2020 GMC Yukon

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2020 GMC Yukon Review: Down To Business

The GMC Yukon, now in its fourth generation, has been with us for quite some time, and while others have moved forward in terms of design and engine technology, the Yukon seems to have been trapped in a time bubble of sorts. Its exterior design looks like it could belong in any of the two decades past, and the same goes for its choice of 5.3- or 6.2-liter V8 options producing between 355 and 420 horsepower. So it might look and drive like an old-school SUV, but we appreciate its honesty and no-nonsense personality. The 2020 Yukon is due for replacement, which means it doesn't get much in the way of updates, but with a good spread of standard features, the Yukon doesn't need much tinkering with; it's an honest premium SUV that offers a good ride, loads of cargo space and enough power to get the job done. The Yukon goes up against the likes of the Ford Expedition and Buick Enclave.

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  • Exterior Design 6 /10
  • Performance 8 /10
  • Fuel Economy 7 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 8 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 8 /10
  • Reliability 9 /10
  • Safety 7 /10
  • Value For Money 7 /10
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New 2020 GMC Yukon Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 Yukon?

The fourth-generation GMC Yukon has been around for six years and is set to be replaced soon. This means that the 2020 car doesn't receive too much in the way of updates. What does change is the variety of exterior paint colors on offer: Carbon Black Metallic makes its debut, while Pepperdust gets cut from the list.

Pros and Cons

  • Interior space
  • 8-seater configuration
  • Strong towing capability
  • Quiet cabin
  • Powerful engine options
  • Questionable reliability
  • Middling safety reviews
  • Below-average cargo space
  • Third-row legroom
  • Doesn't like tight spaces

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2020 GMC Yukon Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
5.3L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
SLT Standard Edition
5.3L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
5.3L V8 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
6.2L V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
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Handling and Driving Impressions

The Yukon will never be the face of automotive handling prowess, not even in its own class, and with good reason; it's tall, heavy, and is equipped with a basic suspension and chassis setup. Get behind the steering wheel of the 2020 GMC Yukon, and the first impression is that of a whale or a very large barge. Trying to point the Yukon in a certain direction is met with a slow response, and does not inspire a ton of confidence. The basic suspension setup is built for soaking up low speed suburban road imperfections, and on the highway, it feels as comfortable as any premium sedan - we'd rather not venture off-road at all. Denali models sport an adaptive suspension setup, which surprisingly offers a much less comfortable ride. Brake pedal feel is linear, and bringing the Yukon to a halt isn't half as scary as it might seem.

Verdict: Is the 2020 GMC Yukon A Good SUV?

We live in an age of 5G networks, holographic pizzas, and tiger cults, which can get a bit overwhelming at times. The same goes for our cars: they're starting to do without gas engines, and offer more screens than any person would ever need, but this can get a bit too much for the regular guy on the street that just wants a car that can handle the basics. Enter the GMC Yukon. This large SUV operates in the premium luxury end of the SUV market, but unlike other competitors, takes a more old-school approach to things. The way the Yukon drives and carries itself, in general, reminds us of days gone by when cushy suspension wasn't frowned upon, and all American SUVs looked the same. The 2020 Yukon does come with its fair share of modern-day amenities, but it doesn't bombard the driver. Instead, it offers reliable V8 power, a comfy ride, and a no-nonsense interior that is easy to live with. Sure, it might not be as refined as its European rivals, but it puts in an honest day's work, and we commend it for that.

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2020 GMC Yukon Comparisons

Chevrolet Tahoe Chevrolet
Ford Explorer Ford

2020 GMC Yukon vs Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevy Tahoe is a household name for anyone who's ever driven or been driven in an SUV, and as some might know, is based on the same platform as the GMC Yukon. Not only do these cars share a platform, but they also share engine and transmission options. The Tahoe occupies a space slightly below that of the GMC, which is a more luxury-oriented brand. This means that the Tahoe provides much the same SUV practicality for less money, although it misses out on certain premium features. Due to their similar setups, there is little difference in ride comfort and the overall driving experience, and the same goes for interior space and cargo capacity. The Yukon does, however, offer a more refined interior and a superior list of features. If you're looking for Yukon levels of space and good ride comfort, but don't mind missing out on some more premium features, then the Tahoe will get the job done every time.

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2020 GMC Yukon vs Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is all-new for 2020, which already gives it an advantage over the Yukon, which is close to retirement. To add to that, the Explorer is also one of the best-selling SUVs on the market. There are two turbocharged engines on offer: a 2.3-liter EcoBoost producing 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, or a 3.0-liter V6 EcoBoost producing 400 hp and 415 lb-ft - or 365 hp and 380 lb-ft depending on trim. The turbocharged engines make the Expedition the better car to drive on a daily basis. The Explorer also offers great interior and overall cargo space, and with a large number of trims on offer, there is something for everyone. We appreciate the Explorer's long list of standard features, impressive towing capacity, and the performance of the ST version. Things that don't come across as well are the dull interior, cramped third-row seating, and pricey options. We'd still go with the younger and more capable Explorer, though.

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