2015 GMC Yukon

SLE RWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8 auto trans

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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.


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


2015 GMC Yukon Denali Front Three Quarters View
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 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.
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.
2015 Chevrolet Suburban Front View
It's easy to label full-size sport-utility vehicles "outdated." Scoff at them. Say that their time has passed and dismiss them as relics whose high-water mark came during the last Bush administration. Since then, this line of thinking goes, shifting consumer tastes, spiking fuel prices, and environmental concerns have rendered them all but extinct.

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2015 GMC Yukon Specifications

Quick Glance:
5.3L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
23 MPG
376 hp @ 5600rpm
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

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