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2014 GMC Yukon Overview
Like the Tahoe and Suburban, its SUV brethren from General Motors, the 2014 GMC Yukon will appear in its current guise one more time before a much-anticipated redesign for 2015. The Yukon gets a few minor changes for this brief model year, but it remains essentially the same—a full-size utility vehicle with serious towing capabilities, a smooth ride, loads of standard features and plenty of room for passengers or cargo.
GMC simplified the Yukon lineup by eliminating the Hybrid model. The company also made shopping simpler by eliminating the Convenience Package, since those features now come standard on the base SLE model—remote start, power-adjustable pedals, a reversing camera, rear park assist and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with camera display.
Both of the Yukon trims, the SLE and SLT, are powered by a 5.3-liter Vortec V8 engine that's mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and produces 320 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The V8 has Active Fuel Management, which shuts down 4 of those 8 cylinders during light-load conditions, which helps the Yukon get 15 mpg city/21 highway.
Those mileage numbers stay the same whether you choose the standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or the optional 4-wheel drive (4WD), but the trailering capacity does take a dramatic turn dependent on that choice. The RWD Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds (and has a maximum payload of 1,633 pounds), while the 4WD models can tow up to 5,200 pounds (with a maximum payload of 1,606 pounds). The Yukon's people-carrying capabilities don't have that wide a range, but it can seat between 7 and 9 passengers. The SLE has the option for a front-row bench, and both trims have the choice of a second-row bench with a 60/40 split or two second-row bucket seats. The only third-row choice is a 50/50-split bench.
The third-row bench doesn't fold down flat, but it can be removed, although that will take two people and some effort to accomplish. There's 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 60.3 cubic feet if it's removed and a total cargo volume of 108.9 cubic feet.
Everyone and everything inside the Yukon will enjoy a comfortable ride thanks in large part to a stiff, fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. The SLT trim model also has an available Autoride suspension system that reduces body motion and smooths the ride with a real-time damping system that automatically adjusts based on input from body and wheel motion sensors.
Quality materials, an intuitive layout and an impressive list of features highlight the Yukon's interior. In addition to the former Convenience Package features, the SLE trim comes standard with a power driver and passenger seats, Bose premium audio system, 3 months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, rear audio controls, Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, power windows, cruise control, power programmable door locks and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Moving up to the SLT level adds a Universal Home Remote and options like 10-way power heated front seats, heated second-row seats with power release, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, power-folding and heated mirrors, and a side blind-zone alert system.
All Yukons come standard with head, curtain and side airbags with rollover protection for all rows, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front row, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system and 6 months of OnStar Directions and Connections service.