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2022 GMC Yukon Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

Outside of a Savana passenger van, nothing in the GMC truck lineup simultaneously hauls people and cargo as well as the 2022 Yukon and long-wheelbase Yukon XL. Closely related to the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban SUVs, the Yukon lineup can be had with either a 5.3- or 6.2-liter gasoline-powered V-8 engine or a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six. No matter which engine is under the hood, the Yukon delivers stout towing capacity and a refined on-road demeanor. The cabin is spacious in all three rows and the Yukon can be ordered in a variety of trims that escalate in luxuriousness, culminating in the high-end Denali trim.

What’s New for 2022?

Although it was all-new last year, the Yukon receives a tech upgrade for 2022 that includes a newly-standard 12.0-inch digital gauge display and a new infotainment interface that was developed in partnership with Google. On the mechanical front, the 6.2-liter V-8 is now available on the AT4 trim and can be equipped with a dual exhaust system. The top-end Denali now offers the previously optional power-sliding center console as standard equipment. Redwood Metallic joins the color palette, too.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    While the rough-and-tumble AT4—with its butch looks and off-road equipment—and the luxurious Denali—with its hand-stitched leather interior—seem the most compelling, the one to go for is actually the well-equipped and more affordable SLT. This mid-range model comes packed with features that most buyers are looking for, including leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, 20-inch wheels, a power rear liftgate, and a suite of driver-assistance features.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Similar to the last-generation Yukon, two V-8 engines are offered: a 355-hp 5.3-liter and a 420-hp 6.2-liter. In addition to those gasoline-burning engines, GMC also offers a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six that makes a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque and should be the choice for buyers who intend to tow heavy items. All models come with a 10-speed automatic transmission operated by a push-button panel on the dashboard and will offer either rear- or all-wheel drive. An off-road-oriented AT4 model is also available and features a two-speed transfer case, 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, underbody skid plates, and an optional air suspension capable of offering up to two more inches of ground clearance. When we tested a loaded Denali model with the 6.2-liter V-8, we recorded a 6.0-second zero-to-60-mph time and noted significantly improved braking performance over the last generation model.

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    The Yukon isn’t particularly fuel efficient, but it does slightly better in the city than the last generation model. Yukons equipped with the smaller 5.3-liter V-8 are the most efficient gasoline-powered models and earned ratings of 16 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. The turbo-diesel engine is predictably more efficient, earning ratings of up to 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, our Denali test vehicle delivered 20 mpg. For more information about the Yukon’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    Available in a variety of flavors—from base SLE spec to luxurious Denali—the Yukon and long-wheelbase Yukon XL promise seating for up to eight passengers, although ordering the popular second-row captain’s chairs will lower the total seating capacity to seven. Denali models offer a unique interior design with a wood-trimmed dashboard and hand-stitched leather upholstery. A novel power-sliding center console is available in SLT and AT4 models (it’s standard on the Denali) and allows the driver to motor the center console back and forth over a 10-inch track to make room for bulkier first-row cargo such as a purse or backpack and stash other smaller items out of sight in hidden cubbies. Cargo capacity is generous, especially in the larger XL model, which offers a whopping 145 cubic feet of maximum cargo space with all of its seats stowed. That’s more than its cross-town rival, the Ford Expedition Max (which has 122 cubic feet behind its front row of seats). The standard-length Yukon provided enough space for six carry-on cases behind its third-row seats. With the third and second rows stowed, we fit 35.

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    All Yukon models come with a large infotainment display with GMC’s latest infotainment interface and we’ve found the system easy to use. SLE, SLT, and AT4 models feature a display that stands tall in the center of the dashboard, but the Denali’s is surrounded by bright chrome and is embedded in the dashboard for a more sophisticated look. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard equipment; navigation and a Bose audio system are both optional features.

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    A host of driver-assistance features are offered, but GMC only offers basic tech as standard, forcing buyers to pay extra for more advanced ones. For more information about the Yukon’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

    • Standard automated emergency braking with forward-collision warning
    • Available blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
    • Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

      GMC offers a warranty that’s competitive with other rivals in the full-size SUV class but doesn’t stand out in any meaningful way. The first maintenance visit is provided free of charge, but the Toyota Sequoia offers maintenance for a full two years or 25,000 miles.

      • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
      • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
      • Complimentary maintenance covers one visit in the first year

        Specifications

        Specifications

        2021 GMC Yukon Denali 4WD

        VEHICLE TYPE

        front-engine, rear-/4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon

        PRICE AS TESTED

        $83,795 (base price: $72,695)

        ENGINE TYPE

        pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
        Displacement

        376 in3, 6162 cm3
        Power

        420 hp @ 5600 rpm
        Torque

        460 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

        TRANSMISSION

        10-speed automatic

        CHASSIS

        Suspension (F/R): control arms/trailing arms

        Brakes (F/R): vented disc/vented disc

        Tires: Bridgestone Alenza A/S 02, 275/50R-22 111H M+S TPC SPEC 3156MS

        DIMENSIONS

        Wheelbase: 120.9 in

        Length: 210.0 in

        Width: 81.0 in

        Height: 76.5 in

        Passenger volume: 178 ft3

        Cargo volume: 26 ft3

        Curb weight: 6007 lb

        C/D TEST RESULTS

        60 mph: 6.0 sec

        100 mph: 15.4 sec

        Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.4 sec

        Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec

        Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.1 sec

        1/4 mile: 14.5 sec @ 97 mph

        Top speed (governor limited): 112 mph

        Braking, 70–0 mph: 183 ft

        Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.73 g
        Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.

        C/D FUEL ECONOMY

        Observed: 14 mpg

        75-mph highway driving: 20 mpg

        Highway range: 480 miles

        EPA FUEL ECONOMY

        Combined/city/highway: 16/14/19 mpg

        C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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