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2008 GMC Yukon Review

An exceptional full-size SUV with a vast variety of configurations.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2008 GMC Yukon classifies as a full-size SUV built to be tough on a strong, truck-based underpinning. The Yukon meets all of the requirements of a full-size SUV such as towing and off-road capabilities. It seats up to nine passengers and has a towing capacity of 8000 pounds. It uses two-wheel or four-wheel drive and comes in three models: SLE, SLT, and Denali. There are also three engine options and all pair with an automatic transmission. In addition, a choice of one-ton or three-quarter-ton weight is obtainable. Although rugged, this SUV remains one of the most popular among families for the large seating capacity and smooth comfort.

Until recently, the Yukon suffered from a lack of quality materials and design. A 2007 update gives the Yukon a tailored and upscale interior.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size SUV
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8, 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon SLE, GMC Yukon SLT, GMC Yukon Denali

What's New

After getting a major redesign in 2007, the 2008 GMC Yukon has only minor changes. Side-curtain airbags now come standard on all models and trims. The 40/20/40-split front seat now has built-in storage compartments. Additionally, OnStar becomes standard on the SLT.

Exterior

The Yukon is a big and tough performance vehicle and the same can be said for its appearance. It maintains a simple and elegant style. The chrome mesh grille and huge square headlights further enhance the Yukon’s copious appearance. It has body-colored side molding and door handles. Very few details about the body are particularly unique or unusual; however, the Yukon still maintains an attractive appearance. The running boards do not stand out. It has a huge tinted glass behind the C-pillar. GMC makes the Yukon with quality and it shows.

Interior

The 2008 GMC Yukon’s interior uses superior materials. It has a simple layout for the controls. It can be equipped and configured to transport nine passengers, which makes it a class leader in that respect. It offers a generous amount of cargo area and the second row has power-folding capability. However, the third-row seat has to be manually removed, which proves difficult.

Standard features such as dual-zone air-conditioning, a leather steering wheel, a cargo area light, and dual lighted vanity mirrors add to the comfort level in the Yukon.

Other standard convenience features include cruise control, a console with storage, front and rear cup holders, and an overhead console with storage. Audio and cruise controls sit on the steering wheel, and 12-volt power outlets sit the front and cargo areas.

Standard power and convenience features include remote power door locks, heated mirrors, and one-touch power windows.

Performance & Handling

Due to the suspension on the Yukon, rough roads remain barely noticeable; however, this affects the steering and handling, making it slightly rubbery. The 2008 GMC Yukon offers outstanding power and acceptable handling for an SUV of its size. The transmission feels smooth during shifts. Also during acceleration, the power comes on smooth, accompanied by that pleasant dual exhaust sound. It has a 39-foot turning circle, which makes it maneuverable in the city. The Yukon offers stellar towing ability and maintains its speed even up long grades.

Safety

The Yukon serves as one of the industry’s most secure and safe vehicles with a 360-degree safety system for the protection of occupants and crash avoidance. The vast array of safety equipment coupled with a strong structure makes it a vehicle of safety excellence.

All Yukons have standard equipment such as anti-lock brakes with front and rear ventilated discs, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control, and full-length side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor. Daytime running lights, dusk-sensing headlights, auto delay-off headlights, a post-collision safety system, and tire pressure monitoring also come standard.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration gives the 2008 GMC Yukon five out of five stars in all testing, including frontal and side protection of front and rear occupants. The only blemish on the safety score is a three out of five for rollover protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Yukon 4.8-liter: 14/19 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon 5.3-liter: 14/20 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon 6.0-liter: 12/17 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon 6.2-liter: 12/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxurious and upscale interior
  • Comfortable and smooth ride
  • Seats up to nine passengers

You Won't Like

  • Third-row seat must be removed manually
  • Soft suspension tuning makes handling less precise

Sum Up

An exceptional full-size SUV with a vast variety of configurations.

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