The 2019 GMC Yukon is a traditional SUV with many technical improvements and new features very welcome to newcomers to GMC’s stellar SUV lineup.
Both beautiful and full of conveniences, the Yukon and its bigger brother, the Yukon XL, are real multipurpose vehicles. With up to seven seats, a total towing power of 8,100 pounds, and the optional all-wheel drive, the Yukon offers the complete package.
Despite its useful size, this monster really delivers in terms of acceleration and speed thanks to the spritely V8 engine inside, and its maneuverability is good in even the most crowded places. If you want a vehicle without compromise, the 2019 GMC Yukon is it.
This year, GMC has added a budget-friendly option, the Standard Edition Value Package, while also adding the beefier Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages to the SLT trim. The trim options also include the premium Denali, which pushes the Yukon above the Cadillac Escalade in terms of luxury. The New Year also brings new color options: Dark Sky, Pepperdust, and Smokey Quartz.
The banner feature of the Yukon is without any doubt its powertrains, which demonstrate that only a V8 can deliver the goods for the most demanding tasks.
Standard Yukons sport the excellent 5.3-liter V8, rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pounds per foot of torque. This is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and can be fitted with rear- or four-wheel drive. This engine is already a beast and offers perfect handling of the Yukon.
For those who want even more power, there is an option for a 6.2-liter V8, which boosts up horsepower to 420 horsepower and torque to 460 pounds per foot. It’s paired with a 10-speed automatic. This bigger motor comes standard in the Denali trim and is optional for the new SLT Graphite Performance Edition package.
These two efficient engines can be run in a four-cylinder mode to gain some range at higher speeds. This feature will be signaled with a small ‘V4’ indicator on the gauge, along with a change in the sound of the engine itself.
With its powerful V8 engines, the Yukon will carry out all the daily duties you require of it including towing without any problem. The maximum amount of weight that can be towed is a huge 8,500 pounds in the rear-wheel drive standard model.
With normal cargo onboard, and without fully loaded seats, the Yukon Denali will weight around 5,500 pounds and can shift at a speed unusual for this kind of vehicle.
The Yukon performs very well when cornering avoiding body rolls almost entirely. On the SLE and SLT variants, the smaller wheels ensure a nice and pleasant drive, and on the Denali model, the magnetic suspension helps in filtering out road imperfections.
Due to its overall weight, the Yukon can’t be considered a true off-roader, but nonetheless, it performs well off the beaten path when equipped with the optional all-wheel-drive system and skid plates.
The 2019 GMC Yukon has been updated inside and out with changes to its lines, a more curvy look, and a dashboard that would perfectly fit in a high-end sedan.
The SLE and SLT trims are almost identical, but they have different wheel designs from which to choose. The Yukon sweeten its lines with some curves in the right places, swept-back headlights, and a protrusive grille that make it higher-class than its Chevy Tahoe twin.
The rear is similar to that of the Tahoe, with a boxy tailgate contoured by well-proportioned taillights. The Yukon Denali adds some chrome in the exterior details and with its bold 22-inch chrome wheels looks stunning. Around three-quarters of the GMC Yukons, we sell are Denalis and for good reason.
On the inside, the Yukon’s rounded and symmetrical dash sports a big and bold eight-inch touchscreen acting as the controller of everything in the vehicle. This large touchscreen would have been too much for many SUVs on the market, but on this truck-sized SUV, it looks great. With the Denali trim, you get a significant boost in style in the cab, with faux wood and leathers in different shades.
The great build values of the 2019 Yukon ensures a premium feel while offering you a lot of cargo space.
Apart from the basic SLE variant, every Yukon has twin bucket seats up front and a large center console. For the material, the cloth is standard, but in almost all trim variants you can choose leather upholstery. It’s standard for the SLT and the Denali trims.
When you fold the second and third rows of seats, the Yukon reaches 95 cubic feet of cargo space, and the bigger XL variant stops at a gigantic 121 cubic feet. All variants come with many cupholders and storage cubbies to store your little items.
Even in the basic model, the Yukon has great materials that give the touch and feel of a truly premium product, and this feeling improves even more with the SLT and Denali variants.
All Yukon models have airbags on-board, traction control, and anti-lock brakes, together with a brilliant center airbag that stop those in the front row from colliding during an accident.
Low-speed automatic emergency braking comes as optional for the SLE, and it’s standard in SLT and Denali trims. In these more premium trims, there is also the option for full-speed automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. For the most premium features, like active lane control, automatic high-beam headlights, and power-adjustable pedals choose the SLT or the Denali.