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2020 GMC Yukon 2WD 4dr SLE - front view

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Top Features of Base Model

  • Spacious for passengers and cargo
  • Strong towing capability
  • Available luxury models
  • Excellent power
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GMC Yukon: Everything You Need to Know

About the GMC Yukon:

The GMC Yukon is a truck-based SUV that was introduced as a 1992 model. It and the longer Yukon XL are the mechanical twins of the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Chevrolet Suburban. The GMC Yukon is a strong seller for General Motors. It is a popular choice among buyers who need plenty of interior space and excellent towing capacity.

What’s New in the 2019 GMC Yukon?

The 2019 GMC Yukon carries forward without many notable changes. It does receive the Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages as options.

The Graphite Edition includes:

  • 22-inch black rims
  • Black running boards
  • Black chrome grille and trim
  • Black roof rails

The Graphite Performance Edition adds:

  • 6.2-liter V8 engine (420 horsepower, 460 pound-feet of torque)
  • Ten-speed automatic transmission
  • Magnetic Ride Control suspension
  • Trailer brake controller
  • Head-up display
  • 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen

All versions of the 2019 GMC Yukon start with a 5.3-liter V8. This engine generates 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. It is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, and can be paired with four-wheel drive. Fuel mileage is rated at 15-mpg city and 22-mpg highway.

The 6.2-liter V8 engine is available as an option in several models other than the Graphite Performance Edition. Four-wheel drive remains available with this motor. Fuel economy for the larger engine is rated at 14-mpg city and 23-mpg highway. The Yukon can tow as much as 8,500 pounds.

What Does the 2019 GMC Yukon Compete With?

The 2019 GMC Yukon competes with the following full-size SUVs:

The most popular version of the 2019 GMC Yukon is the SLT trim. It includes keyless entry, push button start, heated and cooled front seats, and a heated steering wheel. It also offers a power liftgate and three zones of automatic climate control.

The 2019 GMC Yukon is a good choice for those who need three rows of seating, four-wheel drive, and top-notch towing capability.

Exterior Design of the 2019 GMC Yukon

Aside from the Graphite Edition package, the styling of the 2019 GMC Yukon matches the previous year. The truck's rectangular shape is classic, but not dated. It relies on lighting and trim details to keep it visually interesting. The Yukon XL adds substantial length to the vehicle.

The base SLE trim features 18-inch wheels. It also comes with fog lights, a roof rack, and heated exterior mirrors. The GMC Yukon SLT upgrades to a hands-free liftgate, and introduces the Graphite Edition package and a sunroof option. The Denali trim provides unique exterior trim, and HID headlights. Retractable running boards and 22-inch wheels can be added to the Denali as options.

Interior Style in the 2019 GMC Yukon

The 2019 GMC Yukon cabin experience depends on the model. Base models offer cloth seats and simple plastics. The SLT trim adds leather upholstery to the mix. SLT models also include comforts such as heated and cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The luxury leader for the GMC Yukon is the Denali trim. It rivals the more expensive Cadillac Escalade in terms of materials and design. Still, there is a fair amount of plastic inside the truck, although most of it is soft to the touch. Controls and buttons are easy to find, and simple to use from the driver's seat.

Interior room inside the GMC Yukon is both good and bad. The positives? First and second row passenger space is excellent. A front bench can be added on the SLE model to increase passenger capacity to nine. Second-row captain’s chairs are also optional.

LATCH attachments are provided, and up front there are numerous bins and pockets for smaller items. The third row of seating, however, is a problem for adults. The bench is close to the floor, pushing up the knees. It's also fairly cramped, and is best left for children.

Another issue is cargo room. The power-folding feature for the third row eats up significant floor space. This raises the load floor and decreases the amount of total cargo space. The standard Yukon can't haul much with every seat occupied. Extended GMC Yukon XL models add extra storage space behind the last row.

You can still stuff bicycles, BBQs, and other large items inside the Yukon. Just not as much as in some of its competitors. Rivals like the Ford Expedition, and most minivans, offer more room for oversized gear.

What Technology Comes in the 2019 GMC Yukon?

The 2019 GMC Yukon sits mid-pack when it comes to technology features. The SUV is an older design and has been surpassed by newer models like the Ford Expedition.

The 2019 GMC Yukon can be had with the following technology and convenience features:

  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Keyless entry
  • Push button start
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wireless mobile phone charging
  • Head-up display
  • 8.0-inch driver information screen
  • Navigation
  • Surround sound audio
  • Active noise cancellation

The 2019 GMC Yukon comes standard with:

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Automatic windshield wipers
  • Parking sensors
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • OnStar telematics
  • Apple CarPlay / Android Auto
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Backup camera

What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 GMC Yukon?

The 2019 GMC Yukon offers a basic set of safety features as standard. Advanced gear costs extra.

Every version of the 2019 GMC Yukon comes with the following safety systems:

  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control

Optional safety equipment for the 2019 GMC Yukon includes:

  • Blind Spot monitoring. This system watches each side of the vehicle for traffic.
  • Forward collision warning with emergency braking. This feature alerts drivers of a potential collision, and can automatically stop the vehicle.
  • Lane keeping assistance. This system can steer the vehicle so that it automatically stays in its lane.
  • Lane departure warning. This feature can alert drivers if the Yukon leaves its lane.
  • Safety Alert Seat. This seat vibrates to indicate the direction of potential danger.

If you order the base SLE trim, make sure to add the Enhanced Driver Alert package that includes most of these features.

What is the 2019 GMC Yukon Like to Drive?

The 2019 GMC Yukon is a very large vehicle. In base trim, its sold rear axle and heavy curb weight can make it feel unwieldy through corners. Rough roads can also make the rear of the SUV skittish. The size of the Yukon is especially apparent in urban traffic. Tight streets, difficult parking lots, and low parking garage ceilings work against it. The Yukon XL simply adds more acreage to the problem.

Trim levels or packages that include the Magnetic Ride Control suspension go a long way toward improving the GMC Yukon's driving experience. This system erases much of the roughness of the base model's ride. It also sharpens handling, although at no point does the GMC Yukon ever feel sporty. Its pickup truck roots are almost always obvious.

The standard 5.3-liter V8 is adequate, but nothing more, for daily driving. It works fairly hard when towing a substantial load, especially uphill. The 6.2-liter motor, with its more advanced ten-speed transmission, is considerably more powerful. Choosing this engine makes towing a breeze. Unfortunately, it's a fairly thirsty powerplant, especially in stop and go traffic.

Should I Buy a 2019 GMC Yukon?

The 2019 GMC Yukon makes a lot of sense if you need the combination of towing grunt and three rows of passenger seating. The Denali model is especially appealing with its added luxury and safety. Finally, four-wheel drive performance is useful if you live in a snowy winter climate.

The price of the Yukon, however, pits it against more premium models from European and Japanese brands. If you don't need the brawn of a full-size truck, there are better buys.

Should I buy a Used GMC Yukon? The current version of the GMC Yukon has been in production since the 2015 model year. We have no hesitation recommending a used Yukon from that generation.

How Much Does the New 2019 GMC Yukon Cost?

A two-wheel drive 2019 GMC Yukon SLE starts at $59,895. A GMC Yukon Denali XL climbs all the way to $71,890 before options.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 GMC Yukon


  • Fantastic towing capability
  • Luxurious and powerful Denali model
  • Good, if not class-leading, passenger room
  • Magnetic Ride Control offers added comfort and performance


  • Base engine somewhat underpowered
  • Cargo room falls short of rivals
  • Third-row seating is tight for adults
  • Very expensive in certain trim levels
  • No active safety equipment in base model
Model History

The History of the GMC Yukon: 27 Years of Yukon

The GMC Yukon first appeared in the early ‘90s to replace the Jimmy full-size SUV. Originally offered in two-door and four-door models, a redesign in 2000 introduced the Yukon XL extended length model and the upper Denali trim. After the 2007 redesign, the Denali trim became much more luxurious.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 GMC Yukon


Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle
5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with Active Fuel Management
355 hp
6-speed automatic
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Rear Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Audio
  • Bluetooth
  • CD Player
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine, 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing, includes aluminum block construction (355 hp [265 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 383 lb-ft of torque [518 N-m] @ 4100 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive, tow/haul mode and tap up/tap down shifting
  • Rear axle, 3.08 ratio
  • Suspension Package, Premium Smooth Ride
  • Tow/haul mode selector, button located at end of shift lever
  • Differential, heavy-duty locking rear
  • Alternator, 150 amps
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Trailering equipment, heavy-duty includes trailering hitch platform, 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits mated to a 7-way sealed connector and 2" trailering receiver
  • Cooling, auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil
  • Cooling, external engine oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil integral to driver side of radiator
  • GVWR, 7100 lbs. (3221 kg) (Standard on 2WD models.)
  • Suspension, front coil-over-shock with stabilizer bar
  • Suspension, rear multi-link with coil springs
  • Steering, power
  • Powertrain grade braking
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, VAC power with Brake Assist
  • Exhaust, aluminized stainless-steel muffler and tailpipe
  • Tools, mechanical jack and wheel wrench stored in rear quarter trim
  • Wheels, 18" x 8.5" (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm) bright machined aluminum
  • Tires, P265/65R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Wheel, full-size spare 17" (43.2 cm) steel
  • Tire carrier, lockable outside spare winch-type mounted under frame at rear
  • Tire, spare P265/70R17 all-season, blackwall
  • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted, Black
  • Active aero shutters, front
  • Assist steps, Black with chrome strip (Deleted when (RVQ) Black assist step kit, LPO or (VXH) Chrome assist step kit, LPO, is ordered.)
  • Headlamps, halogen projector
  • Fog lamps with chrome surround
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding includes spotter mirror
  • Windshield style, acoustic laminated glass
  • Windshield, solar-absorbing
  • Glass, deep-tinted
  • Wipers, front rain-sensing, intermittent
  • Wiper, rear
  • Liftgate, rear manual
  • Audio system, 8" diagonal Color Touch screen with GMC Infotainment System AM/FM/SiriusXM with USB ports and auxiliary jack with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice-activated technology for radio and phone; and Shop. Featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for compatible phone; 5 USB ports and 1 auxiliary jack (Includes 2 USB ports when (AZ3) bench seat is ordered.)
  • Audio system feature, Bose premium 9-speaker system with subwoofer in center console
  • Audio system feature, CD player
  • SiriusXM Radio enjoy an All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the SiriusXM app, online and at home on compatible connected devices is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. See the SiriusXM Customer Agreement at for complete terms and how to cancel. All fees, content, features, and availability are subject to change.)
  • HD Radio
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable (Terms and limitations apply. See or dealer for details.)
  • Seats, front bucket with Premium Cloth passenger seat includes power fore/aft, power recline and power lumbar, 10-way power driver seat includes 6-way power cushion, 2-way power lumbar control and power recline
  • Seats, second row 60/40 split-folding bench, manual
  • Seats, third row manual 60/40 split-folding bench, fold flat
  • Console, floor with storage area, cup holders (Not available with (AZ3) 40/20/40 split-bench front seats.)
  • Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted first and second row, removable
  • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
  • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, manual
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls, cruise controls and Driver Information Center controls
  • Driver Information Center, 4.2" diagonal multi-color
  • Windows, power all express down, front express up
  • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Remote vehicle start includes extended range Remote Keyless Entry
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Climate control, tri-zone automatic, with individual climate settings for driver, right-front passenger and rear passengers
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Theft-deterrent system, electrical, unauthorized entry
  • Power outlet, 110-volt, 1.1 Amp, 150 Watt
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Assist handles, 1st row passenger and 2nd row outboard seats
  • Lighting, interior with dome light driver- and passenger-side door switch with delayed entry feature, cargo lights, door handle or Remote Keyless Entry-activated illuminated entry and map lights in front and second seat positions
  • Cargo net
  • GMC Connected Access capable (Subject to terms. See or dealer for details.)
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Brakes, Hill Start-Assist
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist, includes traction control.
  • Daytime Running Lamps, with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Airbags, Frontal airbags for driver and front outboard passenger; Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver and front outboard passenger; Driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact airbag; Head-curtain airbags for all rows in outboard seating positions (Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Front outboard Passenger Sensing System for frontal outboard passenger airbag (Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • OnStar and GMC connected services capable (Terms and limitations apply. See or dealer for details.)
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), for child restraint seats lower anchors and top tethers located in all second-row seating positions, top tethers located in third row seating positions
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to help encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain available vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report card gives you information on driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Tire Fill Alert (does not apply to spare tire)

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Available Trims for the 2020 GMC Yukon (8)

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Safety Ratings for the 2020 GMC Yukon

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 GMC Yukon 2WD 4dr SLE:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

Dynamic Test Result

No Tip

Risk of Rollover


Rollover Note

Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.


Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.