2015 GMC Yukon

MSRP $47,740 - $67,520

Ranked #13 in Suv

7.2

Overall Rating

2015 GMC Yukon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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When it comes to living big, GMC‘s most premium SUV - the Yukon fits that description exactly. This three-row, truck-based SUV is one of those compelling offerings amidst a crowded crossover/ SUV market. For 2015, the Yukon is all-new from the ground up, while retaining its modern styling mashed with the latest features, along with a new efficient EcoTec3 V8 engine. Both the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are related to the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Suburban. This family of SUVs shares the same powertrain and internal structure. 

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Pros

Powerful V8 engine

New suave finished cabin 

Third-row fold-flat seats

Available 9-person seating capacity

Cons

Cramped third-row seats

Upper range SLT gets pricier

What's New?

Fully redesigned

New EcoTec3 V8 engine

Improved fuel economy figures


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47740

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

125 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lb.-ft. @ 4100 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

203.9 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5308 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

94.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

6500 lbs.

payload capacity

1752 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

598 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$47,740 onwards

SLT$56,225 onwards

Denali$64,520 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 GMC Yukon in Bronze Alloy Metallic color
Bronze Alloy Metallic

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

7.0

Features

6.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


 The GMC Yukon is available in three trims, including the Denali model. The base Yukon SLE starts at MSRP $47,740 and can be had in both RWD and 4WD configurations. The long list of comfort, infotainment, and safety features tries to justify the price tag. But in this price range, there are several alternative three-row SUVs, but its main rivals include the Nissan Armada, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Ford Expedition. So, how well does the 2015 Yukon fare in this competition? Let’s find that out. 


6.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2015 GMC Yukon Features

6.5/10

The 2015 GMC Yukon is primarily available in three trims: SLE, SLT, and Denali. Both these trims are well specced with plenty of added optional comfort and safety features. GMC Yukon SLE gets standard leather seats, and leather-wrapped steering wheel, climate control, and cruise control as part of its standard equipment. The mid-trim Yukon SLT trim gets both rows of leather-wrapped, ventilated, and heated seats, and with rear-seat entertainment, multi-zone automatic climate control as part of its standard equipment. 

Seat memory is also available, along with heated steering, optional moonroof/sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and a power liftgate. The top of the range Denali trim is priced at $64,520, it comes with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8, Exclusive chrome front grille, Standard 20 in. wheels, Cocoa/ Dark Atmosphere, perforated leather-appointed seats which distinguishes it from the rest of the tribe.

Trim

SLE

SLT

Denali

MSRP (2WD)

$47,740

$56,225

$64,520

MSRP (4WD)

$50,740

$59,225

$67,520

Key Features

5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8

Adding to features available in SLE

Standard SLT features

 

18-inch wheels

Perforated leather upholstered seats

Unique chrome front grille exclusive to Denali

 

Rearview Camera

Heated and Perforated Seats

20-22 inch wheel options

 

Front and Rear Park assist

Heated Second Row

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

 

Additional Convenience Package

Second-row power release, tumble and fold seats

Defogger, rear-window electric

 

Additional Driver Alert Package

Third-row power fold-flat bench seats

Steering wheel, heated, leather-wrapped

We Recommend

Keeping aside the Denali trim, both the Yukon SLE and Yukon SLT are good propositions. Since the entire Yukon line-up has gone through a thorough makeover, both trims get GMC‘s most recent powertrain update and updated feature list. But if you want the best of both worlds, then the mid-trim SLT is more than just appealing. Its long list of standard features coupled with a performative and efficient V8 engine makes it worth the money. 

2015 GMC Yukon Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Standard in both the SLE and SLT Yukon trims is the updated EcoTec3 V8 engine that is tuned to be more fuel-efficient. The 5.3-liter V8 engine produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and this same engine is also found in the Sierra. The 2015 Yukon gets a 6-speed automatic transmission, with no manual option, and can be had with either in RWD or 4WD config. This new mill is impressive with better acceleration and mileage figures. 

It also gets fuel management technologies like cylinder deactivation and a direct injection system. The 2015 Yukon takes 6.8 seconds to reach from 0-60 mph and the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds. The top-of-the-line Denali trim with its 6.2 -liter V8 will obviously be a second quicker than the base and mid-spec trims.

Models

2015 GMC Yukon 

2015 Nissan Armada

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

2015 Ford Expedition

MSRP

$47,740

$43,600

$46,300

$44,585

Engine 

5.3L V8

5.6L V8

5.3L V8

3.5L Twin-turbo V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power 

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

317 hp @ 5200 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

365 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque

383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

385 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm

383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

420 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.8

7

6.7 

6.7

Quarter mile (sec)

N/A

15.4

15.1

15.1

Top Speed (MPH)

108

N/A

136

125

Both the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe get the same 5.3-liter V8 with similar specifications, hence, their acceleration figures are also similar. The Nissan Armada gets a larger capacity V8, which makes it quicker by a quarter of a second from the rest of the competition. The 2015 Ford Expedition is the only three-row SUV that gets a twin-turbo V6, which makes it faster than the rest. 

2015 GMC Yukon Fuel Economy

7.0/10

With both 2WD and 4WD configurations available, the Yukon offers a range of fuel efficiency. With the standard 5.3-liter V8 and 2WD configuration, the 2015 Yukon has an EPA estimate of 16/23/18 mpg in city/highway/combined driving cycles respectively. Despite numerous fuel-saving measures like cylinder deactivation technology and direct fuel injection, the efficiency of the Yukon’s V8 does not look good on paper, primarily due to its nearly 6000 lbs curb weight.

Models

2015 GMC Yukon 

2015 Nissan Armada

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

2015 Ford Expedition

MPG (City)

16

13

16

16

MPG (Highway)

23

19

23

22

MPG (Combined)

18

15

18

18

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

26

28

26

28

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

416/598 

364/532

416/598 

448/616

However, the Yukon’s 26-gallon tank helps this massive SUV to attain a range of 598 miles on the highway. The Chevrolet Tahoe has the same efficiency figures as the GMC. Both the Ford Expedition and the Nissan Armada can hold the most fuel at 28 gallons, but with a smaller and efficient twin-turbo V6 engine, the 2015 Expedition can do more miles than the 2015 Armada.

2015 GMC Yukon Interior

7.0/10

The 2015 Yukon's interior has been thoroughly remade and it shares the same sleek look found in the Sierra. But it distinguishes itself with a new flat-folding second and third row of seats. Legroom has significantly improved and extra care has been taken, both structurally and electronically, to make the cabin as soundproof as possible. Cargo space is quite abundant with the standard wheelbase Yukon. Behind the third row, there’s 15.3 cu-ft of space, and with the third row folded down, there’s 57.6 cu-ft of space. And if both the second and third row is folded down the Yukon ends up with 94.7 cu-ft of space behind the first row.

 The revamped interior is a significant improvement over the last model in the new Yukon. The SLT model gets heated and cooled seats for the first two rows, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, tilting, and a telescoping steering column. The top of the line Denali model, of course, gets more premium features, but both SLE and SLT trim are aptly specced, as well. 

Models

2015 GMC Yukon 

2015 Nissan Armada

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

2015 Ford Expedition

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

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

42.8/64.8/45.3

41/65.1/41.8

42.8/64.8/45.3

39.6/63.2/41.1

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

38.7/65.1/39

40/64.5/41.9

38.7/65.1/39

39.8/63.7/39.1

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

38.1/62.6/24.8

35.9/63.7/32.2

38.1/62.6/24.8

38.3/51.9/37.7

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

15.3

20

15.3

18.6

Both the Nissan Armada and GMC Yukon can seat 8 people, but with a longer wheelbase, the Nissan Armada has more standard cargo space at 20 cu-ft. This is followed by the Ford Expedition with its 18.6 cu-ft of cargo space. But on the inside, both the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon are much more spacious than the other two competitors.Some of the salient standout features of the 2015 GMC Yukon are:

  • 8 -Way Power Driver & Passenger Seat
  • Leather And Simulated Wood Trim On Center Console
  • Three Zone Climate Control
  • Electric Speed-proportional Power Steering
  • Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • Power Configurable 60/40 Split-Folding Second Row Bench
  • Multi-Level Heating Driver & Passenger Seat

How intuitive is the 2015 GMC Yukon’s infotainment unit?

GMC’s infotainment unit, the IntelliLink infotainment system, is one of the easiest to use. This intuitive system is displayed on a standard 8-inch touchscreen and is assisted by a standard 9-speaker Bose audio system. There a total of six USB ports can be added with the non-Denali Yukon models, and both second and third-row have Blu Ray entertainment available. Aside from active noise canceling speakers that help keep the cabin of the 2015 Yukon as silent as possible, some of the standout infotainment features of the same family SUV are:

  • Standard 9-speaker Bose Premium audio system
  • GMC WiFi
  • Second and Third Row Blu Ray entertainment
  • AM/FM/ SiriusXM/ HD Audio system w/Navigation. 
  • Adjustable speed-sensitive volume control

2015 GMC Yukon Exterior

7.0/10

The 2015 GMC Yukon has been fully redesigned from the ground up. This includes a new sheet metal design which is squarer and has a straight-edged look that GMC claims make it much more aerodynamically favorable than the outgoing models. In fact, the 2015 Yukon is at its most premium outlook in this iteration, with projector-beam headlights, while Denali models stand out with a distinctive grille and high-intensity discharge headlamps. 

In addition, the new 2015 Yukon is now 2-inches longer than the last model but has retained the same height, and track width. But both the Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition are the longest and taller vehicles in this competition. But the Yukon’s 80.5 in. width makes it more accommodating than its competition. 

Models

2015 GMC Yukon 

2015 Nissan Armada

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

2015 Ford Expedition

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5707

5841

5466

5846

Length (in.)

203.9 

207.7

204

206.5

Width (in.)

80.5 

79.3 

80.5 

78.8

Height (in.)

74.4

77.2

74.4 

77.2

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.0

10.4

7.9 

8.7

Wheelbase (in.)

116

123.2

116

119

The Nissan Armada is the largest of the lot and with its 123.2-inch large wheelbase, it can accommodate people comfortably inside the cabin. The GMC Yukon is the smallest one in the competition, however, at 203.9 inches, it is a pretty big vehicle. Aside from the dimension advantage, some of the standout features of the 2015 Yukon that make it a premium SUV offering are:

  • Optional 22-inch aluminum wheels
  • Black Roof Rack Cross Rails
  • Power Sunroof
  • Molded Splash guards
  • Power tailgate
  • Chrome bodyside moldings

2015 GMC Yukon Safety

9.0/10

The 2015 GMC Yukon comes packed with advanced safety features. It also enjoys favorable ratings from federal institutions. The NHTSA gave the 2015 Yukon an overall rating of four stars out of five stars, five stars in frontal and side crash tests, and three stars in its rollover test. The IIHS has not crash-tested it yet. Apart from that, all 2015 Yukon comes standard with GM’s Safety Alert package for enhanced safety. Some of the standout safety features:

  • Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Head-up display
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Traction Control
  • High-strength side-door guard beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2015 GMC Yukon Final Verdict

The GMC Yukon is a solid proposition that has all the bells and whistles of a premium 8-seater family SUV. The three-rows of seating have a flexible fold-in option that opens up quite the cargo space for long overhaul trips. And given that the base V8 engine is good with 6,300 to 6,500 lbs of towing capacity, this vehicle is a proper workhorse as well. Its interior has been thoroughly revamped this year, and it feels much more premium with wood inserts and leather trims. 

But it's the price tag that will make you wonder if it's worth it, and to be honest it is. Both the Nissan Armada and the Ford Expedition are longer comparatively, but they lack the refinement and luxury that GMC has mastered with the Yukon, over the years. If luxury is what you’re searching for, then the 2015 GMC Yukon might be your right pick.

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