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8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 8.7
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2015 GMC Yukon Review

The GMC Yukon has a comfortable ride, powerful engines, user-friendly features, and a roomy cabin with loads of cargo space. However, that roominess creates large blind spots. 

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, composed ride
  • Many standard features
  • Comfortable, upscale cabin
  • Powerful V8 engines
  • Large blind spots

2015 GMC Yukon Overview

Is the 2015 GMC Yukon a Good Used SUV?

The redesigned 2015 GMC Yukon is a great option if you’re shopping for a used full-size SUV. The Yukon fills the gap between its corporate twins: the more-affordable Chevrolet Tahoe and the pricier Cadillac Escalade. It’s no mere placeholder, however. The Yukon shines with its smooth ride, hushed interior, muscular V8 engines, and easy-to-use features. It’s a practical vehicle as well, thanks to a good predicted reliability rating, a vast cargo space, seating for up to nine, and many advanced safety features.

Used 2015 GMC Yukon Performance and Interior

The GMC Yukon has two engine options. Yukon SLE and SLT models have a V8 with 355 horsepower, and the Yukon Denali has a V8 with 420 horsepower. Both engines feel refined and enable confident acceleration and passing power, even with a full load of passengers and cargo. A six-speed automatic transmission and two-wheel drive are standard; four-wheel drive is available. The more powerful engine is also available with a smooth eight-speed automatic that easily downshifts. Fuel economy ranges slightly, with EPA estimates of 14-16 mpg in the city and 20-23 mpg on the highway.

Despite its large dimensions, the Yukon offers composed handling and a polished ride quality. The SUV’s tall body leans somewhat when rounding tight turns, but for the most part the GMC remains stable and sure-footed. The steering is light and responsive, and the suspension soaks up uneven pavement. Denali models add GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, which adjusts the shock absorbers as road conditions change, yielding an even smoother ride. The Yukon has a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, when properly equipped.

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The GMC Yukon is a 3-row SUV with seating for seven, eight, or nine. Its first- and second-row seats are available as individual captain’s chairs or bench seats. Both rows offer good head- and legroom, and the seats themselves are comfy and supportive. The third row is cramped, however. If you plan to fill every row on a regular basis, you’ll want the larger Yukon XL, which adds 9.7 inches of back-seat legroom. All models have two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather, heated, and ventilated seats are available. Power-folding second- and third-row seats are also available. The Yukon has 94.7 cubic feet of cargo space with its fold-flat rear seats stowed. XL models raise this figure to a cavernous 121.1 cubic feet.

The Yukon’s cabin has a luxe design, excellent build quality, and premium materials that feel substantial. The interior is quiet, especially in Denali models, which have a noise cancellation system. There’s ample small item storage, including a large center console that can fit a laptop. If there is a rub, it’s that the Yukon’s thick roof pillars cause large blind spots. GMC equips all models with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and keyless entry. While the IntelliLink touch screen is occasionally slow to respond, it does have user-friendly menus and a voice recognition system that accepts a wide variety of commands. The dashboard buttons are logically arranged as well. Available features include navigation, a DVD player, and a head-up display that projects pertinent information onto the windshield.

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Used 2015 GMC Yukon Prices

The price of a used 2015 GMC Yukon ranges from about $39,000 for SLE models to around $53,000 for Yukon XL Denali models. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 13 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched 13 GMC Yukon reviews, as well as data points like safety scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 GMC Yukon?

The GMC Yukon has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Yukon?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 GMC Yukon a four-star rating (out of five) for overall and front crash safety. The Yukon received five stars in side impact testing and three for rollover safety. The long-wheelbase Yukon XL received the same scores, apart from a lower four-star rating in front impact safety.

The Yukon is available with many advanced safety features. The Driver Alert package (standard in SLT and Denali models, available in SLE trims) adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and GM’s Safety Alert seat, which vibrates to warn drivers of potential hazards. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are standard in SLT and Denali models, while adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking is available. GMC equips all Yukons with a backup camera and parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Yukon?

The 2015 GMC Yukon marks the first model year of the vehicle’s fourth generation. You may want to consider the newer 2016 Yukon, which offers Apple CarPlay – to integrate your iPhone with the infotainment system – as well as lane keep assist. Otherwise, there are few differences between these model years, and you’ll likely find used 2015 models at lower prices.

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Which Used GMC Yukon Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL have three trim levels: SLE, SLT, and Denali. The Yukon SLE has an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, five USB ports, satellite radio, a backup camera, parking sensors, tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, and remote start. The Yukon SLT adds heated and cooled leather seats, power-folding rear seats, and the Driver Alert package. The Yukon Denali adds navigation, second-row captain’s chairs, a hands-free tailgate, and Magnetic Ride Control.

You may want to shop for a certified pre-owned Yukon. For all of its certified pre-owned models, GMC extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. GMC CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read GMC’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 GMC Yukon and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Yukon or 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe?

Look beyond the grille and you’ll find few differences between the 2015 Yukon and its Chevy Tahoe twin. Both truck-based SUVs share the same interior design, safety and convenience features, towing and seating capacities, cargo space, and reliability ratings. There is one key difference: The Yukon Denali has a stronger 6.2-liter V8 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, which the Tahoe doesn’t offer. Both are great SUVs, though used Tahoes are generally less expensive.

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Yukon or 2015 Ford Expedition?

The Ford Expedition tops the Yukon in a few key categories. It offers a larger towing capacity and roomier third-row seats, and used models are typically much cheaper. However, you’re better off with the GMC. The Yukon has a higher-quality interior, an easier-to-use touch screen, more advanced safety features, and a superior reliability rating.

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