The biggest car I had ever driven was a minivan. At least it was until last week.
Now the 2015 GMC Yukon SLT takes that spot, and it’s a car I assumed I would never drive. I assumed that because I did not think I was capable of driving a car bigger than my minivan, which is so long that I constantly drag it over curbs. In my mind, driving anything bigger than that was not an option (or the curbs of Portland would all be in danger of extinction!).
So, imagine my horror delight when I found out that the first car I would test drive for AGirlsGuidetoCars was a GMC Yukon. For days I wondered how bad it was going to be, how I would embarrass myself running over curbs and corners, but guess what? It was no big deal. First, it wasn’t as big as I thought it would be; the SLT model is the full size SUV but, it was not the XL model so it is not near as big as a Suburban, which I drove recently on a trip to Walt Disney World. Plus, the 2015 Yukon SLT has tons of features that make driving it easy-peasy. The features that helped the most were:
- Back up camera
- Front and rear parking assist
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Side blind zone alert with lane change alert
- Lane departure warning
- Forward collision alert
The combination of these features made it an easy vehicle to drive. But it wasn’t just easy to drive; it was fun to drive too. The interior is delicious. Leather everywhere and loaded with every feature you can imagine.
I was so smitten with the Yukon I decided to see how much it would cost me to actually buy one with the features I wanted. Well, it turned out I wanted all the features just like this one. So, I priced it out with the Chevy/GMC Salutes pricing, the military discount program. Not only do you get a discount off the MSRP, but you also can combine it with all other offers. After pricing out the Yukon with GMC Salutes military discount the Yukon cost $7000 less! No, I am not kidding.
What We Loved
- Heated and cooling seats
- Roomy 2nd row with captain chairs
- Outlets everywhere, including USB ports and household plug-ins
- 2nd and 3rd rows automatically fold down
My kids had their own favorite features. Like all kids they loved the TV screen, but especially this one because it was huge. They also had more space, which they are old enough to appreciate now.
What You Need to Know
Standard vehicle price is $57,735.00, but the one I drove was fully loaded. Some of the additional features included the power sunroof, touch screen navigation, rear entertainment system, and captain chairs in the second row. Between these features and a bunch of others the one I drove was $64,520.00.
The vehicle is really high up off the ground. If there had not been running boards I would have struggled to get in and out. I’m 5’6″ so anyone taller than me probably would not have an issue.
The sticker said it would get 16 MPG in the city and I got 14 to 17 MPG while I drove it.
It comes with the standard 5 year or 100,000 miles warranty.
See some of the features in the video below:
Note: GMC provided me with the Yukon; opinions expressed are my own.