2013 GMC Yukon

MSRP $41,760 - $59,680

Ranked #12 in Suv

7.4

Overall Rating

2013 GMC Yukon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2013 GMC Yukon is better known as an old-school SUV with tasteful styling and several features to offer. The Yukon is a pretty big SUV with a bold road presence and also boasts strong engine options. With the two engine options offered with Yukon, it fairly dominates the performance segment. The SUV has also earned a name for excellent ride quality.

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Pros

9-passenger seating capability

Powerful towing ability

Comfortable ride

Smooth powertrain

Intuitive navigation system

Cons

Low third-row space

Poor fuel economy

The third row does not stack away

What's New?

Doesn’t get any major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41760

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

97 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

320 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

335 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

short and long arm front suspension

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

202 in.

width

79 in.

height

76.9 in.

curb weight

5467 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

108.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

5500 lbs.

payload capacity

1633 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/21 mpg

highway range

546 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SLE$41,760 onwards

SLT$47,245 onwards

Denali$56,685 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 GMC Yukon in Carbon Black color
Carbon Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Its towing capacity is remarkable with a decent EPA figure and proves to be a sensible choice for daily usage. Though the 2013 MY didn’t bring any noticeable changes, its powertrain sees an update this year. The 2013 Yukon rivals the likes of the 2013 Ford Expedition, 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe, and 2013 Nissan Armada.


7.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2013 GMC Yukon Features

7.0/10

The 2013 GMC Yukon is made available in three trims named SLE, SLT, and the Denali trim. The Denali is treated as a separate model and will be reviewed separately. All the trims are offered with both AWD and an RWD system. The SLE and SLT trims get a 5.3L V8 engine, while the Denali gets a 6.2L V8 engine under its hood. The base model receives tons of standard tech, and as we move up towards the high-end models, various in-cabin and safety features are added to the SUV.

Trim

SLE

SLT

MSRP (RWD)

$41,760

$47,245

MSRP (4WD)

$45,770

$50,100

Key Features

17” wheels

Everything on the SLE plus

 

Roof Rails

Fog lamps

 

Automatic headlights

Leather upholstery

 

Cruise Control

Remote engine start

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Rear parking sensors

 

Onstar infotainment

Rearview camera

 

9-speaker Bose Sound system

Power adjustable pedals

 

6-way power front bucket seats

 

We Recommend

For someone who wants to keep their budget a bit lower and can have fewer amenities should go for an SLE, but the SLT is the one that caught our eyes. Even though it is priced much higher, the luxury and features it delivers are worth it. We also found that the SLT has a wider range of options compared to the base trim and hence makes for a more personalized car.

2013 GMC Yukon Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Yukon gets two engine options - a 5.3-liter V8 for its SLE and SLT trims and a 6.2-liter V8 for its Denali trim. The 5.3L V8 engine churns out 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. The 2013 Yukon features a 6-speed automatic gearbox as standard along with a standard RWD drivetrain configuration. You get to choose between two 4WD drivetrains on offer- a single-speed transfer case and a more traditional two-speed case for low-traction situations.

Driving the Yukon provides a controlled and stress-free drive even on twisty roads, all thanks to its 4WD system. Response to the throttle is impressive, and the engine exhaust sound is also quite pleasant. As we attach a trailer behind this GMC, its V8 does the job pretty fine and doesn’t face any problems while cruising or climbing. In its base configuration, the SUV reaches the 60 mph mark in 8.1 seconds and completes a quarter-mile in 16 seconds.

Models

2013 GMC Yukon

2013 Ford Expedition

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 

2013 Nissan Armada

MSRP

$41,760

$40,605

$40,405

$36,890

Engine 

5.3L V8

5.4L V8

5.3L V8

5.6L V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

Power 

320 hp @ 5400 rpm

310 hp @ 5100 rpm

320 hp @ 5400 rpm

317hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque

335 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

365 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

335 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

385 lb-ft @3400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.1

8.9

7.5

7.8

Quarter mile (sec)

16

16.4

16

16

Top Speed (MPH)

150

154

139

117

The 5.3L V-8 engine offered in the Yukon gives out better engine output figures than its competitors. In the 0-60mph dash, the Nissan Armada is the fastest even though it has the heaviest curb weight in the lot. The Armada comes with a 5-speed automatic gearbox with a standard AWD setup and offers performance figures at par with the Yukon. The Ford Expedition is the fastest in terms of top speed at 154 mph.

2013 GMC Yukon Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The base engine offered in the 2013 GMC Yukon returns 15 MPG on city roads, 21 MPG on the highway, and 17 MPG on combined usage. Along with decent fuel economy figures, it gets a big 26-gallon fuel tank, thus giving it an impressive overall range. The engine offered is 85 % Ethanol (E85) compatible, although it returns low EPA figures of 11 MPG city and 16 MPG highway.

Models

2013 GMC Yukon

2013 Ford Expedition

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 

2013 Nissan Armada

MPG (City)

15

14

15

13

MPG (Highway)

21

20

21

19

MPG (Combined)

17

16

17

15

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

26

28

26

28

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

390/546

392/560

390/546

364/532

The GMC Yukon returns impressive fuel efficiency, which is among the best in the segment. The Armada is the one with the lowest EPA figures in the segment, giving 15 MPG on combined usage, which is far less than all of its competitors. Thus even with a larger 28-gallon fuel tank, the Armada still stands at the bottom in terms of overall range too. The range offered by other rivals is at par with the Yukon, offering similar figures with one or two digits up and down

2013 GMC Yukon Interior

8.0/10

The 2013 Yukon features a simple and elegant yet intriguing interior and seats between seven to nine people. The material used inside the cabin looks expensive but gives out a just average feeling as soon as we lay hands on it. The leather surfaces look impressive, but the hard plastic could get better finishing. Coming over to the comfort section, the adjustable seats offered feel pretty comfortable with decent thigh support and electric cushion adjustment. 

The third-row bench seats are standard with the SUV. Fixed steps are standard to it along with power-retractable steps as an option that allows easy climbing in and out of the vehicle. The cargo space offered is pretty less at 16.9 cu ft, and the rear seats in Yukon cannot fold down flat to the floor, thus the rear seats should be removed to increase the cargo capacity.

Models

2013 GMC Yukon

2013 Ford Expedition

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 

2013 Nissan Armada

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.3/65.2/41.3

39.6/63.2/41.1

41.1/65.3/41.3

39.7/65/41.8

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.2/65.2/39.0

39.8/63.7/39.1

39.2/65.3/39

40/64.7/41.9

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.9/61.7/25.6

38.3/51.9/37.7

37.9/61.7/25.6

35.9/63.7/32.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.9

18.6

16.9

20

Talking about the interior dimensions, the Yukon offers a spacious cabin as compared to most of its competitors. Although in the third row, the Yukon offers a considerably smaller shoulder and legroom as compared to other rivals. The Nissan Armada is the one with the largest cargo capacity along with a foldable third-row thus more convenient in carrying more cargo. The Ford Expedition has the most spacious third-row seating. Standout interior features include:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated seats
  • Heated steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2013 GMC Yukon’s infotainment unit?

The 2013 GMC Yukon comes equipped with a generous list of features with an elegantly designed panel. The interior looks impressive but isn’t as luxurious as its rivals. The base model features Bluetooth, an AM/FM/CD Player, Auxiliary input, and USB ports. As we move up to the SLT trim, it gets a Bose audio system along with all the base system’s features. The Denali trim receives a DVD player in the center console, better speakers, and a navigation system as an addition to its list. Standout infotainment features include:

  • 9-speaker audio system
  • Optional Bose sound system
  • Bluetooth
  • Auxiliary input
  • DVD Player
  • Navigation

2013 GMC Yukon Exterior

7.0/10

The 2013 Yukon boasts a nice, elegant design with neat lines and a plane surface that minimizes the bulky look, giving it a conservative yet handsome look. In the Denali model, the honeycomb grille is in front with the red GMC emblem on it, boosting up the overall front profile of the vehicle. Talking about the side profile of the SUV, it gets 20-inch 8 spoke wheels as standard, and the door handles are easy to grab. Talking about the vehicle’s rear end, it is mostly flat with a vertical tailgate in between the tall tail lights. The rear window is independently hinged, thus making it easy to load cargo in the vehicle.

Models

2013 GMC Yukon

2013 Ford Expedition

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 

2013 Nissan Armada

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5467

5550

5467

5372

Length (in.)

202

207

202

207.7

Width (in.)

79.0

78.8

79

79.3

Height (in.)

76.9

77.2

76.9

77.2

Ground Clearance (in.)

9

8.7

10.5

9.8

Wheelbase (in.)

116

119

116

123.2

Among the rivals, the GMC Yukon offers the lightest curb weight, while the Nissan Armada is the heaviest among the lot. As for the other dimensions, the Nissan features the lengthiest and the widest SUV, while all the other rivals are at par with each other. The Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe feature the shortest wheelbase at 116 inches, while the Armada gets a 123.2-inch wheelbase. Standout exterior features include:

  • Roof rails
  • 20-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Fog Lamps
  • Automatic headlights
  • Sunroof

2013 GMC Yukon Safety

6.0/10

The 2013 Yukon features several standard safety features like dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags, head-protecting airbags with rollover sensors, four-wheel ABS, tire pressure monitor, and StabiliTrak stability control system. You also get a rearview camera, rear park assist, OnStar automatic crash response, and intelligent brake assist as standard on all trims. The Yukon has been crash-tested by NHTSA and earned overall four out of five stars, with the highest scores in the front and side crash test and three stars in the rollover test. Standout safety features include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear park assist
  • OnStar automatic crash response
  • Intelligent brake assist
  • Traction Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring system

2013 GMC Yukon Final Verdict

The GMC Yukon is an elegantly styled SUV with handsome looks and a strong road presence. This SUV by GMC offers impressive road performance along with a decent driving experience. The fuel economy numbers are good and thus make it a desirable SUV for daily usage. The interior is pretty spacious but not as luxurious as some of its rivals, and the legroom in the third row also feels a bit cramped. To sum it up, the 2013 Yukon is a good choice for someone looking for an SUV for daily use that could cater to their performance needs along with a handsome exterior.

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