Over the last decade or two, small and compact crossover models have become increasingly popular, offering SUV functionality in a more petite size. Yet, for many of our customers, the size and raw power of a full-size SUV is exactly what they want in their next vehicle, with the desire to load up with seven or more people and hit the road. If that sounds like you, then the robust and remarkable 2022 GMC Yukon might be exactly what you have been looking for. And if this still proves to be a bit smaller than what you want, then the Yukon XL might be a better option.
The GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV that lives up to everything that conjures with a powerful presence designed to let you dominate the road. There are three engines available for the Yukon, including a standard 5.3L V8, a 6.2L V8, and a 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I-6. All three engines come paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission; while the standard engine tops out at 355 hp, the available 6.2L V8 delivers a massive 420 hp for you to enjoy. When properly equipped with the standard engine, the Yukon can handle up to 8,400 lbs of towing capacity, making it a great option to handle pretty much anything you need.
Due to its large size, the Yukon can have seating for up to nine people with the right configuration, with some trims offering seating for eight or seven total passengers. Last year launched the start of an all-new generation for the GMC Yukon, which included a new independent rear suspension that allows for a lower floor, giving your third-row passengers more legroom to stretch out. You get nearly 123 cubic feet of total interior cargo space with the Yukon, so whether you plan on loading up with family or furniture, you are covered. Best of all, every GMC Yukon includes a 10.2-inch infotainment display, a 12-inch digital Driver Information Center, and advanced driver assistance safety technology.
The engine might not be the first thing you look at when you are shopping for a great SUV, but you should not overlook it. So much of your driving experience depends on the engine, and yet some large SUVs out there are powered by meek, underwhelming options. Fortunately, the engineers at GM understand this, and the 2022 GMC Yukon has three different engines for you to choose from, each delivering bold performance. You have even more freedom to get the engine you want this year as the 6.2L V8 engine is now offered on the off-road-focused AT4 trim.
To start with, the Yukon features a 5.3L V8 engine that delivers 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, with Dynamic Fuel Management to help boost fuel efficiency. If you want greater power than this, then there is an available 6.2L V8 engine that provides 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque for an incredible driving experience, which also features Dynamic Fuel Management. Perhaps most exciting, at least for some of our customers, the Yukon also has an available diesel engine: a 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel that runs beautifully and delivers 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. No matter which of these engines you choose; however, you get a 10-speed automatic transmission that ensures a smooth ride with responsive engineering.
Although full-size SUVs like the GMC Yukon are not well-known for offering the best fuel economy on the road, this model does shine in that department. The standard engine offers an estimated 15 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway, while the available 6.2L V8 engine provides an estimated 14 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway. For the most efficient option, the diesel engine cannot be beat with an estimated 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. All of these estimates are with a standard two-wheel drive setup; if you choose a model with four-wheel drive, then fuel efficiency can decrease by about 1 MPG.
If you are interested in a full-size SUV, then you are probably looking for a model that gives you a spacious interior you can really take full advantage of while on the road. The GMC Yukon is definitely designed with that in mind as it has one of the roomiest interiors of any model on the market. Measuring 210 inches in overall length, with 81 inches of width, and standing some 76 inches tall, the Yukon is an absolute beast that gives you plenty of room to utilize.
With the update last year, the GMC Yukon received a new independent rear suspension that is not only fantastic for driving but also allowed the interior to receive some redesigns. This resulted in a lower floor, particularly for third-row passengers, which provides more legroom than with previous years. The Yukon can have seating for between seven and nine people, depending on the configuration you choose, with up to 42 inches of front-row headroom and more than 44 inches of legroom up front. Your second-row passengers can enjoy nearly 39 inches of headroom and up to 42 inches of legroom, while people in the third row get more than 38 inches of headroom and nearly 35 inches of legroom.
Of course, having all of your friends and family pile in to hit the road is just one option for the 2022 GMC Yukon; it is also a fantastic choice for loading up with stuff. With the standard engine, the Yukon has up to 1,792 lbs of payload capacity, so you can load a lot into it, and you get more than 25 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row of seats. For even more space, you can enjoy more than 72 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row or nearly 123 cubic feet of total cargo volume behind the front row of seats. That is a lot of space for you to take advantage of as you load up with family, luggage, and supplies, then hit the road for a fun-filled day, weekend, or even longer.
With each passing year, the technology that vehicles feature becomes even more impressive; the 2022 GMC Yukon is the perfect example of that. Standard features in the starting SLE trim include a gorgeous 10.2-inch infotainment display with Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto compatibility, plus a 6-speaker audio system. You get cloth seating, including a 10-way power driver’s seat and 8-way power front-passenger seat, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls. Other standard features in every model include a 12-inch color Driver Information Center, keyless open and remote start, numerous USB ports, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
Looking at the luxurious Denali trim, however, you can really see the pinnacle of what is offered, including a Bose 14-speaker Surround with CenterPoint audio system that delivers rich sound all throughout the cabin. The Denali features heated and ventilated front seats, with heated second-row seats, plus a 10-way power front-passenger seat and memory settings that include two driver presets for the seat, mirrors, and steering column. A power-sliding center console with up to 10 inches of storage space is now standard on the Denali trim, along with a heated steering wheel, 15-inch multicolor head-up display, and a wireless charging pad.
Of course, impressive technology is not limited to entertainment and connectivity; the 2022 GMC Yukon includes some of the finest safety features on the road. Standard features on every model include a Forward Collision Alert to warn you when a potential crash is detected, Automatic Emergency Braking to help you avoid or minimize the impact of a collision, and Front and Rear Park Assist to help you maneuver while parking. You also get a Following Distance Indicator to warn you when you are too close to a vehicle in front of you, plus Front Pedestrian Braking that can help at low speeds to avoid striking a person or object. The Denali adds to this with additional technology, including a Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert to warn you when a vehicle is in your blind spot, as well as a Rear Cross Traffic Alert to let you know when someone is passing behind your Yukon.