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1999 GMC Yukon Review
Luxury, room, and power in one.
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The 1999 GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV manufactured by General Motors. GMC previously sold its SUVs under the Jimmy model name, and this nameplate continued to be used until the early 1990s. In 1992, GMC rebadged its full-size SUV Jimmy and began to market it as the Yukon. The 1999 GMC Yukon and its Chevrolet sibling, the Tahoe, are currently part of General Motor’s line of full-size SUVs. The extended-wheelbase version of the Yukon is marketed separately as the Yukon XL.
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon SLE, GMC Yukon SLT, GMC Yukon Denali
The 1999 GMC Yukon will now be available in a new top-end model: the Yukon Denali. This marks the first attempt by General Motors to compete with the Lincoln Navigator, which was introduced a year earlier. This year also saw the introduction of Cadillac’s luxury SUV, so the exterior of the Denali was similar to that of the Cadillac Escalade with only a few differences.
The 1999 GMC Yukon and its Chevrolet sibling are based on the GMT400 platform, which is the basis for the Chevrolet Suburban as well. Despite sharing the same platform, the Yukon is significantly shorter than the Suburban. The Yukon uses a real truck chassis that was based on the chassis of the GMC Sierra pickup truck. The Denali model retains the same truck-like chassis as the less expensive model, but it comes with some additional luxury features like distinct exterior colors, a fully optioned interior, and chrome wheels.
The 1999 GMC Yukon offers plenty of space inside. Headroom and legroom are not a problem at all for the front seats, and the rear bench can easily seat three adults comfortably thanks to the immense should room along with plenty of headroom and legroom. The step-up height is not as problematic as other full-size SUVs either, making entry and exit a breeze. Up front, the Yukon’s dashboard has an easily readable instrument panels and controls that are easily accessible and operable by the driver. The overall design of the dashboard remains simple but attractive. The rear door for the five-door SUV provides unrestricted access to the rear bench, and solves any entry and exit problems that may have occurred in the two-door models of the 1999 GMC Yukon.
The 1999 GMC Yukon's rear doors have a narrow bottom end, and the step-up height for these doors is a little higher than that for the front doors. This creates some small problems in terms of entry and exit, but the effect is limited. The 1999 GMC Yukon offers a decent amount of cargo space that is reduced by a large margin in three-door models, where the spare tire is stored inside. For those who want more cargo space, the four-door model offers better use of this space by placing the spare tire under the chassis.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 GMC Yukon is fitted with a 5.7-liter engine that delivers 255 horsepower and 355 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission; there is no manual gearbox option available. The Yukon and its siblings from Chevrolet deliver a civilized yet rugged performance on and off the road. The V-8 engine delivers robust acceleration and can get the SUV to pull a heavy trailer with little difficulty. The ride quality of the 1999 GMC Yukon is not so bad, even though body lean is quite evident on sharp turns. The vehicle has clearly improved over the years of production, and body lean is actually less than what the vehicle had before. A loaded Yukon capably handles rough pavements with a never-before-seen smoothness and lack of pitching and bouncing. However, when the load is light, the rear of the Yukon still tends to pitch sideways over closely spaced bumps. The steering of the 1999 GMC Yukon, while over-assisted, is still precise, and this model is quieter than any other model before it.
There are no safety results available for the 1999 GMC Yukon at present.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Powerful performance
- Lots of features available
- Curb appeal
You Won't Like
- Outdated underpinnings of old models
- High price tag
Luxury, room, and power in one.
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