GMC is a brand that is utterly synonymous with its luxurious and capable trucks and SUVs and the GMC Yukon is no different. This full-size luxury SUV is available for sale at a base selling price of $56,000 and comes with everything a family buyer would demand from such a proposition. The impressive list of standard features for even the base SLE trim makes it hard to ignore, and space in all three rows is uncompromising.
Offered in five trim configurations, including the new Denali Ultimate trim, the 2023 GMC Yukon looks and feels worthy of its price tag. Several V8 petrol engines are offered, and you can also opt for the Duramax inline-6 diesel engine if you intend to tow more. The feature-rich infotainment system and sleek design language also remain unchanged. Competing with the Chevrolet Tahoe, Jeep Wagoneer and Nissan Armada, here are 10 things to know before buying the 2023 GMC Yukon.
ten Superb Cabin Room
Like the Chevrolet Suburban, the 2023 GMC Yukon does not disappoint in terms of interior and cargo capacity. The front row offers class-leading head, leg and shoulder room. The middle row can be equipped with a captain’s chair or a bench seat depending on the trim you choose.
The wide armrest, easy entry and exit, and all relevant features also add to the comfort factor of the 2023 GMC Yukon. Even the third row space was more than the Ford Expedition Max, and it can accommodate people larger with adequate comfort. As for cargo capacity, the Yukon could accommodate 25.5 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat.
9 Several V8 options are available
Both the naturally aspirated 5.3-liter V8 engine and the more powerful 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine are available with the 2023 GMC Yukon. However, the latter only comes standard with Denali and Denali Ultimate trims and in optional with AT4 version. It produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque and offers a maximum towing capacity of 8,000 lbs.
10-speed torque converter automatic transmission and RWD or 4WD transmissions are available for all trim configurations. If you get the base 5.3-liter naturally aspirated V-8 rated at 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, the Yukon can do the 0-60 mph run in 7, 1 seconds, making it one of the slowest of the lot. By comparison, the 6.2-liter engine could make the same run around the 6-second mark.
8 The Duramax diesel engine is very torquey
The torquey 3.0-liter Duramax turbocharged inline-6 diesel engine is optional and is the perfect choice for those who intend to tow heavy objects quite often. With 277 horsepower and an impressive 460 lb-ft of torque, performance never gets dull with the Yukon diesel and the 10-speed automatic transmission efficiently cuts down on power.
While it may not win any races against the 6.2-liter gasoline V8 engine, the superb torque paired with very low peak horsepower and torque rpm make the 2023 GMC Yukon Diesel a hoot to drive. . The 4WD drivetrain is quite capable, and the Traction Select system with tow/haul also does its job well.
seven Diesel is quite fuel efficient
The Duramax diesel that sits under the hood of the 2023 GMC Yukon is quite famous for its fuel efficiency and this 2023 model is no different. Compared to the paltry MPG numbers returned by V8 petrol engines, this inline-6 diesel is sure to excite anyone with a high run.
It could do 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highways. This is well above the 16 MPG city and 20 MPG highway rating of the 5.3-liter V8 engine. With a fuel tank capacity of 24 gallons, the 2023 GMC Yukon diesel can travel nearly 650 miles on a full tank of gas.
6 Luxurious, feature-rich cabin
The interior design of the 2023 GMC Yukon sees no major changes from the outgoing model year, and you’ll be pleased with the overall quality and opulence on offer. The simple dashboard design coupled with a reasonably large infotainment screen looks modern. The full-grain alpine umber leather upholstery and open-pore wood inserts that are standard for the upper trim significantly enhance the opulence.
The glazed area is higher than most rivals and the leather inserts on the door cards and dashboard with contrast stitching are premium. As for the feature list, get the premium Denali Ultimate trim, and you’re looking at all the cabin features like power sliding center console, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, heated second row, dual 12.6” rear seat multimedia touchscreens and a capable infotainment system. Even the lower trims are equipped with all the relevant interior technologies and features.
5 Infotainment is perfect for a full-size SUV
The GMC 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes standard on all Yukon trims. Being a Google-based infotainment system, it offers many features like Play Store, Google Assistant and other Google apps. The infotainment is seamlessly integrated into the dashboard and is one of the simpler systems.
Connectivity and entertainment features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM radio, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity and AUX inputs are standard. However, navigation and Bose audio systems are optional extras. They are also well priced.
4 Some of the driver assistance technicians are optional
The 2023 GMC Yukon gets a few standard driver-assist technologies like automated emergency braking, forward collision monitoring, and rear park assist. However, most of the advanced driver assistance technologies such as lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control are optional extras.
All basic safety features like StabiliTrak stability and traction control system, airbags, ABS, tire pressure monitoring system, rear view camera, and OnStar and GMC connected services are offered. The 2023 Yukon also received an overall crash safety rating of 4 stars in the NHTSA crash test. However, the Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada fared better here.
3 Competitive warranty coverage
The standard warranty offered by GMC is superior to most rivals in the segment and this gives buyers more confidence. The limited warranty is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles and the powertrain warranty is 5 years or 60,000 miles. There is also free maintenance coverage for the first service visit.
However, the Toyota Sequoia offers even better free maintenance coverage as it is covered for 2 years or 25,000 miles. The 2023 GMC Yukon received an overall consumer rating of 84 in JD Power’s survey, which is better than most, and no recalls or complaints have been reported according to NHTSA.
2 The AT4 trim is off-road capable
The Yukon AT4 is the right choice for you if you want a full-size SUV that performs great on-road and off-road. It gets an off-road-ready exterior that’s highlighted by the red tow hooks, 20-inch 6-spoke machined aluminum, Goodyear off-road tires and thick skid plates. It also has a better approach angle of nearly 32 degrees.
Coming with the standard 5.3L naturally aspirated V8 and optional 6.2L naturally aspirated V8, the AT4 has more than enough torque to rip through off-road trails with ease. It can be had with the optional Air Ride adaptive suspension which increases ground clearance by 2″ and the standard Active Response 4WD system provides optimum torque to each wheel. The PROGRADE towing system also allows it to have a maximum towing weight of 8,200 lbs.
1 Braking performance does not compromise
Braking hardware and performance have been significantly improved over the older generation Yukon and that’s a plus if you do frequent highway trips. With massive 17-inch front and rear rotors mated to 4-wheel ABS and DURALIFE rotors, braking performance is top-notch.
Braking from 70-0 MPH is done in 183 feet, which is pretty good considering its heavy curb. All other braking features such as automated emergency braking, hill hold control, hill descent control and ventilated front rotors are also offered.