1997 GMC Yukon

  • 1997 GMC Yukon SLE Utility

    SLE Utility

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      5.7L V8
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  • 1997 GMC Yukon SL Utility

    SL Utility

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      5.7L V8
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1997 GMC Yukon Review

The full package: Luxury, power, and style.

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The 1997 GMC Yukon is a midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) from GMC. The design focuses on performance, passenger seating, and cargo space. The only thing separating it from more luxury-oriented models is the small luxury features list. However, the SLT model significantly improves the accessories offering. Even though it still lags a bit behind the more luxurious models, the difference is far less noticeable than on the base model.

The 1997 GMC Yukon can satisfy the needs of pretty much any SUV driver. Off-road drivers will notice the power with good control and traction. Meanwhile suburban drivers will enjoy the massive interior, decent handling, and a good smattering of accessories if they spring for the SLT model. Drivers looking for a flexible vehicle are going to find it can switch from an off-road utility vehicle to a passenger vehicle with ease. The only thing likely to give buyers much pause about buying it is some tough competition from other manufacturers in about the same price range.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.7-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon SLE, GMC Yukon SLT

What's New

The 1997 GMC Yukon alters its standard options and gets dual front airbags as standard equipment.


The 1997 GMC Yukon measures 188 inches long with a wheelbase of 111.5 inches, which makes it the midsize option in the GMC line up. Chrome bumpers are a standard feature while optional features include alloy wheels, running boards, and a camper towing package.


While the 1997 GMC Yukon has a spacious, roomy interior, it lacks much in the way of actual accessories. An AM/FM radio is the only really notable standard feature. Optional features available include a cassette player, rear window defroster, cruise control, rear window wiper, and air-conditioning. The SLT is a much more luxurious vehicle with a center console, overhead console, power leather seats, leather trim, auto-dim mirrors, and cruise control as standard equipment. It also has a CD player and keyless entry available as optional features.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 GMC Yukon is a solid performing vehicle across the board. The powerful eight-cylinder engine gives it decent acceleration on roadways and allows it to get through difficult terrain off road. Four-wheel drive gives it good traction in less ideal conditions. Maneuverability is the weakest point. While it is not a difficult vehicle to handle, it might feel a little sluggish to drivers coming from smaller, more agile vehicles. However, SUV drivers should not notice a great difference between the Yukon and similar sized vehicles.


The 1997 GMC Yukon offers standard equipment such as dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The dual-front airbags is a nice surprise since the feature is sorely missing from several other SUV models on the market.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Yukon 5.7-liter, two-wheel drive: 14/17 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon 5.7-liter, four-wheel drive: 12/16 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon 6.5-liter, four-wheel drive: 14/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • Terrible gas mileage
  • Tough competition

Sum Up

The full package: Luxury, power, and style.

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