2019 GMC Yukon

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2019 GMC Yukon Interior Review

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Interior: 7.9

The 2019 Yukon has a well-designed cabin, and the top-trim GMC Yukon Denali rivals some luxury vehicles in terms of quality. The technology is easy to use, and while the standard Yukon has less passenger and cargo space than rivals, the extended-wheelbase Yukon XL has more. The Yukon also has a generous helping of standard features.

  • Just about every surface in the Denali is dressed up with something, helping it feel a bit more upscale. It's still hard to hide the vehicle's truckish roots." -- Edmunds
  • "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 Yukon seats eight people on standard premium cloth upholstery, though it can be configured to seat nine (with a front bench in place of the standard two bucket seats and a console) or seven (with second-row captains' chairs in place of the bench). Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power-folding second- and third-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Most adults can comfortably fit in the first and second rows, though third-row seating in the standard model is best left to children. The available Yukon XL adds about 10 inches of third-row legroom, making it more hospitable to adults. The large rear doors make entering and exiting the back rows relatively easy.

  • "The cabin is impressively quiet, and the front seats provide all-day comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "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 features a decent helping of standard tech features, including a rearview camera, Teen Driver (which lets you set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers), front and rear parking sensors, and the GMC infotainment system with five USB ports, Bluetooth, voice recognition controls, satellite radio, HD Radio, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, OnStar with a 4G LTE built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an 8-inch touch screen. You’ll also get remote start, remote keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 110-volt power outlet.

Optional equipment includes a head-up display, a navigation system, a sunroof, an overhead rear-seat entertainment system, a rear-seat DVD system with screens integrated into the headrests, wireless device charging, and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system. Several advanced safety features are also offered, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive headlights, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, a safety alert seat, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The infotainment system is intuitive and responsive to inputs, though some functions are buried deep in menus. There are redundant buttons and knobs for controlling audio and climate settings, and they’re well-positioned within easy reach of the driver.

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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 space in the Yukon varies depending on its body style. In its standard configuration, the Yukon has 15.3 cubic feet behind the third-row seats, 51.7 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and a maximum 94.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. Most rivals offer more space than that. However, the long-wheelbase Yukon XL body style has 39.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 121.7 cubic feet with both back rows folded down. Those figures are decent for the class. An available hands-free, power liftgate makes it easier to load cargo. However, a high load floor relative to competitors' cuts into 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
  • "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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