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2013 GMC Yukon

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$12,965 — $31,405 USED
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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
  • Cheap-looking taillights
  • Third row doesn't fold flat
  • Cargo space behind third row
2013 GMC Yukon exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 GMC Yukon
  • All engines are E85 compatible
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Seats up to nine
  • Available backup camera and blind spot warning system
  • StabiliTrak with electronic trailer-sway control and hill start assist

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2013 GMC Yukon Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The 2013 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 2013
The Yukon now offers engine braking on grades without having to use the Tow/Haul mode.
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. 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 t...

Vehicle Overview

The 2013 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 2013
The Yukon now offers engine braking on grades without having to use the Tow/Haul mode.
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. 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

4.6
20 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

So far so good

by Robert from Houston on May 17, 2019

We love it. My wife is a different world since we purchased this vehicle. She feels like the queen that she is. It was a wonderful choice. Read full review

(4.0)

Great Truck !

by Steve’s Yukon from Jacksonville FL on March 27, 2019

The Yukon is roomy it has bucket seating in second row... overall a good purchase for our needs... Only complaint would be the steering Wheel dose not telescope... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 GMC Yukon currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 GMC Yukon has not been tested.

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

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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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