The Yukon represents GMC in the full sized SUV category. Unlike many crossovers of today the Yukon remains as a true nine-passenger truck-based vehicle. Its exterior is big, bold and imposing, while inside the cabin is attractive and well-appointed with power folding seats and a full range of technology functions. The 2014 model of the Yukon has recently arrived at showrooms around the nation. According to the Pitre GMC dealership, located just down the road from us in Albuquerque, all of GM’s full-size SUVs will get a complete redesigned for the 2015 model year. The new versions are expected to go on sale in spring 2014. Considering this, the changes to the Yukon for 2014 are fairly minor – the hybrid version of the Yukon has been dropped for 2014 and SLE models add the features in the Convenience Package to their standard equipment, including power-adjustable pedals, remote start, rear parking assist and a backup camera with a display in the rearview mirror.
The Yukon offers buyers impressively powerful engines which places it among the best in its segment. The SLE and SLT trims are fitted with a 320 horsepower 5.3-liter V8 flex-fuel engine with a six-speed automatic transmission which pumps out 335 pound feet of torque. The Denali trim comes with a 6.2-liter V8 flex-fuel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability that produces 403 horsepower and 417 pound feet of torque, capable of towing up to 8,500 pounds. Fuel economy numbers for the SLE and the SLT are 15/21 cty/hwy MPG, which the Denali delivers 14/18 cty/hwy MPG.
The base SLE comes well outfitted with plenty of standard features. These include 17-inch wheels, roof rails, tri-zone automatic climate control, six-way power front bucket seats and OnStar emergency telematics. The SLT has these features and also include an off-Road Suspension package. The Denail comes with the SLE and SLT features and also adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a blind-spot warning system and an automatic damping suspension. Other accessories include a navigation system with real-time traffic, music storage and an automatic dimming. Safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, OnStar, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. All trims have a rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod input and satellite radio. The impressive range of power and technology available to consumers comes with a MSRP of $41,000. Consumers who pick this model have all agreed that it’s well worth the price.