2023 GMC Yukon Interior and Cargo

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2023 Yukon Interior

GMC has worked hard to lift the new Yukon above not only its predecessor but its rivals, and this is clear when you climb into the cabin. It is exceptionally spacious, and even adults in the third row will be comfortable. Materials are mostly good, but it's here where we should point out that the luxurious Denali has been distanced from the rest of the lineup even more with a unique cabin design and especially premium materials. Since last year, all models come with a 12-inch digital gauge cluster. Even the entry-level Yukon SLE comes with a power-adjustable driver's seat and tri-zone automatic climate control, all trims from the AT4 and up have a power-adjustable steering column and a heated steering wheel, and the Denali has 15-inch color head-up display and a 14-speaker Bose sound system. The new Denali Ultimate takes the Denali treatment - and price - to the next level with trim-specific features such as 16-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, an 18-speaker Bose audio system, and a rear-seat media system.

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Seating and Interior Space

Overall, the GMC's cabin is spacious but not every row is equal. Second-row heated bucket seats which can get a power-release function that allow them to fold at the push of a button are optional on the SLT and up.

The third row is not tiny but not nearly as spacious or comfortable as the middle seats - and nearly two inches down on legroom compared to the LWB Yukon XL. Headroom and legroom are plentiful. Front passengers have 42.3 and 44.5 inches of head and leg space while second-row occupants have 38.9 and 42 inches, respectively. If you require the third row, your friends will enjoy 38.2 and 34.9 inches of the same space. Not bad.

What we didn't like as a driver is the Electronic Precision Shift push-button shifter located on the dash between the steering wheel and infotainment screen. It's just awkward to use and we don't understand why a shifter knob on the center console couldn't have been done. Hopefully, that'll come with the mid-life refresh.

2023 GMC Yukon Interior Dimensions:

GMC Yukon TrimsSLESLTAT4DenaliDenali Ultimate
Seating88877
Headroom Front Seat42.3 in.42.3 in.42.3 in.42.3 in.40.4 in.
Headroom Back Seat38.9 in.38.9 in.38.9 in.38.9 in.37.5 in.
Legroom Front Seat44.5 in.44.5 in.44.5 in.44.5 in.44.5 in.
Legroom Back Seat42 in.42 in.42 in.42 in.42 in.
Shoulder Room Front66 in.66 in.66 in.66 in.66 in.
Shoulder Room Rear64.8 in.64.8 in.64.8 in.64.8 in.64.8 in.
Hip Room, Front61.5 in.61.5 in.61.5 in.61.5 in.61.5 in.
Hip Room, Rear61.3 in.61.3 in.61.3 in.61.3 in.61.3 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

The base SLE comes with cloth seating upholstery in a choice of Jet Black or Dark Walnut/Slate. A wrapped steering wheel is standard. Spending a bit more on the SLT introduces perforated leather upholstery in the same color choices, while the AT4 is limited to Jet Black perforated leather. The Denali is a significant step up in terms of its overall material quality. This model comes with perforated leather upholstery in Very Dark Ash Gray with Dark Walnut interior decor, Jet Black leather with Jet Black decor color themes, or Light Shale leather with Teak interior decor. It feels special, but it must be said that the Yukon models don't feel dramatically higher in quality than the cheaper Chevy Tahoe. Even the new Denali Ultimate trim fails to address that with its Alpine Umber full-grain leather upholstery, since all the other interior trim items stay the same.

2023 Yukon Trunk and Cargo Space

Many three-row SUVs have a small trunk space left when the third row is in use, but the GMC Yukon is a vehicle where this isn't a concern. Even with all the seats up, the cargo area measures 25.5 cubic feet in size. Even the largest sedans can't match that, and it's enough to accommodate around six carry-on suitcases - and better than the 19.3 cu-ft the Ford Expedition can manage. Lower trims have a manual 60/40-split-folding third row, whereas the top three trims have a power-folding third row. When this row is folded, cargo space expands to a generous 72.6 cubes. With both the second and third rows folded, the Yukon's cargo area measures a massive 122.9 cubes.

Interior storage space is equally generous. There's a large front center console with a removable organizer tray and cupholders. In the Denali, a power-sliding center console is standard. There are tiered door pockets, seatback map pockets for second-row occupants, and cupholders for both second- and third-row occupants.

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2023 GMC Yukon Bed Size:

GMC Yukon TrimsSLESLTAT4DenaliDenali Ultimate
Box Width (Wheelhousings)49.4 in.49.4 in.49.4 in.49.4 in.49.4 in.

2023 Yukon Infotainment and Features

Features

Although some driver-assist features have questionably been relegated to the options list, the new GMC Yukon SUV is generally well-equipped. The base SLE has a ten-way power driver's seat, but it's lost its eight-way power front passenger seat this year, reverting to manual adjustment. These seats are also not heated. Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard, as well as a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, 12- and 120-volt power outlets, basic cruise control, forward-collision alert with pedestrian detection and braking, front/rear parking sensors, and an HD rearview camera. The SLT adds heating and ventilation for both front seats, an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, lane-change alert with side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, wireless charging, and a universal home remote.

The AT4 and Denali are a substantial step up from the previous two trims. They both add a heated steering wheel, heated second-row outboard seats, a driver's seat memory setting, a power-folding third row, and a power steering column. The Denali adds the convenience of a 15-inch color head-up display for the driver, as well as an HD surround-view system. Power-release second-row bucket seats, a power-sliding center console, and rear pedestrian alert are equipped to the Denali. It's a pity, though, that even this expensive model doesn't come with standard adaptive cruise control, although both that and Super Cruise are optionally available. Finally, the top-of-the-range Denali Ultimate clearly has premium German SUVs in its sights. Trim-specific features include a panoramic power sunroof, 16-way power front seats, adaptive cruise control, an 18-speaker Bose audio system, and a rear-seat media system with dual 12.6-inch touchscreens, Wi-Fi wireless projection, and two HDMI ports.

Infotainment

The Yukon comes standard with a 12-inch digital gauge cluster and a new infotainment system developed in partnership with Google. Like most GM vehicles, the Yukon's 10.2-inch infotainment system is, for the most part, easy to use, though we prefer the Uconnect system in Stellantis vehicles because of its simpler user interface. We also appreciated the Wi-Fi hotspot and standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. If your smartphone has the capability, there's also a wireless charging pad.

Sound on the base model is channeled through a standard six-speaker setup, while a nine-speaker Bose audio system is standard on SLT and AT4 models. The Denali gets a premium 14-speaker sound system from Bose and the Denali Ultimate, an 19-speaker Bose setup. A rear-seat media system can be optioned on to the top four trims and includes dual 12.6-inch touchscreens that feature tilting and screen-sharing capabilities.

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