2019 GMC Yukon vs. 2018 Lexus LX 570

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Yukon and LX 570 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Yukon has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The LX 570’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Yukon are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Yukon has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The LX 570 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Yukon and the LX 570 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Yukon for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the LX 570.

There are over 7 times as many GMC dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Yukon’s warranty.

Reliability

The Yukon has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Yukon second among large suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The LX 570 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The Yukon Graphite Performance Edition/Denali’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 37 more horsepower (420 vs. 383) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 403) than the LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Yukon 5.3 V8 is faster than the Lexus LX 570:

 

Yukon

LX 570

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.7 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Yukon 4x4 with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the LX 570 (15 city/21 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Yukon’s fuel efficiency. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Yukon has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the LX 570 (26 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Yukon has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A ten-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition/Denali, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the LX 570.

Tires and Wheels

The Yukon’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LX 570’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Yukon offers optional 22-inch wheels. The LX 570’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

The GMC Yukon’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lexus LX 570 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Yukon has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The LX 570 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Yukon’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the LX 570 (116 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Yukon is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the LX 570.

The Yukon SLT 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the LX 570 pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Yukon SLT 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the LX 570 (27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

The GMC Yukon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 600 pounds less than the Lexus LX 570.

The front grille of the Yukon uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The LX 570 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Yukon Graphite Performance Edition//Denali uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The LX 570 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Yukon offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the LX 570 can only carry 8.

The Yukon has 4.5 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, 4.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room, 6 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.3 inches more third row headroom and .3 inches more third row shoulder room than the LX 570.

The rear step up height for the Yukon is 1.6 inches lower than the LX 570 (22.4” vs. 24”).

Cargo Capacity

The Yukon’s cargo area provides more volume than the LX 570.

 

Yukon

LX 570

Behind Third Seat

15.3 cubic feet

9.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

51.7 cubic feet

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

45 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Yukon SLT/Denali’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The LX 570 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

The Yukon’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The LX 570’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Yukon SLT/Denali’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Payload and Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Lexus LX 570 is limited to 7000 pounds. The Yukon offers up to a 8500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Yukon has a much higher standard payload capacity than the LX 570 (1650 vs. 1280 lbs.).

The Yukon has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the LX 570 (1690 vs. 1280 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Yukon and the LX 570 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Yukon is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The LX 570 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Yukon’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The LX 570’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Model Availability

The Yukon is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Yukon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Yukon will cost $4515 to $5125 less than the LX 570 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the GMC Yukon will be $14476 to $31441 less than for the Lexus LX 570.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Yukon second among large suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The LX 570 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The GMC Yukon/Yukon XL outsold the Lexus LX 570 by over eight to one during 2017.

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