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GMC Yukon

Part pickup truck, part old-school station wagon, all SUV.

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The GMC Yukon is an old-fashioned sport-utility that’s built on the same rugged platform as the Sierra pickup, and yet it has all the conveniences of a modern vehicle. The Yukon delivers serious towing and hauling ability, seating for up to nine, and a handsome, boxy look that reminds other drivers that you’re doing important work, even on your morning commute. The Yukon is available with 5.3- and 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 engines, the latter of which has enough muscle to tow 8500 pounds but is not exactly a fuel sipper. A third option, a 6.0-liter V-8/electric-hybrid power-plant aimed at improving fuel economy, is also available. Although it doesn’t add anything in the way of hauling or towing capacity, it does return an extra 3 to 6 mpg. That might not sound like much, but it figures out to a twenty-percent increase, which isn’t bad for such a large vehicle. Third-row bench seats are standard on all models, and the first and second rows can be configured to seat either two or three people. The stylish Denali model offers a host of luxury-car equipment, including a blind-spot-detection system; a heated, power-adjustable steering wheel; twenty-inch wheels; ultrasonic rear parking assist; a remote start system; and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

COMPETITORS

Ford Expedition

Honda Pilot

Nissan Armada

Toyota Sequoia

new for 2013

The Yukon adds two things for 2013: available champagne silver metallic paint and automatic downhill engine braking.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front and side curtain air bags, ABS, traction and stability control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard.

MPG

CITY 13–20

HWY 18–23

PRO

Room for cargo

Room for passengers

Lots of towing power

CON

Thirsty for fuel

A bit of a relic

Base Price Range: $40,730–$61,405

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel

TRIM LEVELS: SLE, SLT, Hybrid, Denali, Denali Hybrid

BODY STYLE: SUV, 7- to 9-passenger

ENGINES: 5.3L V-8, 320/326 hp, 335/348 lb-ft (E85 capable)

6.0L V-8/electric hybrid, 332 hp, 367 lb-ft

6.2L V-8, 403 hp, 417 lb-ft (E85 capable)

TRANSMISSIONS: 4- or 6-speed automatic, continuously variable

CAPACITIES: Towing 6000–8500 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 16.9/60.3/108.9 cu ft

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