The GMC Yukon is a full-size three-row SUV with V8 power, a step-brother of the Chevy Tahoe, as the Yukon has one significant genetic difference, an available bigger V8, as well as a Denali model with more features.
As, as the Tahoe has its big brother the longer Suburban, at GMC both wheelbases, 116 inches and 130 inches, belong to the Yukon, with the Yukon XL model matching the Suburban, and bringing more legroom in the third row. The price, of course, being the hauling around of another dozen or so inches on the outside of the vehicle.
SUVs built on truck chassis, like Tahoe and Yukon, are a dying breed. They’ll never disappear because the world needs trucks, but when they’re mostly gone, we’ll say, with fondness and appreciation, They don’t build them like that any more. That’s your Buy American pitch. The Yukon isn’t Canadian. Its name was taken out of admiration.
The Denali is downright luxurious, with its ambient lighting, Bose surround sound audio system, and Blu-Ray entertainment in the rear seat.
The third and second rows fold almost flat. We read one outraged comment in a forum because the folded rear seatbacks sloped upward, so you can’t put groceries behind the front seats or the bags will dump. It is true, we have been there.
There’s plentiful legroom in the second row, not quite decent in the third row, unless it’s Yukon XL although headroom is still tight back there.
There’s optional power to fold the second and third rows flat, an optional retractable step up into the cabin, and an optional head-up display that you can’t read with sunglasses.
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