The Yukon, twin to the Chevrolet Tahoe, has a compliant ride, good interior quality, and comfortable seats. Towing capability is impressive, but the 5.3-liter V8 is unrefined. There is little cargo room behind the tiny third-row seat, which doesn't fold into the floor. Four-wheel-drive versions have a selectable full-time system. Handling and braking are only so-so.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
NA
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard from 2000-2002, available until 2006. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available in 2007, standard from 2008.
Model Summary
The Yukon, twin to the Chevrolet Tahoe, has a compliant ride, good interior quality, and comfortable seats. Towing capability is impressive, but the 5.3-liter V8 is unrefined. There is little cargo room behind the tiny third-row seat, which doesn't fold into the floor. Four-wheel-drive versions have a selectable full-time system. Handling and braking are only so-so. The hybrid version got 19 mpg in our tests, a big improvement over the V8's 14 mpg. The six-speed automatic slightly improved fuel economy and acceleration.
Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 hybrid (332 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (403 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 GMC Yukon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Mildew smell prompted investigation which resulted in the discovery of a roof leak around the sunroof."

Anonymous, (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 5.3-L V8)

"Radiator has internal leak and needs to be replaced. Fluid is leaking into the engine not on ground/floor"

Gary N., MN (2013 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Same as before"

Larry J., MS (2013 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water gets into back doors following rains"

Larry J., MS (2013 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"This is not new for GMC. Auto develops rattles and window air leaks"

Fernand P., LA (2013 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"There was a short they said in radio that caused erratic honking, locking and unlocking doors, headlights flashing etc"

Anonymous, OK (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)

"high beams are very poor"

Greg Y., NC (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Keyless entry

"I've had 3 lock actuators on 3 different doors fail in the past 12 months"

Robert P., TX (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Hose to rear window washer disconnected behind left front wheel well"

Anonymous, CO (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Rear door doesn't lock and latch correctly. brought in twice to get fixed and it still hasn't been fixed"

Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Mirrors

"Right side mirror has double reflection. Dealer attempted to fix/replace, but same problem"

Fernand P., LA (2013 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate door would not close completely. Yukon should still have been covered by the used car dealership I bought it from. I took it there and they supposedly fixed it, but problem recurred immediately. I took it to a CHEVROLET/GMC dealership and they fixed it. I have an extended service contract on this car. (I purchased it independently from any dealership.) The Service Contract company did not want to cover the the cost of the repair, but they finally did. This happened shortly after I purchased the car and it left me with a negative impression of all three companies - the one I bought it from, the extended service contract company and the company that finally fixed it."

Carol S., NH (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 5.3-L V8)

"THE FLAT TRIM BELOW THE REAR DOOR BLEW OFF"

Anonymous, AB (2013 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Handle on door broke off. Also interior door latch pulled loose from door frame when something was caught on it. Unfortunately the individual pulled on it instead of trying to loosen but was surprised it pulled free of the door."

Anonymous, NC (2013 GMC Yukon Denali Unsure)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Dashboard cracked."

Anonymous, (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Rust

"The passenger door shows a rust stain below the rubber seal"

Anonymous, SC (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Developed a squeaking noise and a slight stickiness."

Anonymous, (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Both front entire wheel hubs went bad at 45,000 miles and had to be totally replaced. $1,800 repair"

Craig D., TX (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"The breaks squeak a lot even after being changed, always hear that dust is in the break pad which hasn't gone away at all even after being checked."

Anonymous, (2013 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes failed while driving downhill with little warning."

Anonymous, NC (2013 GMC Yukon Denali Unsure)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

"it drained the battery and vehicle would not start"

Gary N., MN (2013 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"am radio on this $60,000 car does not work. brought in twice to fix and it is still not repaired"

Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"check engine light led to replacement of fuel level sensor. Had to drop the fuel tank to replace sensor. $545"

Fred S., TX (2013 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump quit at 55k km. Replaced under warranty"

Grant R., BC (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"The transaxle in the front went out. It was in the dealer's for a month"

Anonymous, OH (2013 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"the system leaks down and won't operate"

Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"It was having regular service. Guynoticed a tiny fluid leak. I had themrepair it since they is my long tripvehicle"

Anonymous, TN (2013 GMC Yukon Denali)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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