The GMC Yukon is a member of an incredibly shrinking segment of the automotive landscape -- the full-size truck-based SUV. But it's a big segment from GM, which is why the Yukon is new for 2015. Sharing updates given to the GMC Sierra for 2014, the new Yukon is more luxurious and more efficient than ever before, while still retaining capabilities a crossover SUV can't handle.
What's New for 2015
For 2015, the Yukon gets a new look and a new platform. Engines are revised from the previous generation, with a 5.3-liter V8 engine producing 355 horsepower, or a 6.2-liter with 420 horsepower on the top-rung Denali version.
Choosing Your GMC Yukon
A six-speed automatic transmission carries over from the last model, and the most fuel-efficient version is now rated at 16/23 mpg. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while a full-time four-wheel drive system is optional. Most versions seat eight passengers, and the third-row seat now folds flat with the cargo floor, despite still lacking the rear independent suspension of chief rival Ford Expedition.
Buyers choose from three trim levels:
No Yukon is cheap these days. SLT gets you into features that make it feel close to a $55,000 SUV. Those considering the Escalade should definitely consider the Denali model, as it's considerably cheaper and similarly luxurious to that model.