Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the GMC Yukon features modern style - both inside and out - high-tech features, and a big, versatile cabin. On the road, this SUV is quiet and comfortable. Inside, passengers will appreciate the modern cabin design, which delivers high-quality materials and top-notch comfort. Its superb towing and hauling capabilities make the fourth-generation Yukon one of the best picks in its class.
The modern GMC Yukon is available as three trim models: the base SLE, mid-grade SLT, and upscale Denali. SLE and SLT models are equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 355 horsepower - more than enough to glide onto highways and pass slower vehicles. The top-trim Denali derives its power from a 6.2-liter V8 that boosts output to 420 horses. Depending on configuration, a properly equipped Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds. Both engine options are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that powers the rear wheels. Four-wheel drive is an option for all Yukon models, and can be paired with an optional two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing to enhance performance.
These models hit the pavement with a long list of excellent features making them perfect used vehicles, including an easy-to-drive nature, high-quality cabin, and impressive passenger comfort. At the outset, models were divided into three trims: the SEL, SLT, and Denali. For a short while, the SEL and SLT were split into subtrims - the SLE1, SEL2, SLT1, and SLT2 - but by 2010, they disappeared and the Yukon returned to its original trim structure.
Used Yukon shoppers can choose between three engine options. The two-wheel-drive SLE model came with a 4.8-liter V8 engine capable of producing 290 horsepower. Four-wheel drive SLE and SLT models derived their power from a 5.3-liter V8 engine that boosted output to 320 horses, making it even easier to get up to speed on the highway. Both engines were paired with a four-speed transmission. The upscale Denali was the most powerful model, with a 6.2-liter V8 engine rated for 380 horses. This engine was mated to a six-speed transmission, creating a smooth ride.
The second-generation Yukon stood out with its potent V8 power, plush seating arrangements, and pleasant ride. It was one of the best models in its class, giving drivers the power, utility, and interior comfort they craved. Stability control became available in 2003. Front-seat side airbags were available during all model years.
Originally designed to replace the GMC Jimmy, the first GMC Yukon models remain a viable option for used buyers - especially those released between the 1996 and 1999 model years.
From 1992 through 1997, the GMC Yukon was a two-door SUV with four-wheel drive. Beginning in 1995, four-door models were available with either two- or four-wheel drive. The first-generation Denali model was available for 1999 and 2000. The second-generation Denali wasn't released until 2001.