2020 GMC Yukon

Interior


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2020 GMC Yukon Interior Review

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Interior: 7.0

The Yukon’s cabin features eye-catching styling and high-end materials, especially in top-tier Denali models. Cabin technology is plentiful, and it’s easy to operate and logically arranged. The base model has less cargo space than most rivals, and its third row isn’t very adult-friendly. However, the long-wheelbase Yukon XL offers more passenger and cargo space.

  • "Just about every surface in the Denali is dressed up with something, helping it feel a bit more upscale." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 base Yukon has seats for eight in its standard configuration. It seats nine with the available front bench seats (replacing the standard bucket seats) or seven with the optional second-row captain's chairs.

Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, power-folding second- and third-row seats, and power-retractable steps are available.

The front seats offer long-haul comfort, and the second row has good space for adults. It feels too cramped in the third row for adults. That said, the Yukon XL can comfortably fit adults back there, as it has about 10 more inches of third-row legroom than the standard model. Climbing into and out of the third row is easy thanks to the Yukon's large rear doors.

There are complete sets of LATCH connectors for each of Yukon's the second-row seats as well as tether-only connectors for each third-row positions. Some of the tether anchors are hard to find.

  • "The cabin is impressively quiet, and the front seats provide all-day comfort." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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 (2018)
  • 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

The Yukon touts an impressive number of standard tech features. The base model comes with an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, five USB ports, Bluetooth, voice recognition, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Remote start, remote keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 110-volt power outlet are also standard.

The infotainment system is packed with features and is typically easy to operate. Still, some functions are buried deep in the system’s menus and require multiple steps to access. Redundant buttons and knobs for audio and climate settings are easily accessible for the driver.

Available equipment includes a head-up display, navigation, a sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, a rear-seat DVD system, wireless device charging, and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo.

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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 (2019)
  • "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

In its standard configuration, the Yukon has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 51.7 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 94.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows collapsed. The majority of competitors offer more cargo space.

That said, the long-wheelbase Yukon XL offers considerably more storage space. There’s 39.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second and third rows, and a maximum cargo capacity of 121.7 cubic feet. Those measurements are in line with the class average.

The high load floor in both Yukon models eats up some cargo room, but the available hands-free power liftgate helps provide easy access to the available space.

  • Cargo capacity depends on whether you need to use the third row. Fold down the seats, and you'll have a nice wide, flat floor, but the load floor is very high and shallow behind the third row." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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 (2018)
  • 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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