The 2019 GMC Yukon is a mechanic twin of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. While the Yukon is so luxurious, you might think it’s a fancy brother of the Cadillac Escalade. These three GM full-size SUVs were built at the same factory in Arlington, Texas. The GMC variant stands out with its own design and aims to have a slightly more luxurious feel than its Chevy sibling. As a traditional 3-row body-on-frame SUV, the Yukon excels in terms of hauling and towing, but like most vehicles in this class, it trades some efficiency and comfort for its rugged capabilities.
The 2019 GMC Yukon is available in three trims levels: SLE, SLT and Denali. Eight passengers is standard, but the SLE optional front bench seat increases the capacity to nine. Second-row bucket seats are available on the SLT trim and standard on the Denali, it reduces capacity to seven.
The 2019 GMC Yukon SLE standard features include front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone climate control, rearview camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with 9-speaker Bose audio system. We recommend stepping up to the SLT trim. Its features with a power tailgate, leather upholstery, tilts and telescoping steering wheel, and power-adjustable pedals. It also includes the Enhanced Driver Alert Package with safety features like automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning. Every 2019 GMC Yukon also comes with GM’s OnStar telecommunications service with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Two V8 engine options are available for the 2019 GMC Yukon. Standard on the SLE and SLT is a 5.3-liter V8 producing 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard on the Denali is a 6.2-liter V8 generating a more robust 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Its linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This engine is now available on the SLT trims if you opt for the Graphite Performance Edition.
Both engines also feature direct gasoline injection and Active Cylinder Management, which seamlessly shuts off half the cylinders during steady cruising to save fuel. The 2019 GMC Yukon is 2WD, with 4WD is available as an option on all trims. Maximum towing capacity is up to 8,500 pounds.
5.3-liter V8 with 6-speed automatic (SLE and SLT)
355 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
383 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 15/22 mpg (2WD) and 15/21 mpg (4WD)
6.2-liter V8 with 10-speed automatic (SLT and Denali)
420 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 14/23 mpg (2WD) and 14/22 mpg (4WD)
The 2019 GMC Yukon is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. It has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $50,795 when (include $1,295 destination fee). The SLT put you into the mid-$50,000 range, while the Yukon Denali starts at nearly $68,000. The 4WD is an extra $3,000.