2011 GMC Yukon Overview
With seating for up to nine occupants, two bold yet efficient engines, and a plethora of interior amenities, the 2011 GMC Yukon has struck auto-gold.
The 2011 GMC Yukon is offered in SLE, SLT, and premium Denali trim levels and measures the same width but is slightly shorter than its competitors, the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia. It fits right between GM’s other full-size SUVs, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade. Two powertrain options are offered, including a 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with an available cylinder deactivation system for improved fuel economy, and a monstrous 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine. Both are coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and auto-manual and receive 335, and 417 pounds-feet of torque respectively. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are 13-15 mpg in the city and 20-21 mpg on the highway, which isn’t too shabby for a full-size SUV with this kind of power.
When properly equipped, the Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds. A GMC Yukon XL, heavy-duty 2500 and hybrid model are also available, providing some variety to the Yukon lineup. The 2011 GMC Yukon sits on standard 17-inch aluminum wheels, while the Denali has 20-inch chrome wheels. Exterior features include integrated running boards, standard heated power side mirrors, and a chrome grille (Denali).
With benches across all three rows, the 2011 GMC Yukon can seat up to nine passengers. Upper-level models feature captain’s chairs in place of the first- and second-row benches, bringing the passenger count down to seven. All models offer standard removable third-row seating, and second-row seats fold flat to provide the maximum cargo capacity of 108.9 cubic feet. Additional standard interior features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and XM Satellite Radio with real-time traffic reports. Heated/cooled seats and power fold-and-tumble second row seats are available.
Standard safety features include side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, side-mounted thorax airbags, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes and electronic stability system with traction control. Options include a blind spot warning system, rear park assist and an integrated rear camera in the rearview mirror.
The 2011 GMC Yukon is a rugged, refined, powerful and cavernous full-size SUV with enough interior perks to get you anywhere in comfort.