A serious family hauler. Few SUVs offer the same amount of space as the 2022 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Fully redesigned last year, the Yukon lineup arrived as even better SUVs than before. For consumers that aren’t interested in minivans, the Yukon and Yukon XL are more stylish and capable people carriers.

Thanks to the Yukon’s boxy design, the SUV offers spacious seating for up to eight people across three rows of seats. Even in the large SUV segment, having spacious accommodations in all three rows of seats isn’t a given. The regular Yukon offers 34.9 inches of rear legroom, while the Yukon XL has 36.7 inches. Both are impressive for the large SUV class and ensure adults will be comfortable in the third row.

The redesign also saw the Yukon and Yukon XL get an impressive amount of cargo space. The standard Yukon offers 25.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, 72.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 122.9 cubic feet. For even more cargo capacity, the Yukon XL offers more cargo space in every area and a total of 144.7 cubic feet of space. These figures make the Yukon XL one of the most spacious SUVs on the market.

Fancy Denali trim. Like GMC’s pickup trucks, the Yukon has the same interior design and materials as the more affordable Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. Where the SUVs differ is in the Yukon’s available Denali trim.

The Denali trim features a unique interior design compared to the other trims. While the center console layout looks the same, the dashboard and the way the infotainment screen is integrated into it result in a more high-end look. Nicer materials, like wood and metallic trim, a hand-stitched leather interior, and a power-sliding center console, help the Denali give SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator some serious competition.

Regardless of trim, the Yukon looks like it’s ready for a gala. The SUV has a bold, yet upscale design that’s not as polarizing as the Tahoe’s look. Still, with its enormous grille, C-shaped running lights, boxy design, and available quad exhaust outlets, the Yukon makes a good first impression.

Tried and true powertrains. The Yukon continues to be available with three engines. Two are burly V8s, while the other is a punchy turbodiesel. Regardless of the engine, the Yukon feels like it's ready to get some work done or go on a long trip.

The standard engine in the Yukon is a 5.3-liter V8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. A 6.2-liter V8 engine is available that brings 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. For shoppers attempting to be frugal, there’s an available turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel six-cylinder engine. It produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of the engine, the Yukon comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Thanks to its burly engine, the Yukon can tow up to 8,400 pounds. The longer Yukon XL loses 100 pounds of the capacity compared to the regular SUV. Even with that kind of weight behind the SUV, it always feels up to the task and never struggles to get down the road. The 10-speed transmission also manages to always find the right gear despite having so many to choose from.

Mixed tech features. For 2022, the Yukon now comes with more standard tech features than before, but some things are optional and the SUV’s list of standard safety features is disappointing. Every Yukon comes with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, six USB ports, and, new for 2022, a 12-inch digital gauge display.

While the Yukon has an impressive list of tech features, the SUV doesn’t come with a lot when it comes to safety. Pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a rear-seat reminder, and parking sensors are standard. Blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and rear cross-traffic alert are optional. Unfortunately, adaptive cruise control is only available on the Denali trim as an option. It seems like GMC put safety second on the Yukon’s priority list.

Final thoughts. As long as you’re used to driving something as large as the 2022 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL and can afford the fuel, these are some of the roomiest vehicles on the market. With a copious amount of cargo space, comfortable seating for up to eight, a standout design, powerful engines, and impressive tech features, the Yukon feels like an old-school SUV with modern touches.

With similar tech features, engines, and interior space, most consumers will be better served by the Chevrolet Tahoe, which costs less than the Yukon. For a more premium experience, there’s the Jeep Wagoneer. It feels like a true luxury SUV, has a spacious cabin, and features impressive off-roading capability.

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