Upscale interior; a user-friendly infotainment system; can seat up to nine people; Denali's 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed automatic are ideal for towing
Third-row seats in the regular Yukon are barely usable; a sky-high load height; jiggly ride; not easy to maneuver in confined spaces; sluggish throttle response; surprisingly expensive
Changes are minimal. The SLT grade qualifies for two new packages: Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition, which includes an upgrade to the Denali's 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission. A few new exterior colors are also available.
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 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. 4WD is available on all versions. Prices include the $1,295 factory destination fee.
The Yukon SLE ($50,795 for the Yukon; $53,495 for the Yukon XL) features a 5.3-liter V8, 18-in 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's 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 seats 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, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. The Convenience package adds a power lift gate, power-adjustable pedals and an auto-dimming mirror.
Moving up to the Yukon SLT ($57,995 for the Yukon; $58,695 for the Yukon XL) includes those extras along with a hands-free power rear lift gate, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, 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.
Optional is the Graphite Edition Package with upgraded 22-in bright wheels, black assist steps, a black grille insert and fog light surrounds, as well as the Z85 suspension package. The Graphite Performance Edition includes the larger 6.2-liter V8 engine, the 10-speed automatic transmission, 22-in black wheels, an 8-in driver info center, a head-up display, an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-in touchscreen, Bose active noise cancellation, a trailer-brake controller and magnetic ride control among other goodies.
The premium Yukon Denali ($67,895 for the Yukon; $70,595 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 the 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-in 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||1 Year/1 Visit|
2019 Ford Expedition -- The Expedition was 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.
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban -- The Chevrolet duo are mechanically identical to the Yukon and the Yukon XL, with Chevy's models being the less expensive versions. Also, Magnetic Ride Control is standard on Chevy's LTZ trim, which costs less than the Denali.
2019 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.