How Much Does a GMC Yukon Cost?
GMC Yukon Car Prices
Body Styles and Trim Levels
The 2011 GMC Yukon lineup consists of a fleet of large SUVs. Together, they offer seating for up to nine, impressive towing, cargo capacity, and a host of possible configurations. Five years removed from a complete redesign, the Yukon remains a strong choice in the ever-dwindling truck-based SUV segment. If you need something that can seat the family and haul a serious load look no further than the GMC Yukon.
| 2011 GMC Yukon || MSRP |
| 1500 SLE 5.3L V8 || $38,535 |
| 1500 SLT 5.3L V8 || $44,050 |
| Denali 6.2L V8 || $53,240 |
| XL 1500 SLE 5.3L V8 || $42,005 |
| XL 1500 SLT 5.3L V8 || $46,270 |
| XL 2500 SLE 6.0L V8 || $43,775 |
| XL 2500 SLT 6.0L V8 || $47,900 |
| XL Denali 6.2L V8 || $55,905 |
| Hybrid 6.0L V8 || $51,200 |
| Denali Hybrid 6.0L V8 || $58,515 |
When choosing your new Yukon you have no less than 10 different models to choose from. The base (1500) Yukon is offered in the SLE, SLT, and Denali trim levels. The SLE and SLT models are powered by a 5.3L, 320 horsepower V8 and matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. It earns 15 mpg in the city and 21 highway mpg for both rear and four-wheel drive versions. The Yukon Denali has a 6.2-liter, 403 horsepower V8, also with a six-speed automatic transmission, that fetches 15 overall mpg. In an effort to get the best fuel mileage possible the Yukon has a fuel management mechanism. Both the 5.3L and 6.2L V8s benefit from a fuel-management system, which switches to 4-cylinder mode when coasting or cruising to boost fuel efficiency) Rear while drive is standard on the Denali, while AWD is optional. Properly equipped, the base Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds (7,900 for the Denali).
The larger Yukon XL has a longer wheelbase that allows for maximum cargo room inside, and also comes in the SLE, SLT, and Denali trims (the SLE and SLTs are further divided between 1500 and 2500 models). Engine choices for the XL are the same as the base Yukon, with the addition of a 6.0L V8, 352 horsepower V8. Towing capacity tops out at 9,600 pounds for the XL Yukons. The final offering from GMC in this lineup is a hybrid model, which has a V8 engine that does not sacrifice power but earns a stellar (for such a large SUV) 20 city/23 highway mpg.
Exterior styling for the 2011 Yukon is typical of GMC trucks: masculine with sleek angular lines. The cabin is comfortable and attractive, featuring simple, intuitive controls and upscale materials throughout. One of the more appealing options on the Yukon is seating for up to nine passengers in three rows. Both front and second row seating can be selected as a 3-person bench or dual captain's chairs. The second row bench folds down and the third row bench can be manually removed from the vehicle. With the third row gone the Yukon now has a cargo capacity of 109 cubic feet! If you really need space folding down the second row boosts capacity to 180.9 cubic feet.
All Yukon models come well-equipped. The base 1500 SLE has 17 inch wheels, an AM/FM stereo with CD Player, MP3 playback and Sirius satellite radio, tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, power driver and passenger seats, a chrome grille, a luggage rack, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trailer hitch, OnStar, and more. The Yukon only gets more luxurious as you move up in price and trim levels, with such standard features as heated leather seats, voice-activated navigation system, a power tailgate, premium Bose sound system, and fog lamps. Other favorite add-ons include the Convenience package (rear parking sensors, remote start, a rearview camera, and power-adjustable pedals), a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and a sunroof. The Denali trim has unique exterior and interior styling.
The GMC Yukon drives the way you would expect a large SUV. The ride is smooth and quiet, especially when cruising at highway speeds. The coil-over shock front suspension and five-link rear suspension evens out rough surfaces (an optional Autoride suspension does this even better). Agility is moderate but parking and maneuvering the Yukon isn't an especially difficult chore.
Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, StabiliTrak (traction and stability control), OnStar emergency services, and a full host of airbags. The Yukon scored top government crash ratings.
To SUV or not to SUV, that is the question facing many buyers with a large family. It can be answered by a simple assessment of one's true vehicle needs. The Yukon is perfectly capable of hauling the entire gang. If you praise utility, cutting-edge engineering and a touch of class then the Yukon deserves a long look.
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