2015 GMC Yukon

SLE RWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8 auto trans

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2015 GMC Yukon Denali GMC Yukon XL Fornt Three Quarters
GMC’s Yukon and Yukon XL account for nearly one-third of General Motors’ large-SUV sales, with more than 60,000 units being moved in 2013. Styling, equipment, and pricing separate the GMCs from their Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban siblings. Like them, the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL have just undergone their first redesign since 2007, one that see these big SUVs grow bigger, better, and more expensive.

Size L and XL

Only one version of the Yukon has XL in its name, but it’s an apt descriptor for both. The standard-wheelbase Yukon, like its Chevrolet Tahoe doppelganger, rides once again on a 116-inch wheelbase. Sitting astride a 130-inch wheelbase is the even more grandly proportioned Yukon XL, née Suburban. New styling with freshly creased sheetmetal, square-cornered windows, and a towering grille make these trucks look even more massive than before, and indeed both variants now stretch an additional two inches from stem to stern and are an inch and a half wider. The pursuit of aerodynamics, however, has them crouching 2.5 inches lower, at just over 6 feet, 2 inches.
GMC’s exterior design distinctions from its Chevrolet siblings include its hood, front fenders, grille, wheels (sizes 18, 20, and 22 inches), headlamps, and taillights. The top-spec Denali versions get their own unique chrome mesh grille, HID headlights, Denali-specific 20-inch wheels, and illuminated power-retractable running boards.

New V-8s, same displacements

The Yukon is again powered by normally aspirated V-8 engines of 5.3 or 6.2 liters. Although their displacements are the same as in the previous Yukon, these engines have been redesigned and now incorporate direct injection, variable valve timing, and what GM calls active fuel management (the ability to switch off four cylinders under light load to save fuel). EPA figures improve by 1 or 2 mpg for most models: With rear-wheel drive, the 5.3-liter delivers 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway. With four-wheel drive, the 5.3-liter Yukon drops to 16/22 mpg, and the XL gets 15/22 mpg. The larger 6.2-liter V-8 in combination with rear-wheel drive is rated at 15/21 mpg in either truck. The 6.2-liter/4WD combo is the thirstiest, at 14/21 mpg for the Yukon and 14/20 mpg in the XL. On the subject of fuel economy, note that the Yukon Hybrid has been dropped.
In addition to fuel economy gains, the new engines offer improved performance. The 5.3-liter’s output increases from 320 hp to 355 hp and from 335 lb-ft of torque to 383 lb-ft. The 6.2-liter, which didn’t really need more power, nonetheless adds 17 hp and 43 lb-ft of torque, bringing its totals to 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic transmission returns to handle the shifting duties; a plus/minus button on the column shifter allows for manual shifts, but unfortunately the driver must first move the lever out of D and into M.

On the road

While the smaller engine is the same one found in the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the 6.2-liter is exclusive to GMC, specifically to the top-spec Denali, where it’s standard. (Well, not completely exclusive—the Cadillac Escalade gets it, too.) The 6.2-liter gives this lineman-sized SUV the quickness of a running back. With it, the Denali sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds; the 5.3-liter is about a second behind. Both engines are commendably smooth, slipping into and out of fuel-saving four-cylinder mode with no indication beyond the readout in the instrument panel. Maximum tow ratings range from 7900 to 8500 pounds; surprisingly, the 6.2-liter’s ratings are slightly lower than those for the 5.3-liter.
Besides the larger engine, the Denali also has active noise cancellation and GM’s magnetic ride control (the latter is on the LTZ version of the Chevrolets as well); both are new this year. The 2015 trucks switch to electric power steering, and it’s a well-tuned setup. We also were impressed with the improved pedal feel from the redesigned brake system.

Inside story

The interior has been significantly upgraded. You’ll find generously padded door panels and armrests, including the one topping the deep storage bin in the wide center console. The dash is no longer shared with the pickup trucks, and the broad, plain expanse of the previous model has been junked in favor of a richer design with soft-touch surfaces separated by metal and wood trim. An 8-inch central touch screen is standard on all GMCs, but, happily, there are still lots of physical buttons and knobs for many of the most-often-used functions. The Yukon also features a configurable screen in the instrument cluster. The highlight of the enhanced infotainment system doesn’t arrive until this fall, when GM will offer OnStar AT&T 4G, which allows the car to act as a wireless hot spot (provided you subscribe to an OnStar data plan or add the car to your existing AT&T data plan).
All Yukon variants can be had with bucket seats or a three-man bench in the roomy second row. (You can even order a front bench seat, but only in base-spec cars.) A third row is standard in both the Yukon and the Yukon XL, but the accommodations differ dramatically. The Yukon’s third seat is barely useable even for small kids. Blame the solid rear axle, which prevented engineers from carving out any legroom. (The similar-sized GMC Acadia, which has an independent rear suspension, has a far better third-row seat.) The Yukon XL, thanks to its 14-inch longer wheelbase, can fit even medium-sized adults in its third row. With either model, climbing into the back is slightly easier due to a larger rear door opening; there’s also an available pushbutton release that tumbles the second-row seat out of the way. 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. For the Yukon XL, that hardly matters—there’s still 39 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 76 cubic feet with the third seats folded, and a max volume of 121 cubic feet. The smaller Yukon, though, now offers only 15 cubic feet with all seats in place; behind the second row there’s a generous 51 cubic feet, and 94 cubic feet with all seats folded.
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. Additional new features include: keyless ignition, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, audible park assist for both front and rear, and a second video screen in XL models. At the same time, they’re also priced more like luxury vehicles. Base sticker prices are up by $3000 to $4000, and the bottom-line number for a Denali is likely to start with a 7. Even so, GMC says the Denali versions of these trucks -- both the Yukon and the Yukon XL -- are more popular than the base SLE and mid-level SLT combined, accounting for 60 percent of total Yukon sales. Living large isn’t cheap, but at least the upgrades to the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL make them more convincing as luxury vehicles.

2015 GMC Yukon / GMC Yukon XL

On sale: Now
Base price: $47,330–$69,375
Engines:
5.3-liter V-8
Power: 355 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
6.2-liter V-8
Power: 420 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Rear- or 4-wheel
Curb weight: 5466–5784/5687–6009 lb (Yukon/Yukon XL)
Cargo capacity: 94.7/51.6/15.3 cu ft (Yukon, behind 1st/2nd/3rd seats); 121.1/76.7/39.3 cu ft (Yukon XL, behind 1st/2nd/3rd seats)
Towing capacity: 7900–8500 lb
Fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (Yukon/Yukon XL 2WD), 16/22 mpg (Yukon 4WD), 15/22 mpg (Yukon XL 4WD), 15/21 (all 2WD Denalis), 14/21 (Yukon Denali 4WD), 14/20 (Yukon XL Denali 4WD)
2015 GMC Yukon
2015 GMC Yukon

New for 2015

The GMC Yukon has been redesigned for 2015, with a bolder exterior, more refined interior, and more efficient V-8 engines.

Vehicle Overview

The GMC Yukon/Yukon XL are mechanical twins to the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban, and offer seating for as many as nine passengers, while laying claim to an 8,500-pound towing capacity. The Denali model brings luxury on par with the Lincoln Navigator. In GMC's SUV lineup, the Yukon fits above the three-row Acadia.

Summary

The 2015 GMC Yukon is powered by a pair of V-8 engines; non-Denali models get a 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a six-speed automatic, which drives the rear wheels or all four. The EPA rates the 5.3-liter V-8 for 15-16/22-23 mpg (city/highway). Under the hood of Yukon Denali models is a 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque and is paired to an eight-speed automatic. EPA estimates place the Denali trims at 14-15/20-22 mpg, with the XL 4WD models on the lower end of that range. Maximum towing capacity is 8,500 pounds with the 5.3-liter V-8 powered Yukon models, and 8,400 pounds with the 6.2-liter V-8 powered Denali models.
The GMC Yukon is a versatile three-row SUV that can haul both people and cargo without breaking a sweat, so it includes features such as a hidden lit storage area behind the 8-inch infotainment screen, a center console big enough for hanging folders (or a laptop), power-folding second- and third-row seating, an available front bench seat (for 9-passengers), heating/cooling for the front row and heating for the second row. The Yukon has an adjustable power rear liftgate that can be programmed to open to a pre-set height. Inside technology makes an appearance in features such as the Bose premium audio system, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth with streaming audio capability, forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control, blind zone alert with rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, and front/rear park assist (distance is indicated by audio tones).
The 2015 GMC Yukon received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but has not been crash tested by the IIHS yet.

What We Think

The redesigned 2015 GMC Yukon has benefited from fierce competition in the full-size truck-based SUV segment, improving with more efficient engines and an available eight-speed automatic. There are still a number of people who value towing capacity as much as passenger comfort, making the new breed of three-row crossovers inadequate. Enter the Yukon and the Denali variants, which are now trimmed more like luxury vehicles, and their prices reflect as much. Denali models start in the mid-$65,000 range and move on up from there. In a Driven review of a 2015 GMC Yukon we noted, “GMC says the Denali versions of these trucks -- both the Yukon and the Yukon XL -- are more popular than the base SLE and mid-level SLT combined, accounting for 60 percent of total Yukon sales.”
The Yukon Denali can function as a near-luxury SUV when the mechanically related Cadillac Escalade is too ostentatious or expensive.
Buyers looking to frequently use the third row ought to consider a Yukon XL (available in Denali trim as well), because otherwise the rearmost seats are barely usable by small children. In a review, we said, “Blame the solid rear axle, which prevented engineers from carving out any legroom.” There isn't a fuel economy penalty for XL models, and around $3,000 separates the two models. When held up to the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, with the twin-turbo V-6 in those SUVs, the Yukon exceeds it in fuel economy by one-mpg, but has less passenger room (third row especially) and cannot tow as much (9,000 pounds in the Ford and Lincoln). Worth noting, however, is the Ford/Lincoln twin-turbo V-6 tendency to deliver either Eco or Boost, but not usually both simultaneously.

You’ll Like

  • Bold styling
  • Refined interior
  • V-8 engines are more efficient than before

You Won’t Like

  • Third row cramped in regular-wheelbase Yukon
  • Can get pricey
  • Unless you really need to tow, the fuel economy is poor

Key Competitors

  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Ford Expedition
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Nissan Armada

Rating

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Less than a year after debuting the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali, General Motors is already updating the model with a new eight-speed transmission that will replace the aging six-speed. As a result, fuel economy improves for both standard- and long-wheelbase Denali models. The 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck also receives the new transmission, helping its economy ratings, too.
2015 GMC Yukon Denali Front View
The EPA has released official fuel economy numbers for GM’s redesigned 2015 lineup of full-size SUVs including the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Chevrolet Suburban, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade. For rear-wheel-drive models of the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, as well as the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine, these numbers rise to 16/23/18 mpg city/highway/combined.
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2015 GMC Yukon Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
5.3L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
23 MPG
Horsepower:
376 hp @ 5600rpm
Torque:
416 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Maintenance
24,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM
Summary
General Motors is recalling certain 2014 model year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles, and 2015 model year Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV; Chevrolet Silverado HD; and GMC Sierra HD, Yukon, and Yukon XL, equipped with a 4.3L engine or 5.3L engine.
Consequences
The overheated exhaust components may melt nearby plastic parts and may result in an engine fire.
Remedy
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the engine control module, free of charge. The recall began on January 16, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number for this recall is 14008.
Potential Units Affected
325,213
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:COOLING UNIT AND LINES
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM ) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 series and model year 2015 Suburban and Tahoe; GMC model year 2014 Sierra Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 Series and model year 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles equipped with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission (feature code MYC). The subject vehicles may have a transmission oil cooler line that is not securely seated in the fitting.
Consequences
If the line is not securely seated and transmission oil leaks from the fitting, the oil could contact a hot surface and cause a vehicle fire.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmission oil cooler line connection and repair the vehicles, as needed, free of charge. The recall began on May 19, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546 or GMC owners may contact GMC at 1-866-996-9463. GM's number for this recall is 14121.
Potential Units Affected
489,936
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, Suburban LTZ, Tahoe, Tahoe LTZ, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL Denali vehicles manufactured on May 13, 2014. The affected vehicles were assembled with a roof rail air bags (RRAB) that were not reinforced at the points were the bags contact the hardware used to attach the roof carrier.
Consequences
During deployment, the RRAB may be punctured or torn by the roof carrier hardware, reducing its performance and increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the roof carrier attaching hardware, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early September 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14359.
Potential Units Affected
22
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:TRANSFER CASE (4-WHEEL DRIVE)
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra vehicles, and model year 2015 GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe vehicles. In the affected vehicles, an electrical signal short may cause the transfer case to shift to neutral without the driver's input.
Consequences
If the transfer case switches to neutral while the vehicle is parked and the parking brake is not in use, the vehicle may roll away increasing the risk of injury to bystanders. If the transfer case switches to neutral while the vehicle is being driven, the vehicle would lose drive power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will re-program the software in the transfer case control module, free of charge. The recall began in early August 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14192.
Potential Units Affected
392,459
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra, and Yukon XL vehicles, equipped with electric power steering (EPS). Due to a problem with the EPS module, the affected vehicles may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist during vehicle operation.
Consequences
An unexpected loss of power steering increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering assist motor kit, free of charge. The recall began on November 17, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14743.
Potential Units Affected
679
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
3
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 GMC Yukon

Depreciation
45.5%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$22,337
45.5%
Insurance
$6,310
12.8%
Fuel Cost
$12,533
25.5%
Financing
$4,657
9.5%
Maintenance
$2,204
4.5%
Repair Costs
$554
1.1%
State Fees
$542
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $49,137 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent