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MSRP: $46,335 - $68,380
Invoice: $43,092 - $63,593
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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GMC Yukon Interior

Reviewers think the 2015 GMC Yukon has a luxurious and quiet cabin built with high-end materials, including wood and aluminum trim. They say the first two rows are roomy and comfortable, but that the third is tight in non-XL models, though this is fairly common for a three-row SUV. The 2015 Yukon's overall cargo space is a bit low for the class, but the larger Yukon XL offers a more generously sized cargo area, and power-folding second- and third-row seats are newly available for 2015. According to automotive journalists, the Yukon's dashboard controls are easy to reach and operate.

  • "This is where the GMC Yukon is head and shoulders above its predecessor, and where it sets itself apart from Ford, Nissan and Toyota competitors. The materials are first rate, the switchgear is logically arranged and feels high-class, and the driver's seat is exceptionally comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the build quality is excellent and the layout thoughtful. The 10-way power adjustable seats are comfortable and everything is right at your fingertips." -- Motor Trend
  • "Despite their role as beasts of burden that carry cargo, tow trailers, and schlep kids, the Yukon, Yukon XL, and particularly the Denalis are now trimmed and equipped more like luxury vehicles." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "… these big SUVs can compete head-to-head with premium sedans when it comes to luxurious accommodations." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The GMCs, in particular, deserve praise for more finely grained plastics, as well as for the use of top-shelf leather, wood, and metallic trim." -- Popular Mechanics

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Seating

The base 2015 Yukon seats eight in three rows, and with an optional front-row bench, it can seat up to nine. The Yukon comes standard with cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, power-adjustable pedals and a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. According to reviewers, it may be difficult for some drivers to find the optimal driving position in base Yukons, which don't come with a telescopic steering column. Test drivers say adults will be comfortable in the front seats and in the second row, though some find that the third-row seats in non-XL models are cramped. Some critics point out that the side pillars create big blind spots as drivers look over their shoulders to change lanes. They also report that the 2015 GMC Yukon has an exceptionally quiet interior that is well-isolated from wind and road noise.

  • "… the driver's seat is exceptionally comfortable. The same is true for the second row, which can come with either a bench or a pair of captain's chairs. The third row is best for kids in a standard Yukon, but the XL manages grownups thanks to extra legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Improved door seals, acoustical laminated front glass, and active noise cancellation have made the interior extremely quiet under all conditions." -- Car and Driver
  • "In terms of seating, the front seats are comfortable and reasonably supportive. The lack of a telescoping steering wheel on the SLE model will make it harder for some folks to get an ideal driving position, however. The available power-releasing second- and full-power up/down third-row seats work with ease. The third-row seat is fine for small children, but its low mounting to the floor means taller teenagers and adults will likely find their knees pushed up uncomfortably toward the roof. Most large crossovers offer more spacious third-row seating." -- Edmunds
  • "Designers have utilized inlaid doors to prevent outside wind noise from intruding into the cabin. The combination of added insulation, Bose noise cancellation and fine-tuning of the mirrors all help to make the Denali quieter than ever before." -- Left Lane News
  • “The front and rear roof pillars are fairly thick, but they aren't nearly as bad as the two sets of side pillars, which create huge blind spots over your shoulders. The newly standard rearview camera helps when backing, but we found ourselves wishing for larger outside mirrors to aid in lane-changes." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2015 GMC Yukon include a rearview camera, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, five USB ports, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio and front and rear parking sensors. Forward collision alert, lane departure warning, power-folding second- and third-row seats, a navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system with a Blu-Ray/DVD player are available.

Reviewers say the 2015 Yukon’s infotainment system is easy to use, though some note that the system can be sluggish at times to react to touch inputs. Critics like that the Yukon’s climate and audio controls are close at hand for the driver.

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  • "The large, central infotainment display is intuitive to navigate and its graphics/pictograms are simple and easily interpreted. Unfortunately, IntelliLink can sometimes be slow to respond to your touch inputs." -- Edmunds
  • "The infotainment system accepts more voice commands than before, including reliable destination entry. It even has text-to-voice Siri operation with an iPhone." -- Car and Driver
  • "From the driver's seat, audio and climate controls are within easy reach. The former consist of tuning and volume knobs with station selection being controlled through the touch screen. As in most such arrangements, this can make some simple procedures a multi-step affair, but we generally found the system to be fairly easy to use and logical in operation." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

With 15.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 57.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 94.7 cubic feet behind the first row, the 2015 Yukon has one of the smaller overall cargo capacities among large SUVs. For those who need more cargo space, the Yukon XL offers 38.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 76.7 behind the second row and 121.1 cubic feet behind the first row. With previous models, critics complained that the Yukon's bulky third row needed to be removed to increase cargo space. For 2015, fold-flat second- and third-row seats are standard, while power-folding second- and third-row seats are available, but reviewers note that this feature decreases cargo space over that of previous model years. They also mention that the higher cargo floor can make loading items difficult.

  • "Given the very cumbersome nature of the previous-generation Yukon's third-row seat removal procedure (not to mention their attractiveness to ‘smash-and-grab’ thieves), we're happy to see GM has finally integrated the third row firmly into the truck's floor. But the downside to those stow-away seats is the consequentially high (36 inches) cargo floor height, which makes it harder for shorter owners to load strollers or bigger shopping hauls." -- Edmunds
  • "Power folding of the third- and second-row seats is a new feature, as the third row is no longer removable; instead, it folds flat to the cargo floor. To make that possible, however, the cargo floor had to be raised by roughly six inches, resulting in somewhat diminished luggage capacity." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "… instead of those awful removable third row seats in the outgoing models, both models offer fold-flat third rows that drop electrically with the touch of a button. The floor, however, is not actually flat, but close enough for storage purposes. There is also a cargo-management system under the floor in the back to that can keep small things hidden from prying eyes. It can be removed for additional cargo space." -- Motor Trend
  • "Behind the third row, capacity drops from 17 to 15 cubic feet. However, there is some additional storage space for small items such as cameras and shoes beneath the raised floor." -- Car and Driver
Review Last Updated: 6/5/14

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