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 the GMC Yukon XL (and Chevy Suburban), with a 20-inch shorter length and about 24 cubic feet less cargo room.
Alerts
There are 3 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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.
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.
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.
NA
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.
NA
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.
NA
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.
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 the GMC Yukon XL (and Chevy Suburban), with a 20-inch shorter length and about 24 cubic feet less cargo room.

For 2015, the Yukon, Yukon XL, and their Chevrolet counterparts received a major update, with chiseled looks, a nicely finished interior, the latest technology, and slightly better fuel economy. At $62,000, however, our typically equipped Yukon SLT test vehicle competes with many other luxury SUVs that offer a better driving experience and about the same utility.

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
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 GMC Yukon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"I park in an attached garage. Very soon after I start the Yukon, I back it out of the garage. I am backing out in a southern direction and on sunny days, I can not see anything on my screen from the backup camera as it is on dim. The whole inside of the Yukon is very well lit up and too bright to see anything on a dimmed screen. My garage is very well lighted. That is not bright enough and it causes it to think it is being started at night. But that is only for a few seconds If GM set the default to be on bright no matter what for the first minute, it wouldn't make any difference if it was night, lasting only that minute but in the bright daylight, it is probably the only time I back up and is totally useless. I almost ran into a neighbours car because my normal vision was blocked to be able to see that can but if I could have used the screen, I would have seen it. After one minute, it goes bright but by that time, I am already going forward in normal driving. The solution is so simple, it is not funny. Just change a few lines of code in the software and it would take care of the problem. GM knows about this. I have not heard anything that would indicate they plan to change a thing about it."

Anonymous, MB (2017 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"Infotainment system would lock up. All of the car functions are run through this system, ac, phone, GPS. Car would remain functional (drive able). Dealership had to replace all parts, instrument cluster, head unit, amplifier, seems to have been repaired. Over two week in repair."

Anonymous, (2017 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"In-dash GPS system is difficult to operate, displays are not always appropriate to the operation of the vehicle. Tries to show too many screens on the display at once making them difficult to see because each screen takes up part of the display."

Anonymous, WA (2017 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone would not work so I think I will try."

Anonymous, MA (2017 GMC Yukon SLT 6.2-L V8)

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

"The rain would leak onto the brake pedal. Turns out the weld on top of the cab was missing a 1/4" bit, and the water would run in there, exiting on the brake pedal. A missing piece on a weld on a $68,000 vehicle! Ridiculous!"

Robert R., GA (2017 GMC Yukon Denali)

"windshield leaked"

Anonymous, (2017 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Passenger side weather stripping required replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2017 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Wind noise

"wind noise on drivers side window. will take it to dealer when I get a chance"

Gordon E., AR (2017 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarms go off if dogs left in car. Repeadly. We spoke to a knowledgeable service person at GMC and they said it’s been a problem for several people . the alarm goes off again and again while I stand with key fob shutting it off. This is a major problem for me."

Susie M., AZ (2017 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"rear tail light failed"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Keyless entry

"It was suggested that I don’t use the key fob to lock car, I could try locking manually to see if the key fob was part of issue."

Susie M., AZ (2017 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

A/C compressor

"HVAC condensor leaking refrig at weld location. Condensor failure"

Anonymous, MO (2017 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Condenser

"service bulletin issued by GMC for most if this model. However GMC has indicated it did not include mine even though same part number and similar failure mileage"

Anonymous, (2017 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"Leak in line to rear evaporator. Problem fixed March 2020"

Anonymous, NY (2017 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Transmission shifts with a "Thud" when operating in 1st or 2nd gear at a low speed and slowing down or speeding up slightly. GM dealer has reprogrammed transmission but problem persists"

Anonymous, WA (2017 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"Irregular shifting up and down between 1st and 2nd gear. Sometimes dead spot."

Martin K., SK (2017 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

Electronic or air suspension

"Just replaced the both air suspension shocks in the front of the vehicle, it is only 2 1/12 years old, very costly. While at the dealership they performed a 50K service, so with the shocks and service it cost almost $2,600.00, costly"

Phillip T., LA (2017 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Same issue as discussed in previous comments, costly repair for such a new vehicle."

Phillip T., LA (2017 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 pump

"With less than 1,000 kilometers, the engine would lose power and a couple times stall. Then would not start with remote. Then just died on the road. Had to take in and the problem was the fuel pump failed and had to be replaced. Like new vehicle and pump shot."

Martin K., SK (2017 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Vibration could be felt inside car around 70mph in v4 mode."

Anonymous, GA (2017 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

"fog lights improperly installed, both fog lights cracked and loosely connected to bumper."

Anonymous, NM (2017 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

Drive System

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

Brakes

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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

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