2005 GMC Yukon

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2005 GMC Yukon Review

A reliable and powerful SUV with a range of options.

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The 2005 GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV. ?Yukon? is the generalized term for the smaller, but still full-size, 1500 models, XL 1500 models, and XL 2500 models. The Yukon is the flagship SUV from GMC and comes with a range of options within every subcategory. The Yukon and the Tahoe models compete with the Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Toyota’s Land Cruiser and Sequoia.

The GMC Yukon is a mid- to upper-level SUV with a powerful engine and a range of luxury features. These vehicles are known as dependable and comfortable, primarily marketed as a family vehicle but also suited for different work tasks. Though nearly identical to the Chevrolet Tahoe, Yukon sales have never quite matched its doppelganger's success, always below 100,000 units sold, while the Tahoe breaks 100,000 units sold nearly every year.

The 2005 GMC Yukon receives only moderate changes from the previous year, including a couple more standard features and some exterior modifications. The Denali received the most attention for 2005.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8 flex fuel, 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: GMC Yukon SLT 4x2, GMC Yukon SLT 4x4, GMC Yukon SLE 4x2, GMC Yukon SLE 4x4, GMC Yukon Denali 4x4

What's New

Most models see only few changes within the 2005 lineup. The StabiliTrak system is now standard on all models. A DVD-based touchscreen navigation system is optional, and brighter 17-inch wheels are optional on most models. The Denali receives the most changes, with a wider range of luxury options and a more powerful engine than previous models.


The 2005 GMC Yukon has a bulky and powerful exterior style, with a wide grille sporting the GMC logo in the center. The Denali gets an upgraded grille and upgraded wheels. The Yukon is available in a range of colors and finishes.


Fully equipped, the 2005 GMC Yukon has room for up to nine passengers. Different configurations are possible: bench seats for all three rows that seat nine, front-bucket and second and third row benches that seat eight, and first and second row bucket seats and a third row bench that seat seven. All configurations offer passengers good legroom and headroom. Maximum cargo capacity is 105 cubic feet when the middle and back rows are removed, making it convenient for a range of tasks. There are different interior trims available, as well as a number of features from navigation to automatic climate control.

Performance & Handling

The SLT and the SLE models have the option of a 285-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 or a slightly more powerful 295-hp, 5.3-liter V-8, and the 295-hp edition is available as a flex fuel or regular gasoline model. The Denali receives the powerful 335-hp, six-liter V-8. All models use a four-speed automatic transmission, which operates relatively smoothly. The Denali adds computer-controlled shock absorbers, which sense driving conditions and adjust accordingly for the most comfortable ride possible. Though full-size, all models are pretty easy to handle and perform excellent on the highway with plenty of acceleration and passing power. The only place drivers may get flustered is during busy urban driving and while trying to park in tight.


All 2005 GMC Yukon models come with dual-stage front airbags; the front passenger airbags are occupant sensing. Anti-lock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are standard with the Denali and optional with all other Yukon models.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Yukon Fleet, SLE: 14/19 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon Denali: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior
  • Easy to drive for a full-size SUV
  • Maneuverability
  • Comfortable ride
  • Resale value

You Won't Like

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Getting in and out
  • Rear visibility
  • Parking in tight spots

Sum Up

A reliable and powerful SUV with a range of options.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Ford Expedition
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