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The Yukon also finally gets third-row seats that fold into the floor.
Despite their role as beasts of burden that carry cargo, tow trailers, and schlep kids, the Yukon, Yukon XL, and particularly the Denalis are now trimmed and equipped more like luxury vehicles.
The Yukon Denali models -- both in short and long form -- represent the "all boxes checked" type of vehicle, with few options and lots of luxury features, including include GM's third-generation magnetic ride control.
Three-row long-wheelbase models (Suburban and Yukon XL) even have a third-row video monitor.
The third row seat isn't as roomy as we would have liked -- for reasons that we can't quite fathom, the second-row seats don't slide fore and aft -- but at least it doesn't sit flat on the floor, although it does fold flat into the floor when not needed, and it does so electrically via switches conveniently located near the tailgate.
The 2015 GMC Yukon takes strides toward raising its appeal through appearance, both inside and out, and improved materials and space usage--but without the features you and your family need, it's all for naught. Fortunately, GM has amped up the technology as well.
Standard features on all non-Denali models include a rearview camera, front and rear park assistance systems, a segment-exclusive center air bag, a premium Bose stereo, enhanced GMC IntelliLink infotainment with 8-inch touchscreen display, and a 110-volt three-prong power outlet.
Optional extras (some of which come standard on higher-trim models) include driver assistance and alert technologies like a vibrating driver's seat that warns of hazards; forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and side blind-zone alert; adaptive cruise control with automatic braking; a head-up display; and more. Other optional upgrades include keyless entry and push-button start, a heated/tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power-folding second- and third-row seats, and a height-programmable powered rear lift gate. An abundance of USB ports can be added (bringing the total up to six), and second- and third-row Blu-Ray entertainment is available.
Denali models upgrade to a higher base specification, including all of the driver alert technologies (although adaptive cruise control is still an optional extra); power-folding second- and third-row seats; heated second-row seats; heated and cooled front-row seats; a 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround sound system; active noise cancellation; GM's third-generation Magnetic Ride Control suspension; an eight-inch customizable driver display; and IntelliLink with navigation, Bluetooth, audio streaming, and five USB ports.
Optional upgrades on the Denali models are fewer owing to their already long standard feature sheet, but include: a head-up display, a variety of unique 22-inch wheels, retractable steps, a roof rack, a power sunroof, rear-seat headphones, rear-seat entertainment with Blu-Ray, and a heated split-folding second row bench seat.
From Blu-Ray to head-up display, the 2015 GMC Yukon offers a selection of today's best technology.