2015 GMC Yukon XL

 
2015 GMC Yukon XL
 
2015 GMC Yukon XL
 

2015 GMC Yukon XL

MSRP 
$51,635
Invoice 
$49,112
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 23 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 5.3L Flex Fuel V8, 355 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 8
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The GMC Yukon exists primarily as a people carrier, albeit a much more rugged one than any of the minivans that litter the road. With three rows of seating, powerful engines and a truck based chassis with good ground clearance, the Yukon excels at taking anyone anywhere. Its secondary mission is one of luxury, the Yukon can be outfitted with enough options to do a credible impersonation of a limousine if need be. Everything from sumptuous leather to state of the art rear-seat entertainment systems can be had on the GMC Yukon. Prices start at around $46,000.

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What's New For 2015

The GMC Yukon gets a total redesign for 2015. The new truck returns with better, more distinct styling, an improved and more spacious interior and a set of new, more efficient engines.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 3 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2015 GMC Yukon XL

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist, includes traction control
    • Daytime Running Lamps, with automatic exterior lamp control
    • Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • OnStar with 4G LTE provides a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds (Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE service available in select markets. 4G LTE performance based on industry averages and vehicle systems design. Some services require data plan.)
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children), for child safety seats; lower anchors and top tethers located in all second row seating positions, top tethers located in third row seating positions
    • Parking assist front and rear
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System (does not apply to spare tire)
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years including RemoteLink Key Fob Services, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Access is available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include emergency services. To cancel RemoteLink Key Fob Services or if your vehicle is sold, contact an OnStar Advisor. See www.onstar.com/mobile for full details.)
  • Entertainment Features
    • Antenna, integral in rear quarter glass
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2015 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus you can listen to SiriusXM Internet Radio everywhere on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue listening after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, CD player
    • Audio system, SiriusXM and HD Radio SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2015 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus you can listen to SiriusXM Internet Radio everywhere on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue listening after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, Bose premium 9-speaker system with subwoofer in center console
    • Audio system, 8" Diagonal Color Touch Screen with IntelliLink includes New text message alerts and Siri Eyes Free functionality through voice command, AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD with USB ports, auxiliary jack, SD card slot, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and most phones, hands-free smartphone integration, Pandora Internet radio and voice-activated technology for radio and phone, and an articulating screen with hidden storage. Includes 5 USB ports, 1 auxiliary jack and 1 SD card reader (See "gmtotalconnect.com" for phone compatibility information.)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wiper, rear
    • Liftgate, manual
    • Wipers, front rain-sensing, intermittent
    • Windshield style, acoustic laminated glass
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding includes spotter mirror
    • Fog lamps
    • Headlamps, halogen projector
    • Assist steps, Black with chrome strip
    • Luggage rack, roof-mounted black
    • Tire, spare P265/70R17 all-season, blackwall
    • Tire carrier, lockable outside spare winch-type mounted under frame at rear
    • Wheel, full-size spare 17" (43.2 cm) steel
    • Tires, P265/65R18 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheels, 18" x 8.5" (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm) bright machined aluminum
  • Interior Features
    • Remote vehicle start includes extended range Remote Keyless Entry
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Climate control, tri-zone automatic with individual climate settings for driver, right-front passenger and rear passengers
    • Seats, front bucket with Premium Cloth and (AG1) 6-way power driver and (AG2) front passenger seat adjusters, adjustable head restraints, driver manual lumbar control, floor console and rear storage pockets
    • Seats, second row 60/40 split-folding bench, manual
    • Seats, third row manual 60/40 split-folding bench, fold flat
    • Console, floor with storage area, cup holders, SD card slot and auxiliary jack (Not available with (AZ3) 40/20/40 split-bench front seats.)
    • Cargo net
    • Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted first and second row, removable
    • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
    • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, manual
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls cruise controls, Driver Information Center controls and OnStar Hands-Free calling
    • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, multi-color
    • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, odometer with trip odometer, fuel level, voltmeter, engine temperature, oil pressure, tachometer, compass and outside temperature gauge
    • Windows, power all express down, front express up
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III
    • Theft-deterrent system, electrical, unauthorized entry
    • Power outlet, 110-volt, 1.1 Amp, 150 Watt
    • Power outlets, 5 auxiliary, 12-volt includes outlets in the instrument panel, console, back of the console, 1 in 3rd row and 1 in the cargo area. (When bench seat is ordered, the outlet on the back of the console is lost)
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Assist handles, all seats
    • Lighting, interior with dome light driver- and passenger-side door switch with delayed entry feature, cargo lights, door handle or Remote Keyless Entry-activated illuminated entry and map lights in front and second seat positions
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing, includes aluminum block construction (355 hp [265 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 383 lb-ft of torque [518 N-m] @ 4100 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive, tow/haul mode and tap up/tap down shifting
    • Rear axle, 3.08 ratio
    • Suspension Package, Premium Smooth Ride
    • Tow/haul mode selector, button located at end of shift lever
    • Differential, heavy-duty locking rear
    • Alternator, 150 amps
    • Rear wheel drive
    • Trailering equipment, heavy-duty includes trailering hitch platform, 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits mated to a 7-way sealed connector and 2" trailering receiver
    • Cooling, auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil
    • Cooling, external engine oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil integral to driver side of radiator
    • GVWR, 7300 lbs. (3311 kg) (Not available on 4WD models.) (Standard on 2WD models.)
    • Suspension, front coil-over-shock with stabilizer bar
    • Suspension, rear multi-link with coil springs
    • Steering, power
    • Powertrain grade braking
    • Brakes, VAC power, with VSES
    • Exhaust, aluminized stainless-steel muffler and tailpipe
    • Tools, mechanical jack and wheel wrench stored in rear quarter trim
    • Hill Start Assist Brakes

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.0 x 1.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.6 x 0.8
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 100.30
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 63.60
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - 31.60
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 34.92
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 121.1
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 76.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 38.9
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 16.6
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
    • Maximum Alternator Watts - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - L83
    • Engine Type - Gas/Ethanol V8
    • Displacement - 5.3L/323
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 355 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 383 @ 4100
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 130.00
    • Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) - 224.30
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 80.50
    • Height, Overall (in) - 74.40
    • Overhang, Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 34.13
    • Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 7.91
    • Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 7.91
    • Rear Door Opening Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Door Opening Width (in) - - TBD -
    • Step Up Height - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Step Up Height - Side (in) - - TBD -
  • Frame Features
    • Frame Type - Ladder
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 31.0
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 8
    • Front Head Room (in) - 42.80
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.30
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 64.80
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 60.80
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.10
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.70
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 65.10
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 60.30
    • Third Head Room (in) - 38.50
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 34.50
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 62.60
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 49.30
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 18
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 16
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 23
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), On Center - 17.8
    • Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 39.0
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - GMC Yukon XL
    • Body Style - Sport Utility Vehicle
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Coil-Over Shock
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-link
    • Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - 3250
    • Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 4200
    • Axle Type - Front - Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Semi-floating
    • Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - 3400
    • Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 4200
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.08
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - 46.0
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - 46.0
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - 1.41
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RKX
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RKX
    • Spare Tire Order Code - ZRS
    • Front Tire Size - P265/65R18
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/65R18
    • Spare Tire Size - P265/70R17
    • Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - 2135
    • Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - - TBD -
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 5000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 6500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 975
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MYC
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.0
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.4
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.5
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.2
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.9
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.7
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.1
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 10.0
    • Rear Door Type - Liftgate
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 3500
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 4400
    • Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - 2768
    • Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - 2768
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 7300
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 11000
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 8.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Bronze Alloy Metallic Champagne Silver Metallic Crystal Red Tintcoat Iridium Metallic Light Steel Gray Metallic Midnight Amethyst Metallic Onyx Black Quicksilver Metallic Summit White
  • Bronze Alloy Metallic
  • Champagne Silver Metallic
  • Crystal Red Tintcoat
  • Iridium Metallic
  • Light Steel Gray Metallic
  • Midnight Amethyst Metallic
  • Onyx Black
  • Quicksilver Metallic
  • Summit White

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Introduction

The GMC Yukon XL is for the active group who wants full-size utility: adult-passenger room in three rows of seats, generous cargo capacity, towing ability. Four-wheel drive is available for rugged terrain and wintry conditions. Denali models are luxuriously equipped.

Yukon XL is a longer version of the GMC Yukon, a relationship it shares with the Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac ESV, Ford Expedition EL, and Lincoln Navigator L. Yukon XL doesn’t tow any more than a regular Yukon but third-row room and cargo space improve notably and the longer wheelbase doesn’t hurt in terms of towing stability.

For 2015, Yukon XL is all-new. Some bits look familiar but everything has been redesigned, re-engineered or re-imagined. Both 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter engines are new, more powerful and more efficient, the latter paired to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. All Yukon XL models are available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Interiors have moved further upscale, and the new Yukon XL is very quiet, with less emphasis on four-wheel-drive utility than the original Yukons. New features include a head-up display, lane departure and forward-collision warnings, a vibrating seat alert, seven airbags in the front row, and wi-fi hotspot. Denali versions have a unique suspension and a hands-free power liftgate.

Yukon XL has seats for 7-9 people and cargo space behind them equal to three sedan trunks. It can carry 1400-1650 pounds of people, gear and trailer-ball weight, and tow a three-ton trailer behind all that. Denali tow ratings are slightly lower but they have more power.

The 5.3-liter V8 makes 355 horsepower smoothly, more than sufficient to move truck and moderate trailer down the road with ease. EPA ratings for a 4WD model are 15/22 mpg City/Highway, but who drives a Yukon XL empty? Denali’s 6.2-liter V8 delivers 420 horsepower, 460 lb-ft of torque and rates 14/20 with four-wheel drive. Two-wheel-drive versions get one mile per gallon better.

Denali bridges the gap between Yukon and Cadillac Escalade but shop carefully. Escalade ESV’s greater feature content can push it near $100,000, while a Denali XL is nicely equipped at $80,000. And some options that appear identical cost more on the Denali XL than they did on the Yukon XL.

Yukon XL’s primary competitors are the roomier Ford Expedition EL, the Suburban, and the Toyota Sequoia. Yukon Denali XL better matches up against Lincoln Navigator L, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Lexus LX 570, Infiniti QX80, and Mercedes GL-Class.

If you have no trailer to pull or don’t need four-wheel drive and rugged chassis, then you might be better served by a luxury van or, if cargo room isn’t paramount, a crossover such as the GMC Acadia.

However, we think if you need any one or all of those attributes beyond rocky trails, we recommend the Yukon XL over the regular Yukon. Yes, it’s 19 inches longer but still well less than a 20-foot garage, it requires only four feet more roadway to make a U-turn and offers adult third-row room, more than twice the luggage capacity behind it and more cruising range. For one mile per gallon and $3,000 we’d consider that a worthwhile tradeoff.

Lineup

The 2015 Yukon XL comes with a 355-hp 5.3-liter V8, 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Autotrac all-wheel drive adds $3000; four-wheel drive with low-range is part of a $650 HD trailering package. (The 2500-series version is no longer available.)

Yukon XL SLE ($49,630) comes with cloth upholstery, three-zone climate control, front bucket seats, 60/40 folding second/third row bench seats, leather wrapped tilt steering wheel, locking differential, Class IV tow hitch and 7-pin plug, 18-inch alloy wheels (full-size 17-inch spare), side steps, fog lamps, heated power mirrors, remote entry and start, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, front/rear park sensors, AM/FM/CD/HD/SiriusXM/Pandora Bose audio system, Bluetooth, IntelliLink and OnStar with 4G LTE, 5xUSB and aux inputs, 4.2-inch color driver display, 110VAC outlet (150-w) and 2-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance plan. SLE upgrades include a driver alert package ($445); HD trailering pack with integrated trailer brake controller, 2-speed transfer case, rear air suspension leveling and 3.42:1 axle ratio, $450 on 2WD, $650 on 4WD), six types of 20 or 22-inch wheels; convenience package (power-adjust pedals and liftgate, universal remote, auto-dim inside mirror, $730); cargo cover; 40/20/40 bench front seat (-250); roof rails ($210); block heater and recovery hooks.

Yukon XL SLT models ($58,175) add to SLE with leather upholstery, heated and cooled front bucket seats, heated 60/40 second-row seats with power release, power-folding third-row seats, pushbutton start and entry, driver alert pack, convenience pack, power-folding mirrors, heated power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, driver memory, wireless charging for compatible device, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning. Optional on SLT are an enhanced security package ($395), which deletes overhead sunglasses holder and conversation mirror; moonroof ($995); 20- or 22-inch wheels; adaptive cruise with collision mitigation braking ($995); navigation ($495); heated second-row bucket seats ($590); rear Blu-ray entertainment ($1,645); and an Open Road package ($3,035) with navigation, rear Blu-ray entertainment, moonroof, and an additional nine months’ SiriusXM radio and NavTraffic.

Yukon Denali ($66,470) uses a 420-hp 6.2-liter V8, 8-speed automatic. Denali adds or improves on SLT with unique exterior and interior trim, active noise cancellation, magnetic ride control, rear air leveling suspension, 8-inch customizable instrument display, trailer brake controller, hands-free power liftgate, HID headlamps and 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint sound system. Denali 4WD ($69,470) comes with Autotrac with low-range. Denali options include a head-up display, recovery hooks, block heater, 22-inch wheels, power-retracting side steps, enhanced security package, Open Road package, moonroof, and adaptive cruise control with auto-braking.

Safety features on all models include dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags for the front row, a between-seat center front airbag on bucket-seat models, three-row side-curtain airbags, electronic stability control system, OnStar, LATCH child safety seat anchors, tire pressure monitors, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers and front/rear park sensors. Blind-spot, lane departure and cross-traffic warnings are optional as is adaptive cruise control with automatic braking.

Walkaround

Aptly named, the Yukon XL is the extra-long version with an additional 14 inches between the wheels and 20 inches longer overall than the standard Yukon. Besides better access through rectangular rear side doors, we find this more elegant than the standard length because the extra length in back visually moves the weight rearward. It works the same here as on big rear-wheel drive luxury sedans and Range Rovers.

Yukon’s classic utility two-box body is clean, crisp and never mistaken for a jelly-bean crossover. Geometric lines work well on so many levels for vehicles designed to carry cargo or venture beyond paved roadways, and GMC makes it work well enough to take it where you might also take a limousine.

Painted surfaces surround GMC’s triple-bar grille and massive red logo; lighting modules are completely separated and fair into the fender tops. Both the lower lip and bumper run full-width, with fog lights low and outboard where they work best. The deep air dam helps highway fuel economy but consider removing it before you hit the backcountry. Denali models are distinguished by amply chromed mesh grille work and, when on, their HID headlamps.

Strong horizontal lines define the profile, with wheel openings only minimally less square than GMC’s Sierra pickup. Wheels better fill those openings; though we prefer the standard 18-inch wheel for ride quality and think they fit the truck’s proportions better, 20 and 22-inch wheels in multiple finishes are offered. Denali comes with 20-inch wheels.

Dark door and rear pillars give the roof a cantilevered look, anchored at the windshield and balancing on the wide painted pillar above the rear wheels. Side steps are no wider than the bodywork so they’re less vunerable, and power-retracting steps are available.

Deep window tint wraps rear side and tailgate windows into one piece and the wiper’s hidden under the gate-top spoiler. C-shaped taillights echo the ruby-red logo letters and the center brake light in the spoiler never casts light in the rear view. The covered receiver hitch keeps it clean and the top of the bumper has scuff protection.

The liftgate is manually operated on SLE, with the SLT’s power liftgate available; opening height is programmable for vertical clearance limitations or to open just high enough for you to walk beneath. On Denali you can wave a foot beneath the bumper (as long as the key is with you) to open or close the tailgate with your hands full.

Interior

A van may have more accommodation space and cargo room but a Yukon XL is appointed more like a luxury car, particularly in Denali trim. You can comfortably transport a crew of eight for the boat you’re towing.

Finishes and materials are mission appropriate, with leather-wrapped steering wheel, soft-touch panels and armrests up high, long-wearing easy-clean surfaces near the floor. Denali interiors do an excellent job mimicking Cadillac cabins; we’re hard pressed to find a difference worth tens of thousands.

Front-bench models excepted, the dash sweeps down and aft into a center console more akin a large sedan than a truck. While component parts like the instruments, IntelliLink screen and controls and switchgear are shared with Sierra pickup, you never feel you’re in a pickup.

Everything ahead of the center armrest, console, central control panel, instruments, is offset slightly to the right. This adds driver knee room and shortens the passenger reach but draws some eyes to the right side of the road. It permits space for most switchgear left of the wheel: Safety systems, pedal adjustment, 2/4WD, lighting and trailer brakes and various size drivers found some of those obstructed by the wheel. For many, there is an auto setting and they’ll never be used.

Analog gauges are standard and best-in-class, save maybe the Denali’s customizable 8-inch display that does things like swap the voltmeter for transmission fluid temperature automatically when tow/haul mode is engaged.

Top center is GMC IntelliLink’s infotainment screen with hidden storage behind. Knobs and hard keys below and touch-screen icons at top speed you to common tasks. Alongside the usual apps and features (Pandora, Bluetooth, weather, traffic, etc.) it has text message alerts, Siri eyes free and OnStar with 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot and a 3gb/3month trial period. It did what we wanted…faster than some, slower than others, and the display never washed out in bright sunlight. With the variety of inputs and suuport for seven wi-fi devices, you could skip the rear-seat entertainment and spend it on data so everyone watches what they want.

Below that are better-than-average rear climate controls, and front seat heat/cooling switches; these switch indicators do occasionally disappear in daylight. Cabin storage includes a decent glovebox, multiple door cubbies, third-row bin, five distinct places on the console, and the center armrest lid depression offers compatible-device wireless charging on Denali.

Standard bucket seats proved comfortable for long or short hauls, cloth seats now offer seat heating and dimensions are generous: Legroom approaches four feet. There’s also a center airbag to keep front seat occupants from hitting each other in a severe side impact collision. You have to nit-pick to find anything wrong with the seats, and that would be a cooling unit you can hear because the truck is so quiet inside. Yukon XL does offer a 40/20/40 front bench for nine seats, but it’s very rare to find one and a full-size van would make a better bus.

The second-row offers a choice of two buckets or a 60/40-split three-person bench, the latter far more practical and not significantly less comfortable. Buckets do give the choice of clambering around for third-row access but middle-row seats move easily and the wide door aperture simplifies third-row. Regardless of seat, climate controls and inputs/ports are an easy reach.

Third-row seats are split 60/40 as well, so you could still carry six people and long items like skis or wakeboards inside. Outer headrests extend well but there is no center headrest, and the center shoulder belt is conveniently out of sight in the roof when not needed. Dimensions are typical with Sequoia similar and Expedition/Navigator having the edge.

As a truck, XL’s cargo floor is considerably higher than a van’s, about three feet handy for walking up to, less so for lifting heavy items nine or so inches inward from the bumper. A power liftgate is available where not standard, and on Denali just wave your foot under the bumper with the key in the vicinity and the gate opens or closes itself.

Seat release and fold switches drop third and second rows and a cargo cover is optional. The floor lifts for small-item storage beneath, a slightly deeper well in the forward section. With both rear benches folded the floor is flat and slopes rearward; second-row buckets leave a well behind the console like any other captain’s chairs arrangements.

Maximum cargo volume is down from the last model by 16 cubic feet…a good-size sedan trunk, because the third-row folds into the floor. Yukon XL carries 121, 77 and 39 cubic feet behind the first, second and third rows respectively. That’s usable space aft, behind only the Expedition EL/Navigator L (131/85.5/43) and all-folded just ahead of the 19-inch shorter Sequoia (120/67/19).

Driving Impressions

The GMC Yukon XL is ideal for sportsmen, remote adventurers, or those who need a trailer puller with lockable cargo area for the weekends and three-row wagon during the week. The first thing you’ll notice is how it calms most outside irritants like marginal roads and noise.

GM’s 5.3-liter V8 is the standard engine, making 355 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. It’s smooth and usually silent in the background, though not as stout as the Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 or Sequoia’s 5.7-liter V8. It is clearly programmed for fuel economy; when power is called for you’ll have to press on the gas.

The 5.3 comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission that performs well, completely in the background until you choose manual control or engage the tow/haul mode designed for heavy loads. Unless you travel empty with cruise at 70, we’d get the HD trailer pack for it’s numerically-higher axle ratio for better response.

Denali comes with 6.2-liter V8 of 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, the same torque the Navigator L makes at much lower engine speeds and more horses. However, the Denali has an eight-speed automatic so it feels livelier in many conditions and the EPA rating drops by just one mile per gallon. The 6.2 recommends but does not require premium unleaded, the Navigator runs on regular unleaded.

Both engines will shut off half the cylinders when power or smoothness, like idling or very low speeds, isn’t needed. This feature works most on the highway, but if you use any XL as designed and attain EPA ratings, consider yourself blessed.

Denali models also get unique shocks. Dubbed magnetic ride control this adjusts the shocks in milliseconds so you get all the control that’s needed and none of the firmness you don’t. On smooth road you won’t notice much difference, and the standard 18-inch wheels’ taller sidewalls deliver a great ride, but on washboard surfaces or towing the MRC system proves itself.

And with 130 inches between the front and rear wheels ride comfort is quite good. With some cargo on board XL splits the weight almost equally among the wheels, so none does more work than needed. It is a stable highway cruiser and easily controlled on winding roads, but remember this is three tons of mass well off the ground and changing directions like a sedan isn’t in the cards. Many versions have or offer air-leveling rear suspension so it stays level and headlights aimed properly with weight on board, but this not a substitute for a weight-distributing trailer hitch when called for.

Rack-and-pinion steering is now electric assist and feels as good as the predecessor’s hydraulic assist system. Even better, the assist remains consistent during heavy maneuvering as in backing a trailer between the trees or the mall parking garage. Despite its size the XL needs only 43-feet of roadway for a U-turn, just a few feet more than some sports cars or mid-size crossovers.

Yukon XL models are available with Autotrac all-wheel drive which can drive rear wheels, all wheels, or vary between them automatically and transparent to the driver. If you need low-range gearing for rougher off-highway use or towing behind your motorcoach, the HD trailer package on 4WD includes Autotrac with low-range; it’s standard on the 4WD Denali.

Brakes work as expected and while both powertrains allow some engine braking, the 8-speeds extra gears let us control descent speed on 5-8% grades using only the transmission, saving brakes for when needed. We also recommend the integrated trailer brake controller for any electric-brake trailer, or potential resale value. After all, if you’re not towing anything or using 4WD you didn’t need a Yukon XL.

Outward visibility is about par. Forward and rearward are quite good thanks to not-to-thick windshield pillars and angular bodywork. Side pillars are substantial, the mirrors are no good for towing anything tall and wide (like an express cruiser or RV) and the tapered rear flanks beyond the back door pillar aren’t visible in the mirrors. Fortunately a rearview camera and proximity sensors at both ends are standard.

The head-up display optional on Denali projects information on the windshield ahead of the driver. Data varies by page selected but could include speed, engine revs, signals, warnings, navigation instructions and so forth. Even at full bright it was often illegible on sunny days with sunglasses on, a situation not unique to Denali.

Summary

The GMC Yukon XL is a fine choice for use as a family tow vehicle or luxury road-tripping 4WD. It offers good accommodations, cargo capacity and towing ability all at the same time rather than choosing one or another. We would readily spend the extra money to get the XL over the regular Yukon.

G.R. Whale filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report from Los Angeles.

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