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1998 GMC Yukon Review
Luxury meets utility.
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The 1998 GMC Yukon takes comfort and luxury to a new level. The automaker wanted to enter this market with its design and release. The pros definitely outweigh the cons; luxury abounds inside the cabin. In addition, buyers get a truck-like vehicle with the comfort and style of a luxury car. The ride is car-like and the overall quality of materials is above-par. The downside is likely going to be noticed at the gas station. As a large truck-based vehicle, it does not get the fuel economy that one might get in a smaller, car based vehicle.
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon Denali
The 1998 GMC Yukon adds a rear air-conditioning system, more standard features, and new exterior colors.
The 1998 GMC Yukon's exterior is so similar to the Chevrolet Suburban that it can be difficult to tell the two apart short of measuring them. The Yukon is about 20 inches shorter, but has the same large and powerful styling. The Denali model boasts a larger grille, different headlights, fog lights, and other styling differences that distinguish it from the base model. It has the capability to haul more than passengers and cargo with a high towing capacity, and the V-8 engine ensures that it meets any demand.
The 1998 GMC Yukon's interior will depend on the trim. The Denali is the fully-loaded variant and boasts leather and wood trimmed features that make it stylish, luxurious, and comfortable. The front seats move various ways and offer heating as a standard feature. There are also a number of standard features that put modern vehicles to shame including a Bose stereo, full-power accessories, and heated mirrors. The air-conditioning in the rear has separate controls, as does the audio. Passengers will find that seats offer luxury and comfort as well. The overall style in the cabin is classy and elegant and the back seat offers plenty of space. Of course, cargo space is ample and has the feel of any luxury car on the market.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 GMC Yukon should drive like a truck; fortunately, that is not the case. It boasts specific tires and shock absorbers that allow it to offer the same smooth ride as a car. The V-8 engine is powerful, and the four-wheel drive option allows drivers to take the vehicle off the beaten path. But it was not designed to be an off-road vehicle for reasons of sheer size. It also will not maneuver well in tight spaces and tends to go through fuel quickly.
The 1998 GMC Yukon gets standard second-generation airbags and an anti-lock braking system.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Luxurious interior
- Benefits of a truck
- Ample passenger space
- Plenty of cargo room
You Won't Like
- Low fuel economy
Luxury meets utility.
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