2018 Yukon Gets Lower-Priced SLT Standard Edition

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - April 13, 2018

GMC Yukon shoppers will soon get a new choice to consider with the addition of the SLT Standard Edition. Due to arrive as a mid-year addition for 2018, it will help bridge the $8,100 gap in price between the current SLE and SLT.

However, order guides reveal the vehicle leaves out a number of features in order to achieve a sub-$55k price. In the process, the brand appears to have created a more compelling upgrade for those in the market to buy a Chevy Tahoe.

Here's what you need to know.

A More Affordable SLT

The 2018 Yukon SLT Standard Edition has a base MSRP of $54,400, or $55,695 factoring-in a mandatory $1,295 destination charge. The extended wheelbase XL version starts at $58,395. All-wheel drive adds $3,000 to either.

Although the $50,395 SLE is still the most affordable Yukon, the Standard Edition offers a $2,800 advantage in price compared to the regular SLT, which has been available at dealerships since last September.

Under the hood, the Standard Edition features the same 355 hp 5.3-liter V8 that you'll find in the SLE and SLT, which comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

However, as one might expect, a lower price tag has a cost when it comes to features.

Noteworthy differences with the regular SLT include:

  • No proximity key or push-button start
  • No heated/power tilting/telescoping steering wheel
  • No power-folding side mirrors with turn indicators
  • No ventilation feature in front seats, only feature 2-way lumbar support (vs. 4-way)
  • No rear heated seats
  • No hands-free power liftgate
  • No blind spot monitor w/cross-traffic alert
  • No option to add adaptive cruise control

Worth It?

If you've been looking for a more affordable Yukon without having to downgrade to an SLE, the SLT Standard could be appealing. However, the apparent lack of important features like a blind spot monitor could be a deal-breaker for some.

We consider it unlikely that the vehicle will manage to woo many buyers considering a less-expensive crossover model. That said, it could equate to a more affordable upgrade for those cross-shopping the Chevy Tahoe.

The SLT Standard Edition slots just $1,800 higher than a $53,895 Tahoe LT, making it a more reasonable step-up compared to the rather substantial $4,600 premium of the regular Yukon SLT.

Note: 2017 Yukon XL pictured

, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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