GMC Yukon is still the gold standard for big SUVs
GMC unveiled a redesigned Yukon full size SUV in January of 2020. But the rollout was overshadowed by the COVID pandemic, so you might not recall what a big deal this vehicle really is.
Of course, like all SUVs, the new Yukon grew quite a bit, adding over six inches in length. But the biggest improvement was something that few people will ever see. The new Yukon abandoned the traditional solid rear axle in favor of an independent rear suspension as used in smaller SUVs and passenger cars. This improves the ride and handling and really gives the Yukon a premium feeling on the road. If you've been riding around on solid-axle technology developed in the 1910s, you're in for a treat with the new Yukon.
For 2022, GMC has improved the Yukon even further. It starts with the available 6.2-liter V8 on the AT4 off-road capable 4WD model. This engine produces a whopping 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. All Yukon models are now paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and has a fully automatic dual-range 4WD system. You can set the drivetrain to automatic four-wheel-drive and leave it there all the time for confident traction in any conditions. Additionally, this Yukon will tow up to 8,000 pounds and offers up to 122.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the front seats.
Inside, the AT4 package is second only to GMC's top Denali trim. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, zone climate control, and seating for up to seven passengers makes this a versatile SUV. A 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes with the AT4 package. Interior options include a two-screen second-row media/entertainment system, head-up display, second-row heated seats, and many more luxury appointments.
Under the SUV, it's worth investing in the four-wheel air suspension if you actually plan to go off-road. This feature will raise the Yukon by up to two inches, allowing over 30 degrees of approach angle to obstacles. There's also a magnetic ride control system that will deliver a solid, firm, but smooth ride at all times. A towing package is always a good idea, too, as it delivers enhanced cooling and improves eventual resale value.
On the road, the first thing you'll notice about the Yukon is its size. This is a really big SUV and it might take a little getting used to. But if you're a fan who's already driving a full-size SUV or pickup, you'll love the visibility and performance. To put it succinctly, if you think you might like the new Yukon, you'll definitely like the new Yukon. The 2022 models are available now at area GMC dealers.
2022 GMC Yukon 4WD AT4
Base price: $66,100
Price as tested: $79,175
Type: Full size SUV
Engine: 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp, 460 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 14/19
Overall length: 210 inches
Curb weight: 5,827 pounds
Final assembly: Arlington, Texas
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