2004 GMC Yukon

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Key Specs

of the 2004 GMC Yukon. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Easy to drive
  • Interior space
  • Maneuverability
  • Seat comfort
  • Resale value (except Denali)

The Bad

  • Exterior dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Entry and exit
  • Rear visibility with cargo doors

Notable Features of the 2004 GMC Yukon

  • Three V-8 engines
  • Autotrac 4WD
  • Luxury Denali edition
  • Up to nine-passenger seating
  • Side-impact airbags

2004 GMC Yukon Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
GMC’s Yukon full-size sport utility vehicle is closely related to the Chevrolet Tahoe and is based on General Motors’ full-size pickup trucks. The Yukon and Tahoe were redesigned for the 2000 model year and compete against such full-size SUVs as the Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Toyota’s Land Cruiser and Sequoia.

GMC also sells a larger version, called the Yukon XL, which is comparable to the Chevrolet Suburban. The half-ton Yukons come with either rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive that includes Low-range gearing.

For the 2004 model year, the Yukon gains Hydroboost braking. This feature provides greater stopping power with less pedal effort in high-deceleration halts, and it is said to improve ABS performance. A tire-pressure monitor joins the standard equipment list, and the right front passenger gets a seat belt reminder. For the first time, a sunroof and DVD entertainment system for the rear seat can be installed on the same vehicle. New 17-inch six-spoke premium aluminum wheels are available on Yukons with the SLT option group.

A luxury Denali edition is equipped with permanently engaged all-wheel drive, leather upholstery and specific front-end styling. Standard Yukon Denali equipment includes a monochrome exterior color scheme, a nine-speaker Bose audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer, GM’s OnStar communication system, XM Satellite Radio and 17-inch tires. GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system ...
Vehicle Overview
GMC’s Yukon full-size sport utility vehicle is closely related to the Chevrolet Tahoe and is based on General Motors’ full-size pickup trucks. The Yukon and Tahoe were redesigned for the 2000 model year and compete against such full-size SUVs as the Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Toyota’s Land Cruiser and Sequoia.

GMC also sells a larger version, called the Yukon XL, which is comparable to the Chevrolet Suburban. The half-ton Yukons come with either rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive that includes Low-range gearing.

For the 2004 model year, the Yukon gains Hydroboost braking. This feature provides greater stopping power with less pedal effort in high-deceleration halts, and it is said to improve ABS performance. A tire-pressure monitor joins the standard equipment list, and the right front passenger gets a seat belt reminder. For the first time, a sunroof and DVD entertainment system for the rear seat can be installed on the same vehicle. New 17-inch six-spoke premium aluminum wheels are available on Yukons with the SLT option group.

A luxury Denali edition is equipped with permanently engaged all-wheel drive, leather upholstery and specific front-end styling. Standard Yukon Denali equipment includes a monochrome exterior color scheme, a nine-speaker Bose audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer, GM’s OnStar communication system, XM Satellite Radio and 17-inch tires. GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is optional on the regular Yukon and standard on the Denali.


Exterior
The differences between the Yukon and Tahoe are found mainly in the grille, where a prominent GMC badge is featured on the Yukon. The four-door Yukon is slotted between the midsize Envoy and the full-size Yukon XL. Built on a 116-inch wheelbase, the rear-drive Yukon measures 198.8 inches long overall, 78.9 inches wide and 76.7 inches tall (which includes the roof rack) and is equipped with standard 16-inch tires.

Interior
The Yukon accommodates as few as seven and as many as nine occupants. Depending on the model, the front compartment may consist of two bucket seats or a three-place bench. A three-place middle bench and a three-place rear bench go into all standard Yukons, but separate second-row captain’s chairs are available. The folding middle and rear seats may be removed with the help of built-in wheels. Cargo volume is close to 105 cubic feet when the middle and rear seats are removed, but only 16.1 cubic feet with all of the seats in place. Adjustable pedals are available.

Under the Hood
The regular Yukon gets a standard 285-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 engine; a 295-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 is optional. The Yukon Denali is equipped with a 325-hp, 6.0-liter V-8. The regular Yukon comes with either rear-wheel drive or an automatically engaging four-wheel-drive system called Autotrac. The Yukon Denali has permanently engaged all-wheel drive, and computer-controlled shock absorbers change their stiffness based on driving conditions. All engines work with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Dual-stage occupant-sensing airbags and antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags and GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system are standard on the Denali version and optional on other Yukon models.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

built like a tank

by AA1PR from Rutland, VT on June 9, 2018

it has all the creature comforts one would want with all the bells and whistles you need its like riding a couch on wheels in luxury and style Read full review

(5.0)

LOVE IT, Chevy/GMC or nothing

by Bknott from Cedar Grove on April 22, 2018

Recently bought this. Also own a 96 2 door Tahoe and she's a beast, still going strong at 308,000 miles. I only bought this yukon because I recently sold my backup vehicle, which was a Ford Explorer. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 GMC Yukon currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Yukon received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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