General Motors raises the bar of their Professional Grade GMC Division with the 2015 GMC Yukon.
Setting a new standard in the full-size sport utility marketplace, Yukon delivers more functionality and greater refinement to its 2015 model.
“Large sport utility vehicles are big draws for families and business owners,” says Steven Ogrentz, sales manager for Schepel GMC in Merrillville. “Buyers are very loyal to the Yukon model line and have owned them before. They’re sold on the vehicle’s full size and luxury.”
The 2015 GMC Yukon comes in SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels with extended length XL versions available on all models.
Standard Yukon length is 203.9 inches long while the Yukon XL measures 224.3 inches bumper to bumper.
Power is supplied by an EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 or EcoTec3 6.2L V8 engine that builds 355 horsepower and 420 hp respectively in two- or four-wheel drivetrains.
Both engines feature Active Fuel Management that reduces the V8 power to four cylinder performance when traveling steady speed on flat pavement for fuel economy of 16 miles per gallon/city and 23 mpg/hwy with Yukon’s 5.3L two-wheel drive (2WD) model.
The 6.2L engine with 2WD yields mileage of 15-city/21-hwy. Four-wheel drive drops fuel economy only one mpg. on average across the board.
All 2015 GMC Yukon models carry 7-8 passengers in a three row only cabin. A second row bench can replace two middle captain chairs to accommodate three adults or a trio of child seats making for a 2-3-3 seating configuration.
The third row comes fully powered on Yukon SLT and Denali models and operates effortlessly with the push of a button deploying up or down in four seconds.
Rear cargo volume is 15.3 cubic feet when all three rows are in use.
That expands to 51.6 cu-ft with the third row seat down. Lowering the second and third row creates 94.7 cu-ft of carrying capacity. Yukon XL models swallow a maximum 121.1 cu-ft. of cargo.
Yukon’s interior space is equally impressive with generous first and second row head, hip and legroom to comfortably seat today’s American-framed consumer. Third row seating is best suited for youngsters, however.
Occupants are surrounded by luxurious soft touch surfaces with deep cushion seats that rival most easy chairs. Ergonomics are excellent with well placed dials and switchgear that is simple to operate. All gauge and instrumentation is easily read at a glance.
Front and side visibility is good with a commanding view of the road from the driver seat.
The only black eye is the driver’s sight line from the inside rearview mirror as the third-row seat and back headrests obstruct the view creating a blind spot at the rear quarter windows. Lowering the third seat eliminates the problem.
Cost including destination charge for the 2015 GMC Yukon 2WD SLE is $47,330. GMC Yukon XL starts at $50,030.