The trend for a big, bulky SUV is on the decline. Most drivers are looking for small, compact SUVs that aren’t gas guzzling beasts. There’s now very few options left, because companies have been abandoning bulky SUVs in droves.
The 2015 GMC Yukon is one of the only survivors. And, it’s ranked as one of the best. It has the ruggedness of a truck… and… comes with the same features found in luxury SUVs.
For 2015, GMC has completely redesigned the Yukon to give it a more modern look. The three trims available are: SLE, SLT and Denali.
On the edge about whether you should buy it or not? Here’s our 2015 GMC Yukon review…
2015 GMC Yukon Review
1. Great Safety Features.
The cabin has a safety cage made from high-grade steel. It’s a sturdy powerhouse that will keep you safe in the event of a collision. And, if you’re worried about backing into somebody – don’t be. It features a rear-view camera so that you can back out of tight spaces with ease.
You have the option of getting a head-up display so that you can get information in your line of sight… without causing a distraction.
You can get adapative cruise control and blind spot monitors, too. These features are especially useful for merging into lanes on the highway. You’ll get an alert if a car is in your blind spot. But you should always check over your shoulder.
It comes with airbags… and… has new safety technology such as the front-center airbags. They’ll shield your body from slamming against the dash if you end up in a collision.
2. Good Performance in Safety Testing
The 2015 GMC Yukon nailed a five-star rating for its performance in crash tests. The test was performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The five stars were from the front and side impact tests.
3. The Engine Has a Kick
You can choose from two different engine options. The 2015 Yukon has the same engine as the GMC Sierra… which… is a hearty 5.3-liter V8 that churns out a whopping 355 HP. The upgraded version is a 6.2-liter V8 that pumps out 420 HP.
Both engines have a 6-speed automatic transmission… and… buyers can choose from rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.
4. Good Fuel Economy
The direct injection technology that was added to the Yukon for 2015 has made it very fuel efficient… for a full-size SUV.
The Yukon gets 16 MPG in the city and 23 on the highway. Combined mileage is 18 MPG.
5. High-Tech Interior Look and Functionality
The interior was updated for the 2015. The cabin has high-quality materials. In fact, the trim is made of polished wood and aluminum. At the base trim, you can seat up to 9 passengers… IF you get the bench seat in the front row.
The upholstery is cloth, making it very comfortable to drive in. The power adjustable front seats make it easy for you to get comfortable.
You can choose heating and cooling options for the front seats… and… heating for seats in the second row. The screen in the Yukon provides different types of info, from gas mileage to cylinder deactivation status.
6. Improved Third Row Seating
The Yukon has stow n’ go seats that can be folded into the floor. In past versions, it had to be removed from the vehicle completely. Talk about a nightmare! Well… now all you have to do is fold them down.
It’s nice and easy now. Plus… there’s a power folding third row option that will make the cargo area more easy to be accessed.
7. Cargo Room
With the base model, you will get 15.3 cubic feet if you keep the third row in place. Fold it down and you get 57.6 cubic feet of storage space. Without the second and third rows, you will get 97.4 cubic feet. The XL version provides 38.9 cubic feet with the third row up.
Without the second and third rows, the XL version gets 121.1 cubic feet!
8. It Has Excellent Noise Cancellation
The cabin of the Yukon was made to be quiet. The interior has great insulation from road noise and wind noise. The doors prevent noise from bothering you while you drive. It’s very calm and peaceful to drive the Yukon.
9. Magnetic Ride Control
The super-powerful magnets in the 2015 Yukon control the shocks. This tech is only available on the Denali trim (which is way more expensive)… and… gives the Yukon handling similar to a smaller vehicle.
10. Technology to Make Driving Easier
The 2015 Yukon truly excels in the driver-assist technology. The SLE comes with a lane change alert that will vibrate your seat when it’s starting to change lanes.
This is especially helpful if you end up falling asleep behind the wheel… because it will likely wake you up. The convenience package includes a power lift gate and auto-dimming rear view mirror.
One of the areas where the 2015 Yukon excels is in the amount of driver-assist technology. For example, the SLE version comes with a lane change alert that vibrates the driver’s seat to indicate when the vehicle has started to change lanes. The Convenience package for the SLE includes features such as a power lift gate and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
11. It Performs Well on the Road
Even with their large size, Yukons are relatively easy to drive. Their frame as has been improved and now provides these SUVs with a firm foundation. The Power steering in the 2015 Yukon is extremely smooth and allows it to snap back to center smoothly. It is both easy to use while also proving good feedback.
12. It Has Excellent Entertainment Features
Standard entertainment features include a Bose sound system that has nine speakers along with an 8-inch touchscreen. There is also a Blu-Ray/DVD system for passengers in the rear seats and a total of five USB ports.