2007 GMC Yukon Review

2007 GMC Yukon Specs

The 2007 GMC Yukon has more trim levels and options than you can shake a stick at ( where in the heck did that saying come from, anyway? Who shakes a stick at anything? ). In the regular Yukon, you have your choice between the base SLE, the upscale SLT, and the king of the road Denali. The long wheelbase Yukon XL is also available in your choice of SLE, SLT, and Denali trims. A total of 3 engines are available :

  • Vortec 4.8L V8 good for 295 HP and 305 lb-ft of torque ( Base Yukon engine )
  • Vortec 5.3L V8 good for 320 HP and 340 lb-ft of torque ( Yukon or Yukon XL )
  • Vortec 6.2L V8 good for a whopping 380 HP and 417 lb-ft of torque ( Denali and Denali XL only )

Both the 5.3L and 6.2L engines have Active Fuel Management, which turns off 4 cylinders when cruising on the highway to save fuel. Don’t expect Prius-like fuel economy though – these are full-size SUV’s we’re talking about.

2007 GMC Yukon Reviews

The Auto Channel reviews the 2007 GMC Yukon and wasn’t terribly happy with the third row of seats – ‘We didn’t even take the third row of seats out. We just folded them down. The two separate third row units come out smoothly by pulling on a handle and dragging them rearward, but they are very heavy. They don’t return to normal easily though. We can shove them back into their tracks but it’s a long reach to pull the backs up and we can get no leverage reaching in that far. We’ll just leave them folded down for this trip.

Detroit News reviews the 2007 GMC Yukon and is confounded by the fuel economy – ‘What I’d like to know is why General Motors spent all that money to completely overhaul its full-size sport-utility vehicles, adding a very expensive cylinder-cutoff system to the 5.3-liter V-8 engine to save fuel — but the gas mileage is still lousy. Last year’s Yukon 4WD was rated by the EPA at 15 mpg in city driving and 20 on the highway; this year’s model has an EPA rating of 15/21. Over a week’s worth of driving, the fuel-economy gauge in our test vehicle said we averaged only 14.3 mpg — pretty dreadful by any measure, especially considering that we were running on only four cylinders for much of the time.’

Automotive.com reviews the 2007 GMC Yukon and also laments the poor gas mileage – ‘Predictably, the gas needle sprints from F to E with equal vigor. Even with heavy highway time and my light right foot, the trip computer bonked its head on a 16 MPG ceiling, while city errands had the Denali dissing the Earth with 9.7 (that’ll be premium fuel, sir). Not helping the situation is how downhill driving can sporadically send the needle plunging to Empty as if on a mission of death, sounding off the Low Fuel alarm for a few seconds before restoring sanity. False alarms notwithstanding, $70 fillups every 300 miles are an inescapable truth.’

Cnet reviews the 2007 GMC Yukon and writes – ‘There are plenty of other cars that can haul around four adults comfortably, with room for cargo in back that come in well under the Denali’s $54,615. The 2007 Lexus RX 350 is one example, while the 2006 Ford Explorer is another. The Denali’s main advantages seem to be very large cargo capacity, with the rear seats removed and folded out of the way, and towing ability, as our tester included a towing mode on the transmission.

Car and Driver reviews the 2007 GMC Yukon Denali and is impressed with ride quality – ‘Still, the best thing about GM’s new SUVs is their driving behavior. Autoride (two-position automatically adjusting dampers) is still the Denali’s suspension of choice, and over a stretch of rough pavement this 5610-pound brute feels impossibly solid and composed and, at the same time, comfortably compliant. Driver inputs funnel through pleasantly weighted steering, which feels more precise than that of most other large SUVs, and an excellent firm brake pedal, even though stops from 70 mph are about average at 187 feet.

Cars Everything reviews the 2007 GMC Yukon and writes – ‘The turning circle impressed us. It takes less space to make a U-turn in a Yukon than it does in other SUVs in this class; even some relatively small vehicles such as the Mitsubishi Eclipse need more space to turn around than the new Yukon. This is helpful in a world of big SUVs and compact parking spaces.’

Autobytel drives the 2007 GMC Yukon and praises it’s power while condemning it’s fuel economy- ‘Despite the GMC Yukon Denali’s size and weight, our test vehicle’s 6.2-liter V8 had no problems pushing around the condo-sized SUV thanks to 380 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. Power was run through a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission that kept the engine in its optimal rev range. There was the occasional dead spot in pedal response but we weren’t sure if it was the transmission or a flaw in the drivetrain. The main downside to the Denali’s engine was its thirst for fuel: Our combined number was a mere 11.5 mpg.’

Published on December 15, 2006 in GMC

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