Few things in life afford us the kind of abundance of comfort as a vehicle like the 2022 GMC Yukon. Regardless of the trim level, this is a magnificent full-sized SUV that will treat you to a silky ride fit for a king. Luxurious features appoint every model, from the prominent grille to the power liftgate. Choose from any of four trims, including the adventure-seeking AT4 and the opulent Denali, all of which have their own custom character to match your lifestyle. With three rows of seats, numerous configurations are available to accommodate up to nine passengers comfortably, even in the third row.
Standard features buyers can expect to find at entry-level include a vast array of comforts and conveniences. Upon approach, the 2022 Yukon will sense your key fob and automatically unlock; then, you can simply hit the button to start your SUV unless you have already engaged the standard remote start system. Once inside, place your hands on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, adjust your powered seat, check your 12-inch driver information center, and hit the gas. Everyone can be at their own perfect temperature with the standard tri-zone climate control, and you may find you don’t even mind the rain with the standard rain-sensing wipers that will automatically keep your windshield clear.
When you drive a 2022 Yukon, safety is part of the capability built into this expansive SUV. Whether you drive with family or friends, you deserve to know your passengers are protected. Standard driver-assist technology such as Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking help avoid or mitigate accidents on the road. A standard rear-seat reminder helps you remember to check the back seat before you exit the SUV, and Teen Driver allows parents to set limits on certain drivers to keep them safe when parents aren’t in the vehicle. Available safety features such as Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a 15-inch head-up display are just a few of the options that can be added throughout the trims.
Luxury and convenience may be draws for many buyers of GMC SUVs, but one thing is certain about the 2022 Yukon: it has enough power to handle any load you care to haul. Three engine choices all make quick work of any task, from simply traveling with a full load of passengers to towing a trailer comparable to what a small truck can manage. The standard engine for all but the Denali trim is the 5.3-liter V8, which is the Yukon’s most powerful. It produces 355 horsepower with 383 lb-ft of torque, and it can tow up to 8,400 pounds when properly equipped. All but the AT4 trim have the option of choosing the Duramax 3.0-liter I6 turbodiesel engine, which generates 277 hp with an impressive 460 lb-ft of torque, and has towing power up to 8,100 pounds.
Finally, standard on the Denali and optional for the AT4, the 6.2-liter V8 engine puts out 420 hp with 460 lb-ft of torque and can tow up to 8,200 pounds. Each of these capable engines is paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic transmission, operated by an electronic shift located in the dash. GMC provides the driver with a Traction Select System when four-wheel drive is equipped, created to modify the stability control, traction control, and powertrain according to the mode selected. Tow/haul and sport mode are standard for all models, and off-road mode is available for four-wheel drive models. Only the AT4 comes standard with four-wheel drive as the off-road-oriented trim, but any trim level can add four-wheel drive capability, which adds the AutoTrac two-speed transfer case.
With all this capability under the hood, expect exterior features to match the ruggedness of its power, but with a refined edge. Every 2022 Yukon is fitted with roof rails for extra cargo-carrying options, and the available ProGrade Trailering System provides features like Hitch Guidance with Hitch View and Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert to keep you and your trailer safe whether hitching or driving. Trailer sway control is standard for all trims, a feature to keep your trailer stable when you change lanes or encounter high winds. Standard LED lights include the signature “C” shape of the daytime running lights as well as fog lights. Of course, expect features like the hands-free liftgate with a logo projection to show you where to place your foot, so the hatch opens the first time, available starting with the SLT trim.
Each trim of the 2022 Yukon has its own personality, with options to choose the color and appearance, but also with options for choosing the seating arrangement. In the entry-level SLE trim, this is where the most passengers can be accommodated when opting for the bench seats in all three rows. Up to nine people can be seated at this trim level, the only trim to allow so many passengers.
Standard for the rest of the lineup are the two front bucket seats in place of the bench. In the SLT and AT4 trims, the second-row seats can be either the captain’s chairs or the bench seat, and in the Denali trim, the captain’s chairs are standard to seat up to seven. Materials for the interior are premium across the lineup, with details such as aluminum trim and contrasting stitching that starts with cloth seats in the SLE and opens up to perforated leather in the SLT trim. With both the AT4 and Denali, the leather seating comes standard with heat and ventilation.
Riding inside the 2022 Yukon will mean a hushed atmosphere achieved in part by the acoustic laminated windshield and front windows. Front seat passengers will have access to the large 10.2-inch touchscreen in the center stack, loaded with standard features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM, and built-in WiFi. Play your favorite music or listen to streamed content through the premium quality of Bose audio, starting with the SLT trim, which comes standard with a nine-speaker system. Available Amazon Alexa connectivity can make transitions from home to the road much easier when you want to share travel arrangements, your schedule, and even set reminders using your home Alexa to prep for time in your Yukon. Google products also offer similar assistance, with voice-activated features that can make calls, change audio volume, and control the temperature inside your SUV.
Every 2022 Yukon gains the new driver information center, which boasts a wide 12-inch screen that incorporates both digital displays and an analog speedometer and rev counter, simple to configure for your own driving preferences. Starting with the SLT trim, a rear-seat entertainment system is an option for passengers in the second and third row to enjoy the entertainment of their choice using the dual screens mounted to the front seatbacks. Both screens have the capability to share content to the front infotainment screen, such as directions for navigation, and both screens can be tilted and have touch capability. For the same trim, a panoramic sunroof with an express-open powered shade can bring more light to the interior if desired. In every trim, however, passengers will have plenty of space for traveling in comfort, even in the third row, thanks to the sliding seats in the second row.
Whether you want the capability of the AT4 or the luxurious style of the Denali, the 2022 Yukon offers plentiful choices to make your SUV into the vehicle that suits your lifestyle. When you need an off-road vehicle that still delivers unparalleled comfort, the AT4 is the trim to choose. From the exterior, the AT4 delineates itself as a sport-oriented vehicle with its black grille and black trim details, which are then echoed in the black interior. On the inside, the AT4’s dark brushed aluminum and brandy accents serve to elevate the cabin with custom details upholstered in leather and embroidered with AT4 badging.
In contrast to the AT4 sport style, the Denali interior has four distinct options for creating the atmosphere that aligns with your sensibility, from a light shale and teak to jet black upholstery in leather, all accented with real wood and unique fractal stitching in a bespoke style. The Denali exterior leans toward bright chrome details and a custom Denali grille design to adorn the front end with its own imposing yet upscale appeal. Exclusive to the Denali, dual twin chrome exhaust tips are available with the gas engine, along with custom wheel designs to sharpen the look of your SUV. For the AT4 alone, front skid plates protect the undercarriage, and red recovery hooks spark color in the otherwise black exterior, its front end modified to create an approach angle of 32 degrees. Large 20-inch wheels fitted with all-terrain tires can take on the elements when you adventure off the beaten path.
Only for the AT4 and Denali trims, the Four Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system can raise or lower the ride height of the 2022 Yukon by two inches to allow for easier access, better ground clearance while off-roading, and improved ride quality. In addition, magnetic ride control is standard for both these upper-level trims, a system that adapts to the road in microseconds to deliver a superior level of comfort in the cabin. When combined with the standard four-wheel drive with AutoTrac in the AT4, the capability for handling rough terrain increases the adaptability of the Yukon no matter where you go.
Other systems like the Active Response 4WD system with an electronic limited slip differential, hill descent control, and hill start assist are all available to make the AT4 a tougher adversary in the wild. In contrast, the Denali’s refinement and ultimate convenience show themselves in standard features like the 14-speaker Bose audio system with Centerpoint surround sound, perimeter lighting that comes to life when you approach, and a 360-degree HD Surround Vision camera system. When you want the world to know you have arrived, the Denali makes a statement that’s loud and clear. If you want to go off-road in comfort and style, the AT4 can take you anywhere. The choice is yours.