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2010 GMC Yukon

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2010 GMC Yukon Review

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With seating for up to nine people, substantial towing capacity and aspirational appeal, GM's biggest family haulers have in the past accounted for more than 60 percent of full-size SUV sales. GMC's version, the 2010 Yukon, bridges the gap between its Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade siblings with a lineup that includes a base model priced similarly to the Tahoe, as well as a distinctive Denali model that can approach Escalade prices when fully loaded. While the faithful Yukon continues to serve millions of families well, the impressive 2010 Yukon all but antiquates the previous generation, which seems light years apart in styling, quality and interior materials.

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Even if you don't need its maximum seating or towing capacities, the 2010 GMC Yukon shines on enough levels to satisfy the needs and tastes of almost any full-size SUV buyer. That it also has some of the category's best fuel mileage is a definite plus, as is the optional hybrid model.

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Unlike the Ford Expedition, Dodge Durango and Nissan Armada, none of GM's full-size SUVs feature a fold-flat third-row seat. The rear-most seat is removable in two 50-pound sections, but for anyone that's grown accustomed to the convenience of a fold-flat third row, this could be the Yukon's deal-breaker.

What's New for 2010

New for 2010 is OnStar 8.2 with long range remote start and traffic control, a center console-mounted USB port and enhanced battery charging for some handheld devices. Under the Yukon's hood, the 5.3-liter V8 is now E85-compatible, while the big Yukon Denali's 6.2-liter V8 gains Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation. Other mechanical changes include a new 3.08 rear axle on Denali for improved fuel economy and an available two-speed transfer case on four-wheel-drive models.

Driving the Yukon
Driving Impressions

With a stiff, fully-boxed frame, revised suspension and greatly improved steering and braking characteristics, the 2010 GMC Yukon is by far the best handling full-size SUV ever to wear a...

... GMC badge. It responds with confidence to both the driver and the road while also providing more accurate feedback. Crisp and alert around town (for a tall SUV weighing well over 2.5 tons, of course), comfortable and stable on the highway, the latest Yukon provides the driver a level of confidence unapproached by its predecessors – an experience good enough to qualify GMC's newest full-size SUV as one of the category's best.

Power Fold-and-Flip Second Row
Accessing the third row is made easier with power fold-and-flip second-row seats that can also be activated by the driver or front passenger via roof-mounted switches.

Rearview Camera
Vehicles this big benefit the most from rearview cameras that let the driver see what's lurking behind the back bumper.

2010 GMC Yukon Details
Interior

The 2010 GMC Yukon's interior can be configured with any number of seating positions from six to nine, with each row available in two- or three-passenger layouts. Other seating options include leather, first-row heated seats and power fold-and-flip second-row seats (all standard on the Denali). Getting past the seats, the Yukon's passenger cabin is so attractive, comfortable and refined as to make the previous-generation's cabin feel downright old-fashioned. Where lower-cost materials still exist, they aren't as conspicuous as in the past. Again, the vehicle's weakest link in some people's eyes will be the lack of a fold-flat rear seat.

Exterior

The 2010 GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe are most differentiated up front, with each sporting its own grille, hood, fascia and headlights. The variation continues down the sides and to the back with unique trim, wheels and taillamps. Yukon Denali models are further distinguished by a signature perforated grille, modified headlights and taillamps, revised front and rear fascias, distinctive 18-inch wheels (with unique 20-inchers available), chrome-accented side moldings and unique side steps.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base Yukon features a six-speed automatic transmission, two-wheel drive and a 5.3-liter V8 engine. Other standard features include manual dual-zone air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power heated mirrors, eight-speaker AM/FM/CD-MP3 sound system with auxiliary audio input, OnStar, cruise control, Driver Information Center, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and outside temperature display, height-adjustable steering wheel and a cloth interior featuring a 40/20/40-split bench up front (with power driver's portion), a 60/40-split bench in the middle row and a third-row seat. Outside, a base Yukon is equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels and a tow package. Standard safety equipment includes driver and front-passenger airbags, three-row head-curtain airbags, electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, tire-pressure-monitoring system and Antilock Braking System (ABS).

Optional Equipment

The Yukon Denali's exclusive powertrain consists of a 6.2-liter V8, six-speed automatic transmission and an available full-time all-wheel-drive system. Optional equipment that's standard on Denali includes a power liftgate, power fold-and-flip second-row seats, ultrasonic rear parking assist (standard on SLT), power-adjustable pedals, upgraded audio system, automatic climate control, active damping system and power-folding exterior mirrors. Optional even on Denali are a rearview camera, power-retractable side steps, navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 20-inch wheels, heated and cooled front seats, power-adjustable steering column and a power sunroof.

Under the Hood

The Yukon powertrain lineup consists of two V8 engines, a six-speed automatic transmission with tap-up/tap-down gear selection, plus two-, four- and all-wheel drive. A Flex-Fuel version of the 5.3-liter V8 performs almost identically to last year's gasoline-only 5.3-liter engine but will also run on E85 ethanol – a "biofuel" produced in part using renewable materials like corn. Both the 5.3- and 6.2-liter engines feature cylinder-deactivation technology that imperceptibly "turns off" four cylinders under light loads and helps the Yukon achieve what GM claims to be the best fuel economy in the category. Maximum towing capacity on four-wheel-drive models is 8,200 pounds.

5.3-liter V8 FlexFuel
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
326 horsepower @ 5300 rpm (E85)
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
350 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm (E85)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (gasoline), 11/16 (E85),

6.2-liter V8
403 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
417 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (gasoline, 2WD), 10/16 (E85, 2WD), 13/20 (gasoline, 4WD), 10/15 (E85, 4WD)

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2010 GMC Yukon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 457 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Smooth solid ride on the highway

By on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "OK gas mileage for a big SUV"

Cons: "lag in the 6 speed trans during hard acceleration"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"looks great, rides nice, seats and instrument layout fit me very well, heated and cooled seats are great for wife and I with different temp preferences"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Excellent SUV, Outstanding Price/Value, No Damage

By on Monday, April 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,650

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent SUV, Excellent Price"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Very Low Millage 54K, Fully Loaded Denali, no damage history, complete maintenance records available, Video system with stereo headsets, Moon Roof, premium wheels, am/fm/XM premium stereo/cd with Bose speakers, Heated Leather seats (Front and Back) heated steering wheel, third row seating. Luggage rack, running boards, and towing package."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Monday, April 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have loved owning this SUV because I can see over traffic, it has good gas mileage for the size of car. it is very comfortable on long trips, it has great passing speed, I love the remote start in the winter, and it is a nice looking car. The only reason I am changing is I am 72 years old and that step up is getting hard to do."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Nice car for 2007

By on Monday, January 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 158,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Comfort, Power, Towing"

Cons: "Wheel finish, door squeak, legroom, air suspension"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car used, around 3 years ago. I paid about $22K for it, here in Washington. I am about to get something newer due to it's aging status. It is a big comfortable car. Things that I like a lot are the 6.2 liter engine with 6 speed transmission, and the full time 4WD. This car is quiet on the freeway and cruises effortlessly. Heated seats, heated steering wheel, remote start, and lots of great comfort features. The 2nd row seats do not have a lot of legroom for a vehicle this size, the 3rd row is worse but we rarely use them. The exhaust note on startup is awesome. I added an aftermarket Bluestar bluetooth module to the stock OnStar system for cell phone integration, it works well. Navigation is weak and looks like an old Atari game, but this is an old system now. Problem areas I have seen are: power running boards don't always work; the air suspension in the rear seems problematic and the compressor or shocks fail at a high rate triggering suspension warnings on the dash (expensive repairs); the chrome on the chrome wheels flake off, resulting cosmetic disrepair and in air leaks, we have to add air weekly to some tires since the bead won't hold air; the front door mechanisms bind up and require lots of lubing to avoid squeaks and groans when opening and closing the doors. There was a recall on the heated windshield washer module, apparently it can catch fire. They just deactivate it and give you $100, which is not a fair trade for the value of the feature. We get about 13mpg on average with mixed city/highway driving. I can get 17mpg or more on long trips, but this is not our normal driving mode. The tank seems to hold about 22 gallons of regular fuel."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Great Rig!!

By on Thursday, December 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my second Yukon Denali. I wore the first one out. It is the most comfortable, best handling SUV I have ever driven, especially in snow. It is a great long distance road car. I am never fatigued or sore at the end of a 5-7 hour drive. I traded my BMW X-5 for my first 2008 Denali and never missed the beemer. The 2012 version is just fantastic. My only wish is that it got better mileage (13 in town 19 on the highway)but moving a 6000 pound rig takes petrol. It seats four very comfortably, has cargo space, can handle 6 passengers, uses regular gas, can tow anything and looks awesome."

16 people out of 26 found this review helpful

looking for something smaller

By on Thursday, November 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have really enjoyed this truck with all the bells and whisles. Unfortumately as my familey has gotten smaller due to geting older and drivimg themselves, I am looking at getting something smaller."

10 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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