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2017 GMC Yukon review

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GMC Yukon highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Room for up to nine passengers
  • Solid towing performance
  • Impressive interior design

Cons

  • Poor cargo space
  • Not very comfortable
  • Tough to maneuver in tight spaces

Mileage (EPA estimate)

15 city, 20 highway, 17 combined

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2017 GMC Yukon brings off-road capability and comfort

You should consider the 2017 GMC Yukon if you're looking for a three-row SUV as capable of hauling up to nine passengers as it is at towing up to 8,000 pounds when properly equipped. Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories. The SUV, based on General Motors' full-sized truck lineup, is impressively capable for an SUV and can double as an upscale people and boat hauler, but it has its downsides.

For starters, its truck underpinnings means it also drives a lot like a full-size truck. It doesn't maneuver all that well in tight areas, like parking lots. The Yukon also sacrifices some comfort in the cabin, especially the seats, which are a bit thin. Crossover SUVs, like the Toyota RAV4 or GMC Acadia are less compromising in comfort.

But the Yukon does boast impressive off-road capability and for 2017 added a host of available driver aids such as low-speed automatic braking and a teen-driver management system. Many of the Yukon's most sought-after driver aids are only available on higher trim levels like the Denali or on vehicles with additional options packages.

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What is new for the 2017 GMC Yukon?

  • Yukon trims have been upgraded with Head Up Display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Sunshade features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2017 GMC Yukon

What We Like

Performance: Both engines provide plenty of power, though the upgrade 6.2-liter V8 offers more impressive acceleration compared to the base 5.3-liter. Both offer impressive tow ratings when properly equipped and deliver plenty of utility for most drivers. Despite its brawn, the Yukon is also reasonably quiet during highway drives.

Interior: The cabin is nicely designed, featuring high-quality materials, and reasonably comfortable for the driver and second-row passengers. Visibility is also good thanks to the layout of the front of the cab and the controls are well-designed and thought out.

Utility: The Yukon is capable of both towing large loads and tackling rugged terrain while maintaining a refined interior. If you're looking for a vehicle that can do a little bit of everything, the Yukon is it.

What Needs Improvement

Tech: While the Yukon added many driver aids for 2017, most of them went into an optional Enhanced Driver Alert package that’s only found on more expensive trims and options packages. At least Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto are standard features on all trims.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3
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

Denali 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • BOSE Sound System
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Folding Third Row
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leather Seats
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Running Boards
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

6.2L

Horsepower

420

Torque (ft-lbs)

460

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

26

Wheelbase

116"

Overall length

203.9"

Width

80.5"

Height

74.4"

Leg room

F 45.3"/M 39"/R 24.8"

Head room

F 42.8"/M 38.7"/R 38.1"

Front tires

P275/55R20

Rear tires

P275/55R20

Seating capacity

7

Max towing capacity

840/8400 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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