Differences Between a Yukon SL, SLE & SLT

by Stacey Buckner
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In 1992, GMC replaced the Jimmy with a full-sized sporty utility vehicle -- the Yukon. Similar to the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Yukon increased fuel efficiency by incorporating an Active Fuel Management System. The SL, SLE and SLT trim models were all available in 1996 and 1997. In 1997 a two-door, four-wheel drive version of each trim had different standard and optional features.


All trim models came standard with a 5.7L, V-8, OHV, 16V engine, four-speed automatic transmission, remote trunk release, power door locks, tachometer, 16-inch wheels, lighted entry system, power-steering, intermittent windshield wipers and daytime running lights.

While air conditioning was only optional on the SL trim model, it was standard on the SLE and SLT trims as was keyless entry, tilt steering, alloy wheels, cruise control, privacy glass and a rear window wiper. Both SLE and SLT came standard with power exterior mirror, leather steering wheel, auto-dim rear view mirror and a roof rack.

Bucket seats were standard with both SL and SLT trims but only optional for the SLE as it came standard with a front split bench seat. Vinyl seating was standard on the SL trim while cloth seating was standard for the SLE and leather for the SLT.

Standard audio systems were AM/FM stereo for the SL; AM/FM/Cassette for the SLE; and AM/FM/Cassette/CD for the SLT. Optional on all trims were the rear window defroster, running boards, a skid plate and locking differential. The SLT trim model was the only one that came standard with center and overhead consoles.


All SL, SLE and SLT trim models had the same exterior and interior dimensional measurements. They were 188 inches long, 73 inches high and 77.1 inches wide with a wheel base of 111.5 inches. The curb weight of the Yukon was 4,816 pounds, and it had an 8-inch ground clearance. There was 39.9 inches of front headroom and 37.8 inches of rear headroom. Legroom in the front was 41.7 inches and 36.4 inches in the back. It had a luggage capacity of 51.6 cubic feet and seated a maximum of six people.

Safety and Warranty

All trim models came standard with a four-wheel anti-lock brake system as well as driver and passenger front airbags. Each trim model had been given a four-star passenger and driver crash test rating. Each comes with three-year/36,000 mile basic, drivetrain and roadside warranties. The rust warranty was six-year/100,000 miles.

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