Are you looking for a comfortable full-size SUV with off-road capabilities? Then you’ll be pleased by the latest GMC Yukon, which furthers the model’s reputation as a roomy and comfy ride that can tackle all terrains with ease. Of course, you’ll need more than just the base trim to unlock the GMC Yukon’s full potential. You’ll want to snag the more expensive AT4, but with the Yukon’s different trim lines and options, you’ll probably want an idea of how much you’ll have to pay first.
First, a look at the base GMC Yukon
On its own, the Yukon is a reasonably capable vehicle. Starting at $52,100, this GMC SUV looks like it could handle anything from the outside. Sitting on standard 18-inch wheels, the SLE’s prominent grille, LED headlights, and massive size will have other drivers switching lanes to get out of your way.
Its powertrain is as impressive as the vehicle looks, with a 5.3-liter V8 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This combo will generate 355 hp and 383-lb of torque and get you to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. Of course, the SLE is a bit of a gas guzzler, with 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Few SUVs are fuel efficient, especially with an eight-seater like this.
The SLE is positively cavernous inside, with ample legroom and headroom for all. The base trim also features many desirable amenities, like keyless entry, push-button start, a 10.2-inch touchscreen, and more. You can also add an optional front-row bench seat to seat nine if needed.
But if you’re looking for some off-road action, the AT4 trim is where GMC’s Yukon shines. However, for the basic AT4, you’ll be spending at least $66,600.
What the AT4 brings to the table
Rather than the SLE’s standard RWD, the AT4 comes with 4WD, all-terrain tires, front tow hooks, and underbody skid plates. There’s also an improved suspension to improve handling and a hill descent control feature for hill and mountain drivers.
And inside, the SLE’s features are complemented by a heated steering wheel, power-folding front row, and heated outboard second-row seats. Advanced safety features include forward collision mitigation and lane-keeping assistance, though an optional Pro Safety Package Plus adds blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross-traffic alerts.
For those looking for greater power, towing capacity, or both, you can upgrade the AT4’s engine. If you’re willing to pay $70,785, you can outfit your AT4 with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
But the 6.2-liter V8 isn’t the only AT4-specific upgrade available. GMC has quite a few options and packages that can further enhance the capabilities of your new Yukon.
The AT4’s optional packages and accessories
If safety tech is a priority, you can add the Technology Package to your AT4 for $1,150. This option includes both a surround-view camera system and a head-up display. For $465, you can also purchase the Max Trailering Package, which consists of a trailer brake controller, a two-speed active transfer case, and a heavy-duty cooling system.
You can also enhance your AT4’s off-road capabilities with the AT4 Premium package. For $5,890, you’ll get rear pedestrian alerts, power-retractable assist steps with LED perimeter lighting, a rear seat media system, and everything in the Technology package. For $1,795, you can get the Premium Capability Package with Active Response 4WD, which includes air suspension that can lower or raise your vehicle as needed, and an electronic limited-slip differential that can send torque to the wheel most in need.
Or, for $7,650, you can buy the AT4 Premium Plus package. GMC will provide your Yukon with air suspension that can lower or raise your vehicle as needed. You’ll also get an electronic limited-slip differential that can send torque to the most in need wheel and everything in Premium Capability Package and the Max Trailering Package.
Premium exterior colors like Onyx Black and Midnight Blue Metallic are available for $495. You can also add 20-inch wheels for $2,995, power-release second-row bucket seats for $370, and roof rack rails for $495.
All told, if you’re looking for an AT4 with a souped-up engine, bigger wheels, a premium paint job, and all the AT4 capabilities GMC offers, you’ll be looking at just under $82,000. But if you’re looking for a reliable, comfortable, and capable SUV, it’s money well-spent.