GMC Yukon Review
The 2014 GMC Yukon ranks 4 out of 8 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.
Reviewers agree that the 2014 GMC Yukon can haul a lot of passengers and cargo in comfort, though they note that a three-row crossover SUV might be better for families who don’t need the Yukon’s towing capabilities.
The 2014 Yukon comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that reviewers say provides strong passing power. All Denali trims come with a more-powerful 6.2-liter V8, which test drivers think delivers strong acceleration as well. However, some say that the 6.2-liter V8 is noticeably less refined than the base Yukon engine. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, which automotive journalists say changes gears smoothly. The base 2014 Yukon gets an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is average for a large SUV. Reviewers say the 2014 Yukon has excellent towing capabilities. They note that its handling isn’t as precise as a crossover SUV’s. However, they think the Yukon has a comfortable ride and strong brakes.
Reviewers write that the 2014 GMC Yukon has a handsome cabin that’s built with mostly high-quality materials. The base 2014 Yukon seats eight, and with an optional front-row bench, it can seat up to nine. Automotive journalists say the driver’s seat is spacious and supportive and that adults will find the second row comfortable. However, they write that the third row is best left to kids, which is common in most three-row SUVs. If you want more room, the Yukon XL offers a bit more passenger space in the third row. The Yukon has an average amount of cargo space for a large SUV, but unlike many rivals, its third-row seats have to be removed to maximize cargo space. The 2014 Yukon comes standard with a rearview camera, a nine-speaker Bose sound system and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Yukon Denali models offer more standard luxury features, including leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a power liftgate and a touch-screen navigation system that test drivers say is easy to use.
- "The 2014 GMC Yukon is a leading choice for a traditional large SUV thanks to its comfortable cabin and strong towing and hauling capabilities. But for many people, a large crossover SUV will make more sense." -- Edmunds
- "Yukon slots above the Chevrolet Tahoe but beneath the Cadillac Escalade. While most Yukon buyers seem to prefer the top-line Denali, we don't. The primary reason is its engine: It's louder, less refined, and uses more fuel (Hybrid not withstanding). The base Yukon SLE is our pick because of its smooth engine and terrific ride." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "If you don't need to tow heavy loads and would like an SUV that's more fuel-efficient and easier to maneuver, a vehicle such as the 2013 GMC Acadia or 2013 Honda Pilot would make a more sensible choice." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Other SUVs to Consider
Like the Yukon, the Ford Expedition is a large SUV that reviewers agree has a smooth ride and lots of cargo space. The Expedition can also tow more than the Yukon, and critics say the cargo space is easy to expand in the Expedition because its third-row seats fold flat.
If you don’t need the Yukon’s towing capabilities, consider the Buick Enclave. The Enclave offers seating for eight people and better fuel economy, and reviewers say it has refined handling and an upscale interior.
Details: 2014 GMC Yukon
The 2014 GMC Yukon seats up to nine in three rows and is offered in three trims (SLE, SLT and Denali), and two body styles (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 on all models, and four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. This is the last model year for the current-generation Yukon, which was introduced for the 2007 model year, and aside from a few minor updates, the Yukon hasn’t changed much since then. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2007 through 2014 model years.