Some options on the Denali include power side steps, 22-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, and a moonroof. Other Cars to Consider -- The was all-new for 2018. Keeping this in mind, the Yukon actually manages some pretty deft steering and not too much body roll. Both engines feature the efficiency benefits of direct gasoline injection and Active Cylinder Management, which seamlessly shuts off half the cylinders during steady cruising to save fuel. Bucket seats include a front-center airbag. Its larger engine boasts more power and torque, and importantly, the standard Magnetic Ride Control suspension improves the model's ride quality considerably.
No need to pull out the owner's manual for this one. There's a small underfloor storage cubby behind the third row, but even that's shallow. The standard version includes all of the above features, along with driver-seat memory functions, a power adjustable front passenger seat and leather upholstery. In the case of our tester, the truck was equipped with Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires that assured its mobility in snow and on ice. Front- and middle-row passengers have ample stretch-out space, and no shortage of headroom. The Yukon's interface features a quick-responding 8. Its ride manners shine best on long and wide highways.
This being an 8-person vehicle, the middle seat is designed for three passengers. Swept-back headlights work with a large, prominent grille to intensify front-end appearance. The suspension setup also results in a high cargo floor. Fixed to Limited Flexibility In most modern crossovers, the second row slides forward and back to give third-row passengers more legroom. Also by the way, did you know the Yukon is prized for its towing capability? Its standard V8 makes 420 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at 4100 revs, and it works through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The curvy, symmetrical dashboard would seem appropriate for a high-end sedan.
That was the look of the 2019 Yukon Denali that Consumer Guide editors tested, an 18. The Yukon Denali is even more upscale, featuring a prominent honeycomb grille and lots of glitzy chrome. Both the Expedition and Durango have better interior packaging, giving them more usable third rows and more cargo space with all seats in place. . The transmission is smooth and subtle, and helps the truck get up to highway speed in a hurry. For cargo loading, just fold the second row of seats as well and you get a flat floor that can accommodate a 4×8 sheet of plywood thanks to the large power rear hatch — although I found that the floor sill is a little high.
Automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist? Both versions feature a darkened appearance, but the Performance version gets a bigger V8. Far more buyers will choose the more comfortable bucket seats up front, making total passenger count eight. There are also three new metallic colors available for 2019: Dark Sky, Pepperdust, and Smokey Quartz. With three rows of seating, powerful engines, a truck-based chassis and good ground clearance, the Yukon excels at taking anyone anywhere. Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The only problem for the driver is getting used to the dimensions of the truck, but the large amount of glass all around helps. Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations.
Coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, this engine achieves 15 miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in combined driving. Because of its dimensions, the Yukon cannot excel off-road. Forward collision warning blares out too many false alarms in city driving regardless of the sensitivity level selected. There are ample package and mug owners, and also the centre unit is considerable. For those who need to tow, the 5. Competitors with semi- or fully independent suspension setups like the and handle broken pavement better, rarely tossing passengers around.
Family-friendliness also extends beyond a vehicle's ability to carry people and their equipment; its ability to entertain, keep devices charged, and coddle passengers are also important factors. Regarding security and safety, automatic high beams, a vibrating safety-alert driver seat, the optionally enhanced driver alert package gives forward collision warning with lane departure intervention and warning and electronic low-speed emergency braking. Even in traffic, the 10-speed rarely gets jerky or flat-footed. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Because of its size and top-heavy nature, the Yukon bucks around when pushed hard. Moving up to the , with its extra length, solves the third-row-seat-legroom issue, as well as opening up some additional cargo space. Other trim elements - including the assist steps, belt line moldings, side window surround, and roof rail inserts - are finished in Gloss Black.
Behind the Wheel If you're holding your breath, anticipating that we'll tell you that the Yukon has precise handling and sporty moves, you should exhale now because no such comment is coming. Rectangular taillights flank a big, boxy tailgate. Despite its handsome, well-made interior and bevy of tech features, it's basically a workhorse. Towing is a breeze, with acceleration brisker than anticipated. If you'd be so kind as to whitelist our site, we promise to keep bringing you great content. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties.
Pockets are in all four doors. Opting for a Denali model adds a significant amount of kit, including faux wood accents and different shades of leather with stitched surfaces. Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. Flammang contributed to this report. In 127 miles of commuting and local errand-running, with 60 percent city driving and no more than two people aboard, this driver saw 14.