The 2018 Yukon: GMC’s True Heavyweight Contender

The 2018 Yukon in its natural habitat.

The 2018 Yukon

The GMC Yukon is celebrating 25 years on the road at the top of the GMC food chain. The professional-grade full-sized SUV brings rugged performance, seating for up to seven, and some undeniably good looks. Plus, with the Denali badge, the 2018 Yukon becomes an uncompromising luxury vehicle with a genuine chance of unsettling the Cadillac Escalade’s preeminence.

What’s New for 2018?

GMC has refined rather than remade the 2018 Yukon. Perhaps the greatest highlight is the new transmission, a smooth 10-speed automatic exclusively paired with the 6.2L EcoTec3 V8. Tire-pressure monitoring system has been improved with an alert that will tell you when you need to fill up the tires. It’s only available with the 6.2L V8 engine reserved for the Denali and Denali XL models. On the outside, there’s a new Satin Steel metallic paint colour and chrome grille. On the inside, GMC has added new wood trim options for Denali models.

Finally, GMC has introduced a Denali-exclusive Ultimate Package which bundles the following:

  • Power sunroof
  • Automatic running boards
  • Adaptive cruise control w/ collision warning; exterior paint accents
  • 22” Wheels
  • And more

You can check out a more detailed breakdown of the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali right here. But for now, let’s take a look at what customers can expect as standard equipment.

Professional-Grade Standard

The Yukon SLE is the base model in the family and comes with an MSRP of $56,175. That might be tough to swallow, but that price is competitive with other full-sized luxury SUVs. Plus, even the base model comes with a good balance of “premium” features including Rainsense automatic wipers, 18” aluminum wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Performance is pretty solid, too.

The standard engine in the 2018 Yukon is a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 delivering 355 horsepower and 383 lb/ft of torque. GMC pairs that engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission which delivers power capably (though not as capably as the Denali’s 10-speed). 4WD, of course, is available on every trim level. In any configuration, the Yukon is solid. It can tow and haul without breaking a sweat and is pretty enjoyable to drive. But performance and driving dynamics are not the Yukon’s greatest assets.

The area in which the SLE really excels is entertainment. An 8” infotainment screen is standard. And with standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi, you can stay connected with music, messaging, and navigation. SLE buyers also get a Bose 9-speaker sound system paired with the audio brand’s exceptional Active Noise Cancellation. The combination delivers crisp and encompassing sound that surprises in a vehicle so large.

 

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