This is the last hurrah for the current-generation GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. As such, the 2020 GMC Yukon is carried over. This full-size, body-on-frame SUV is known for generous passenger and storage space, as well as excellent towing capability.
Choosing Your GMC Yukon
The GMC Yukon is offered in four trims: SLE, SLT Standard Edition, SLT, and Denali. Pricing starts at $51,895 including destination for the SLE and rises to $68,995 for the Denali.
Each is also offered as an extended-wheelbase Yukon XL for an additional $2,800 across the range. The XL has nearly two additional feet between the front and rear wheels.
GMC equips the Yukon with one of two V8 engines. Most models are governed by a 5.3-liter V8, while a 6.2-liter V8 is standard on the Denali and optional on the SLT for an extra $6,190.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Max Towing||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|5.3L V8||355 hp||383 lb-ft||8,500 lbs||18 mpg|
|6.2L V8||420 hp||460 lb-ft||8,400 lbs||17 mpg|
The standard engine works with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the larger motor is teamed with a 10-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all trims, while four-wheel drive is a $3,000 upgrade.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The two Yukons are designed for maximizing passenger-carrying space. Most models have an eight-passenger capacity with front bucket seats and a second and third row bench. A first row bench is available to increase capacity to nine on the SLE (it also takes $250 off the price), while second row bucket seats are standard on the Denali and available for $795 on the SLT to bring the number down to seven.
Cargo volume measures 15.3 cubic feet behind the third row in the Yukon. This expands to 51.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 94.7 cubic feet behind the first. In the Yukon XL, there's 39.3 cubic feet of standard cargo capacity. This climbs to 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 121.7 cubic feet behind the first row.
The GMC Yukon offers standard front and rear parking sensors, OnStar and GMC connected services, and Teen Driver behavior management.
Standard active safety features are lacking on the base SLE model. The $545 Enhanced Driver Alert Package is required to equip the Yukon with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. These features become standard at the SLT Standard Edition.
The SLT trim adds blind-spot monitoring and lane change alert, while adaptive cruise control is a $895 standalone option here and on the Denali.
GMC equips its Yukon models with an 8-inch touchscreen display, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, seven USB ports, wi-fi hotspot capability, and OnStar.
The Denali adds standard navigation, wireless charging, and a head-up display. Navigation is a $495 standalone option on the SLT Standard Edition and SLT trims.
The Yukon SLE comes reasonably well equipped. This model has cloth seats, three-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, and remote start.
A $730 Convenience Package is a smart upgrade option, as it supplies features such as a power liftgate and power-adjustable pedals. The Heavy-Duty Trailering Package ($580) is a must for any owner needing full towing capabilities. On four-wheel-drive models, the package includes a two-speed transfer case.
The GMC Yukon SLT Standard Edition adds many of the features you’d expect with this model. These include a power-programmable liftgate, a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering column, power-adjustable pedals, heated front seats, and leather seats.
Shoppers wanting such features as navigation, a power sunroof, and the available rear-seat entertainment system, would do well to consider the Open Road Package ($3,340).
The SLT trim includes many premium features for the price. Building on the previous trim, this one brings keyless entry and push-button start, ventilated front seats, a heated and power-operated steering wheel, perforated leather seating surfaces, heated second-row seats, power-folding second- and third-row benches, and a hands-free liftgate.
Certain Denali features are available through a Premium Edition Package ($3,920). These include 22-inch chrome wheels, a chrome grille insert, bright bodyside moldings, and a polished exhaust tip.
Offering the full expression of all things Yukon is the Denali. Among the features unique to this model include standard second-row bucket seats, HID headlamps, magnetic ride control, ash wood trim accents, and an integrated trailer brake controller.
GMC does offer upgrades, including the Denali Premium Package ($5,360). This one includes power-retractable side steps, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and a power sunroof.
The 2020 GMC Yukon XL represents a modest price increase over the standard model, delivering extra interior room, especially storage capacity. Importantly, the fuel economy is the same with both models.