Long-Term Update 3: 2007 GMC Yukon
11 Months and 17,079 Miles later
The Yukon's 15,000-mile service cost a stiff $435.53, but it did include an oil change, full inspection, tire rotation, and cleaning of the throttle body, induction, and fuel injectors. More important, the service visit remedied another faulty key fob-at 14,000 miles, it became temperamental and useless-under warranty. While our flex-fuel Yukon's 13.2-mpg fuel economy shows it's been flexing too much, editors are still enamored with it, praising its "solid, polished feel," the "push-button-flip second-row seats," and the "cushy ride that isn't too isolating." Editor MacKenzie sums up the Yukon as "your best buddy, favorite hunting dog, and Trigger, all rolled into one." That said, some editors would welcome a third row that folded flat and a top speed greater than 98 mph.
Truck Trend Voices:
Discovered the front and rear tire pressure monitoring system is somehow reversed. The front right and left tire pressures are really for the rear right and left tires. Kind of funny. Will find out if its just a simple wire-plug swap when taken to the dealer. Since I'm the chaperone, it works out pretty well. After time in the both the Mercedes-Benz GL and Yukon, think I'm a fan of the AmERiCan truck. First, it's more like a truck (and that's a good thing). There is size and width to the Yukon. More mass (not to be confused with "No Mas").
The second row seats are softer and more form fitting--like captains chairs. And the pass-through the middle is cool, even if the third row seat doesn't offer much (any?) legroom. And I don't care what GM says, the collapsible heavy-luggage-type solution to removing the third row seat is just not what people should get for this much money. Electronic second row fold and flip seats are amazing, but the sacrifice you have to make just to get a solid rear axle (which is a huge asset for towing and durability) is too much when opting for the third row. I'd probably remove one of the third row seats altogether for extra cargo room. Computer says we're getting an average of 13.6 mpg.
Believe that's about 1 mpg less than the $20,000 more expensive GL. And it looks like I an work on the 5.3-liter engine. Give me a Yukon; I'll have money to buy a Nissan Versa; and still have enough money to by a monster plasma TV for my living room. Done. -Mark Williams
|2007 GMC Yukon|
|Avg econ/CO2||13.2 mpg/1.47 lb/mi|
|Maintenance cost||$484.72 (2 oil changes and 15K service-see text)|