2018 GMC Yukon
- The Yukon Denali now comes with a 10-speed transmission
- Part of the fourth Yukon generation introduced for 2015
- Seating for up to nine people
- Impressive towing capacity from standard V8 engine
- Quiet and nicely trimmed cabin
- Sluggish engine and brake responses
- High trunk floor reduces cargo space and makes loading items difficult
- Maneuvering in tight spaces is a challenge
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Which Yukon does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 2018 GMC Yukon occupies what little space there is between the related Chevrolet Tahoe and the Cadillac Escalade. Though less premium than the Escalade, it does offer a few more luxuries and features than the Tahoe.
Like its siblings, the Yukon offers available seating for nine and an impressive towing capacity. You also get plenty of standard equipment. However, the Yukon's road manners and cargo utility aren't up to par, and its elevated price point (compared to the Tahoe) pits it against some more luxurious vehicles.
Buyers who demand the towing capacity of a body-on-frame SUV should take a look at the all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Both promise impressive capability but with more utility and comfort than the Yukon.
Those who need three rows but are willing to sacrifice towing capacity have quite a few options. The Audi Q7 has excellent driving dynamics and lots of advanced technology options. The Acura MDX is similarly well-behaved on the road and offers plenty of luxury trimmings. The price of the top trim Yukon Denali even makes a competitor of the entry-level Mercedes-Benz GLS Class, which makes up what it lacks in content with a much more upscale interior and refined driving experience.
2018 GMC Yukon configurations
The 2018 GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV offered in SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels. Most Yukons seat eight passengers, but an optional front bench seat on the SLE trim increases the capacity to nine. Second-row bucket seats are available on the SLT trim and standard on the Denali; they reduce passenger capacity to seven.
GMC offers two different engines based on trim level. SLE and SLT models come with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. It is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Four-wheel drive is available with a single-speed transfer case that is optional for all trims, and a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing is available. The Yukon Denali is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with a new 10-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. The optional four-wheel drive includes a standard two-speed transfer case.
Standard features for the SLE trim include 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors, foglights, side steps, roof rails, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, cruise control, remote keyless entry and ignition, and a trailer hitch receiver with a wiring harness.
On the inside, you get tri-zone automatic climate control, front bucket seats (with a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat), 60/40-split folding second- and third-row seats, a tilt-only leather-wrapped steering wheel, a teen-driver monitoring system, OnStar communications (including a 4G LTE connection and a Wi-Fi hotspot), a 110-volt household power outlet, Bluetooth, an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, five USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Bose nine-speaker audio system with a CD player and satellite radio.
The optional Enhanced Driver Alert package adds forward collision warning with low-speed automatic braking, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning and intervention. The Convenience package adds a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals and a universal garage door opener.
The SLT trim includes all of the above, along with a hands-free liftgate, power-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, a heated and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power-folding second- and third-row seats, driver-seat memory functions and a wireless charging pad.
The top-of-the-line Denali trim adds the larger engine and 10-speed transmission, 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, adaptive suspension dampers, a trailer brake controller, a head-up display, active noise cancellation, second-row bucket seats, a navigation system and a 10-speaker surround-sound system.
Some features on higher-trimmed models are available on supporting models at additional cost. Optional features for SLE and SLT trims include 22-inch wheels and an HD Trailering package (unique axle ratio, trailer brake controller and a self-leveling suspension). The SLT and Denali are eligible for a sunroof, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The Denali also offers power-retractable side steps and adaptive cruise control.
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Yukon safety features:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Warns the driver to take action to avoid colliding with a vehicle or other object in front of the SUV.
- Lane Keep Assist
- Alerts the driver when the SUV drifts out of its lane and delivers steering input to keep the vehicle in its lane.
- Safety Alert Driver Seat
- Vibrates the driver's seat cushion when a safety alert occurs.
GMC Yukon vs. the competition
2018 GMC Yukon
2018 Chevrolet Tahoe
GMC Yukon vs. Chevrolet Tahoe
The 2018 Yukon bridges the narrow gap between the Tahoe and the luxurious Cadillac Escalade. Building off the Tahoe, the Yukon adds more details and touches, such as wood and metal cabin accents, upgraded upholstery, and a handful of more exclusive options, which make it feel more upscale. The Tahoe's starting price, though, is several thousands less than the Yukon's. If you can live without the premium flourishes, the Tahoe is a smart choice.
GMC Yukon vs. Ford Expedition
Both SUVs can seat eight passengers comfortably, but the Expedition is larger in all directions. It offers more rear passenger head- and legroom, more cargo space, and more engine power. Comparably equipped, the Expedition also costs a bit less, but some of the Yukon's desirable standard features, such as leather, navigation, and heated and cooled seats, are options on the Expedition.
GMC Yukon vs. Toyota Sequoia
The Sequoia is Japan's answer to the Tahoe and Yukon twins. It's a bulky SUV built atop a truck platform (in this case, the Tundra). It has robust V8 towing power, three roomy rows of seats, and loads of cargo space. The Toyota also offers a few advanced driver aids missing in the GMC. The Yukon, however, is lighter and more fuel-efficient and has a nicer, more modern interior.
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2018 GMC Yukon for Sale
The 2018 GMC Yukon can carry up to nine people and tow up to 8,400 pounds, placing it in a rarefied class of large SUVs with extreme capabilities. It also has a nicely appointed and quiet cabin, with easy-to-use controls and plenty of standard features.
The base Yukon SLE comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and remote entry. Inside there's three-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split folding second- and third-row benches, and a tilting steering wheel. The Yukon also comes with GMC's 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with Bluetooth music streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite and HD radio, and a nine-speaker Bose stereo system. For practicality, the Yukon includes side steps, roof rails, and a trailer hitch with a wiring harness. Even the entry-level Yukon is ready to tow.
Move up to the Yukon SLT, and you get a lot more amenities. There's a hands-free liftgate, power-folding mirrors, leather upholstery, proximity entry and push-button start, a power tilt-and-telescoping wheel and power-adjustable pedals, heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats, and power-folding second- and third-row seats. Safety features on the SLT include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, and a driver seat that vibrates when there's a safety alert.
Both the SLE and SLT come with a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The top-of-the-line 2018 GMC Yukon Denali adds a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and a 10-speed automatic transmission, along with Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension. A trailer brake controller, a head-up display, an active noise cancellation system, a navigation system and a 10-speaker stereo are also included.
Plenty of optional features are available for the Yukon as well, from 22-inch wheels to a trailering package with self-leveling suspension. Other options include a sunroof, adaptive cruise control and a rear-seat DVD system.
If you need to haul a lot of people and a lot of gear at the same time, the Yukon is worth a look. Be sure to read our full review for more information, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2018 GMC Yukon near you.
2018 GMC Yukon Overview
The 2018 GMC Yukon is offered in the following submodels: Yukon SUV. Available styles include Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), SLT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A), SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A), Denali 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A), SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A), SLT Standard Edition 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A), and SLT Standard Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 GMC Yukon?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 GMC Yukon and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Yukon 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Yukon.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 GMC Yukon?
2018 GMC Yukon Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)
The 2018 GMC Yukon Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $72,745. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Yukon Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) is trending $13,273 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $13,273 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$59,472.
The average savings for the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) is18.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 18 2018 GMC Yukon Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 GMC Yukon SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
The 2018 GMC Yukon SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $69,940. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Yukon SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is trending $13,845 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $13,845 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$56,095.
The average savings for the 2018 GMC Yukon SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is19.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 GMC Yukon SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
The 2018 GMC Yukon SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $54,315. The average price paid for a new 2018 GMC Yukon SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is trending $6,531 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,531 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$47,784.
The average savings for the 2018 GMC Yukon SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) is12% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2018 GMC Yukon SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 GMC Yukon?
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