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2013 GMC Yukon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 GMC Yukon was new.


Interior: 7.2

The 2013 GMC Yukon has interior material quality that is on par for the class, but one critic says the quality disappoints given the Yukon’s price. The Yukon has the ability to seat nine with comfortable first- and second-row seats, which are equipped with leather in higher trims. Reviewers harp on the third-row seats for their lack of comfort and space, and because you have to remove them to maximize cargo space.

  • The cabin has few soft-touch panels, even in the Denali, which is disappointing given how Yukon typically costs more than Tahoe. Materials are still solid overall, and the ambiance is far from cheap." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Yukon's dashboard has the same shape as its GM siblings. The domed instrument panel, carlike dashboard and flush-mounted buttons make for a handsome design." -- Cars.com
  • "The third-row seat's design is also bulky, resulting in limited leg and foot room even with the sliding second-row seats moved forward." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)


With an optional front-row bench, the GMC Yukon can seat up to nine. Reviewers find the first and second rows comfortable. As in many truck-based SUVs, test drivers complain about the third row’s comfort and functionality. While cloth upholstery comes standard on the base trim, higher trims come with standard leather-appointed seats. Denali trims have perforated leather front seats and heated second-row seats.

  • Adult-comfortable 2nd row. Available automatic-folding seats spring forward to ease access to the 3rd row, though passage is still tight. … The 3rd row is rather uncomfortable, even for kids." -- Consumer Guide
  • The Yukon can carry up to nine passengers, making it one of the most versatile utility vehicles in that regard. However, those in the rearmost row will find limited legroom due to a low-mounted seat cushion." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • Front- and second-row passengers will find comfortable seats and decent legroom, although we think the Yukon's molded headliner is a bit low for really tall passengers to be comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Yukon has several models to choose from, and all come well-equipped. Standard features on the base trim include a nine-speaker Bose sound system with a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control and a six-way power-adjustable driver seat. Options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, heated leather-appointed front seats and navigation. Yukon Denali models offer far more luxury, with a standard power liftgate, perforated heated and cooled leather front seats, a Bose surround-sound 10-speaker stereo system and a touch-screen navigation system.

Most critics think the Yukon’s controls are well-placed and easy to use, but one reviewer says that markings on the gauges are too faint to be truly legible.

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  • All gauges are large but some testers find the markings too indistinct for best legibility. The available navigation system is one of the best in the business for its integration of audio controls." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The GMC Yukon boasts an attractive cabin with high-quality materials. The control layout is simple and straightforward, and the available navigation system is also easy to use (despite a smaller screen than newer GM models) and includes digital music storage." -- Edmunds (2012)


The Yukon has average cargo space for the class, with 16.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 60.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 108.9 cubic feet behind the first row. For those who need even more cargo space, the Yukon XL offers 45.8 cubic feet behind the third row, 90 behind the second row and 137.4 cubic feet behind the first row. Reviewers complain about having to remove the heavy third-row seats to access the Yukon’s maximum cargo capacity.

  • "Unlike its rivals, Yukon's 3rd row does not fold flush with the cargo floor. Rather, the seats need to be removed to create a level space. The process for doing this is made difficult by the fact that the seats are extremely heavy. It's made even worse in the XL because you need to crawl into the cargo area just to get at the 3rd row." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2012 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL's third-row seat is outdated, requiring it to be removed and stored to obtain a level load floor (the Ford Expedition's third-row seat folds flush into the floor)." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)

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