Big, Bold, Beautiful. The 2015 GMC Yukon.

2015 GMC Yukon

As a longstanding name in the full-sized SUV category, the Yukon offers owners plenty of space, towing capacity, and ability for any task. No matter if the crew needs to get to the job site and build something awesome and inspiring, or the family needs to get away for the weekend in the woods, at the lake, or to the beach, the Yukon is there to handle all needs with ease and enjoyment that is unmatched in its class.

Recently the Yukon has been heading into the luxury platforms of the full-sized SUV world with its highly luxurious Denali trim. For 2015 the standard trim is actually going to be even nicer than the old Denali trim which means the Denali will have to be even better; a huge bonus to those already fanatical Denali lovers.   The entire lineup of Yukon is completely new for 2015. With all the great new looks of the exterior, new interior and upgraded technology shoppers might think GMC forgot about the inner workings of this beast, but they would be wrong. The chassis, suspension and both V8 engines are all upgraded to offer an even better ride and more fuel efficiency than ever before.

With the all new and finely tuned suspension as well as a highly responsive steering system, the Yukon is more of a pleasure cruise than a truck of its size would normally be. Add to this the Magnetic Ride Control which is designed to help control body motions and the Yukon is easily poised to take on any road or trail and not throw the occupants all over the cabin. The cabin itself is also very quiet with a superior amount of insulation and noise cancelling technology inhabitants are able to listen to their choice of music and not have to hear the road around them.

Two engines choices are offered for this awesome monstrosity and they start with the 5.3-liter V8 engine that has can run 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. Even though this looks like the same engine from 2014, it’s not. This engine comes equipped with Active Cylinder Management to shut down half the cylinders when they are not needed. It also boasts the use of direct injection that helps to improve the fuel economy and boost the horsepower. This engine is partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers 16 city/23 hwy mpg for the two-wheel drive version and 15 city/22 hwy mpg for the four-wheel drive models.

The second engine can be found in the Denali trim lineup and comes in the form of a massive 6.2-liter V8 that really brings it with 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. This big engine also boasts the use of Active Cylinder Management and direct injection and is matched up with the six-speed automatic transmission to offer fuel mileage at 15 city/21 hwy mpg for the two-wheel drive, 14 city/21 hwy mpg for the four-wheel drive, and 14 city/20 hwy mpg for the four-wheel drive XL model. Both engines offer a towing capacity that maxes out at 8,500 pounds, more than enough to take care of even the toughest jobs.

Inside the cabin is found a ton of space for all occupants to enjoy the ride very comfortable, as well as a great deal of upgraded styling. All controls are smartly positioned for ease of use and the materials throughout the Yukon are simply amazing and luxurious. The cargo space can be easily expanded by use of the fold flat third row of seats to allow even more space to take the load where it needs to go.

On the outside the Yukon continues to be a massive boxy shaped vehicle to allow the maximum in interior space. With high sides and a squared off shape the Yukon lets onlookers know it means business and isn’t playing any games. Even as big and boxy as it is, the Yukon is truly a beastly beauty with the perfect amount of chrome trim around the exterior and massive front horizontal grill that is surrounded by the LED headlights. The huge wheels finish off the full look of style and brawn by being multi-spoked and well-designed, but also very purposeful in their function.

The standard Yukon is in a much higher class than the Chevy Tahoe, making it a huge mistake to compare the two. A standard Yukon offers a great list of features including automatic windshield wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and fog lights. The SLT model adds leather seats, a power folding second and third row, forward collision alerts and lane departure warning. The Denali adds the bigger engine, an upgraded interior and exterior trim and Magnetic Ride Control. All models of the Yukon are simply awesome and full of power, so no matter which one is chosen the owner is going to easily be very pleased.

The optional features for the Yukon include an available front bench seat to create a nine-passenger vehicle, an entertainment package that offers rear seat entertainment, a navigation system, and a sunroof, a security package that adds interior motion detectors, a touring package that adds 20-inch wheels and a heads up display, retractable running boards, and active cruise control. Add any or all packages to this behemoth and it becomes a truly luxurious ride that is full of power and possibilities.

Without a doubt a 2015 GMC Yukon is going to fetch a pretty penny to own one and the base SLE model in rear-wheel drive starts just over $47,000. Moving up the food chain to the SLT will bring in a price around $56,000. The Yukon XL starts around $50,000 for the SLE trim and $58,500 for the SLT trims level. Heading into the Denali neighborhood will bring a starting price around $63,000 for the base size and the XL will begin at $66,000. All models offer available four-wheel drive that adds $3,000 to the price.

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