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2019 GMC Yukon Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

One of the handful body on frame SUVs left on the market, the Yukon is GMC’s flagship SUV. The Yukon is a big old-school type of SUV very different from the modern crossovers with hybrid drivetrains and small engines instead Yukon can only be bought with a V-8.

It has seating for up to nine passengers which makes it ideal for big families and the higher cargo capacity means it is capable of long road trips.

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Pros

Seats nine people

8,500 pounds of towing capacity

Optional 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 and MagnaRide suspension with Graphite Performance Pack

Nice interior trim

Up to 12 options for wheels

Cons

The base V-8 is sluggish with mediocre brake response

Almost identical to the Chevrolet Tahoe

Maneuverability is challenging due to the massive size

The Denali option is expensive

What's New?

Graphite edition for the SLT trim

Fourth update to the line-up after the 2015 refresh


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$49500

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

325 cu. in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

203.9 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5379 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

37.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

8500 lbs.

payload capacity

1690 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

572 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

no


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Styles

 2019 GMC Yukon in Crimson Red Tintcoat color  2019 GMC Yukon in Dark Sky Metallic color  2019 GMC Yukon in Onyx Black color  2019 GMC Yukon in Pepperdust Metallic color  2019 GMC Yukon in Sapphire Blue Metallic color
Crimson Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Engine

8.1

Interior

7.9

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 GMC Yukon SLE

SLE

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$49,600 - $52,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $49,600 MSRP (15 mpg/18/22 mpg) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $52,600 MSRP (15 mpg/17/21 mpg) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

 2019 GMC Yukon SLT Standard Edition

SLT Standard Edition

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$54,800 - $57,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT Standard Edition 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $54,800 MSRP (15 mpg/18/22 mpg) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLT Standard Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $57,800 MSRP (15 mpg/17/21 mpg) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

 2019 GMC Yukon SLT

SLT

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$57,600 - $60,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $60,600 MSRP (15 mpg/17/21 mpg) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8
SLT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $57,600 MSRP (15 mpg/18/22 mpg) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8

 2019 GMC Yukon Denali

Denali

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$66,700 - $69,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $66,700 MSRP (14 mpg/17/23 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7
Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $69,700 MSRP (14 mpg/17/22 mpg) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7

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8.0/10

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MPG: 22 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

8.0

Overall Rating


The GMC Yukon competes with the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia. The Ford is a close rival but the Chevy Tahoe is nearly identical. All of these vehicles offer 4WD but the Yukon offers more features on the base trim.


 

8.1/10
Engine

 
 

7.9/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 GMC Yukon Features

2019 GMC Yukon is still offered in two configurations the standard Yukon and the Yukon XL. The XL as the name suggests is the longer wheelbase version of the SUV, other than different dimensions, higher cargo capacity and more leg room in the third-row seats both the configurations are identical.

There are many trims to choose from  the SLE, SLT Standard, SLT, SLT Graphite Edition and the top of the line Denali which adds a larger engine along with the 10 speed automatic gearbox.

There are two engine options 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 and a 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8. The bigger 6.2L V-8 with 10 speed automatic gearbox is outstanding in terms of both performance and mileage. The 4WD option makes Yukon a serious off-road vehicle and the new Graphite edition looks more aggressive and compliments the rugged look of the vehicle.

The base trim starts at 49,100 USD and offers more features than the base Chevrolet Tahoe its closest competitor.

Trims

SLE

SLT Standard Edition

SLT

Denali

MSRP

$50,395

$55,695

$58,495

$67,495

Key Features

 

5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque

 

Leather upholstered heated front seats

 

Perforated leather upholstered heated and ventilated front seats

 

Standard SLT features

 

 

18 inch wheels

 

Forward collision assist, lane departure warning, low speed forward automatic braking, Safety alert seats exclusive to Yukon

 

Heated second row seats

 

Unique chrome front grille exclusive to Denali

 

 

Rear view camera

 

Power programmable liftgate

 

Second row power release fold-and-tumble seats

 

20-22 inch wheel options

 

Front and Rear park assist

Manual tilt and telescoping steering column

Third row power fold-flat bench seats

6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque as standard

 

 

 

 

New 10 speed automatic transmission

We recommend

CarHP recommends because of the sluggish power delivery from the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 we suggest to get the Denali with 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 which offers a 10 speed automatic gearbox which increases fuel efficiency and the addition of MagnaRide suspension increases the ride quality dramatically. The interior offers all the bells and whistles and leather all around.

2019 GMC Yukon Engine

8.1/10

Equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 and adaptive suspension, the Yukon accelerates and handles impressively. Even so, the Yukon can't fully mask its truck-based roots. The braking and steering are also less than exceptional:- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission-

The GMC Yukon can be configured with two engine options a 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 which puts out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque is equipped with a 6 speed automatic transmission and the 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 which puts out sports car like numbers 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque and is equipped with a 10 speed automatic transmission which is superior of the two configurations. The 2WD is standard while the 4WD is optional for each configuration.

Models

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

Ford Expedition

Nissan Armada

Toyota Sequoia

MSRP

$47,895

$48,000

$52,130

$46,790

$49,995

Engine

5.3L V-8 Gas Engine

5.3L V-8 Gas Engine

3.5L EcoBoost V-6 Gas Engine

5.6L DOHC 32-valve V-8 Engine

5.7L V-8 Gas Engine

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

375 hp @ 5000 rpm

390 hp @ 5800 rpm

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

470 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm

394 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

 

401 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm

At base trim the Yukon is the least powerful only surpassing the competition if configured with the bigger V-8 but with the performance boost the price also jumps up and the Ford Expedition still makes higher amount of torque with its 3.5L Ecoboost V-6.

Acceleration-

The acceleration is not what people look for in these type of vehicles but it is good to have sufficient power on tap. Because of the massive dimensions and weight the Yukon cannot accelerate as hard a sports car but it just might surprise you for what it is. The Yukon takes 16.7 seconds to complete a quarter mile but if configured with a 6.2L V-8 it takes around 14 seconds which is the quickest time.

Models

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

Ford Expedition

Nissan Armada

Toyota Sequoia

0-60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

6.5sec

6.5 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec @91 MPH

16.7 sec @91 MPH

15.1 sec @ 90 MPH

15 sec @ 93 MPH

15.3 sec @92 MPH

Engine

5.3L

5.3L

3.5L

5.6L

5.7L

Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K Mi/year

9.2

9.2

8.8

11.0

11.7

All the SUVs take 6.5 seconds to reach 60 mph except the Toyota taking 6.8 seconds to reach 60 mph. But in a quarter mile bot the Yukon and Tahoe are dusted by the competition. Only the configuration with 6.2L V-8 can win against the other three SUVs.

Braking-

The GMC Yukon has the worst braking performance in its class and takes 137 ft. from 60 mph to 0 mph. the performance at best is mediocre and is exactly what you'd expect from a SUV of this dimensions. During hard braking the response in sluggish.

Model

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

Ford Expedition

Nissan Armada

Toyota Sequoia

Brake pads Front (in)

15.6

15.6

13.5

13.8

13.9

Brake pads Rear (in)

10.88

10.88

13.2

13.8

13.6

Curb weight (lbs)

5,466

5,466

5,801

5,576

5,730

60-0 MPH

137 ft.

137 ft.

121 ft.

128 ft.

130 ft.

The Ford takes the victory here even though it is the heaviest vehicle of the group. The Yukon is the lightest of the bunch but still takes the longest distance to stop which shows how the brakes suffers against its competition.

Ride and Handling-

The 2019 Yukon is capable of smooth ride on most of the surfaces and the option of adaptive suspension improves the handling to a greater extent. But the oversized wheel the outdated chassis does not help the Yukon in competing against the other SUVs. However, the overall ride quality is still impressive and comfortable all the way. The optional 4WD makes the Yukon a very capable off-road vehicle despite its heft.

Towing Capacity and Payload-

For maximum towing capacity go for the configuration of 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 with the Max Trailering Package to increase your towing capacity to 8,500 lbs.

Model

 

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

Ford Expedition

Nissan Armada

Toyota Sequoia

Engine

5.3L

5.3L

3.5L

5.6L

5.7L

Drive Train

2WD

2WD

AWD

2WD

2WD

Capacity (lbs)

8500

8500

9300

8500

7400

The maximum capacity is at par with all the competition except the Ford Expedition which is the best in class.

2019 GMC Yukon Fuel Economy

One good reason to buy the Yukon is the fuel economy that the massive SUV provides 16 MPG city and 23 MPG on the highway which surpasses most of the competition i.e. if equipped with the 5.3L V-8 with 2WD, if equipped with the bigger V-8 it loses on mileage and the 4WD option also pushes the figure further down.

Model

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

Ford Expedition

Nissan Armada

Toyota Sequoia

MPG (City)

16

14

17

14

13

MPG (Highway)

23

23

24

19

18

MPG (Combined)

19

18

20

16

15

The ford might seem the best here but keep in mind that it uses an Ecoboost V-6 while the Yukon has a 5.3L V-8 and is the best option in terms of mileage if compared to other V-8 offerings from the competition. These figures might not seem much but these vehicles are not meant to be fuel efficient instead these vehicles are meant to be utilitarian like hauling trailers, long road trips, interstate journeys and go off-road.

2019 GMC Yukon Interior

7.9/10

The Yukon offers straightforward controls, plenty of room for first- and second-row passengers and a commanding view of the road ahead. But third-row leg- and foot room are severely limited, and outward visibility is mediocre:- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort-

Yukon sits high off the ground and gives you a commanding position on the road while driving. Yukon can be opted with heated and ventilated front seats and heated second row seats and these seats are comfortable as well. Small bumps might hurt the outdated chassis of the SUV but the MagnaRide suspension with Graphite performance pack is superior in terms of performance and soaks all kinds of bumps.

Models

 

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

Ford Expedition

Nissan Armada

Toyota Sequoia

Passenger Capacity

9

9

8

8

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.8/64.8/45.3

39.5/63.2/41.1

40.9/63.8/41.9

34.8/66.4/42.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.7/65.1/39.0

38.7/65.1/39.0

39.7/63.7/39.1

40.0/63.4/39.0

34.9/65.6/40.9

Third

(Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.1/62.6/24.8

38.1/62.6/24.8

38.0/67.1/37.7

36.4/60.5/28.3

34.5/65.7/35.3

Ford outshines the competition here but no matter the choice none of these SUVs feel cramped.

Interior Features-

Standard Seating features include

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather upholstery (Optional)
  • Heated and ventilated seat (Optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (Optional)
  • Power adjustable pedals (Optional)

Infotainment-

Yukon is loaded with features and even the base Yukon offers android auto or apple car play. The specs are same in the Yukon XL as well. Both the vehicles have 8 touch displays with GMCs IntelliLink system. The screen is responsive enough and the features include:

  • A nine-speaker audio system
  • Five USB ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Cargo space-

In terms of cargo space Yukon does not disappoint but the high tailgate might be an issue for some while loading and loading luggage or other cargo. Yukon offers 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space and folding down the third row increases the figure to 51.7 cubic feet. Folding the second row pushes the figure to 94.7 cubic feet which is almost as good as smaller cargo vans but still the competition outperforms the Yukon.

Model

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

Ford Expedition

Nissan Armada

Toyota Sequoia

Volume (ft. cube) (Behind Third Row)

15.3

15.3

20.9

16.5

18.9

Volume (ft. cube) (Third Row Folded)

51.7

51.7

63.6

49.9

66.6

Volume (ft. cube) (Second & Third Row Folded)

94.7

94.7

104.6

95.4

120.1

If the second and third row seats are folded the Toyota offers maximum cargo capacity as compared to the competition but if you have all the seats occupied by passengers then the ford offers the best in class cargo space. The Yukon offers the least amount of cargo space but it is still enough for log road trips and interstate journeys.

2019 GMC Yukon Exterior

The 2019 GMC Yukon sports elegant looks inside and out to match its hefty price tag :-The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight-

GMCs Yukon is the lightest of the competition at 5,466 lbs, the shortest wheelbase and the lowest ground clearance at just 8 inches but it makes the Yukon more stable and maneuverable than the rivals. However the lower ground clearance means it is less capable off roads as compared to the other vehicles offering higher ground clearance.

Models

GMC Yukon

Chevrolet Tahoe

Ford Expedition

Nissan Armada

Toyota Sequoia

Curb weight (lbs)

5466

5466

5801

5576

5730

Length (in)

203.9

203.9

206.5

208.3

205.1

Width (in) (w/o mirror)

80.5

80.5

78.8

79.9

79.9

Height (in)

74.4

74.4

77.2

75.8

77.0

Ground clearance (in)

8.0

8.0

8.7

9.1

9.9

Wheelbase (in)

116.0

116.0

119.0

121.1

122

Track width (in) F/R

68.7/68.7

68.7/68.7

67.0/67.2

67.5/67.9

67.9/69.1

Yukon is the widest and the lowest of the bunch which gives it a meaner look and better handling as compared to the rest of the bunch. The Armada is the biggest in terms of exterior dimensions whereas the Sequoia has the highest ground clearance.

Exterior Features-

The SLE, SLT Standard and SLT are almost identical from the outside. The Graphite Edition is basically a blacked-out version with larger wheels and the for the top of the line Denali the front grille is all chrome and looks fancy and it also features HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights. There are 12 different designs of wheels available and the sizes vary between 18 to 22 inches.

2019 GMC Yukon Safety

The IIHS has still not crash tested the vehicle but the NHTSA has and Yukon earned four star overall rating in the test and the reason for the four star rating instead of five is because the Yukon performs poorly in rollover crashes which these types of top-heavy vehicles usually do.

The 2019 Yukon is covered with a 3 year/36,000-mile warranty and a 5 year/60,000-mile warranty for the powertrain.

NHTSA Rating

Frontal barrier crash rating overall

 

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating (driver)

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating (passenger)

5 star

Side barrier rating overall

5 star

Side barrier rating (driver)

5 star

Side barrier rating (passenger)

5 star

Side crash rating

5 star

Combine side barrier and pole rating

5 star

Rollover

3 star

Overall rating

4 star

Safety Features-

The Yukon is jam-packed with safety features and the innovative design for the placement of airbags so that the driver and the passenger does not collide with each other during a crash or collision is impressive.

  • Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor help provide head protection for outboard occupants for all three rows
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for driver)
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Traction Control
  • High-strength side-door guard beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors along with the impressive low speed automatic emergency braking which is standard except the SLE trim in which it is optional.

2019 GMC Yukon Competition

2019 GMC Yukon vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Yukon and Tahoe are mechanically identical. It comes to the buyer's choice of brand whether you prefer the GMC or the Chevy you get identical performance and identical engine configurations. The GMC has more traditional design at the front whereas the Chevy looks more modern, from the sides and the back both are almost identical. The only major difference is that the Yukon offers more features in the base configuration as compared to the Tahoe.

2019 GMC Yukon vs. 2019 Ford Expedition 

The Ford has a V-6 and the GMC has a V-8 should be enough for some people to choose. Some other differences are ; Ford offers more cargo space, more ground clearance, better fuel economy but the Ford is heavier and bigger and its dimensions matches the Yukon XL.

2019 GMC Yukon vs. 2019 Nissan Armada

Nissan's offering is the biggest in terms of size. While comparing the two the results are clear the Yukon offers better interior and infotainment system than the Armada. The fuel economy and ride quality is also better in the Yukon.

2019 GMC Yukon vs. 2019 Toyota Sequoia

Toyota has the highest ground clearance and as a result it has inferior ride quality and handling as compared to the GMC on the tarmac but off-road Toyota's higher ground clearance helps the Sequoia to outshine the competition. The Yukon has better interior features whereas Sequoia has better interior space and cargo capacity.

2019 GMC Yukon Final Verdict

The 2019 GMC Yukon offers a host of features even at the base trim which none of the competition does. The interior is plush and luxurious, the exterior is clean and traditional in terms of looks and the option to upgrade the engine to a bigger 6.2L V-8 turns the Yukon into a whole different animal. The new Graphite performance edition for 2019 looks and performs tremendous.

The Yukon might not be the best when compared to the competition in terms of utility and fuel economy but the Yukon is loaded with features and with the addition of the bigger 6.2L V-8 also becomes more fun as well.