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in 2011 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $25,179 - $41,689
Original MSRP: $38,945 - $59,400
MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy
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2011 GMC Yukon Interior

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The GMC Yukon has a comfortable and inviting interior for up to nine people. Some reviewers say the materials are upscale enough to be in luxury cars, but others complain about cheap materials.  For a truly luxurious interior, you’ll need to trade up to one of the higher trims.

  • "The GMC Yukon boasts an attractive cabin with high-quality materials. The control layout is simple and straightforward, and the available navigation system is also easy to use despite a smaller screen than newer GM models have."--Edmunds

Seating

The majority of reviewers found the seating available in the GMC Yukon comfortable. The Yukon, depending on the trim level or options selected, can seat anywhere from four to nine people. The first row of seats is available as a three-person bench or two captain's chairs, as is the second row. A third row seat is optional in most models and is universally seen by reviewers as uncomfortable and suitable only for kids. The front two rows offer more comfortable accommodations.

  • "Bench or buckets, the front seats are supportive. There's ample headroom and legroom, though the cramped center position on the bench should be for emergency use only." -- Consumer Guide
  • " The Yukon's second row is just as good as the first," -- Automotive.com

Interior features

Because of its size and comfort, the Yukon already treats passengers well, but by adding optional entertainment features, passengers can be kept even happier. An available DVD player for the rear seats is a reviewer favorite.

  • "Sound from the upgraded Bose system was adequate, but felt unnatural and seemed to come from far ahead of the dash despite numerous adjustments to the audio settings . . . The navigation system "actually got us lost on our way home from an out-of-town trip and never correctly found the street address we were headed to, despite displaying it as a known address." --Cars.com
  • "All gauges are large but some testers find the markings too indistinct for best legibility. Yukon's optional navigation system absorbs, but doesn't complicate, audio functions. The cabin has few soft-touch panels, but materials are generally solid to the touch and assembled with care to create a high-quality ambiance, even on SLE versions. Denalis get added dress-up touches, but most of that model's interior panels are still hard plastic." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

A problem with the third row seat, common to all SUVs that have them, is how it negatively impacts cargo capacity. With the third row in place, the Yukon has a mere 16.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Removing the third row seats brings the capacity up to 60.3 cubic feet, and folding the second row brings it to 108.9 cubic feet.  A common complaint about the Yukon is that the third row seats don't fold flat into the floor.  They must be removed to maximize cargo space, and are very bulky.  The Ford Expedition, on the other hand, has third-row seats that fold into the floor.  Reviewers overwhelmingly prefer the Expedition’s setup.

  • "Those [cargo] numbers probably sound high until you take a Toyota Sienna and compare." -- Automotive.com
  • "That third-row seat also poses problems for cargo capacity, as it doesn't fold away into the floor. You must either fold the seatback down and place your stuff on top or physically remove the heavy seat from the truck."--Edmunds
  • "The rear-most seat is removable in two 50-pound sections, but for anyone that's grown accustomed to the convenience of a fold-flat third row, this could be the Yukon's deal-breaker." -- Kelley Blue Book