3/4 Front Glamour 2013 GMC Yukon XL 2500

Expert's Rating

3.5Good

MPG 10 City / 16 Highway
Pros
  • Better than average interior quality
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Many standard safety features
Cons
  • Difficult to park
  • Poor fuel economy
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If you regularly carry several passengers and tow recreational equipment, the heavy duty GMC Yukon XL 2500 should be on your shopping list.

Introduction

The GMC Yukon is a massive vehicle able to tow anything short of a space shuttle. Once known as the GMC Suburban, the Yukon has been a mainstay in the large SUV market for years. Combining the elements of station wagons and SUVs, the Yukon seats a small army of nine, with a bit of room to spare.

The GMC Yukon is available in two different base forms, the 1500 and a heavy-duty 2500. Both are available with several engine options, starting with a 5.3 liter V8 (available only on the 1500) and increasing to a 6.0 liter V8. Rear-wheel drive is standard but both the 1500 and the 2500 is available in rear-wheel drive. And the king of the class, the 2500 Denali, is also available with a 6.2 liter V8 and all-wheel drive. All versions of the Yukon are controlled with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Even though this vehicle is large, the Yukon accelerates with relative ease – even when hauling nine people or a full load of cargo. The interior space is cavernous and the hauling capacity is comparable (or exceeds) with most full-sized pick-up trucks. Because of its versatility, power, size, and available options the Yukon has been a steady go-to vehicle for some time. Used Yukons retain their retail value – a testament to the dependability and versatility of this vehicle.

They’re few vehicles out there that compare with the Yukon, but the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban, Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and Dodge Durango all compete on some level with the Yukon.

Which Style To Buy?

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2013 GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLE

Recommended for: Buyers who need the to seat 5-7 full-size passengers comfortably

The one-ton 2500 SLE comes standard with a 6.0 liter V8 engine which produces 352 horsepower. Standard equipment includes; rear-wheel drive, six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifter and overdrive, 17-inch wheels, dual zone climate control, cruise control, illuminated side mirrors, eight-way power driver’s seat, removable third-row splint bench, Sirius XM satellite radio, and Bose 9-speaker stereo system. Safety features include: anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger airbags, first, second, and third row curtain airbags, side-impact bars, and stability and anti-roll control. Options are plentiful and include upgraded sound systems, sunroof, and four-wheel drive, among others.

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2013 GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLT

Recommended for: Shoppers who need a power lift gate and don't mind sacrificing a little more capacity

The 2500 SLT offers many of the same standard features and options that the SLR offers. Where it differs is with the available options, which include a power lift-gate in the rear of the vehicle, navigation system, memory seat, heated rear seats, and leather upholstery. Some optional features on the SLR become standard, including front fog lamps, rear camera, heated front seats, and adjustable pedals.

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