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The 2019 GMC Yukon ranked #6 in Large SUVs. Currently the GMC Yukon has a score of 6.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2019 GMC Yukon Review

The 2019 GMC Yukon has a rich interior with lots of quality materials, but its standard-wheelbase version has less passenger space and cargo room than most other large SUVs. It places near the bottom of the class partly because of this drawback.

Pros & Cons

  • Classy cabin
  • Smooth ride with upgraded suspension
  • Cramped third row and cargo space in standard configuration
  • Bumpy ride with base suspension

Is the GMC Yukon a Good SUV?

The GMC Yukon is an OK large SUV. It has a long list of features, an upscale cabin, and a silky ride with its upgraded suspension. However, most of its benefits lie with the top-level Denali trim, which comes with a more polished powertrain and an upgraded suspension system. In lower trim levels, the ride can be a little bumpy and the throttle is slow. The standard-wheelbase model has less cargo space than most rivals, and its third-row seating is tight. An available long-wheelbase variant offsets some of these problems, but by the time you’ve upgraded the Yukon to deal with these drawbacks, it costs a lot more than similarly equipped competitors. 

Should I Buy the GMC Yukon?

You can likely find a better large SUV than the GMC Yukon. It has an upscale cabin, but third-row legroom and cargo space are both tight. Moving to a long-wheelbase Yukon XL solves these issues, but to get the most out of the full-size Yukon, you’ll have to skirt past the base SLE trim and get an upper-trim model with the larger engine (optional in the SLT trim, standard in the Denali). There are many large SUVs that offer many of the Denali’s appealing traits for a lower price. 

Shoppers eyeing the Yukon's standard body length in a lower trim should take a look instead at the Chevrolet Tahoe. It has the same dimensions, features, and engines, but is more affordable and is expected to be much more reliable. If you like the larger Yukon XL, consider the higher ranking and less expensive Chevrolet Suburban. The Ford Expedition is a little pricier than the Yukon, but it has higher fuel economy estimates and a higher towing capacity, as well as a good ride quality and nice available off-roading options.

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Should I Buy a New or Used GMC Yukon?

GMC did not introduce any major changes to the Yukon for 2019. Because of that, you can likely save money while getting a virtually identical vehicle by purchasing an older model. The 2018 Yukon gained a 10-speed automatic transmission in the Denali trim, which brought smoother, timelier shifts. The 2017 Yukon received low-speed automatic emergency braking and a Teen Driver safety feature, while the 2016 SUV gained lane-keep assist.

GMC redesigned the Yukon for the 2015 model year, so while older Yukons might save you more money, they’ll have weaker engines, lower fuel economy estimates, different exterior styling, and fewer standard features. However, they may still appeal to budget-conscious shoppers.

To research used Yukon models, read our 2016, 2017, and 2018 GMC Yukon reviews. If you decide that an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 25 Reviews Analyzed

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as crash test results and reliability ratings, as well as the opinions of the automotive press. This GMC Terrain review draws on applicable research and data from all models in the Yukon's current generation, which runs from 2015 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. We care about cars, but we care more about providing useful consumer advice. To ensure our impartiality, an independent party handles our advertising, and our editorial team doesn’t accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Does the GMC Yukon Cost?

The 2019 Yukon has a starting MSRP of $49,500, and the extended-wheelbase XL variant is available for $2,700 more. That’s about average for a full-size SUV. Its handsome interior and generous number of standard features (including goodies such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot) make it a good value. Shoppers looking for the punchier engine and maximum luxury might look to the range-topping Yukon Denali, which retails for around $66,600.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local GMC dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our GMC deals page.

GMC Yukon Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: GMC Yukon or Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Chevrolet Tahoe is the corporate twin of the GMC Yukon. These two SUVs share the same passenger and cargo space, engine options and power output, and fuel economy estimates. The Chevrolet Suburban stands in as the long-wheelbase variant of the Tahoe that more closely resembles the Yukon XL. With an MSRP around $48,000, the Chevy Tahoe is slightly more affordable than the base Yukon. That trend continues up the trim levels, with the range-topping Tahoe Premier (starting just under $63,000) saving you around $4,000 compared to the Yukon Denali. If you want the added interior luxury, consider the Yukon. Otherwise, you can save money by going with the virtually identical Tahoe. The Tahoe also boasts a better predicted reliability rating than the Yukon.

Which Is Better: GMC Yukon or Ford Expedition?

The Ford Expedition is an excellent large SUV. Its standard body style has more second- and third-row legroom than the Tahoe, as well as more cargo space. The extra-long Expedition Max further expands this zone, with specs that are comparable to the Yukon XL. The GMC has more standard features, but the Ford has a higher towing capacity and several off-road features designed to tackle trails. As far as full-size SUVs go, the Expedition is one of the best. If you can afford to spend an extra $2,600 or so, go for the Expedition.

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Yukon Interior

How Many People Does the Yukon Seat?

The Yukon seats eight people on premium cloth upholstery in its standard configuration. An available front-row bench seat raises seating capacity to nine, while optional second-row captain’s chairs reduce capacity to seven. Leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The first two rows are spacious enough for most adults, though the third row is best left to children. However, the long-wheelbase Yukon XL adds about 10 inches of third-row legroom, making it more hospitable for adults. All the seats are well-padded and comfortable. The large rear doors make entering and exiting the rear seats easy, and there are available power-retractable steps to assist with entry.

Yukon and Child Car Seats

The Yukon has complete sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors for all second-row seats as well as tether-only connections for all third-row positions. Some of the tether anchors are difficult to find.

Yukon Interior Quality

The GMC Yukon has a first-rate interior constructed with premium materials. The top-of-the-line Yukon Denali is nice enough to rival many luxury vehicles, though even the lower trim levels are impressively handsome. The cabin remains quiet, especially when equipped with the available Active Noise Cancellation system.

Yukon Cargo Space

The Yukon has 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. With the third row folded flat, space expands to 51.7 cubic feet. Folding both the second- and third-row seats reveals a maximum 94.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Those numbers are low for the class.

The long-wheelbase body style has 39.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 121.7 cubic feet with both back rows folded down. That’s a little more than the Toyota Sequoia offers, and it's comparable to what you get with the long-wheelbase Ford Expedition. An available hands-free power liftgate makes it easier to load cargo.

Yukon Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The GMC Infotainment system features five USB ports, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker Bose premium sound system, voice recognition, an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

Optional equipment includes a navigation system, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, and wireless device charging. Both a rear-seat DVD system and an overhead rear-seat entertainment system are available.

The infotainment system is generally easy to use, and redundant buttons and knobs for controlling audio and climate settings are easy to access.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Yukon Performance

Yukon Engine: 2 Great V8s

GMC offers two powertrains with the 2019 Yukon. The first features a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Available in the SLT trim and standard in the Denali is a 6.2-liter V8 that makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The base engine has ample power for most driving situations, though you’ll need to floor the gas pedal to tap into it. Additionally, its transmission can be slow to shift. The Denali's setup is easier to work with. It delivers more power and better acceleration, and its transmission makes smooth, timely shifts.

Yukon Gas Mileage: No Complaints Here

With its base engine and rear-wheel drive, the Yukon earns estimates of 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel-drive long-wheelbase XL models lose 1 mpg from each estimate. Models with the larger engine earn an EPA-estimated 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Those figures are slightly above average for the class, surpassing both the Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia. The Chevrolet Tahoe earns similar estimates.

Yukon Ride and Handling: Silky Upgraded Suspension

This full-size SUV generally provides a smooth ride, though smaller bumps can make the ride feel jittery. The available Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension goes a long way toward fixing this. It rapidly adjusts to match changing road conditions, providing a refined ride for occupants. The Yukon also turns neatly around corners without much body roll. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available.

Yukon Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the full-size 2019 GMC Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds.

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Yukon Reliability

Is the GMC Yukon Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Yukon a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

GMC Yukon Warranty

The GMC Yukon comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Many large SUVs have similar warranty terms.

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Yukon Safety

Yukon Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Yukon five out of five stars in its side crash test and three stars in its rollover test. As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested this vehicle.

Yukon Safety Features

A rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and Teen Driver, which lets you set speed and volume limits for secondary drivers, come standard in the Yukon. Available active safety features include adaptive headlights, a safety alert seat, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, low-speed forward automatic braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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Yukon Dimensions and Weight

The standard-wheelbase Yukon is 17 feet and has a base curb weight of 5,379 pounds. Long-wheelbase Yukon XL models extend to about 18 feet, 8 inches and have a base curb weight of 5,610 pounds.

Where is the 2019 GMC Yukon Built?

GMC builds the Yukon in Texas.

Which GMC Yukon Model Is Right for Me?

GMC offers the Yukon in four trim levels: SLE, SLT Standard Edition, SLT, and Denali. All are available in a long-wheelbase variant called the Yukon XL, which costs an extra $2,700. It has the same features as the regular Yukon trims but with 24.3 more cubic feet of space behind the third row and about 10 more inches of third-row legroom. Four-wheel drive is also available in each trim as a $3,000 upgrade. For $1,995, you can add a rear-seat DVD system with screens integrated in the headrests.

The base SLE is well-equipped and should satisfy most shoppers. It’s also available with a few safety features. If there’s room in your budget, however, consider upgrading to the top-of-the-line Yukon Denali. It features a potent 6.2-liter V8 engine, and its Magnetic Ride Control suspension system greatly improves ride quality. Inside, the Denali rivals many luxury vehicles in terms of quality. It’s about $17,000 more than the base trim, but its ride quality, luxury features, and added horsepower are worth the price if you can afford it.


The GMC Yukon SLE has an MSRP of $49,500. That buys you a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a Teen Driver system that lets you set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers. Other standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, premium cloth upholstery, alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, remote start, cruise control, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, voice commands, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

For $545, you can outfit your SUV with the Enhanced Driver Alert package. It features forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a safety alert seat, and adaptive headlights. The Convenience package ($730) adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power liftgate, and power-adjustable pedals.

GMC Yukon SLT Standard Edition

The GMC Yukon SLT Standard Edition (MSRP: $54,700) adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, leather seats, and all the features listed above, including the two packages. Available for $3,430, the Open Road package includes a sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a built-in navigation system.


The Yukon SLT has an MSRP of $57,500. It has perforated leather seats, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row bench seats, a heated steering wheel, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, a hands-free liftgate, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. In addition to the Open Road package, there's a new-for-2019 Graphite Edition package (pricing determined by dealer) featuring 22-inch alloy wheels, unique exterior styling, and a Premium Smooth Ride suspension. Adaptive cruise control is available for $895. You can also upgrade to the larger 6.2-liter engine for around $8,000.

GMC Yukon Denali

The GMC Yukon Denali has a window sticker price of $66,600. The Denali features a 6.2-liter V8 engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, unique exterior styling, larger alloy wheels, ash wood interior trim, an integrated navigation system, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a head-up display, Magnetic Ride Control, and Active Noise Cancellation. The Denali Ultimate package adds a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and power-retractable assist steps.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local GMC dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our GMC deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Yukon is an OK large SUV. The top-of-the-line GMC Yukon Denali is where most of its advantages lie, with a luxurious interior, an upgraded suspension system, and a more refined powertrain. Extended wheelbase XL models have more cargo space and third-row legroom than standard models. However, the standard-configuration Yukon has a cramped third row, a jittery ride, a slow-shifting transmission, and a dull throttle response. Before buying this SUV, it’s worth looking at competitors like the Ford Expedition and Chevy Tahoe.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The 2018 GMC Yukon occupies what little space there is between the related Chevrolet Tahoe and the Cadillac Escalade. Though less premium than the Escalade, it does offer a few more luxuries and features than the Tahoe." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Built in Texas and now in its fourth generation, the 2018 GMC Yukon and its longer sibling, the Yukon XL, are great choices for large active families and those who need to tow a boat or RV." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Despite the numerous choices in the expanding midsize-crossover-SUV field, there will always be strong demand for a full-size vehicle such as the 2016 GMC Yukon. For sheer passenger space … cargo volume and towing ability, many Americans simply can't forgo what the Yukon and the stretched Yukon XL are serving up." -- Autotrader (2016)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: June 27, 2019

Falling Sales: Sales of the GMC Yukon currently rank in the upper half among large SUVs, although sales have declined 20.2% this year relative to the same period in 2018.

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