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2012 GMC Yukon

$13,349 — $30,325 USED
Sport Utility
7-9 Seats
15-18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2012 GMC Yukon exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 GMC Yukon
  • All engines are E85 compatible
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Seats up to nine
  • Available backup camera and blind spot warning system
  • StabiliTrak now includes electronic trailer-sway control and hill start assist

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The 2012 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 2012
The Yukon SLT now comes standard with heated leather front seats; a heated steering wheel is optional. A blind spot warning system now comes on Denali models. A new navigation radio with a USB port and the ability to record broadcasts is optional.

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 trim and a power-operated liftgate. Exterior features include:

  • Integrated running boards
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard heated power side mirrors
  • Optional 20-inch wheels
  • Chrome honeycomb grille (Denali)
  • Optional power-operated 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 ...

Vehicle Overview

The 2012 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 2012
The Yukon SLT now comes standard with heated leather front seats; a heated steering wheel is optional. A blind spot warning system now comes on Denali models. A new navigation radio with a USB port and the ability to record broadcasts is optional.

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 trim and a power-operated liftgate. Exterior features include:

  • Integrated running boards
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard heated power side mirrors
  • Optional 20-inch wheels
  • Chrome honeycomb grille (Denali)
  • Optional power-operated 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
  • Standard Bose stereo
  • Available sunroof
  • Available cloth or leather-appointed seats
  • Available integrated backup camera in rearview mirror
  • Available heated/cooled front seats

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. Mechanical features include:

  • Flex-fuel 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque
  • Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque
  • Both V-8s feature fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional load-leveling rear suspension
  • Optional Off-Road Suspension Package

Safety
Safety options include a blind spot warning system, rear parking sensors and a backup camera. Standard safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front row
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control, trailer-sway control and hill start assist
  • Recovery hooks

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
15 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Most comfortable and reliable vehicle for travel

by 1brdbrn! from Peoria, IL on August 18, 2018

This truck is so comfortable to travel in with the electronic suspension, air conditioned front seats, heated quad captains seats with lots of legroom, and plenty of room in the back for gear or 2 ... Read full review

(5.0)

The most reliable vehicle I have owned! A great SU

by Yukon Denali for life from Little Rock, Ar on July 10, 2018

This SUV met all bnbof my needs! Plenty of cup holders, TVs, heated steering wheel, automatic step side, a great ride, and will be a great vehicle for someone in need of a high quality suv. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 GMC Yukon currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 GMC Yukon SLE

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Front Seat
5 Star
Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by GMC

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    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

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker