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2013 GMC Yukon

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GMC Yukon highlights

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Pros

  • Seating for up to nine passengers
  • Serious towing capacity
  • Quiet on highways

Cons

  • Third row doesn't fold into floor
  • Less cargo room than rivals
  • Steering wheel isn't telescoping

Mileage (EPA estimate)

13 city, 18 highway, 15 combined

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2013 GMC Yukon is a traditional hauler

The 2013 GMC Yukon is a traditional, large three-row SUV with seating for up to nine passengers that, when properly equipped, can tow more than 8,000 pounds. Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories. It's also four-wheel drive capable and fits snugly between the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade as a luxury-lite SUV.

It's a vehicle that makes a lot of sense for those looking for an SUV that can carry their entire crew and tow a large load. But if towing a boat or a fifth wheel isn't part of your story, you might be better off looking at something like the Chevy Traverse, which has more storage capacity than the truck-based Yukon.

The Yukon didn't receive any notable changes for 2013, and utilizing the full cargo space means removing its third row seat. The first two rows are plenty comfortable, but the rearmost is not a place adults will want to spend extended time because of limited leg room. The Ford Expedition features a foldaway third row, while the Toyota Sequoia boasts a similar blend of power and utility to the Yukon.

All GMC Yukon years

What is new for the 2013 GMC Yukon?

  • Yukon trims have been upgraded with Quad Seats and DVD Video System as standard equipment this year.
  • The SLT trim now comes with Memory Seat(s) as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2013 GMC Yukon

What We Like

Interior: The high-quality materials used in the Yukon are one of its biggest selling points, differentiating it from its corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Tahoe. The driver's seat is comfortable enough for a long drive and there's ample leg room in the front two rows.

Utility: When properly equipped, the Yukon can tow more than 8,000 pounds; and it can be had in both two and four-wheel drive configurations.

Throw in that the SUV has room for up to nine passengers and you have a do-it-all vehicle.

Driving: The Yukon is an excellent highway cruiser. It's quiet at freeway speeds and its suspension smooths out bumps. It's also right at home towing a trailer with both the standard 5.3-liter V8 and the upgrade 6.2-liter V8.

What Needs Improvement

Cargo Space: Passengers in the third row will find limited legroom due to a low-mounted seat cushion. The third-row seat also poses problems for cargo capacity, as it doesn't fold away into the floor. You must either fold the seat down and place your stuff on top or physically remove the heavy seat from the truck.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

6 customer reviews
The 2013 GMC Yukon is a luxury SUV that has a smooth ride and plenty of room for everyone. Customers like the car's style and luxurious feel. The Yukon also gets great gas mileage for long trips or daily driving. The back seat folds down to create even more cargo space when needed.
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Above Average

RepairPal gave the GMC Yukon an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks GMC Yukon 9th out of 16 among Fullsize SUVs.

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GMC Yukon features and specs

Base 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Third Row Seat
  • Vinyl Seats

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

5.3L

Horsepower

320

Torque (ft-lbs)

335

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

26

Wheelbase

116"

Overall length

202"

Width

79"

Height

76.9"

Leg room

F 41.3"/M 39"/R 25.6"

Head room

F 40.3"/M 39.2"/R 37.9"

Front tires

P265/70R17

Rear tires

P265/70R17

Seating capacity

9

Max towing capacity

825/5500 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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