2011 GMC Yukon

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$38,945

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2011 GMC Yukon
2011 GMC Yukon

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior quality
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Smooth ride
  • Highway passing power
  • Safety features
  • Gas mileage for its size

The bad:

  • Cramped third row
  • Poor reliability
  • Cheap-looking taillights
  • Third row doesn't fold flat
  • Cargo space behind third row

3 trims

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Our 2011 GMC Yukon trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • All engines are E85 compatible
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Seats up to nine
  • Regular and heavy-duty models
  • Available backup camera
  • Available blind spot warning system

2011 GMC Yukon review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The 2011 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 XL is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

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.

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 GM siblings. That’s good news because the domed instrument panel, carlike dashboard and flush-mounted buttons make for a handsome design.

This SUV can seat up to nine occupants when benches are placed in all three rows. Some models replace first- and second-row benches with captain’s chairs, lowering total seating capacity to seven. 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. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Available cloth, vinyl or leather-appointed seats
  • Available integrated rear camera in rearview mirror
  • Available heated/cooled seats (Denali models)

Under the Hood
The Yukon is available 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.

Powertrain features include:

  • Flex-fuel 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque (348 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
  • 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

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Nice, Nice, Nice!

This is a really nice vehicle for being used. It exceeds our expectations for comfort and performance. We enjoy driving it both in town and out in the country.

5.0

Best car I have ever owned

I love it. Love the interior and exterior it has lasted for a long time and still in good shape. It’s a great family car. Thanks for serving it.

4.7

Reliable Car

This is very reliable and performs really great. But third-row seat is good for children, not for adults. as it is not roomy. However driver seat and middle rows are very comfortable.

See all 35 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
36 months/36,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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