Upscale interior; user-friendly infotainment system; can seat up to nine people; Denali's 6.2-liter V8 and 8-speed automatic are ideal for towing
Third-row seats in regular Yukon are barely usable; sky-high load height; jiggly ride; not easy to maneuver in confined spaces; sluggish throttle response; surprisingly expensive
The Yukon Denali gets a new 10-speed automatic and a revised grille for 2018. Its Denali Ultimate package is also new.See the 2018 GMC Yukon models for sale near you
We think you'd be better off with a Ford Expedition. But, if you must, the SLT offers the upscale features buyers expect from a GMC while still holding the bottom line well below $60,000. Ponying up extra for the XL may be a good idea, too, since its third row is actually usable.
The 2017 GMC Yukon comes in three trim levels: SLE, SLT and Denali. Two body styles, the regular-length Yukon and the larger Yukon XL, are also offered.
The Yukon SLE ($49,100 for the Yukon; $51,800 for the Yukon XL) features a 5.3-liter V8, 18-inch wheels, a backup camera, automatic wipers, fog lights, remote ignition, a roof rack with cross bars, heated mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a power driver seat, cloth upholstery, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-in touchscreen, Bluetooth, OnStar, on-board Wi-Fi, five USB ports, satellite and HD radios, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 9-speaker Bose sound system. Standard front bucket seating can be replaced with a 40/20/40-split bench, increasing the overall passenger capacity from eight to nine people.
The optional Enhanced Driver Alert package adds forward-collision warning with low-speed automatic braking, and lane-departure warning and intervention. The Convenience package adds a power lift gate, power-adjustable pedals and an auto-dimming mirror.
Moving up to the Yukon SLT ($57,200 for the Yukon; $59,900 for the Yukon XL) includes those extras along with a hands-free power rear lift gate, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, keyless entry and push-button start, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, second- and third-row power-folding seats, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory functions and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
The premium Yukon Denali ($66,200 for the Yukon; $68,900 for the Yukon XL) brings a 6.2-liter V8, a 10-speed automatic, a magnetically controlled suspension, xenon headlights, a head-up display, second-row captain's chairs, a navigation system and a 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround-sound system.
Certain features on upper trim levels are available on lower ones. The SLT and Denali can be equipped with a sunroof, a rear entertainment system and adaptive cruise control. The Denali Ultimate package includes all those items plus 22-inch wheels, power-retractable running boards and nine extra months of satellite radio.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 Visits|
2018 Ford Expedition -- The Expedition is all-new for 2018. It has superior third-row space and cargo capacity, a far more civilized driving experience and interior quality to rival the Yukon. If you're in the market for a capable full-size SUV, this is where your search should start.
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban -- The Chevrolet duo is mechanically identical to the Yukon and Yukon XL, with the Chevy models available in less expensive versions. Also, Magnetic Ride Control is standard on Chevy's LTZ trim, which costs less than the Denali.
2018 Buick Enclave -- Because the GMC Acadia shrank last year, your best large crossover alternative at a GMC-Buick dealership is the Enclave. It has a more spacious third-row seat than the regular Yukon, while being more maneuverable, comfortable, efficient and luxurious.
Used Cadillac Escalade -- The Escalade touts more equipment, more standard power and more exuberant styling than the Yukon, along with a well-known brand name. Prices are steep, though, so you may want to consider a used model.