Standing high above other vehicles in the class of full-size family SUVs is the GMC Yukon. This beast, along with its bigger sibling, the Yukon XL has stepped up the design game. It presents a real challenge to the likes of the Toyota Sequoia and the Ford Expedition. The vehicle's abilities are in no way hampered by the modern looks. You can tell by the way this sleek big bad boy handles itself---it is still a workhorse at heart. If you want to enjoy the towing abilities of a full-size SUV while driving in supreme style and luxury, the Yukon has got you covered. You will be in a position to have cutting-edge features such as haptic feedback and unmatched room in the interior. If you have nothing to haul, however, you might consider getting a more compact vehicle like a crossover.
Which are the major changes for 2017?
The 2017 GMC Yukon comes in 3 different trims, and each of them has received various upgrades. The base model gains a standard Teen Driver, while the SLT and Denali trims receive heated and ventilated front seats. The Intellink and entertainment system for the rear seats has also undergone improvements.
The SLT and Denali trims come with standard low-speed automatic braking as an addition to the Enhanced Driver Alert Package. There are also the front active aero shutters, and there's a new exterior color: Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic.
How much does the 2017 GMC Yukon Cost?
The starting price ranges from $48,530 to $65,965 as you go higher in the ranking of the models. The features keep increasing from the base to the high-end trim.
What are the trim levels for the new 2017 GMC Yukon?
For the base SLE trim, the 2017 Yukon starts at the price of $48,530. Coming in second is the mid-level SLT trim which starts at $57,315 while the high-end Denali starts at $65,965. Both SLE and SLT trims come standard with a 5.3 liter V8 that churns out 355 horses and 383 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The more luxurious Denali, on the other hand, is equipped with a 6.2 liter V8 that produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Power from under the hood is either routed to the rear wheels or an optional four-wheel drive with both engines.
How does it feel like to drive the 2017 Yukon?
You might be tempted to think that driving this truck-based SUV should feel like a ride in a work truck since it does have the size and weight of a truck (excess of 3 tons). Contrary to expectation, a ride inside the 2017 Yukon reminds you of American luxury cars from the past; the only difference is that you get to experience top-notch responsiveness in terms of handling, steering, and braking.
With a whopping 420 horses on tap, the Denali trim offers a more exciting ride which also employs Magnetic Ride Control, a system that features shock absorbers that self-adjust to suit different road conditions. This provides a uniform ride over surfaces of all kinds. On the other hand, the luxurious interior keeps your body feeling relaxed even on long trips.
Is the GMC Yukon a Good SUV?
Being a great SUV as it is, the 2017 Yukon like many other truck-based vehicles can be somewhat cumbersome to drive. This becomes even more of a problem if you are just getting started on SUVs from smaller cars. It also presents a challenge in dealing with everyday situations like small parking lots. Luckily, this massive vehicle has many driver assist features to help you get around.
A standard rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and pre-collision braking are just but some of the features that have been integrated into the 2017 Yukon to give you an easier time. These features combined with the luxurious interior and fuel economy of the Yukon make it a great option for full-size SUV enthusiasts.