Driving Impressions

By November 10, 1999

In spite of its size, the Yukon is easy to handle. The steering is extremely light. Drivers who find the increased height and bulk initially awkward usually adjust and before long find themselves driving the big Yukon like a car. It isn’t a car, however. The four-door model takes 41 feet to turn around.

The Yukon does a good job of cushioning bumps, though it floats a bit too much for our taste. The current generation of GM trucks suffer from mushy brake pedals and the Yukon is no exception. They stop well, but quick response calls for firm, positive pedal pressure. The Yukon seems to offer better braking performance on dirt roads than the Expedition.

A 4WD Yukon is a highly capable–if somewhat bulky–off-road vehicle. It handles well on rough roads and the 4WD system helps it through slippery conditions.

We drove the Yukon over silty two-tracks, muddy trails and roads covered with snow and ice in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and it never hesitated. A Yukon will go anywhere the most serious of outdoorsmen are likely to go.