Used Car: 2013 GMC Yukon Review
Reviewers were impressed with the 2013 GMC Yukon's composed ride quality and the Denali model's spirited acceleration.
The base GMC Yukon and Yukon XL have a V8 engine, and test drivers agreed this engine provides strong acceleration. The Yukon 2500 and Yukon Denali have a larger V8, and automotive writers noted that Denali models accelerate quickly. An automatic transmission is standard. With the base engine, the 2013 Yukon has an EPA fuel economy rating of 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Some reviewers noted that the Yukon's ride and handling are good for the class. Other auto writers mentioned that models fitted with the available automatic leveling rear suspension are very comfortable. While some said that the GMC Yukon is fairly easy to maneuver, others said it can be cumbersome in heavy traffic. Some also noted that the steering is a little numb, while others were pleased with the brake pedal feel. The base 2013 Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds and the 2500 model can tow up to 9,600 pounds.
While some reviewers liked the overall appearance of the 2013 GMC Yukon's cabin, others said that the material quality is lackluster, especially in the luxury-oriented Denali models. The 2013 Yukon seats up to nine when equipped with an available front bench seat. A handful of critics noted that the third row doesn't offer much legroom, and recommended that anyone who needs adult-sized space in the third row spring for the long-wheelbase Yukon XL. Regular-wheelbase models offer up to 108.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is typical for the class. XL models have 137.4 cubic feet, which is excellent for the class. However, reviewers disliked the arduous process of removing the third row in order to access the full cargo space. Bluetooth, a USB port, a Bose audio system and tri-zone automatic climate control are standard. Available features include navigation, leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, a rearview camera and blind zone alert. Reviewers agreed that the navigation system is very intuitive.
Other SUVs to Consider
Reviewers were impressed with the 2013 Ford Expedition's comfortable ride over rough roads. They also liked that its third row easily folds flat when expanding cargo space.
According to test drivers, the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe has a comfortable ride, composed handling and is easy to maneuver for its size. The Tahoe and Yukon have the same base engine, which reviewers praised for its ample power.