Very little in the GMC Yukon has changed--in years--and there's some good and bad to that. On the plus side, it's a tasteful, timeless, handsome design on the outside--and a slightly contoured version of the classic two-box SUV look. But the down side is that inside the Yukon definitely shows its age. There's none of the modern machine-shop look of some of the Yukon's rivals, which is fine, but the look is rather dull compared to the interior designs of more recent models like the Terrain.
Denali models are the ones to spot; they have a honeycomb grille up front, and flashier wheels, with a more dashing interior dressed in Nuance leather and chrome details.
The look of the GMC Yukon is quite conservative, understated, and serious-looking. The Yukon's large windows and tall expanses of sheetmetal steer far clear of the overwrought cliches that drown out the Nissan Armada, for example. Yukon XL utes add about 20 inches in overall length, and the gain goes right into the rear windows and metal (as well as the longer rear doors and stretched third-row seats). Because of that, we tend to think the Yukon XL looks a bit less balanced.Inside, the Yukon's interior design wins friends with its softer, simple style, which many might prefer to the upright, macho, machine-shop look that some other models sport. Depending on trim and seating configuration, the Yukon's interior trim and instrument-panel layout do vary somewhat, but in all models you do get well-coordinated trims, tightly grained plastics, and upscale-looking upholstery. Denali versions add more luxury touches, like a honeycomb grille up front and Nuance leather and chrome details to the cabin.