What's New for 2014:
- Yukon Hybrid model discontinued
- Deep Indigo Metallic exterior paint color
- SLE trim level adds standard Convenience package
- To be replaced by redesigned 2015 models
The 2014 GMC Yukon is a full-size, body-on-frame SUV capable of accommodating up to 9 occupants and powered by a V-8 engine. Yukon XL models are about 20 in. longer and offer 137.4 cu. ft. of cargo space, or roughly 29 more than the Yukon. Rear-wheel-drive (RWD), 4-wheel-drive (4WD), and all-wheel-drive (AWD) versions are available, along with three trim levels. Competitors include the Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition/Expedition EL, Nissan Armada, and the Toyota Sequoia.
Models and Features
Within the 2014 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL lineup, the SLE is considered the base model, albeit one fitted with a host of features including tri-zone climate control, Bose audio with rear headphones and satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, power-adjustable foot pedals, remote start, heated mirrors, and 17-in. alloy wheels. The SLE also boasts a locking rear differential, power front seats with 6-way adjustment, and a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel.
One step up from the SLE is the Yukon/Yukon XL SLT, home to leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a universal garage door opener. That's followed by the top-of-the-line Denali, which is where GMC designers have added a 7-in. touch-screen infotainment system with surround sound and navigation, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, wood-accented heated steering wheel, power liftgate, and 20-in. alloy wheels.
Options and Packages
While the 2014 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL Denali models are well equipped, there are a few upgrades available, such as a power tilt/slide moonroof and rear-seat entertainment system. For the SLE and SLT, GMC offers buyers access to many of the Denali's standard amenities, like the heated seats, navigation unit, leather upholstery, and power liftgate.
Under the Hood
Serving as the lineup's base engine is a 5.3-liter V-8 that produces 320 horsepower complimented by 335 lb.-ft. of torque. Denali models swap out that motor to make room for a 6.2-liter V-8 that generates 403 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. Both feature fuel-efficient cylinder-deactivation technology and are mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. SLE and SLT variants can be configured with RWD or 4WD capability, whereas the Denalis feature standard AWD.
GMC says drivers of the 2014 Yukon or Yukon XL can tow up to 8,500 lbs. and carry a 1,733-lb. payload.
Large SUVs aren't known for their stellar efficiency, but the 2014 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models have managed to break the 20-mpg barrier. According to the EPA, RWD and 4WD Yukons equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8 average up to 21 mpg on the highway, though the city rating is only 15 mpg. Buyers who opt for the more powerful 6.2-liter V-8 will see 14 mpg around town and 18 mpg on the freeway, while drivers of the AWD Denali can expect to burn a gallon of gas every 13 miles when traveling in the city.
Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars. As this overview is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2014 Yukon or Yukon XL.
The Yukon's list of standard safety equipment includes 6 air bags, OnStar with emergency response services, rearview camera, rear park-assist sensors, and side blind-zone alert (Denali; optional on SLT).