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The GMC Yukon has a comfortable interior that pushes upscale for a truck, in a truck chassis that can cope with the worst roads and drivers. It offers available power that meets or beats the competition. It offers good towing capability among SUVs. The addition of the Hybrid model answers the urban fuel economy issue that has long plagued large gasoline-powered SUVs. With all its strengths, the Yukon is a strong contender among full-size SUVs. For 2013 the Yukon now offers engine braking on grades without having to use the Tow/Haul mode.

Power and Handling of the '13 Yukon

The GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV with power, space, and towing capacity. It can haul loads of gear, it can survive repeated pounding over rugged terrain, it can pull trailers, all while transporting four or five adults in comfort. And it's that towing capacity that makes it a sensible choice. Yukon's 5.3-liter V8 delivers 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque, and most Yukons weigh in the mid-5000-pound range where lots of torque is welcome. It's a flex-fuel engine, meaning it can run on 85 percent ethanol, called E85. Denali with its 6.2-liter V8 rates 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. This powerhouse gets the Denali moving with ease, delivering very similar power-to-weight as Toyota's 5.7-liter Sequoia. The Denali's tow rating is 100 to 200 pounds less than that of other Yukons and it is not available with a 4WD system that has low-range gearing. Both V8s have a system that idles half the cylinders when not needed, though the reality is that condition occurs infrequently in big trucks.

2013 GMC Yukon Design

The GMC Yukon features clean lines with quiet, calm surface planes that minimize the sheer bulk. Likewise, the smooth, gently contoured flanks and arrow-straight beltline visually lower the height. Tight tolerances between body panels and a thud closing a door invite comparison with other SUVs. The one-piece front end presents a friendly, welcoming face but without forfeiting the Yukon's presence. Large headlight housings are vertically oriented rather than the Tahoe's horizontal layout. The trademark grille with ruby-red logo and lower air intake ensure plenty of engine cooling. SLE and SLT share a horizontal-bar grille, Denali is distinguished by fine mesh. The Yukon interior design is clean and uncluttered. Leather surfaces feel expensive, if not luxurious. The fit between panels and coverings is impressive, with tight tolerances. Less impressive is the finish of some of the hard plastic surfaces, which look better than they feel; lighter-color interiors convey the lux look much better than the dark colors. The headliner is a woven fabric that looks and feels like mouse fur. Elegantly simple, the instrument panel and center stack would look right at home in a luxury SUV. The Denali is richer still, with a wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel and darker wood trim than the other models. The gauge cluster is informative, reporting via secondary analog gauges powertrain data others leave to warning lights or bury in scrollable information displays.

New GMC Yukon Trim Levels

Yukon SLT 2WD and AWD upgrade to leather upholstery; adjustable pedals; rear park assist; remote start; auto-dimming inside mirror; and universal garage door opener. The SLT-2 package adds additional front seat adjustments with driver memory system, heated second row seats with power seat release, power-operated liftgate and outside heated power-adjustable, power-folding mirrors.

Yukon Denali 2WD and AWD upgrade with a 403-hp 6.2-liter engine; 12-way power front seats; heated front and second-row seats; driver memory system; power tilt, heated, wood-and-leather steering wheel; Autoride suspension; power liftgate; power-folding reverse-tilt mirrors; auto-dimming inside and driver's side mirrors; chrome trim and unique grilles; and 20-inch chromed aluminum wheels with 275/55R20 tires. Side blind zone alert system, previously an option, is now standard; so is the all-new HDD navigation system described in the Introduction, integrated into a Bose 10.1 Centerpoint Surround Sound audio system and including voice activation, NavTraffiic, and a rearview camera.

Yukon Hybrid 2WD and 4WD are well-equipped, slotting between SLT2 and Denali for features and amenities. However, the Hybrid does come standard with a 6.0-liter V8 gas engine and electric drive system contained within the transmission that rate 332 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque. The Hybrid models come standard with the new HDD navigation system and rearview camera, locking rear differential, and P265/65R18 low-rolling resistance tires on alloy wheels. It does not have roof rails, fog lamps, or a separately-opening glass on the liftgate.

Yukon Denali Hybrid is available in 2WD or 4WD. It gets Denali trim and appearance, plus 22-inch chromed aluminum wheels.

Conclusions

The GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV with power, space, and towing capacity. It can haul loads of gear, it can survive repeated pounding over rugged terrain, it can pull trailers, all while transporting four or five adults in comfort. And it's that towing capacity that makes it a sensible choice. Safety features that come standard on all models include dual-stage front airbags; seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front row; three-row, head-protecting curtain side airbags with rollover sensors; four-wheel antilock brakes; StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation; LATCH child safety seat anchors; and a tire pressure monitor. Side blind zone alert is standard on Denali but not offered on other models. Optional are rearview cameras, and rear park assist. For more on this model, visit the official GMC Yukon website!