Looking for a truck-based vehicle that's capable of towing heavy loads and tackling off-road trails? The 2017 GMC Yukon might be a good fit. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
JOSH SADLIER: This is Edmund's editor, Josh Sadlier, and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 GMC Yukon. The Yukon is a throwback to when SUVs were SUVs, based on trucks designed to be beasts of burden with some extra shelter for people sitting in the back. That's not the case with most SUVs these days. They're based on cars or car-like platforms, but the Yukon, still derived from GM's full-sized trucks got a 5.3 liter V8 under the hood, 355 horsepower. You can tow a lot. You can haul a lot. If you need that kind of capability to Yukon's one of the few vehicles left that's going to serve that purpose. Cargo capacity is hampered somewhat by the high loading floor. That's a Legacy problem stemming from the pickup truck underpinnings. But there's still plenty of cargo space and seating for up to nine inside, which makes the Yukon a very rare creature in today's market. We like the roomy second row seat in the Yukon. Plenty of room for adults in their, head room, leg room, whatever you like. Third row is a bit cramped, thanks to that high floor though. Moving to the front seats, you sit up nice and high. Again, there's plenty of space, and note the stylish dashboard. That's a change that GM made a few years ago to these full-sized SUVs, now a sleeker, more upscale look and feel from the driver's seat. The bottom line with the Yukon is that it's a great pick if you need its massive capabilities, but if you don't, would recommend trying some crossover SUVs to see if you prefer the way they drive. For more Edmund's expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.