• (4.6) 17 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,783–$13,339
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15-18
  • Engine: 335-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 6-9
2005 GMC Yukon

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 GMC Yukon

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Three V-8s available
  • Luxury Denali edition
  • Up to nine-passenger seating
  • Available side-impact airbags

2005 GMC Yukon Reviews

Vehicle Overview
GMC's Yukon full-size sport utility vehicle is closely related to the Chevrolet Tahoe, and both models are based on General Motors' full-size pickup trucks. The Yukon and Tahoe compete against such full-size SUVs as the Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Toyota's Land Cruiser and Sequoia.

GMC also sells a larger SUV, called the Yukon XL, which is comparable to the Chevrolet Suburban. SLE and SLT trim levels in the Yukon lineup come with rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive that includes Low-range gearing.

GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard on all 2005 models, and a DVD-based touchscreen navigation radio can be installed. Ultra Bright 17-inch wheels are optional.

A luxurious 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. For 2005, the Denali's 6.0-liter V-8 gets a 10-horsepower boost to 335 hp. Seven-spoke, chrome-plated cast-aluminum wheels that measure 20 inches in diameter are available.

Differences between the Yukon and Tahoe are primarily in the grille, where a prominent GMC badge is featured on the Yukon. The four-door Yukon falls between the midsize Envoy and the full-size Yukon XL in GMC's lineup. Built on a 116-inch wheelbase, the rear-drive Yukon measures 198.9 inches long overall, 78.9 inches wide and 76.7 inches tall (including the roof rack). It is equipped with standard 16-inch tires and a tire-pressure monitor.

Yukons can accommodate as many as nine occupants when properly equipped. Depending on the model, the first row can be equipped with two bucket seats or a three-place bench. The middle row can feature a three-place bench or captain's chairs, and a three-place rear bench can be installed. Built-in wheels aid in removing the folding middle and rear seats. Cargo volume is nearly 105 cubic feet when the middle and rear seats are removed, but space decreases to 16.3 cubic feet when all the seats are in place. Adjustable pedals are available.

Under the Hood
The SLE and SLT get either a 285-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 or a 295-hp, 5.3-liter V-8. The Yukon Denali is equipped with a 335-hp, 6.0-liter V-8. All engines work with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Denali has computer-controlled shock absorbers that change their stiffness based on driving conditions.

Dual-stage occupant-sensing front airbags and antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are standard in the Denali and optional in other Yukons.

Driving Impressions
Despite its size, the Yukon is surprisingly easy to drive. It steers with a light touch and delivers a pleasantly smooth ride. Denali models are loaded with luxuries, perform with vigorous throttle response and demonstrate few truck sensations. The navigation screen is mounted high, but it's small.

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 17 reviews

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Great SUV

by roadrunner from Apison .Tn on November 2, 2017

We just purchased this SUV with towing capacity to pull our camper...I believe the 5.3 engine will have no issues with this load.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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