The 2019 GMC Yukon may not be one of the most popular SUVs on the market, and it might not steal the headlines like some of its fellow GMC SUVs. However, despite the lack of limelight, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the vehicle is capable of delivering some of the best specs and capabilities in the entire industry.
The hulking SUV does more than deliver top-notch performance. Rather, customers can also expect an abundance of interior space, innovative technologies, and reliable safety functions. In other words, you likely won’t find a more versatile SUV elsewhere.
Continue reading to see why we really shouldn’t be all that surprised by the 2019 GMC Yukon’s impressive standing…
Shouldn’t Be Surprised By: Performance
Considering how mighty and hulking the 2019 GMC Yukon is, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the SUV is incredibly powerful. However, the nameplate truly makes a name for itself due to its impressive efficiency, as drivers can capitalize on some of the best specs in the entire class.
The 5.3-liter V8 engine delivers a muscular 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, meaning you’ll be ready for whatever obstacles the road throws at you. However, as we mentioned, the system really manages to impress thanks to the fuel-saving attributes. Thanks to technologies like Direct Injection, Active Fuel Management, and Variable Valve Timing, drivers will have the ability to capitalize on a practically-unmatched 22-mile-per-gallon highway fuel efficiency. That way, instead of having to make constant pit-stops at gas stations, you can better appreciate all of the power that your SUV delivers.
Of course, engineers added additional technological amenities that will help to optimize the entire driving experience. The various towing amenities will make it easy to haul whatever you’ll need on your journey, including an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control, and a seven-way connector. Meanwhile, the refined suspension and Hill Start Assist will assure that you’re always in control of your SUV, regardless of the road conditions.
To top it all off, GMC added a pair of mechanical features that will help to improve traction and control. The Automatic Locking Rear Differential adds power to the rear wheel to optimize traction in odd road conditions, while the Two-Speed Transfer Case assures that you’ll always have the best possible steering.
Shouldn’t Be Surprised By: Technology
There’s a good chance that you’re going to be relying on your new 2019 GMC Yukon for longer trips, and that means you’ll grow to love all of the technological amenities that are included in the nameplate. Of course, when you consider how innovative GMC’s offerings generally are, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that the nameplate manages to deliver top-notch technological amenities.
The incredible GMC Infotainment System is accessible via the eight-inch touchscreen. The navigation system and downloadable applications will prove to be the perfect companion for any commute or journey, while the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility allow you to always keep your smartphone connected to the ride. Speaking of, the 13 charging locations will assure that your preferred gadget is always fully juiced.
If you decide to jam out to your favorite tunes, then you’ll enjoy the Bose nine-speaker sound system, which provides occupants with an unmatched listening experience. Your younger occupants may prefer the rear-seat entertainment system, allowing them to enjoy all of their favorite movies throughout a trip. Customers can even opt for 4G LTE Wi-Fi, allowing occupants to stay connected to their smartphone at all times.
Of course, technology doesn’t only entertain. Rather, it will also help to influence the SUV’s drivability. The Driver Infotainment Center displays important information right in front of the driver, keeping them alert of diagnostics, speed, and fuel at all times. The Rear Seat Reminder will notify you of any open doors, while the Rear Vision Camera assures that you can constantly monitor whatever’s happening behind your ride.
The SUV’s interior is highlighted by a variety of comfort amenities, as well. For instance, the sound-deadening materials provide drivers with a peaceful traveling experience, allowing them to better focus on the radio or their conversation. Meanwhile, the heated/ventilated seats and the tri-zone automatic climate control systems promise that occupants will be able to travel in their optimal temperature setting throughout their entire journey.
Shouldn’t Be Surprised By: Interior Space
Of course, if you’re opting for an SUV, we’re sure you’re enticed by the vehicle’s interior space. Well, you’ll be happy to hear that the 2019 GMC Yukon more than delivers in this regard. The vehicle ultimately delivers 15.3-cubic-feet of space behind the third row, and drivers will also appreciate the 51.7-cubic-feet of space behind the second row. However, when owners unlock all of their interior space, they can capitalize on an incredible 94.7-cubic-feet of interior room. In other words, you’ll be more than prepared to fit whatever cargo you need to fit inside your SUV.
Engineers cleverly included a number of amenities that will help drivers take full advantage of that interior space. The second-row power-release folding seats are more than easy to maneuver and hide, while the third-row power fold-flat seat is simple to get out of the way. Engineers also added some clever hiding spots for your most valuable cargo, including a giant center console that can fit a laptop.
Plenty of SUVs are capable of delivering a whole lot of cargo space (of course, these specs are inferior to those provided by this nameplate). However, the 2019 GMC Yukon truly makes a name for itself thanks to the variety of accompanying features.
Shouldn’t Be Surprised By: Safety
GMC generally produces some of the safest vehicles in the entire industry, so it’s really not surprising that the 2019 GMC Yukon is fully equipped with a number of safety functions. However, you might be surprised by the fact that the vehicle doesn’t only protect, but it also helps to prevent collisions from occurring.
A number of these functions will prove to be invaluable when you’re traveling on the highway, as they’ll play a major role in keeping you out of harm’s way. For instance, the Forward Collision Alert will notify the driver when they’re approaching another vehicle at too great of speed, and this warning should provide the driver with enough time to adjust. If the driver doesn’t react, the Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking will automatically maximize stoppage power to help prevent the collision. The vehicle even includes an Adaptive Cruise Control system, allowing drivers to take a brief break from driving without compromising safety.
Meanwhile, inclusions like the Lane Change Alert (with Side Blind Zone Alert) and the Lane Keep Assist (with Lane Departure Warning) will serve as the driver’s co-pilot, assuring that they never land in a devastating crash. Similarly, the Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Front and Rear Park Assist will help reduce the chance that you end up in a fender bender (while also preventing any vicarious injuries).
Of course, if you do end up in a car crash, there’s no need to worry. After all, the vehicle is built on a sturdy, durable structure, providing occupants with plenty of protection during a crash. Plus, the extensive airbag system will provide everyone with optimal protection, thus preventing any injuries from occurring.