The 2020 GMC Yukon is a great choice for those looking for the power of a truck, the versatility of an SUV, and the luxury of a business casual sedan.
The only change from the 2019 GMC Yukon model is the addition of a new color option – Carbon Black Metallic.
GMC also sells a Yukon XL model with a wheelbase that is 14 inches longer, should you need an even larger vehicle.
Your GMC Yukon has two engines from which to choose, depending on the trim level you opt for. The SLE and SLT trim levels come with a 5.3-liter V8 that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pounds per foot of torque. It’s a great engine with enough power for most users.
It’s paired to a 6-speed transmission that puts the power to the rear wheels, but you can also choose from two 4-wheel-drive systems. The first has a single-speed transfer case; the second has a 2-speed transfer case with low-range gearing.
Choose the Denali trim, and you’ll get a 6.2-liter V8 that outputs 420 horsepower and 460 pounds per foot of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic. It can be had in 2-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive with the 2-speed transfer case. This engine is also an option on the SLT trim.
The best efficiency comes from the 6.3-liter V8, where you’ll get 15 miles to the gallon in the city and 17 miles to the gallon on the highway if you pair it with 2-wheel-drive.
Four versions of the 2020 GMC Yukon are up for grabs – the SLE, the SLT Standard Edition, SLT, and Denali.
The SLE has an 8-inch touchscreen, 18-inch wheels, a nine-speaker Bose audio system with a CD player and satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, 5 USB ports, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 110-volt household power outlet, 4G LTE connection, a Wi-Fi hotspot, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, roof rails, side steps, foglights, and heated mirrors.
The SLT Standard Edition adds leather, heated front seats that are power-adjustable, driver-seat memory functions.
The SLT is a bigger jump up, with a hands-free rear liftgate, heated power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, heated seats in the back, ventilated seats in the front, blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alerts, and power-folding seats in the second and third rows.
The Denali trim is the top of the line as expected, and the bestselling Yukon model. Besides the more powerful engine and 10-speed transmission, you get a navigation system, a 10-speaker surround-sound system, an upgraded driver information display, 20-inch wheels, second-row bucket seats, a wireless charging pad, active noise cancellation, a head-up display, a trailer brake controller, adaptive suspension dampers, and xenon headlights.
You don’t have to stick to these trim levels as there is a wealth of optional packages you can choose on most trims to add the features you want without breaking the bank.
Notably, there is a Premium Edition package that adds chrome grille inserts, 22-inch split chrome wheels and 22-inch all-season Blackwall tires, among other upgrades.
An Open Road package adds a sunroof, rear entertainment system, and an 8-inch infotainment system with navigation.
A Heavy-Duty Trailering package includes a premium ride suspension with air leveler, integrated trailer brake control, and 3.42 rear axle ratio.
The 2020 GMC Yukon manages to straddle the line between truck and SUV perfectly, and the Denali trim is more stylish than the Chevrolet Tahoe but more subdued than the Cadillac Escalade. Most buyers find this the sweet spot.
Most Yukons are kitted out to seat 8 people, but you can opt for a front bench seat on the SLE to increase this to 9. For more luxury, on the SLT you can choose second-row bucket seats that reduce the capacity to 7. On the Denali, these seats are equipped as standard.
The high-quality materials and curvy dashboard make the 2020 GMC Yukon welcoming. Most Yukons sold have leather upholstery and faux wood trim.
Similar to the Chevrolet Tahoe, the GMC Yukon offers ruggedness, great towing prowess, and a smooth ride. It’s perfect for those who want a more rugged, powerful SUV without sacrificing comfort and convenience.