Tuesday, June 17, 2014

2014 GMC Yukon: A Full-Sized SUV That Has a Lot to Offer

As the last model-year for this particular lineup of the GMC Yukon the production run is going to be much shorter for this vehicle to make room for the 2015’s to start rolling out later this year. With that in mind, the Yukon for 2014 is a great offering, having perfected this model, and regularly outperforms it competition which includes the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, and the Nissan Armada in looks, power and awesome style.  When the Denali trim is selected the Yukon will reach up into the luxury offerings and compete with a classic choice such as the Cadillac Escalade.

As a massive SUV the Yukon is perfect for the large family, a soccer team, or a Scout Troop to haul people and gear wherever they need to go.  Offering a towing capacity up to 8,500 pounds the Yukon can take a whole lot of toys or materials to either the jobsite or lake depending on the task at hand.  Long a favorite to head off road as well for a great weekend of camping or exploring the outdoors, the Yukon offers the capability for a good sized group to get away from the city and commune with nature.

As the final model year for the current version the only new offering for 2014 is the ability to choose Deep Indigo Metallic as a paint color for the big SUV.  As a large vehicle, the Yukon is expected to be very sluggish and jumpy when driving, but it pleasantly handles the road with precision and intelligence that isn’t often found in a large SUV.  If the Autoride suspension system is added the ride becomes even smoother and with the power under the hood this big vehicle can pass with ease and reach cruising speeds surprisingly fast.  

Two massive V8’s are offered for the Yukon, the first of which is the 5.3-liter FlexFuel version that offers 320 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque when drinking regular gasoline and 326 horsepower and 348 lb.-ft. of torque when fueled by the E85 blend.  When matched up with the six-speed automatic transmission, this monster will achieve fuel mileage of 15 city/21 hwy mpg for regular gasoline and 11 city/16 hwy mpg when using E85.

The second engine is offered on the Denali version and is a monstrous 6.2-liter V8 FlexFuel engine that has 403 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque.  When put together with the same transmission, this powertrain will bring fuel mileage of 14 city/18 hwy mpg for the two-wheel drive using gasoline, 10 city/15 hwy mpg for the two-wheel drive using E85, 13 city/18 hwy mpg for the four-wheel drive using gasoline, and 10 city/14 hwy mpg for the four-wheel drive using E85.  Although a more powerful engine, this engine has a slightly lower towing capacity of only 8,300 pounds versus the 8,500 pounds for the 5.3-liter engine. 

The interior of the Yukon screams space.  With room for up to nine occupants the vehicle is large and comfortable inside offering plenty of space for all to stretch out.  The third row is a bit snug for the regular length model, but if the XL version is selected the leg room is ample for full size adults to enjoy the ride even in the third row.  Shorter drivers have even been taken into consideration by offering them power adjusted pedals to make them easier to reach.

Large and imposing on the road, the Yukon is big and boxy to allow for all the interior space and simply bullies other vehicles out of the way on the road.  Sitting nine inches off the road the Yukon is great for some off road use and can be fitted with wheels ranging in size from 17 to 22-inches to add to this lift.  If the Denali version is selected a massive amount of chrome is added to really dress up this beast of burden.  Once again keeping in mind the height of the vehicle and how far off the road it is, assistance steps are added to make it easier for climbing up inside to enjoy the ride.

At the base SLE model the Yukon comes equipped handsomely with a nine-speaker Bose audio system with USB port, tri-zone climate control, power front seats, a rearview camera, and a locking rear differential.  Moving up the line to the SLT brings in leather front seats, a remote start and a universal home remote to enjoy.  At the top of the heap, the Denali with add the Autoride suspension, heated and cooled front seats, leather second row captain’s seats, a navigation system, blind-spot alerts, and 20-inch chrome wheels.  Even the base model is well-equipped and will be easy to fall in love with for any shopper.

As an already loaded up vehicle, the Yukon offers some great optional features as well including a rear seat DVD entertainment system, all-wheel drive for the Denali models, second-row captain’s chairs, a power lift gate, a heavy-duty trailering package, off-road suspension, blind zone monitoring, a sunroof, a navigations system and a Chrome Package that offers a ton of chrome accents across the exterior of the beast.  All of this can turn a basically utilitarian ride into one that is as close to luxury as the Yukon can get with all the massive power this big boy can offer.

At a base price of $44,000 for the SLE model, the Yukon is actually reasonably priced in this class.  Adding a host of extra equipment a fully loaded Denali model will fetch a price much closer to $70,000 but offers a ton of equipment and upgrades for all occupants to enjoy.  The Yukon offers a reputation of keeping its resale value high, so anyone choosing to take advantage of this last model year option can feel secure knowing they will get a great price when trading in for the newer versions in a few years.

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