The largest vehicle in the GMC family, the Yukon XL offers a cavernous interior and truck-like capability for those who need it. When it comes to things like payload capacity and overall ruggedness, there’s no substitute for a behemoth SUV like the Yukon.
What's New for 2014
The heavy-duty 2500 model has been retired, so the more popular 1500 carries on alone. The list of standard equipment now includes remote start, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and power-adjustable pedals.
A completely redesigned 2015 model is already on sale—use this to negotiate a better deal if you buy an outgoing 2014 model.
Choosing Your GMC Yukon XL 1500
The Yukon seats eight passengers in standard form and can handle up to 137 cubic feet of cargo, the most capacity you can get outside of a full-size van.
The base SLE offers even more flexibility with an available front bench seat that boosts passenger capacity to nine. Conversely, the top-of-the-line Denali drops the Yukon's seat count to seven with a pair of second-row captain's chairs.
All Yukons start out in rear-drive form, but you can add four-wheel drive (with or without low range) to the SLE or midrange SLT. An automatic all-wheel drive system is available for the Denali. The Yukon can tow up to 8,100 pounds.
The standard 5.3-liter V8 pumps out 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. With the Denali, you get a 6.2-lter V8 with 402 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission.