2008 GMC Yukon


$8,444 - $12,549

2008 GMC Yukon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2008 GMC Yukon was new.


Interior: 8.0

The 2008 GMC Yukon has a comfortable and inviting interior for up to nine people, which features the kind of upscale materials buyers may associate with luxury cars. Motor Trend claims the Yukon "immediately impresses with the classy ambience of the interior -- which looks pretty well put together, too."

Edmunds says the Yukon has an "attractive interior with quality materials." Though the interior isn't perfect, Kelley Blue Book says, "Where lower-cost materials still exist, they aren't as conspicuous as in the past." The only part of the interior that consistently lost points with reviewers was the optional third row seat, which is uncomfortable and difficult to remove.

A new dash and instrument panel, as well as a number of new storage spaces, are key parts of the interior's appeal. New Car Test Drive says, "The new instrument panel and center stack would look right at home in 'most any luxury SUV. In fact, we think it's a friendlier, slicker and more integrated assemblage of gauges, display screens, touch pads and control panels than those in either the Range Rover or the new Mercedes-Benz GL450."

Some reviewers did have complaints. Autobytel echoes a common one, saying that the central control panel for the entertainment and navigation system is too small, as are the controls. "Seriously, what's up with the tiny volume and tuning knobs?" they ask, adding, "Good luck turning those with cold fingers or when wearing gloves."


The majority of reviewers found the seating available in the 2008 GMC Yukon comfortable. The Yukon, depending on the trim level or options selected, can seat anywhere from four to nine people. The first row of seats is available as a three-person bench or two captain's chairs, as is the second row. A third row seat is optional in most models and is universally seen by reviewers as uncomfortable and suitable only for kids. Forbes says that "the interior comfortably accommodates five full-grown adults, though only kids will fit in the optional third row."

Summing up the majority view, Autobytel says, "I think the front seats are very comfortable," while New Car Test Drive says they are "refreshing."

With the optional captain's chairs, Automotive.com says, "the Yukon's second row is just as good as the first," and has "an abundance of headroom, legroom, and footroom and stand at a height perfect for a full-sized seated adult." Still, the third row disappoints. New Car Test Drive reports, "We found little space for our feet and our knees wound up at chest level."

Interior Features

The base SLE Yukon comes with manual dual-zone climate control, cloth seating surfaces, bench seats in the first two rows, an AM/FM stereo with an MP3-compatible CD player and a driver information center.

Stereo and Entertainment

Because of its size and comfort, the Yukon already treats passengers well, but by adding optional entertainment features, passengers can be kept even happier. An available DVD player for the rear seats is a reviewer favorite: "My hard-to-please daughter even enjoyed riding around in the Yukon thanks to the comfortable rear seats and entertainment system that allowed her to watch her favorite DVDs while we ran errands," reports Autobytel. Buyers can upgrade to a Bose stereo system, but many reviewers feel the upgrade isn't worth the cost. "Sound from the upgraded Bose system was adequate, but felt unnatural and seemed to come from far ahead of the dash despite numerous adjustments to the audio settings," reports Cars.com.


A DVD-based navigation system is an option available on all Yukons. It received mixed reviews. "The navigation/audio interface was the same as the one we liked so much in the 2007 Cadillac Escalade, and it gave us a number of options to configure maps and music information," reports CNET. Cars.com had a worse experience, noting that the navigation system "actually got us lost on our way home from an out-of-town trip and never correctly found the street address we were headed to, despite displaying it as a known address."


A problem with the third row seat, common to all SUVs that have them, is how it negatively impacts cargo capacity. With the third row in place, the Yukon has a mere 16.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Removing the third row seats brings the capacity up to 60.3 cubic feet, and folding the second row brings it to 180.9 cubic feet. Automotive.com says, "Those numbers probably sound high until you take a Toyota Sienna and compare."

Another issue reviewers had with the cargo space is how difficult it is to access it. While many in its class have fold-flat third-row seats, the Yukon's third row must be removed from the car. Each half of the bench is awkward and heavy. Edmunds says, "Third-row seats are fairly easy to remove, thanks to new tracks placed on the floor, but only if you're capable of lifting something like a 40-pound suitcase." Cars.com concludes the Yukon "is a spacious three-row SUV for people, but that's it." Still, if you can get the rear seats out of the Yukon, the San Francisco Chronicle says, "the cargo area is downright cavernous. I've rented apartments in San Francisco with less space."

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