2017 GMC Yukon

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in Midsize SUVs
2017 MODEL
$48,530 - $68,965 See Inventory Prices

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2017 GMC Yukon SUV brings a combination of lavish interior and powerful engine configuration to the table. However, better class rivals offer effectual predicted reliability ratings, unlike the GMC Yukon. In certain configurations, the full-size truck-based SUV is able to accommodate as much as 9 people simultaneously.

Flaunting a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine, 2017 GMC Yukon SUV has 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque to spare. While the engine power is available at 5600 rpm at max, the maximum rpm available to the torque is 4100. The ride employs a 6-speed automatic transmission mode for switching gears.Pricing for the Yukon starts at $48,530.

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Pros

Driver's seat safety alert

Easy maneuverability

Excellent fuel economy

Powerful V8 engine options

Premium interior construction

Soundproof cabin

Spacious interiors

Cons

Sluggish 6-speed automatic transmission

Limited cargo capacity

Body roll in corners

Smaller dashboard buttons

What's New?

Teen Driver Monitoring System available as a standard feature

Heads-up Display is now available in the Denali trim as a standard feature

The newly introduced low-speed monitoring system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48530

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 automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/13 in. 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

cargo volume

15.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

8500 lbs.

payload capacity

1690 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

598 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 GMC Yukon in Crimson Red Tintcoat color  2017 GMC Yukon in Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic color  2017 GMC Yukon in Iridium Metallic color  2017 GMC Yukon in Mineral Metallic color  2017 GMC Yukon in Onyx Black color  2017 GMC Yukon in Quicksilver Metallic color  2017 GMC Yukon in Sparkling Silver Metallic color  2017 GMC Yukon in Summit White color
Crimson Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

7.5

Fuel Economy

6.1

Interior

7.8

Exterior

8.0

Safety

5.9

Driving

8.6

Comfort

7.3

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 GMC Yukon SLE

SLE

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
19 combined

$48,530 - $51,530


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $48,530 MSRP (16/19/23) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm5.3V8flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $51,530 MSRP (16/18/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic four wheel drive 8

 2017 GMC Yukon SLT

SLT

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
19 combined

$57,315 - $60,315


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $57,315 MSRP (16/19/23) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $60,315 MSRP (16/18/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic four wheel drive 8

 2017 GMC Yukon Denali

Denali

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

$65,965 - $68,965


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $65,965 MSRP (15/17/22) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7
Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $68,965 MSRP (15/17/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 7

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MPG: 18 combined

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MPG: 19 combined

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MPG: 23 combined

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7.8/10

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MPG: 22 combined

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7.8/10

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MPG: 22 combined

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8.0/10

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

7.4

Overall Rating


7.9/10
Features

 

7.5/10
Engine

 

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

5.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

Primary competitors to the 2017 GMC Yukon is Chevrolet Tahoe, Nissan Armada, and Toyota Sequoia. GMC Yukon SLE flaunts compact dimensions. The ride outlasts the competition in terms of spacious seating, a plethora of features, impressive fuel economy, and an excellent towing capacity.

2017 GMC Yukon Features

7.9/10

A total of 3 trims are available for the 2017 GMC Yukon SUV, namely SLE, SLT, and Denali. Each of them is available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive options. The all-wheel-drive variant is $3k expensive than their front-wheel-drive counterparts.

Trim SLE SLT Denali
MSRP $48,530 $57,315 $65,965
MSRP (4WD) $51,530 $60,315 $68,965
Key Features
  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Overhead Console With Storage
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Three Zone Climate Control
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear View Camera
   
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
  • Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rear Seat Blu-Ray/DVD Entertainment System
  • Power Release 60/40 Split-Folding Second Row Bench  
  • Reclining Rear Seats
  • Folding Rear Seatback

2017 GMC Yukon Engine

7.5/10

"The 2017 GMC Yukon's 5.3-liter V8 is certainly capable when it comes to hauling a full load of people and cargo. It can deliver strong acceleration, too, but the engine often feels lazy due to sluggish throttle response."-Edmunds

Engine & Transmission

The 2017 incarnation of the GMC Yukon comes with a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine. It is capable of producing 355 hp of power and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, Yukon SUV relies on a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. With little throttle response, this V8 provides much less power than what you'd expect from it.

Models GMC Yukon SLE Nissan Armada SV Chevrolet Tahoe LS Toyota Sequoia SR5
MSRP $48,530 $44,900 $47,215 $45,560
Engine 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 5.6L DOHC 32V Endurance V8 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 5.7L i-Force V8 DOHC
Transmission 6-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 355 hp @ 5600 rpm 390 hp @ 5800 rpm 355 hp @ 5600 rpm 381 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque 383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm 394 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm 401 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

Toyota Sequoia SR5 and Nissan Armada SV are better at delivering power with an offering of 381 and 390 hp, respectively. The rides also offer better torque of 401 and 394 lb.-ft., respectively. Like the Yukon SLE, Tahoe LS and Sequoia SR5 come with a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. Unlike its rivals, Armada SV features a 7-speed automatic transmission mode.

Acceleration

Consider that it's a 9-seater truck-like SUV, demanding 7.5 seconds for accelerating to 60 MPH is not that terrible. However, it is slow. Chevrolet Tahoe LS and Toyota Sequoia SR5 hit 60 MPH in 7 and 6.7 seconds, respectively. Nissan Armada SV, moreover, offers a 0-60 MPH start in just 6.5 seconds. 

Models GMC Yukon SLE Nissan Armada SV Chevrolet Tahoe LS Toyota Sequoia SR5
0-60 MPH 7.5 sec 6.5 sec 7.0 sec 6.7 sec
Quarter mile 15.7 sec 15.1 sec 15.3 sec 15.4 sec
Engine 5.3L 5.6L 5.3L 5.7L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 9.3 11.0 9.2 11.8

Despite a hitch in initial acceleration, the ride can cover a distance of quarter-mile in just 15.7 seconds. Yes, it's not that great, but considering that Tahoe LS and Sequoia SR5 requires 15.3 and 15.4 seconds, respectively, it is somewhat above the just-acceptable mark.

Ride and Handling

Of course, the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine is capable of delivering enough power to carry around the full load of GMC Yukon, people and cargo. 2017 GMC Yukon has a smooth and super-responsive suspension, capable of normalizing unsmooth roads and maintaining comfort even while experiencing road imperfections.

2017 GMC Yukon SUV, the truck-based SUV, has a broader build that can take care of heavy-duty tasks. These tasks even include hitting the trails and towing trailers. However, this is also a trade-off, which means the ride isn't much comfortable around cities. Handling is responsive and steering is equally fine-tuned. You won't regret the ride while sitting in that quiet, noise-free cabin.

Braking

2017 GMC Yukon SLE has a powerful braking system. The ride has a bigger rear brake for holding the cargo better, especially when it is loaded to the full. The front brake measures 0.6 inches smaller than the rear brake, which is 13.6 inches in size.

Model GMC Yukon SLE Nissan Armada SV Chevrolet Tahoe LS Toyota Sequoia SR5
Brake Front (in.) 13.0 13.8 N/A 13.9
Brake Rear (in.) 13.6 13.8 N/A 13.6
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5379 5576 5356 5730
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A 128 125 130

Nissan Armada SV and Toyota Sequoia SR5 have somewhat less braking power, probably because that is bulky. GMC Yukon SLE flaunts a curb weight of 5379 lbs. This is merely 23 lbs. more than another truck-based SUV, the Tahoe LS.

Towing Capacity

Unlike the cargo capacity, 2017 GMC Yukon SUV has an impressive towing capacity of 8500 lbs. Though there is Tahoe LS that offers 8600 lbs., Yukon SLE outlasts the likes of Toyota Sequoia SR5.

Model GMC Yukon SLE Nissan Armada SV Chevrolet Tahoe LS Toyota Sequoia SR5
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 8500 8500 8600 7400

2017 GMC Yukon Fuel Economy

6.1/10

In the segment to which GMC Yukon competes, having an overall mileage of 19 mpg is desirable. In fact, it is better than that offered by Toyota Sequoia SR5 and Nissan Armada SV. While in cities, the Yukon SLE delivers 16 mpg, the fuel economy reaches 23 mpg even on slightly winding highways.

Model GMC Yukon SLE Nissan Armada SV Chevrolet Tahoe LS Toyota Sequoia SR5
MPG (city) 16 14 16 13
MPG (highway) 23 19 23 17
MPG (combined) 19 16 19 15

2017 GMC Yukon Interior

7.8/10

The Yukon’s library-quiet interior is dressed to impress, with first-rate materials and a good build quality. Compared to class rivals like the Toyota Sequoia, the Yukon’s interior is near-luxury grade.-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

2017 GMC Yukon SUV comes with spacious and roomy seating. The ride flaunts 42.8 and 45.3 inches of front headroom and legroom, respectively. These are the maximum amongst the competition. The ride even has 38.7 and 39 inches of headroom and legroom in the second row, respectively.

Model GMC Yukon SLE Nissan Armada SV Chevrolet Tahoe LS Toyota Sequoia SR5
Passenger capacity 8 8 8 8
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 42.8/64.8/45.3 40.9/63.8/41.9 42.8/64.8/45.3 34.8/66.4/42.5
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.7/65.1/39.0 40.0/63.4/39.0 38.7/65.1/39.0 34.9/65.6/40.9
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.1/62.6/24.8 36.4/60.5/28.3 38.1/62.6/24.8 34.5/65.7/35.3

In the third row, 38.1 and 24.8 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. The legroom in the third row is least in the league. Sequoia SR5 offers 35.3 inches of the same.

Infotainment System

GMC Yukon flaunts an IntelliLink infotainment system coupled with an 8-inch touch display. The infotainment system is easy to use and comes with a 9-speaker audio system from BOSE. Moreover, the interactive system comes with support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. There is integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available.

There are not one, two or three, but five USB ports and a 110-volt household-style power outlet. A rearview camera is also available as a standard feature. Nonetheless, the system can sometimes be sluggish, but only sometimes.

Interior Features

2017 GMC Yukon SUV has excellent interiors. There is not only extravagance but functionality too. Major notable interior features available to GMC Yukon include:

  • 10-way power driver's seat
  • Intuitive IntelliLink multimedia system
  • Keyless access with push-button start system
  • Lavish interiors
  • A responsive rear-wheel-drive system with an optional all-wheel-drive system
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

Cargo Capacity

Unlike the ride quality, the cargo capacity has been compromised in the Yukon SUV. It has the lowest cargo capacities in all seats. Toyota Sequoia SR5 offers the most cargo capacity, available behind seat 1, is 120.1 cubic feet. 

Model GMC Yukon SLE Nissan Armada SV Chevrolet Tahoe LS Toyota Sequoia SR5
Cargo Volume to seat 3 (ft.3) 15.3 16.6 15.3 18.9
Cargo Volume to seat 2 (ft.3) 51.7 49.6 51.7 66.6
Cargo Volume to seat 1 (ft.3) 94.7 95.1 94.7 120.1

2017 GMC Yukon Exterior

8.0/10

"For years GMC SUVs have been styled as if they were passenger-carrying versions of the brand’s Sierra pickups. No more. Thankfully, the Yukon gets its own face, and a bold one it is. The non-Denali and Denali models share the same sheetmetal, but Denali versions have an upscale chrome mesh grille."-KelleyBlueBook

Dimension and Weight

2017 GMC Yukon SUV is somewhat smaller than its class rivals. While Sequoia SR5 and Armada SV flaunt a length of 205.1 and 208.9 inches, Yukon has a smaller length profile of 203.9 inches. Its height, which is 74.4 inches, is also least in the league like the length.

Model GMC Yukon SLE Nissan Armada SV Chevrolet Tahoe LS Toyota Sequoia SR5
Curb weight (lbs.) 5379 5576 5356 5730
Length(in) 203.9 208.9 204.0 205.1
Width(in) 80.5 79.9 80.5 79.9
Height(in) 74.4 75.8 74.4 77.0
Ground clearance (in) 8.0 9.1 7.9 9.9
Wheelbase (in) 116.0 121.1 116.0 122.0
Track width (in) F/R N/A 67.5/67.9 N/A 67.9/69.1

Yukon SUV, however, has mere 8 inches of ground clearance. While on the other hand, we have Armada SV and Sequoia SR5 that flaunts 9.1 and 9.9 inches of ground clearance, respectively.

  • Uniquely-designed LED running lights
  • Backup camera
  • Power liftgate
  • Panoramic sunroof

 

2017 GMC Yukon Safety

5.9/10

Although 2017 GMC Yukon has a bold NHTSA scorecard, IIHS ratings aren't much available. And those available include only the Front Crash Prevention and received rating is  Although the ride has a 3-star and 4-star rating for Rollover and Overall, respectively, all other parameters have a €œ5-star€ rating.

Dual-stage frontal airbags as well as front and rear head curtain side-impact airbags are standard. Additionally, a Passenger Sensing System and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert are in position.

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating

4 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

3 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

5 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

IIHS Rating

Front crash prevention

Basic

Safety Features

  • Air Bags Dual-stage frontal with Passenger Sensing System
  • Front center airbag. not included with available front 40/20/40 split bench on SLE
  • Front and rear head curtain side-impact airbags for all outboard seating positions with rollover sensor
  • Safety Alert Driver Seat on SLE, included and only available with Enhanced Driver Alert Package
  • Forward Collision Alert and Lane Keep Assist on SLE, included and only available with Enhanced Driver Alert Package
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System 
  • Vehicle theft-deterrent system electrical unauthorized entry
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic Collision Preparation

 

2017 GMC Yukon Competition

Chevrolet Tahoe LS vs GMC Yukon

Like the GMC Yukon SLE, Chevrolet Tahoe LS flaunts a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine. For gear-shifting, the ride relies on a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. Starting price for the Tahoe LS is set at $47,215. The ride takes 7 seconds to accelerate to 60 MPH.

Chevrolet Tahoe LS flaunts a curb weight of 5356 lbs., which is minimum in the competition. The ride requires a distance of 125 feet for halting while decelerated from 60 MPH. In terms of combined mileage, the ride delivers 19 mpg. The ride has the least in league ground clearance of 7.9 inches.

Nissan Armada SV vs GMC Yukon

Pricing options for the Nissan Armada SV start from $44,900. The ride boasts a 5.6L DOHC 32V Endurance V8 engine, capable of producing 390 horsepower. Additionally, the engine generates a respectable 394 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is complemented by a 7-speed automatic transmission mode.

Armada SV is the quickest one among its class rivals, with a 0-60 MPH acceleration time of 6.5 seconds. Further, it covers a quarter-mile in 15.1 seconds. The ride has an equal-sized front and rear brakes of 13.8 inches of each. The ride offers a pathetic combined fuel economy of 16 mpg, however.

Toyota Sequoia SR5 vs GMC Yukon

With a 5.7L i-Force V8 DOHC engine at its disposal, the ride has 381 hp of power and 401 lb.-ft. of torque to spare. For gear-shifting, the ride relies on a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. The ride demands 6.7 seconds for accelerating to 60 MPH.

Toyota Sequoia SR5 is the bulkiest ride in the competition with a total curb weight of 5730 lbs. Moreover, it requires the most distance of 130 feet in the league for stopping during panic braking scenarios. Its combined fuel economy of 15 mpg is the least in the competition.

2017 GMC Yukon Final Verdict

2017 GMC Yukon SUV offers a great performance when carrying load and folks are required. The ride combines excellent interiors with a powerful towing capacity. The ride, moreover, offers a most-in-league fuel economy.

All the various options available with the 2017 GMC Yukon SUV allows the buyers to get the one as per their specific requirements. The ride is definitely worth every penny for those looking get a bigger and better muscular SUV.