern family caravan that is safe, comfortable, and unlike the station wagons of yore, capable of tackling the worst winter weather." -- AutoTrader
  • "If you need no-compromises hauling and towing ability, along with a no-compromises, first-rate interior, the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are just the ticket. That goes double for the high-end Denali models." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the powertrain improvements are solid, the utility of the flat cargo floor will be appreciated, the reduction in noise levels is worthwhile, and the interior and exterior redesigns are attractive. For Yukon and Denali fans, the new models will likely be worth the upgrade." -- Car and Driver
  • "Car shoppers who are in the market for a traditional full-size SUV have only a handful of choices these days. But among this group, one of the most compelling is the 2015 GMC Yukon. It blends traditionally rugged truck construction and V8 towing capacity with amenities and features one might expect from a full-fledged luxury SUV." -- Edmunds

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Toyota Sequoia has a third row that reviewers say is comfortable enough for adults, which is rare for the class. It also offers more cargo space than the Yukon and test drivers like that it has a lot of storage spaces for small items. Critics also like its smooth, comfortable ride.

The Chevrolet Suburban is also redesigned for 2015. It offers excellent cargo room for the class and test drivers are impressed with its top-notch interior materials and handsome styling. Reviewers are also pleased with its powerful V8 engine.

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Details: 2015 GMC Yukon

The 2015 GMC Yukon seats up to nine in three rows and is available in three trims: SLE, SLT and Denali. Two body styles are also available: Yukon and the extended-wheelbase Yukon XL. SLE and SLT models come with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, while Denali trims come with a 6.2-liter V8. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, and four-wheel drive is available. The GMC Yukon is fully redesigned for the 2015 model year.

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Review Last Updated: 3/30/15

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