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2017 GMC Yukon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 GMC Yukon was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

Using plenty of soft-touch materials, wood accents, and premium upholstery with contrast stitching, the 2017 GMC Yukon’s interior outshines the cabins of other large SUVs. A simple and intuitive layout makes the quiet-riding Yukon easy to use. There’s plenty of room in the comfortable first- and second-row seats. Like many 3-row SUVs, it’s a different story in the third row. If you plan on using all three rows often, you may want to upgrade to the Yukon XL, which has much more legroom in the third row. The infotainment system is user friendly, although some say it lags when picking up touch inputs. Cargo space in the standard-wheelbase Yukon is well below average, while the Yukon XL’s cargo hold is well above the class average.

  • "Inside the 2017 GMC Yukon, there's a wealth of space for passengers in the first two rows of seats, and materials quality is above average for the class." -- Edmunds
  • "… the build quality is excellent and the layout thoughtful. The 10-way power adjustable seats are comfortable and everything is right at your fingertips." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "Slide into the Yukon, and you're treated to a new dashboard that curves and bulges in all the right ways and places the central LCD in a high position where it's easy to read. The controls are conveniently arrayed, and there's extensive use of wood trim, soft plastics, and attractive stitching." -- Car and Driver (2015)

Seating

The standard Yukon seats eight and has cloth upholstery. With available captain’s chairs, it seats seven. Some Yukon models come with an available first-row bench seat, which increases seating to nine. 

Standard features include power-adjustable front seats, second-row folding seats, and manually flat-folding third-row seats. A leather-wrapped steering wheel tilts but does not telescope in the base model. This might be a problem for some drivers, since they’ll have to reach further for the steering wheel. Aside from that, the driver’s seat is quite comfortable.

The second row is also comfortable, but the third-row seats in the standard Yukon are thinly padded and significantly lacking in legroom, meaning they’ll only fit smaller kids. Upgrading to the Yukon XL promises more legroom for adults. Access to the second- and third-row seats is easy, thanks to the Yukon’s large doors.

For those with children, the Yukon comes with multiple LATCH systems. There are two complete sets of lower anchors and tethers in the second-row middle and passenger-side seats. Also, there’s a tether (but no lower anchor) on the second-row driver’s side seat and the third-row middle seat.

Available features include leather upholstery, heated first- and second-row seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, and automatic power-retractable assist steps.

  • "Taller drivers will easily fit, but the base SLE trim's lack of a telescoping steering wheel may extend their reach more than they'd prefer. The second-row seats, whether a bench or the optional buckets, are just as roomy, but the folding mechanisms limit the range of adjustments. The third-row seats are flat with thin cushioning by comparison, and the high floor significantly reduces legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "… the driver's seat is exceptionally comfortable. The same is true for the second row, which can come with either a bench or a pair of captain's chairs. The third row is best for kids in a standard Yukon, but the XL manages grownups thanks to extra legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "All versions of the new Yukon benefit from larger rear doors, which make it easier to get into the second and third rows of seats. Those seats have been redesigned to make them slightly more comfortable and spacious, although adults consigned to the third row still won't find much happiness during a long drive." -- Car and Driver (2015)

Interior Features

Standard equipment in the 2017 GMC Yukon includes tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Also, the standard IntelliLink infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, and Apple CarPlay.

Whether you go with the standard IntelliLink infotainment system or upgrade to the 8-inch display, graphics are crisp and clear. Some critics call out the touch-screen display for being slow to respond to inputs, but most touch controls are easy to find, and there are physical volume and climate controls.

Optional features include a proximity key with push-button start, wireless smartphone charging, a head-up display, navigation, a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and a safety alert driver's seat, which gives audible alerts and haptic feedback through the seat for other advanced safety feature notifications.

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  • "As for high tech, the Yukon can be equipped with the MyLink (sic) infotainment system that includes a fantastic 8-in viewing screen with some of the most intuitive and user-friendly graphics." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "From the driver's seat, audio and climate controls are within easy reach. The former consist of tuning and volume knobs with station selection being controlled through the touch screen. As in most such arrangements, this can make some simple procedures a multi-step affair, but we generally found the system to be fairly easy to use and logical in operation." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The large, central infotainment display is intuitive to navigate and its graphics/pictograms are simple and easily interpreted. Unfortunately, IntelliLink can sometimes be slow to respond to your touch inputs." -- Edmunds (2015)

Cargo

With the regular-sized Yukon, there’s 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row of seats, which is among the smallest in the class. Fold the third row down for 51.7 cubic feet, and collapse the second row of seats for a maximum cargo capacity of 94.7 cubic feet. That’s smaller than what you’ll find in the Toyota Sequoia, with its 120.1-cubic-foot maximum cargo capacity.

The Yukon XL gives you 39.3 cubic feet of space with all seats in use, which expands to a maximum capacity of 121.7. By comparison, the Ford Expedition EL starts with 42.6, and its cargo hold expands to a maximum of 130.8 cubic feet.

Unlike some older models, the Yukon has an option to electronically fold its third-row seats into the floor. The cargo floor is higher than some rivals due to the space needed for the seats to stow away. This means shorter folks may have trouble loading and unloading their cargo. There is also a cargo management system that can store small items and keep them out of sight.

  • "Cargo capacity doesn't fare any better, with only 15.3 cubic feet available behind the third row, 51.6 cubic feet behind the second row and a maximum of 94.7 cubic feet with both rows folded flat. Not only is the space limited compared to the competition, but the load floor itself is inconveniently high in order to house the folding third-row bench seats. This makes loading bulky cargo more strenuous, especially for smaller people." -- Edmunds
  • "… instead of those awful removable third row seats in the outgoing models, both models offer fold-flat third rows that drop electrically with the touch of a button. The floor, however, is not actually flat, but close enough for storage purposes. There is also a cargo-management system under the floor in the back to that (sic) can keep small things hidden from prying eyes. It can be removed for additional cargo space." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "Behind the third row, capacity drops from 17 to 15 cubic feet. However, there is some additional storage space for small items such as cameras and shoes beneath the raised floor." -- Car and Driver (2015)

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