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2019 GMC Yukon Review

The 2019 GMC Yukon touts a high-end cabin with loads of features, but it places near the bottom of our large SUV rankings mostly because of its low predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Classy cabin
  • Roomy third row and cargo area in XL models
  • Smooth ride with upgraded suspension
  • Subpar third row and cargo space in non-XL models
  • Jittery ride with base suspension

6.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2019 GMC Yukon Overview

Is the 2019 GMC Yukon a Good Used SUV?

Despite its low ranking, the 2019 Yukon isn’t a bad used large SUV. It comes standard with lots of features, powerful engines, and adult-friendly seating in the first two rows. If you get the extended-wheelbase Yukon XL, there's a good amount of third-row passenger and cargo space for the class, and the Yukon has a smooth ride as long as you upgrade to the Magnetic Ride Control suspension.

That said, SUVs like the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2019 Ford Expedition are better options overall. The Expedition offers a long-wheelbase version, and the Tahoe goes by a different name in its longer form, the Chevy Suburban.

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Why You Can Trust Us

To give you a complete overview of the 2019 Yukon – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 25 GMC Yukon reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our crew has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we do not accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an external company manages the ads on our site.

How Much is the 2019 GMC Yukon?

Based on listings for the 2019 GMC Yukon, the average list price is $39,087. Prices range from $49,600 to $72,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 GMC Yukon Cost to Own?

The 2019 Yukon’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $34,415, or $6,883 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 GMC Yukon: What's the Difference?

There are no major differences between the 2018 and 2019 models.

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Here are the key changes for the GMC Yukon since it was redesigned for 2015:

  • 2016: received updated infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay; lane keep assist became available
  • 2017: gained Teen Driver monitoring system as standard feature; low-speed automatic emergency braking added to options list; head-up display made standard in Denali trim
  • 2018: minor changes to features and packages; Denali trim gained a 10-speed automatic transmission
  • 2019: no major changes

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Yukon, 2017 Yukon, and 2018 Yukon reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 GMC Yukon?

The 2019 GMC Yukon has a bad predicted reliability rating of two out of five.

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2019 GMC Yukon Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 GMC Yukon at this time.

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Which Used GMC Yukon Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 GMC Yukon comes in four trims: SLE, SLT Standard Edition, SLT, and Denali. The Yukon is available in regular and long-wheelbase versions. The latter adds an additional 24.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row and roughly 10 additional inches of third-row legroom. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and four-wheel drive is available in every trim.

The base SLE trim's feature list should please most shoppers, and since a safety package is available, you may also find an SLE model with additional safety features. If you want the stronger V8 engine, you’ll have to opt for the higher trims; it's available in the SLT trim and standard in the Denali trim.  

  • GMC Yukon SLE: The SLE trim comes with a 5.3-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The SLE also comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, premium cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, remote start, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and the Teen Driver monitoring system.
  • GMC Yukon SLT Standard Edition: Building on the base trim, the SLT Standard Edition comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power liftgate, and power-adjustable pedals. It also includes forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, a safety alert seat, and adaptive headlights.
  • GMC Yukon SLT: The SLT adds perforated leather seats, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row bench seat, a heated steering wheel, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a hands-free liftgate, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
  • GMC Yukon Denali: The Denali trim swaps out the base powertrain for a 6.2-liter V8 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. It also gains a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, navigation, a head-up display, the Magnetic Ride Control adjustable suspension system, Active Noise Cancellation, ash wood interior trim, and larger alloy wheels.

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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 2019 Yukon an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. It earned five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and three stars in the rollover evaluation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash test the 2019 Yukon.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Teen Driver (enables settings and restrictions for secondary drivers on things like speed and audio volume)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Low-speed forward automatic braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Safety alert seat
  • Head-up display

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2019 GMC Yukon Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 GMC Yukon or 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe shares many similarities with its corporate cousin, the Yukon. Both models have similar engine choices, fuel economy figures, and interior space. The Chevy also has a much better predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five stars. While the Tahoe isn’t as upscale as the Yukon, it touts a lower average price. Overall, the Chevy is the better choice for most shoppers. And if you're looking for a long-wheelbase version of the Tahoe, check out the Chevrolet Suburban.

Which Is Better: 2019 GMC Yukon or 2019 Ford Expedition?

The 2019 Ford Expedition is one of the highest-ranked vehicles in the large SUV class. The long-wheelbase Expedition Max is the long-wheelbase version, but the standard-length Expedition should suffice. It has ample cargo space for the class, as well as adult-friendly seating in the third row. The Expedition also has a higher maximum towing capacity and a better predicted reliability rating. Pick the Expedition.

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2019 Yukon Performance

How Does the 2019 GMC Yukon Drive?

The Yukon’s standard V8 engine has plenty of power, but you’ll need to press hard on the gas pedal to accelerate quickly. Also, the standard six-speed automatic transmission can be slow to shift. Opting for the more powerful engine and upgraded transmission will get you a Yukon with quicker acceleration.

This GMC's ride is smooth, but it can get jittery when the road gets rough. Luckily, you can opt for a model with the available Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension, which makes the drive more comfortable.

  • Base engine: 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8
  • Available engine: 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic (5.3-liter V8); 10-speed automatic (6.2-liter V8)
Does the 2019 GMC Yukon Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Yukon has slightly above-average fuel economy for the class.

  • 5.3-liter V8, RWD: 15/22 mpg city/highway
  • 5.3-liter V8, 4WD: 15/21 mpg
  • 6.2-liter V8, RWD: 14/23 mpg
  • 6.2-liter V8, 4WD: 14/22 mpg
2019 GMC Yukon Towing Capacity

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

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2019 Yukon Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Yukon Seat?

The 2019 Yukon carries up to eight people in three rows of comfortable and supportive seats. The first two rows have adult-friendly seating. The third row in standard-wheelbase models is best left for children, but long-wheelbase models have a larger third row with about 10 extra inches of legroom. The Yukon's cabin is filled with premium materials, giving it an upscale look and feel.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Perforated leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Heated second-row seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 GMC Yukon?

The 2019 Yukon has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors for each second-row seat and an upper tether for each third-row seat.

2019 GMC Yukon Features

The Yukon's infotainment system is user-friendly and features a touch screen as well as physical controls for things like audio and climate settings.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker Bose premium sound system, voice recognition, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, wireless device charging, and a rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, remote start, and cruise control
  • Other available features: wireless device charging, a sunroof, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry

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2019 GMC Yukon Dimensions

GMC Yukon Cargo Space

The Yukon has subpar cargo space in its standard wheelbase, but long-wheelbase XL models offer much more room.

The regular Yukon has 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, 51.7 cubic feet with the third row folded flat, and a maximum cargo capacity of 94.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. The available long-wheelbase body style comes with 39.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 76.7 behind the second row, and 121.7 with both back rows folded.

A hands-free power liftgate and a power-folding third-row bench seat are available.

2019 GMC Yukon Length and Weight
  • Length: about 17 feet to 18.7 feet
  • Curb weight: 5,379 to 5,846 pounds

Where Was the 2019 GMC Yukon Built?

GMC built the 2019 Yukon in Texas.

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