General Motors basically has the full-size SUV sector with its access from Chevrolet, GMC, as well as Cadillac. Sales of the General's six normal- and extended-length full-size SUVs completed 255,907 with November; in the same period, Ford discovered simply 63,887 purchasers for its four overall variants of the competing Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. It can't hurt that GM covers all the rates bases from the $48,410 entry-level Chevy Tahoe to the $98,790 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum 4x4. As those substantial MSRPs suggest, these vehicles generate great deals of revenues, especially luxury variants like the one we've checked here, the GMC Yukon XL Denali.
Large and Capable
More than an individuals hauler, the extended-wheelbase Yukon XL can tow and transport heavy cargo, also. Nearly 19 feet long from stem to strict as well as riding on a large 130-inch wheelbase, the large GMC has area for as much as eight individuals (our Denali test truck's second-row captain's chairs limited it to an optimum of 7) and also can lug 39 cubic feet of their items behind the third row. Tow scores vary from 7900 to 8100 pounds, relying on equipment.
Paying the $8650 premium for the Denali upgrade over the next-lowest trim, the SLT 4x4, brings magnetic-ride-control dampers, HID headlamps, energetic noise termination, a larger generator (to manage these electrical upgrades), an adjustable driver's display, a flashy grille, and also shimmering body-side trim. An even more useful Denali upgrade is its 6.2-liter V-8, which supplants minimal variations' 5.3-liter V-8. The 6.2 is a detuned version of the Corvette Stingray engine and also creates 420 horsepower as well as 460 lb-ft of torque right here, result we made sufficient use of during a 40,000-mile long-term test of a 2015 Yukon XL Denali. So why test the same GMC once more? Given that our long-termer was developed, GM changed the 6.2's previous six-speed transmission with a new eight-speed device.
The brand-new powertrain pairing thrust this 2017 design from remainder to 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds and also with the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds at 98 miles per hour. Compared with the most effective results we got from our 2015 long-termer, those are improvements of 0.1 and 0.2 second-- essentially a wash. The eight-speed proved rather more useful in terms of gas economic climate, otherwise in our integrated standard-- 16 mpg, similar to the long-termer-- after that over our 200-mile, 75-mph freeway travelling examination. During that exercise, this Yukon XL returned 21 mpg, or 1 mpg more than its EPA highway rating.
The Yukon's inside is almost identical to that of its mechanical twin, the Chevrolet Suburban, setting aside the upgraded materials as well as functions that feature the Denali trim degree. This isn't really a negative point in regards to comfort, ergonomics, as well as first- as well as second-row space, but some of the same plastics that let down because base $48K Chevy are still prominent in this rig, and the 3rd row is uneasy, tough to clamber right into, and set very reduced to the flooring. The main infotainment touchscreen is crisp as well as clear, responds quickly to inputs, and has redundant switches and knobs under it. There's also a tiny room behind the screen-- which electric motors up and also off the beaten track-- to store or bill a phone and to conceal various other small things you 'd like to conceal. There are a lot of storage cubbies of various dimensions scattered throughout the cabin that it's tough to visualize anybody should leave something behind.
In its element while cruising the interstates, the Yukon XL wafts along quietly and usually isolates residents from the outside world, while also feeling grown and also stable. Nonetheless, when going across Michigan's most busted pavement, some tire put and also suspension noise gets into the cabin, and the flight can get flinty on the Denali version's 22-inch wheels (our long-termer's 22s evaluated 88 pounds each corner with the tires mounted).
While the Yukon XL Denali is an extremely capable and also pleasant enough automobile, there are plenty of other alternatives that ring in under its massive $81,000 MSRP. As an example, all the area, a huge part of the capability, and the majority of the conveniences can be had for $10,000 less in the Chevy Suburban Premier. The bow-tie version's only giving in is that it can't be purchased with the 6.2-liter V-8, but the 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 is adept, delivering a zero-to-60-mph run of 7.1 seconds in our testing. Those considering the Yukon more for its trimmings compared to its transporting capacities might think about the Mercedes-Benz GLS450, which begins at less than $70,000 and has an even more elegant inside. It additionally offers a more gratifying owning experience and a whole lot much more brand cachet. While the GMC lives in a perfect middle ground in between Chevy as well as Cadillac when seen from a GM-centric viewpoint, the Yukon XL Denali's cost boosts it to a degree where ultra-luxurious visits, excellent road handling, as well as-- in most cases-- far better off-road prowess come from even more distinguished brand that make their huge SUVs on specialized systems.
It's a skilled, solid, and extravagant SUV, but the Yukon XL Denali isn't the best bang for your buck, unless, probably, you're valuing it like realty, by the square foot. Building these lorries on existing pickup-truck mechanical elements could boost GM's earnings margins, however challenging the most elegant seven- or eight-seat SUVs would take much more initiative to provide a deluxe owning experience that goes beyond decorating a work truck with a number of functions and also trim.