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2017 GMC Yukon Review

The 2017 GMC Yukon has an upscale interior and two powerful V8 engine options. However, it sits in the middle of the large SUV class because higher-ranked rivals have better predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Stellar fuel economy for the class
  • Premium interior materials
  • Powerful available V8 engine
  • Six-speed transmission is slow to shift
  • Limited cargo space in non-XL models

New for 2017

  • Teen Driver monitoring system became standard
  • Low-speed automatic braking became available
  • Head-up display standard in Denali trim

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 GMC Yukon's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the GMC Yukon has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 19 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 GMC Yukon Overview

Is the 2017 GMC Yukon a Good Used SUV?

The GMC Yukon is a good SUV. It has one of the nicest interiors in the class with a long list of standard and available features. Regular-wheelbase models are a little short on passenger and cargo space, but the long-wheelbase Yukon XL alleviates those concerns. Performance is marked by ample V8 engine power, great fuel economy, and a comfortable ride. Its reliability rating is average for the auto industry as a whole, but it’s lower than ratings from higher-ranked rivals in the large SUV class.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 19 GMC Yukon reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 GMC Yukon?

Prices for the 2017 Yukon range from about $38,600 to $63,700, with the average price landing around $48,000. This data is based on more than 1,300 listings for the 2017 Yukon on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 GMC Yukon Cost to Own?

The 2017 Yukon is right in line with most of its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $29,200 over five years for these expenses. In comparison, a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe's five-year costs are several hundred dollars lower than the Yukon’s, while the 2017 Ford Expedition's costs are slightly higher.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Yukon?

Major changes for the 2018 GMC Yukon include a revised front grille, as well as a new 10-speed automatic transmission for Denali models. The 10-speed shifts smoothly and make's the most of that V8's 420 horsepower.

Still, those changes probably aren't significant enough to warrant buying a new Yukon over a used 2017 model, especially considering the thousands of dollars you could save by shopping used. A 2018 Yukon starts at just over $49,000, which is more than the average price of a used 2017 model. Some listings for the 2017 Yukon on our site are even under $40,000.

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There are a few other new large SUVs that retail for around the average price of a 2017 Yukon. The 2018 Nissan Armada (MSRP: $46,090) has an authoritative 390-horsepower V8, but it doesn't offer many advantages over the Yukon. The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe (MSRP: $47,500) is similar to the Yukon in a lot of ways – they are both GM vehicles built on the same platform – but you can probably spend less on a comparably equipped 2017 Yukon than on a 2018 Tahoe.

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Which Model Year of the GMC Yukon Is Best?

The 2017 Yukon is part of a generation that began with the fully redesigned 2015 GMC Yukon. The 2016 Yukon gained newly available lane keep assist as well as an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. For 2017, the Teen Driver system became standard, low-speed automatic braking became available, and a head-up display became standard in the Denali trim. You'll likely find lower prices with older Yukons, but you'll have to balance those prices against how much you prioritize the changes made each year.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 GMC Yukon?

J.D. Power gave the 2017 GMC Yukon a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is average.

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2017 GMC Yukon Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one open recall that applies to the 2017 Yukon. The frontal airbags may not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger. If the used Yukon you are considering is a part of this recall, make sure the issue has been addressed before you buy.

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Which Used GMC Yukon Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 GMC Yukon is available in SLE, SLT, and Denali trim levels. All trims are available with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, and in standard or long-wheelbase (XL) body styles. The base SLE model comes with lots of standard features, like a touch-screen infotainment system, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Still, many shoppers may prefer the midrange GMC Yukon SLT. It adds leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats. The SLT also comes with wireless phone charging, a hands-free liftgate, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

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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 2017 GMC Yukon four out of five stars overall. The regular Yukon earned five stars for its front crash test rating, and the Yukon XL received four stars. All Yukon models received five stars in the side crash test and three stars in the rollover test.

The 2017 Yukon comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and Teen Driver, which allows you to set limits like speed and audio volume for anyone else driving the vehicle. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. There’s also GM’s Safety Alert Seat, which delivers vibrations through the driver’s seat to supplement other safety features, like forward collision warning.

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2017 GMC Yukon Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 GMC Yukon or 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe has a near-perfect predicted reliability rating, which helps vault it to near the top of this class. Otherwise, these two General Motors SUVs are very similar. They each feature a 355-horsepower V8 engine, but the Yukon Denali comes with a more powerful V8 that isn't available in any Tahoe. Cargo and passenger space is identical between the two models. The Chevy equivalent of the long-wheelbase Yukon XL is the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, so you'll want to compare that model if you're shopping for the larger Yukon.

As GM's upmarket brand for trucks and SUVs, GMC offers a somewhat nicer interior. That's especially true for the luxurious Denali models. You'll find nearly identical lists of standard and available features for these two SUVs. When it was new, we named the Tahoe our 2017 Best Large SUV for Families because it had the best combination of space, family-friendly features, and positive reviews in the class. With similar list prices, it could be a wash between these two. Still, the Tahoe's greater predicted reliability rating should be enough to sway you.

Which Is Better: 2017 GMC Yukon or 2017 Ford Expedition?

The 2017 Ford Expedition also ranks at the top of this class, but it's more practical than anything else. It has the best combination of predicted reliability and safety ratings in the class, along with the lowest ownership costs. 2017 is the last model year of a generation of the Expedition that dates back to 2007. That shows in the interior quality, which has more hard plastics and a less luxurious design than the Yukon’s cabin. The Expedition's standard infotainment system is fairly limited in capability, but there is an available SYNC3 touch-screen interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The long-wheelbase Expedition EL has one of the largest cargo bays of any noncommercial vehicle on the market. There’s also plenty of room for passengers in all three rows. This Ford comes with a turbocharged V6 engine that cranks out 365 horsepower and can tow up to 9,200 pounds. Maneuverability is one of the main knocks against the Expedition. Still, we named the Expedition our 2017 Best Large SUV for the Money because it had the best combination of quality and value in the class. Even today, the Expedition has much lower average listing prices than rivals like the Yukon and the Tahoe.

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2017 Yukon Performance

How Does the 2017 GMC Yukon Drive?

The 2017 Yukon comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that puts out 355 horsepower. With this engine, the Yukon has no trouble getting up to speed. Even when full of passengers and cargo, the Yukon doesn’t feel taxed by the extra weight. Passing, merging, and climbing hills are no problem either. For more muscle, look to the GMC Yukon Denali and its larger 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 420 horsepower. It delivers quicker acceleration for overtaking other cars. The regular Yukon comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the Denali features an eight-speed automatic. The six-speed suffers from late shifts, made worse by timid throttle response. Although the engine has the power needed to get up and go, the transmission takes a second or two to realize when you need extra pep. The eight-speed transmission doesn’t have this problem.

Truck-based SUVs typically suffer from ponderous handling and cumbersome maneuverability, but that’s not the case with the Yukon. It takes twisting turns quite well for a vehicle of its size, and the steering response is appropriate. The Yukon feels composed when cornering, despite its body-on-frame construction. The brakes provide great feedback as well. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the Yukon, and four-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 GMC Yukon Get Good Gas Mileage?

With rear-wheel drive and the base V8 engine, the Yukon gets the best fuel economy estimates in the class, at 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe shares the fuel-efficient crown since it utilizes the same engine as the Tahoe. 

Gas mileage doesn't dip that much with the larger V8 – it gets 15/22 mpg city/highway. That's still better than what the 2017 Ford Expedition gets with its sole available engine, 15/21 mpg city/highway.

2017 GMC Yukon Towing Capacity

The maximum towing capacity of the 2017 Yukon is 8,500 pounds with the standard-wheelbase model, which drops to 8,300 pounds for extended-length XL models. The Yukon can handle most boat trailers without breaking a sweat. Still, rival large SUVs can haul a bit more. The 2017 Chevy Tahoe bests the Yukon’s maximum towing capacity by 100 pounds, giving it an 8,600-pound tow rating. The 2017 Ford Expedition has a best-in-class 9,200-pound maximum towing capacity.

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2017 Yukon Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Yukon Seat?

Standard Yukon models have seating for eight, but seating drops to seven with captain’s chairs in the second row. If you opt for a bench seat in the first row, the Yukon can carry up to nine passengers. Second-row passengers should have plenty of room, but regular-length models come up short on third-row legroom. The long-wheelbase Yukon XL adds about 10 inches of third-row legroom, allowing adults to fit more comfortably. Standard features include cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, second-row folding seats, and manually flat-folding third-row seats. Available features include leather upholstery, heated first- and second-row seats, a power-folding third row, and ventilated front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 GMC Yukon?

The Yukon has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. All seats in the third row have tether-only connections. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Yukon's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The middle-row tether anchors are in a hard-to-find location, but you likely won't mistake any other hardware for these anchors. The lower anchors can be hard to maneuver your hands around, though they are easy to find.

2017 GMC Yukon Features

Standard features in the 2017 Yukon include tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, front and rear parking sensors, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, and a rearview camera. The standard IntelliLink infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, five USB ports, OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include a sunroof, proximity key entry, push-button start, wireless charging, a head-up display, navigation, a 10-speaker surround-sound Bose system, and a rear-seat Blu-Ray/DVD entertainment system. GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system is simple and easy to use. However, it is sometimes sluggish when responding to user inputs, especially voice commands.

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2017 GMC Yukon Dimensions

GMC Yukon Cargo Space

The Yukon has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, which is among the smallest capacities in the class. Fold the third-row seats down to increase storage space to 51.7 cubic feet. You can further expand cargo room to 94.7 cubic feet when you fold down the second row.

For even more space, the extended-wheelbase Yukon XL gives you 39.3 cubic feet with all seats in the upright position. With the third and second rows folded down, cargo capacity expands to 76.7 and 121.1 cubic feet, respectively.

2017 Yukon Length and Weight

The 2017 GMC Yukon is 17 feet long, and the Yukon XL is 18.7 feet long. Curb weight values range from 5,379 pounds for a standard two-wheel-drive Yukon to 5,965 pounds for a four-wheel-drive Yukon XL Denali.

Where Was the 2017 GMC Yukon Built?

General Motors built the 2017 Yukon in Arlington, Texas.

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