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By Cars.com Staff
July 6, 2009
Vehicle Overview The 2010 GMC Yukon is the middle child among GM's full-size SUVs. Based on price and equipment, the Yukon sits squarely between the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade. Four-wheel drive is available on the Yukon, as are seating configurations for up to nine occupants. Competitors include the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.
The Yukon Hybrid and Yukon XL are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2010 All versions of the 2010 Yukon can now run on E85.
Exterior The Yukon has a one-piece grille and taller headlights than its sister Tahoe, with jewel-like bezels and a wider, lower air dam. The rest of the body features blocky fenders, long rear-quarter windows and a squared-off back end. The Yukon is also available in a higher-end Denali trim level. Denali models come with 20-inch wheels, chrome exterior moldings and a power-operated rear liftgate. At 202 inches long and 79 inches wide, the Yukon is a bit shorter than the Expedition and Sequoia but about the same width.
Exterior features include:
Integrated running boards
Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
Standard heated power side mirrors
Optional 20-inch wheels
Chrome grille (Denali edition)
Optional articulating running boards
Interior The Yukon's dashboard has the same shape as its redesigned GM siblings. That's good news because the domed instrument panel, car-like dashboard and flush-mounted buttons are a vast improvement on the rectangular fixtures of previous Yukons.
This SUV has the ability to seat up to nine occupants when benches are placed in all three rows. Uplevel models replace first- and second-row benches with captain's chairs, lowering total seating capacity to seven. The second-row seats fold forward, either manually or via an available power mechanism. The third row is removable, but it doesn't fold flat to the floor as some competitors' seats do. Third-row seating is standard on all models.
With both rows stashed away, maximum cargo volume is 108.9 cubic feet, which is roughly the same as the Expedition but less than the Sequoia.
Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
Standard XM Satellite Radio with real-time traffic and route advisements
Available cloth, vinyl or leather-appointed seats
Optional power fold-and-tumble second row
Available integrated rear camera in rearview mirror
Available heated/cooled seats (Denali models)
Under the Hood The Yukon can be had with either rear- or four-wheel drive. The Yukon Denali can have an all-wheel-drive system that's distinct from the available part-time four-wheel drive on the regular Yukon.
When properly equipped, the Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds. The XFE boasts an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway.
Powertrain features include:
Flex-fuel 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque (350 pounds-feet when running on E85) and an available cylinder-deactivation system
Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed automatic transmission
Fuel-saving 3.08:1 axle ratio
Optional variable load-leveling suspension
Power rack-and-pinion steering
Safety Safety options include a blind spot warning system, rear parking assist and a rearview camera system integrated into the rearview mirror.
Standard safety features include:
Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
Side-mounted thorax airbags
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system with traction control
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