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2013 GMC Yukon – A Timeless Classic, Worth an Upgrade

Published October 21, 2012

2013 GMC Yukon, Yukon Denali, 2013 Yukon


If there is one thing that can be said about the 2013 GMC Yukon is that it has barely changed in years. When it first hit the market, it was somewhat of a niche vehicle due to its hefty size. Over time, it became more popular only return to being a niche market once crossovers and fuel efficient SUVs started entering the market. Couple this with its apparent disregard for anything different – it has barely changed over the last few years – and it’s a wonder that it is still around. Ah, but there are some very good reasons why it is still around. It is still a workhorse and it still offers the niche market exactly what they are looking for.


Walking around the outside of the 2013 GMC Yukon, one thing is abundantly clear. While it looks nice – it does have that tasteful design – it isn’t really up to par with the other SUVs on the market in terms of modern, sleek curves. The exception to this is the Denali Trim which offers a flashier grille and flashier wheels, offering a more modern “Here I am!” look.


When you step inside the 2013 GMC Yukon, you immediately notice the difference between this SUV and all the others on the market. There’s no excitement, unless of course, you buy the Denali trim – GMC’s luxury offerings. On the other three models – the SLE (both 2WD and 4WD), the hybrid and the SLT (2WD) – you get nothing. It’s a boring interior that makes you literally sigh because you wanted some excitement – at least some form of an updated center stack, but no.

2013 Yukon Interior, 2013 Yukon Denali Interior

The only exciting interior – the Denali Trim

Seating is not as spacious as it could be given the size of the 2013 GMC Yukon. While the front seats are large and accommodating, passengers have to squeeze into the second row, and forget about the third row, it should just be removed, to be honest. Climbing into the second row is challenging due to the door pillars that are quite in the way. Climbing into the third row…well you might as well either crawl in through the trunk entrance or jump over the second row to get back there – it’s difficult.

Under The Hood

The main reason why the 2013 GMC Yukon is still around is due to its penchant for being able to tow around 8,600 pounds, of course, unless you buy the hybrid trim which can only tow around 5,000 pounds (still a whopping amount!). It features a 6.0L V8 engine that offers 332 HP. The fuel mileage runs at approximately 23 mpg, with the hybrid offering up to 27mpg, even while towing 5,000 pounds.

Should GMC upgrade the Yukon – I vote absolutely. They have nothing to lose. Granted, there are your standard technology features – you get Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio and a USB port to connect your devices, but shouldn’t all of this bar an interior upgrade? I’m not saying make it flashy, that’s what the Denali trim is for – but rather, just upgrade it a little. Make people wow when they sit in the driver’s seat, and really – do something about that unusable third row … other, smaller SUVs and crossovers have a great design, no reason why the Yukon can’t as well.



Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

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