- Seats up to 9 passengers
- Standard multimedia system with 8-inch touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility comes standard
The 2017 GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV that seats up to nine passengers across three rows. It competes with the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. This year, the SLT trim receives a Premium Edition package that includes chrome accents, 22-inch chrome wheels, and a polished exhaust tip.
Three trims are available: the SLE, SLT, and Denali.
The Yukon has a unique front fascia compared to its cousins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, highlighted by a large front grille adorned by the GMC logo and headlight clusters with large C-shaped LED elements. 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, a luggage rack, and heated side mirrors are standard. The upscale Denali trim gets its own set of cosmetic updates, including a mesh grille, 20-inch alloy wheels, power liftgate, and HID projector-beam headlamps. A hands-free liftgate is now standard on SLT models.
There are two available V-8 engines, one for SLE and SLT models and the larger reserved for the Denali. The base engine is new, part of GM’s new lineup of EcoTec3 engines. It is a 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 383 pounds-feet of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Denali models also get an EcoTec3 engine, a 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 460 pounds-feet of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic. The Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds with two-wheel drive, and 8,200 with four-wheel drive. The Denali checks in slightly behind that at 8,400 and 8,100 pounds respectively.
Inside, GMC’s versions of GM cars have always strived to live upmarket from their Chevrolet counterparts and the Yukon is no exception. Extra attention has been paid to upgrading the materials and fit-and-finish of the latest Yukon. The cabin is quieter, thanks to better aerodynamics and redesigned side mirrors, which reduce wind noise. Standard equipment includes five USB ports to charge devices, HD radio, Bose premium audio, an 8-inch touchscreen with IntelliLink, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Denali models add active noise cancellation, a better stereo (also from Bose), leather seating, powered/heated front and second-row seats, and navigation.
The Yukon also offers a lot in the way of standard safety equipment, including a backup camera and front/rear parking sensors which are appreciated for those who need to maneuver the Yukon in tight spaces.