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2017 GMC Yukon OVERVIEW
Now entering its third year in current form, the full-size Yukon holds fast to its traditional SUV values: uncompromising size, power, and capability. Add to that its abundant features and thoroughly modern design, and it’s obvious why the Yukon remains as relevant as ever.
What's New for 2017
The Yukon gets some equipment revisions for 2017, starting with a newly standard Teen Driver feature that lets parents track driving habits. Active front aero shutters are new. Heated and ventilated front seats are now are standard with SLT trim. The rear infotainment system receives digital headphones and an additional USB port. Low-speed automatic braking now is available.
Choosing Your GMC Yukon
Most Yukons are powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that generates 355 horsepower. The line-topping Denali get its own 6.2-liter V8, whipping up 420 horsepower. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission and can be paired with four-wheel drive. Low-range gearing is standard on the 4WD Denali and optional on the other trim levels. Towing capacity reaches 8,500 pounds, thanks in part to a standard locking rear differential.
Fuel economy with rear-drive and the 5.3-liter V8 is estimated at 16 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel drive lowers the highway figure by 1 mpg. With its 6.2-liter V8, the Denail gets an estimated o15/22 mpg (city/highway) with rear-drive, and 15/20 mpg with four-wheel drive.
The Yukon's third row folds completely into the floor, and a front bench remains available in case you need nine-passenger seating. Cargo space totals almost 95 cubic feet with all seats folded, or 15.3 cubic feet with all seats up.
As before, the Yukon is offered in three trim levels:
Judging by the level of standard equipment, there's no such thing a basic Yukon. By most standards, even the mid-level SLT qualifies as a luxury SUV. The Denali takes yet another sizable step upward; but in our view, the SLT version provides the best overall value.