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2015 GMC Yukon Review

The 2015 GMC Yukon has a potent engine lineup and a stable ride. It also has lots of space in its first two rows, and its cabin is filled with upscale materials. Unfortunately, the Yukon's rock-bottom reliability rating drags it to the back of our large SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, luxurious cabin
  • Long list of standard features
  • Powerful V8 engines
  • Smooth, composed ride
  • Low reliability rating
  • Limited rearward visibility
  • Infotainment system is sluggish at times
  • Automatic transmission may have delayed downshifts 

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 GMC Yukon's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the GMC Yukon has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 17 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 GMC Yukon Overview

Is the 2015 GMC Yukon a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 GMC Yukon is a decent large SUV. It has a quiet cabin, a long list of standard technology features, and composed handling. Still, it's hard for us to recommend this vehicle because of its horrendous reliability rating. Additionally, it has large blind spots and an infotainment system that can be slow to respond to user inputs.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 17 GMC Yukon reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2015 GMC Yukon?

Based on listings for the 2015 GMC Yukon on our site, the average list price is $41,700. That's above the class average. Prices range from $32,700 to $49,400 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 GMC Yukon Cost to Own?

The 2015 GMC Yukon's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $29,380, or $5,876 per year. That's slightly above average in the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Yukon?

The GMC Yukon was fully redesigned for 2015, but the 2019 model offers some notable improvements made over the preceding years. These include an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, a standard Teen Driver monitoring system, and a 10-speed automatic transmission in the GMC Yukon Denali trim. Pricing for the 2019 starts at $49,600.

If you can do without these added features, you’ll save a good bit of money with the 2015 model. If you want some but not all of these features, check out our Which Model Year of the GMC Yukon Is Best? Section below, which will help you choose the right Yukon for you.

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There are a couple new large SUVs with starting prices near the top of the 2015 Yukon's price range, including the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe. With a starting price of $48,000, the Tahoe has a long list of features, plenty of engine power, and a fantastic reliability rating.

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Which Model Year of the GMC Yukon Is Best?

The 2015 Yukon marks the start of a generation that includes the 2019 model year. The 2016 Yukon gained an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and available lane keep assist. GMC gave the 2017 Yukon a standard Teen Driver monitoring system and available low-speed braking. For 2018, the Yukon got a 10-speed automatic transmission in the Denali trim.

All of these models cost less than a new Yukon. You can save even more money by shopping for a 2014 or older Yukon, but you'll get a vastly different vehicle.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 GMC Yukon?

The 2015 GMC Yukon has the lowest-possible reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 GMC Yukon Recalls

At the time of writing, the 2015 GMC Yukon has eight open recalls. These cover a range of potential issues, including a temporary loss of electric power steering, a loss of power steering assist, frontal air bags that may not deploy, and a roof rail air bag that may puncture when it deploys. Other recalls address a transfer case that may shift into neutral when the vehicle is parked, a transmission oil cooler line that is improperly secured, and an overheating exhaust component that may cause a fire.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used GMC Yukon Model Is Right for Me?

There are three available trims for the 2015 Yukon: SLE, SLT, and Denali.

The base SLE has a generous list of standard features. It comes with a 355-horsepower V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, remote start, keyless entry, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

For more safety features, consider stepping up to the SLT trim. It includes a Driver Alert package that has forward collision warning, lane departure alert, and GM's Safety Alert seat. It also includes heated and ventilated leather seats and power-folding rear seats.

Opt for the Yukon Denali trim if you want more power. In addition to its stronger 420-horsepower V8 engine, it adds an eight-speed automatic transmission, a hands-free tailgate, second-row captain's chairs, the Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and navigation. There's also an available XL long-wheelbase model for shoppers in need of additional rear-seat space.

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What Does GMC's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

GMC offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned models, GMC extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date. CPO models also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Qualifying vehicles also get free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles. 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.

According to our analysis, GMC has a decent CPO program compared with other affordable car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Yukon?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Yukon an overall rating of four out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and three stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash test the 2015 Yukon.

The Yukon does not come standard with any advanced safety features. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display are available. GM's Safety Alert seat is another upgrade you can get in the Yukon. It vibrates to alert the driver of a potential collision and works in unison with other safety warnings.

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2015 GMC Yukon Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe has a lot in common with the Yukon. Both models have the same strong base engine, identical fuel economy estimates, smooth and composed rides, and lavish cabins. Additionally, both SUVs have standard seating for eight and an available first-row bench seat that bumps seating up to nine. The Yukon Denali has a 6.2-liter V8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which aren't available in the 2015 Tahoe. However, the Tahoe is a better choice because of its much better reliability rating. It also doesn't hurt that the Chevy is generally less expensive than the Yukon.

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Yukon or 2015 Cadillac Escalade?

Although it costs a bit more, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is worth a look. This luxury large SUV has a much higher reliability rating than the Yukon. The Cadillac also provides a quiet, controlled ride; a base 420-horsepower V8 engine that's comparable to the Yukon Denali's engine; and an even more luxurious interior with standard refinements like heated and ventilated front seats. These attributes make the Escalade a more well-rounded option than the Yukon.

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2015 Yukon Performance

How Does the 2015 GMC Yukon Drive?

The Yukon has stable handling and a comfortable ride even over rough road surfaces. There's a little bit of body lean around corners, but it's far less than what one would expect from a vehicle of this size. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available.

With its standard 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine, the Yukon delivers plenty of power for most driving situations. But with the even stronger 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 in the Denali trim, you'll get a bit more punch when you hit the gas.

The base engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, which can be slow to downshift. You'll have to opt for a Yukon Denali model to get a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

Does the 2015 GMC Yukon Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Yukon with the standard 5.3-liter V8 gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are good for the class. With the upgraded 6.2-liter V8, the Yukon gets 1 less mpg in the city and on the highway.

2015 GMC Yukon Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2015 Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds.

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2015 Yukon Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Yukon Seat?

In its standard configuration, the Yukon can seat up to eight people in three rows. An optional front-row bench seat increases the seating capacity to nine. Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats are available.

Adults should feel comfortable sitting in both the first and second rows, but the third row feels cramped in standard-wheelbase models. You'll have to opt for the long-wheelbase XL model to get suitable legroom for adults in the third row. Additionally, the Yukon has large side pillars that create substantial blind spots.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 GMC Yukon?

There are three full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second-row seats of the Yukon, as well as an upper tether for each third-row seat.

2015 GMC Yukon Features

The Yukon's standard IntelliLink infotainment system is user friendly, but some may find that it takes a while to respond to inputs. The system comes with an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, up to six USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Available features include navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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2015 GMC Yukon Dimensions

GMC Yukon Cargo Space

The Yukon's standard cargo capacity is below average for a large SUV. There's 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, 51.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 94.7 cubic feet when all rear seats are folded down.

Long-wheelbase Yukon XL models have 39.3 cubic feet of room behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 121.1 cubic feet behind the first row.

There is a hidden storage compartment cargo floor, but it gives the SUV a raised cargo floor that makes loading heavy cargo difficult. Power-folding second- and third-row seats are available.

2015 Yukon Length and Weight

The 2015 Yukon is about 16.9 to 18.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,466 to 6,009 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 GMC Yukon Built?

GMC built the 2015 Yukon in Texas.

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