2018 GMC Yukon

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2018 GMC Yukon Interior Review

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The 2018 GMC Yukon employs a handsome interior design, executed with high-quality materials and a solid fit and finish. The GMC Yukon Denali model’s interior even rivals the opulence found in luxury large SUVs. All Yukons have comfortable seats, but if you’re planning to carry passengers in the third row regularly, you should opt for the long-wheelbase XL variant. The Yukon offers plenty of easy-to-use features. While the standard-wheelbase Yukon has less cargo space than most in the class, the XL has a large cargo hold compared to rivals.

  • "Stepping inside the 2018 GMC Yukon, particularly the Denali, will quickly inform the owner that this purchase was money well spent. The artful and flowing shapes are enticing, materials are first-rate, the control layout is easily accommodating and detailing is impeccable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin is impressively quiet, and the front seats provide all-day comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "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 Yukon has standard seating for eight, but capacity increases to nine with the optional front bench seat and shrinks to seven with the available second-row captain’s chairs. Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats come standard, while leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, and power-adjustable pedals are optional.

In the first two rows, the Yukon boasts long-ride comfort and plenty of space to stretch out. The driver can easily find an optimal driving position with a standard 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and available power-adjustable pedals. The third-row seats in the standard-wheelbase Yukon are cramped for adults. However, the extended-wheelbase Yukon XL adds about 10 inches of legroom to the third row, making it much more suitable for grown-ups. Thanks to the Yukon’s large rear doors, rear-seat entry and exit are a breeze.

There are three complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second row (two sets when equipped with captain’s chairs), as well as three tether-only connections. There’s not much wiggle room around the lower anchors in the second row, and the top tethers can be hard to find.

  • "The seats are comfortable, and the second row offers space for full-size adults. In the Yukon the third row is best for the kids but, in the longer XL, there's room for grown-ups." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The big doors, side steps and grab handles mean entry and exit is relatively easy for such a tall vehicle. There's plenty of room for the first two rows, but the third row has a high floor and lacks legroom compared to smaller competitors." -- Edmunds
  • 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

All Yukon models come with remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a household power outlet, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The system is easy to use, despite a heavy reliance on touch controls.

While Yukon comes standard with an impressive number of features, there are plenty of options to add. They include navigation, a 10-speaker surround-sound system, a head-up display, push-button start, a proximity key, wireless device charging, a sunroof, and a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system.

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  • "Even the base Yukon comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a 4G hotspot with Wi-Fi. The GMC infotainment system is also generally easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "As for high tech, the Yukon can be equipped with the … 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)

Cargo

Cargo capacity varies based on body style. Standard models offer 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, 51.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 94.7 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. These are low numbers for a large SUV. Long-wheelbase XL models provide good space for the class: 39.3 cubic feet behind all seats, expanding to 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 121.1 cubic feet behind the first row. The fully redesigned Ford Expedition gives more capacity in its standard-wheelbase configuration, and similar capacities when comparing long-wheelbase models.

The Yukon’s in-cabin storage is impressive, and there’s even room to tuck away small items beneath the raised cargo floor. However, because the cargo floor is so high, you’ll have less vertical space for taller objects, and it may be hard for some people to load and unload their belongings. Power-folding second- and third-row seats and a hands-free liftgate are available.

  • An impressive maximum tow rating of 8,400 pounds and plenty of small-item storage in the cabin are definite strengths. But the cargo area has a high floor that makes loading and unloading difficult, and storage space behind the third row lags behind competitors, even significantly smaller ones." -- Edmunds
  • "Those 3rd-row seats fold flat into an elevated floor that slightly diminishes vertical cargo space, something you won't find with the Ford Expedition or Nissan Armada." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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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