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This more luxurious version of the Chevrolet Tahoe uses a 5.3-liter V8 and six-speed automatic that returns 16 mpg and doesn't feel particularly energetic. Ride and handling are not stellar, although the Magnetic Ride Control suspension on the Denali version improves ride comfort and handling response. The 6.2-liter engine that comes on the Denali is also a meaningful upgrade, but it raises the price considerably. Proper optional equipment gives the Yukon a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, about the only advantage it has over a car-based SUV. Just as in the Tahoe, the third-row seat is low and tiny. Automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist are optional. Reliability has been well below average.

Road Test

This big SUV, which is built on a full-sized pickup chassis, seems like a throwback in a world where nearly every other SUV is now based on a carlike unibody structure. It's a virtual twin of the Chevrolet Tahoe and essentially a shorter version of t...

Highs

  • Large and utilitarian
  • Very quiet

Lows

  • Large and tall, hurting maneuverability
  • High-step-in

Best Version to Get

We think it's important to get the Magnetic Ride Control suspension, because it significantly improves the Yukon's emergency handling, in addition to improving the ride. Lower trim lines without this feature have sloppy handling in emergency situations. Getting that suspension, however, requ...

Specifications

Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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