2018 Yukon Gets Lower-Priced SLT Standard Edition

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Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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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

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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