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2017 GMC Yukon Denali Test Drive Review

While large full-size SUVs are perfect for hauling your big family, there are some large full-size SUVs that are great multitasking machines. Take the GMC Yukon for example. Not only is it a great vehicle for a family of eight members, but this beast is great for going off-roading and towing up to an outstanding 8,400 pounds.

We recently had the privilege to spend a full week with the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali and were completely blown away by its capabilities on top of it being a comfortable full-size SUV for your everyday needs. Let’s dive deeper into the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali.


When you first lay eyes on the 2017 GMC Yukon there are two words that come to mind – ‘bold’ and ‘handsome.’ No matter which angle you are looking at on the GMC Yukon, the full-size SUV looks tough and muscular with the perfect amount of luxury touches. It seems like the GMC Yukon is someone who likes to hit the gym everyday and perfectly groom themselves after.

Our test model, the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali takes those good looks to the next level with some extra luxury elements including the signature chrome grille, illuminated power-retractable assist steps, standard 20-inch wheels (22-inches available as an option), and a variety of chrome accents. Furthermore, the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali comes standard with an automatic liftgate that can be operated by waving your foot under a sensor beneath the rear fascia.

The 2017 GMC Yukon Denali sits on a wheelbase that measures 116 inches with the overall length coming in at 203.9 inches. The width of this giant beast measures in at 80.5 inches and the height comes in at 74.4 inches.

Overall, the exterior of the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali conveys a sense of confidence that will definitely leave a lasting impression on anyone you pass on the road.


Just like the exterior, the interior of the 2017 GMC Yukon is all about establishing a balance between boldness and elegance. There is not much left to be desired on the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali models as they come packed with a long list of standard features.

Our test model was equipped with tri-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seats, a heated steering wheel, heads-up display, Bluetooth connectivity, a Bose sound system, OnStar 4G LTE with built-in WiFi, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, navigation, and an 8-inch touchscreen display with the GMC IntelliLink infotainment system, and much more. Of course, there is really not much more than that you’ll need at that point – but it’s nice to know all those features are at your fingertips.

Interior room-wise, the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali offers a very spacious cabin with a total of 45.3 inches of legroom for front-row passengers, 39-inches of legroom for second-row passengers, and 24.8 inches of legroom for third-row passengers. If you’re in the need to haul some cargo, the GMC Yukon Denali offers a total volume of 94.7 cubic feet with all the rows folded and 15.3 cubic feet with all the rows in user position. If you’re not using the third-row, then you can use a total of 51.7 cubic feet.

Overall, the interior of the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali is right up there with luxury vehicles. GMC has gone the extra mile by making the cabin extremely quiet thanks to tripled sealed doors and the active noise cancellation feature. The Yukon Denali is also wrapped in high-quality materials throughout the cabin with exclusive touches like  Java Burl poplar wood inlays and French seam stitching on console and doors.


As mentioned above, we were extremely impressed by the capabilities of the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali. Besides offering a spacious cabin to load up basically any large objects, the Yukon Denali is offered exclusively with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces a total of 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. That gives the Yukon Denali the ability to tow up to 8,400 pounds. It’s standard heavy duty trailering equipment and Trailer Brake Controller provide an extra way to monitor whatever it is that you’re towing along with your trailer brakes.

Surprisingly enough, the performance of the GMC Yukon Denali is quite impressive. The 420 horsepower engine helps propel this 5,742-pound vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds and the standard Magnetic Ride Control System constantly adjusts the suspension for precise handling.

Fuel economy-wise, the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali AWD averages an EPA-rated 14/20 mpg* (city/highway).


GMC has long been known for its toughness and the new 2017 GMC Yukon Denali carries on that legacy with a sense of style, luxury, and power. All those factors work in conjunction to make this the perfect family vehicle while keeping advanced capability in the mix. Prices for the 2017 GMC Yukon Denali start at $65,965** for the base model and $68,965** for the all-wheel-drive model. Visit your local AutoNation dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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