The best value for the 2018 Yukon is with the mid-range SLT trim. The bottom rung SLE trim doesn't offer much more than a base level Chevy Tahoe, which is almost $2,000 less than the Yukon. The nearly $10,000 jump to the Denali trim is also pretty hard to justify unless you want the larger 6.2-liter engine or desire a less conspicuous alternative to the Cadillac Escalade.
Therefore, the SLT is just right with standard leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seats, and a power-folding third row. It also comes standard with some driver assistance features, like low-speed automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear-cross traffic alert. We'd forgo the $3,000 four-wheel drive option, as the Yukon is more of a road-trip hauler rather than an off-roader. Fitting with this theme, we'd spring for the Open Road Package for the rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system and satellite radio. We'd also make sure our Yukon came with the Heavy Duty Trailering Package to make towing a breeze with auto-leveling suspension, trailer brake control, and an up-rated towing capability of 8,500 pounds. Finally, we'd go for the adaptive cruise control to make highway driving an absolute breeze.
Here's how our GMC Yukon SLT would add up:
- Model: 2018 GMC Yukon SLT
- Engine: 5.3-liter, naturally-aspirated V8
- Output: 355 hp/ 383 lb-ft
- Transmission: Six-speed Automatic
- Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
- MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
- Options: Open Road Package ($2,930, sunroof, rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system, satellite radio), Heavy Duty Trailering Package ($580, air-leveling suspension, trailer brake controller, 3.42 axle ratio), Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking ($895).
- Base Price:$58,495 (including a $1,295 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$62,900