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The first thing that comes to mind for most Yukon owners and fans is its size. This SUV is full-sized and has no trouble making its presence known wherever it goes. Most model years are designed to fit up to nine passengers comfortably, though some model years offered unique seating configurations that change the number somewhat. It provides three rows of seating equipped for children or adults to ride with sufficient room. Even with the large amount of seating space, the GMC Yukon still manages to offer up an enormous amount of cargo space as well, making it one of the best options for busy families on the go and even for commercial use in some cases.
Once you get over the sheer size of the GMC Yukon, there is no getting around the capabilities of this SUV. Most people are surprised to learn the Yukon is equipped to ride all of its passengers around in comfort, even with its truck undercarriage and abilities. In addition to the towing and hauling features, the Yukon is also equipped with off road function as well. While there is no doubt smaller vehicles are likely to be easier to handle for off road adventures, the Yukon is more than capable of taking some trips off the asphalt.
Since its inception in the turn of the century early 1900s the automotive industry has made every attempt to meet the various needs of consumers. This attempt has led to a vast number of different models and types of vehicles from two wheeled varieties to enormous four-wheeled varieties and beyond. The sport utility vehicle has to be one of the crowning achievements however. These vehicles blend car and truck together to create a product that offers the best of both worlds. It would be impossible to discuss the SUV without discussing how GMC has offered consumers several viable options in this category.
One of the most notable SUV offerings from GMC is the Yukon line. Started in the early 1990s and continuing to the current model year, the Yukon has certainly earned its place in the sport utility category. Originally the Yukon was a two-door, four-wheel drive SUV with a somewhat basic interior design and construction. Over the years, it has morphed into one of most well appointed and attractive vehicles in its class. The one trait that has remained the same since the beginning is the Yukon's spacious interior and excellent handling capabilities.
Once again GMC chose to put forth the Yukon to try its luck in the 2013 model year. As one of the forerunners of its class, this edition is sure to enjoy the success of the previous models. This SUV is offered in three trim levels, the SLE, the SLT, and the Denali. Even the base model, the SLE is well equipped and ready to make most passengers comfortable with all of the standard extras in the cabin. Naturally, the SLT takes things to the next level with leather upholstery and second row captain's chairs for additional comfort. Of course the grand master of them all is the Denali. This Yukon option offers up additional insulation against outside sound and unique styling accents on the exterior along with everything in the other trim levels.
It makes sense to wonder what's under the hood hauling this beast around. In the case of the 2013 GMC Yukon, it is equipped with a 5.3-liter V-8 for the SLE and SLT editions. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Moving up to the Denali version, GMC chose to equip this edition with a 6.2-liter V-8 coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift option.
The first generation of Yukon was introduced in the 1992 model year as a replacement for the old GMC Jimmy, also a full-size SUV. Originally the Yukon had only two-doors and was available in four-wheel drive only. In the 1995 model year, the four-door version hit the market with a great deal of success. The extra doors made it much simpler to access the second and third row seating.
The second generation Yukon arrived on the scene for the 2000 model year and stayed around until 2006. This generation is most noted for its improved cabin area with more comfortable seats and the addition of several technological advances in terms of entertainment and vehicle function as well. Most drivers were pleasantly impressed by the superb handling of the massive SUV.
Introduced in 2007, the third and current generation of the GMC Yukon made its presence known. Like its older siblings, this Yukon is still a full-sized SUV and still rides around on a stiff, strong frame. This generation did see the introduction of new powertrains and transmission options. Several safety features were made standard equipment during this time as well.