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Goodbye Minivan, Hello Luxury: 6 Reasons to Love the 2022 GMC Yukon

Has your current SUV reached its max capacity for your family? With car seats spread across two rows, toys and sippy cups littering the floor, and barely enough room for your weekly groceries, you know it’s time to upgrade your mid-size SUV, but a minivan isn’t an option. So, what is? It’s time to put the 2022 GMC Yukon on your radar.

GMC is renowned for its ability to deliver affordable luxury, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in the 2022 Yukon, a full-size SUV that blends practicality and versatility with opulence. It’s the ideal SUV for minivan-averse drivers, especially with options like the Yukon XL, which stretches its wheelbase to deliver even more room. What else can you expect from the 2022 Yukon that makes it a great option for your growing family? It’s time to find out.

It’s An Agile Performer

Full-size SUVs like the Yukon are often regarded as land yachts because of their size and sluggish performance. GMC, however, is determined to change that by making the 2022 Yukon both agile and capable. To do this, GMC gives you a choice between three capable powertrains that deliver a wide range of power to match your driving needs.

The Yukon comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers 355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum trailering capacity of 8,400 pounds. With the 5.3-liter under the hood, the SUV averages 15 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway for two-wheel drive models. For more power, look at the Denali or AT4 trims with Chevy’s 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque with an average fuel economy of 14 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway.

GMC does the unimaginable and makes the Yukon even more efficient and capable with the available 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. Mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the Duramax churns out 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque with a total range of 648 miles on a single tank of fuel in the Yukon and 756 miles in the Yukon XL. This translates to an average of 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.

It Delivers an Outstanding Ride

Full-size SUVs don’t often deliver the smoothest of rides but, once again, GMC changes that with the Yukon’s available Four-Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension. The tool optimizes the Yukon’s performance, handling, and efficiency based on the terrain at hand. By raising the SUV two inches, the system improves your experience behind the wheel as well as the comfort of your passengers even on the bumpiest terrain.

A white 2022 GMC Yukon AT4 is shown driving on a dusty trail.

It’s Ready for Adventure

You don’t have to ignore your sense of adventure when you get behind the wheel of the 2022 Yukon; in fact, GMC advises against it. The 2022 Yukon is equipped with all the tools you need to explore the road ahead thanks to features like the Traction Select System that allows you to customize how the SUV performs using drive modes like Sport, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul. The available Active Response 4WD system gives you the confidence to explore technical terrain by constantly sending torque to the wheels that need it most to optimize the Yukon’s traction. Other tools like Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, and Magnetic Ride Control improve your experience in the driver’s seat by giving you greater control over the SUV in any condition.

It’s Plenty Spacious and Luxurious

The 2022 Yukon proves that GMC doesn’t cut corners when it comes to luxury and practicality. The Yukon offers 122.9 cubic feet of cargo room and three rows of seats that can comfortably fit passengers of all ages and sizes. The Yukon XL is even larger, with 144.7 cubic feet of cargo space and additional legroom. This expansive cabin is crafted to perfection with keen attention to detail, from conveniences like the class-leading power-sliding center console to luxuries like heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, and premium upholstery from the front dashboard to the rear cargo space.

It’s Loaded with Tech

With a growing family and a busy schedule, GMC knows how important it is to stay connected even when you’re in the driver’s seat. The 2022 Yukon makes this easy with an expansive 10.2-inch color touchscreen display that’s home to GMC’s infotainment system with Google Built-In. Through the display, you can access your favorite smartphone apps via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and take advantage of the available WiFi hotspot. The addition of Google Built-In gives you access to Google Maps and Google Assistant, the latter of which can make calls, respond to messages, navigate your route, and more with simple voice commands.

Keeping your passengers entertained isn’t a problem since the 2022 Yukon offers dual 12.6-inch rear seat media touchscreen displays. Integrated into the driver and passenger headrests, these displays tilt to accommodate your passengers’ viewing needs. Available on the SLT, AT4, and Denali trims, the screens also have touch capabilities and screen sharing, which means your passengers can enjoy the same features together or independently.

While your passengers are entertained, you can rest easy knowing that you have all the information you need at a glance. This starts with the Yukon’s 12-inch reconfigurable driver information center and extends to the class-leading 15-inch head-up display. The information center gives you access to functions like audio, phone, and navigation via buttons integrated into the steering wheel, while the head-up display puts vital information in a crisp display on the windshield ahead. You’ll see everything from safety and driver-assist alerts to the speed limit, your speed, audio cues, and more.

The black interior of a 2022 GMC Yukon shows the steering wheel and center console.

It’s Engineered to Deliver Peace of Mind

Safety is a top priority, and that’s why GMC equips the 2022 Yukon with cutting-edge safety and driver-assist tools that give you peace of mind when you’re on the road. The Yukon’s extensive camera system delivers up to 13 unique camera views around the SUV and any accompanying trailer to take the guesswork out of navigating the road ahead or behind. When you opt for models like the AT4, these views get even better with the available HD Surround Vision camera that gives you a 360-degree view around the rig when traveling at low speeds.

Beyond the camera system, the Yukon also comes with a host of standard driver-assist tools that includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist, a Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking, and IntelliBeam automatic high beams. These tools actively extend your visibility and minimize the potential for collision. For families with young drivers, GMC’s exclusive Teen Driver Technology makes the Yukon more attractive by allowing parents to monitor their teen’s driving habits, set certain parameters, and provide coaching on areas that need improvement.

Spaciousness, Versatility, and Luxurious: You Can Have It All

Minivans might be readily available in America, but that doesn’t mean you have to join the club. The 2022 GMC Yukon is an exceptional alternative to the minivan because it’s designed specifically for growing families. Combining spaciousness, versatility, and luxury, the Yukon earns its place as one of the most popular full-size SUVs in the segment and easily proves that you don’t have to settle for anything less than extraordinary in a family-friendly SUV.