The 2014 GMC Yukon is a fantastic alternative to your typical car-like crossovers, like the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. It may not be as popular, but its 6.2-litre V8 FlexFuel engine, which can produce 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque, more than makes up for that. So, those who need a more truck-like vehicle with excellent towing capability should definitely give this one a look.
The 2014 GMC Yukon is unlikely to bring GM its top profits, but it’s still a fantastic option for families and businesses alike. The Denali and Yukon XL trims are particularly impressive, offering luxury, comfort and excellent performance. So, if you’re in need of a truck-like crossover that offers plenty of towing and hauling capability, then this is the vehicle you should consider. If you’re looking for a more car-like crossover, like the Traverse, then definitely stay away from this one.
With its tall profile and walls of stiff metal, the 2014 Yukon looks as imposing as it sounds. But if you put it right next to the Yukon XL model, the standard-length version will drown in its majesty. At 222.4 inches long, the XL provides additional 20 inches to the Yukon's already hefty size. The GMC Yukon sits about nine inches of above ground, so it’s not surprising to see standard assist steps to help passengers get inside.
On the inside, the 2014 GMC Yukon can fit in almost nine passengers, using up three rows of seats. That said, most car buyers will opt for the more accommodating eight-passenger setup of two bucket seats as opposed to a three-person bench. The setup also allows the driver and front passenger to access the large centre console more easily. In terms of space, there’s plenty of legroom in the second row, but the third-row legroom in regular-length models is much more restrictive. So, if you need to carry adults in the third row often, the Yukon XL is a much more appealing vehicle for that.
The new GMC Yukon offers a selection of two V8 engines. The base one is a 5.3-litre that produces 320 horsepower. The Denali versions get the 6.2-litre engine that yields the impressive 403 horsepower. The maximum tow rating is 8,500 pounds with the former engine, while the latter one can only pull 8,300 pounds. On top of that, four-wheel-drive models can’t pull as much as two-wheel-drive options. The best news is that both engines use regular gasoline and have the ability to run on an E85 gasoline/ethanol blend.
Ultimately, the 2014 GMC Yukon is a vehicle that’s meant to transport a lot of people in comfort. If you don’t care for the comfort of your passengers or need to even drive many people, then you can probably get away with purchasing the Acadia (because it's cheaper). But if you have kids or worse – grownup kids – then we recommend checking this one out.
2014 GMC Yukon
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Rating: 8.4 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|Denali||$74,120||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SLE||$51,580||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SLE 4X4||$56,040||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SLT||$56,410||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|SLT 4X4||$60,865||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
The 2014 GMC Yukon SLE and SLT are powered by a 5.3-liter V8 good for 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and buyers have their choice of rear-wheel drive or a four-wheel-drive system that features a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing for driving off-road or in heavy snow.
In Edmunds testing, a 4WD Chevrolet Tahoe, the 2014 Yukon's mechanical twin, went from zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Regardless of whether you choose rear- or four-wheel drive, EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg combined (15 mpg city/21 mpg highway). Depending on drivetrain and equipment, the Yukon can tow as much as 8,500 pounds.
The GMC Yukon Denali gets a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic with manual-shift capability is standard. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The AWD system is not intended for serious off-road use, as it features only a single-speed transfer case.
In Edmunds testing, the mechanically similar Cadillac Escalade with the same engine went from zero to 60 mph in a quick 7.5 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2014 Yukon Denali is 15 mpg combined (13 city/18 highway). A properly equipped Yukon Denali can tow up to 8,300 pounds.
Originally appeared on Edmunds.
|Interiors and Special Features:|
Technically, the 2014 GMC Yukon can carry up to nine passengers across three rows of seats. Most buyers, however, will opt for the more comfortable 8-passenger setup of two bucket seats in front instead of a 3-person bench. With the more popular setup, the driver and front passenger also have easy access to a large, convenient center console. The Yukon's big and blocky exterior equals interior space that could command rent in New York City. There is ample legroom in the second row, though 3rd-row legroom in regular-length models is much tighter. If you regularly need to carry adults in the last row, the Yukon XL has generous room.
Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.
The GMC Yukon has a strong reputation for safety, and it's backed up with a solid set of features plus some excellent crash-test scores.
The Yukon has earned five stars for both frontal and side impact from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but because it's such a tall vehicle the mathematically derived rollover test pushes its overall score to four stars. Otherwise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn't tested the current Yukon.
Dual front, side, and curtain airbags that cover all rows of seats; traction and stability control; and the OnStar safety and concierge system are all standard in the Yukon.
Outward visibility is quite good for an SUV, although shorter drivers might have issue when parking or changing lanes. On the options list, there are blind-spot detectors, parking sensors, and a rearview camera.
Originally appeared on The Car Connection.
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