The GMC Yukon is an old-fashioned sport-utility that’s built on the same rugged platform as the Sierra pickup, and yet it has all the conveniences of a modern vehicle. The Yukon delivers serious towing and hauling ability, seating for up to nine, and a handsome, boxy look that reminds other drivers that you’re doing important work, even on your morning commute. The Yukon is available with 5.3- and 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 engines, the latter of which has enough muscle to tow 8500 pounds but is not exactly a fuel sipper. A third option, a 6.0-liter V-8/electric-hybrid powertrain aimed at improving fuel economy, is also available. Although it doesn’t add anything in the way of hauling or towing capacity, it does return an extra 3-to-6 mpg. That may not sound like much, but it figures out to a
twenty-percent increase, which isn’t bad for such a large vehicle. Third-row bench seats are standard on all models, and the first and second rows can be configured to seat either two or three people. The stylish Denali model offers a host of luxury-car equipment, including a blind-spot detection system; a heated, power-adjustable steering wheel; twenty-inch wheels; ultrasonic rear parking assist; a remote start system; and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Drive: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel
Trim Levels: SLE, SLT, Hybrid, Denali, Denali Hybrid
Body style: SUV, 7-to-9-passenger
Engines: 5.3L V-8, 320/326 hp, 335/348 lb-ft
(iron or aluminum block, E85 capable)
6.0L V-8/electric hybrid, 332 hp, 367 lb-ft
6.2L V-8, 403 hp, 417 lb-ft (E85 capable)
Transmissions: 4- or 6-speed automatic, continuously variable
Capacities: Towing 6000-8500 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 16.9/60.3/108.9 cu ft

Recovery hooks are now standard, and electronic trailer-sway control and hill-start assist have been added to the standard StabiliTrak system. Denalis now have blind-spot monitoring and a touch-screen navigation system. An audio system with AM/FM/XM/CD/USB is standard on SLE and SLT models. A heated steering wheel is optional on the SLT. Two new colors, crystal red tintcoat and quicksilver metallic, are available.

Front and side curtain air bags and seat-belt pretensioners are standard, as are traction and stability control and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

All: 13-20 mpg city/18-23 mpg highway

  • Room for cargo
  • Room for passengers
  • Big towing power
  • Thirsty for fuel
  • A bit of a relic

Part pickup truck, part old-school station wagon, all SUV.

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