Like its slightly bigger sibling the Yukon XL, the recently redesigned Yukon entered the modern era with an independent rear suspension that improved ride comfort, handling, and, as a result of better packaging, third-row room.
The standard 5.3-liter V8 is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and that powertrain supplies plenty of predictable, uninterrupted power.
The ride is comfortable, although it's steadier in the Denali version with its standard magnetic ride suspension.
Handling is rather ponderous but secure.
The enormous cabin is eerily quiet.
Cargo capacity is generous, weakening the case for the even larger Yukon XL.
Controls are very easy to use, except for the tricky gear selector.
It's a big step to get into the Yukon, and the tall hood cuts forward visibility.
FCW, and AEB with pedestrian detection, are standard, but BSW is optional.