There were only two additions made to the 2013 GMC Yukon and those were the addition of a new exterior color, Champagne Silver Metallic, and the addition of powertrain grade braking. Short of those two additions, the 2013 Yukon is identical to its 2012 counterpart. Being a full-size SUV, the Yukon is expected to do two things very well: tow and haul people. The Yukon delivers on both expectations with a maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds and a maximum person-hauling capacity of nine. The 2013 Yukon comes in three main trim levels: SLE, SLT and Denali. The SLE trim level acts as the base level, but actually comes rather well equipped, which shows its status as a premium SUV. The SLT adds in a few extra convenience features to the package. The Denali package adds in all of the high-end luxury features that discerning SUV owners expect from a luxury vehicle.
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Competition is plentiful for the 2013 Yukon. It begins with its cousin, the 2013 Cadillac Escalade, which comes in at a base MSRP of $64,170 and features a seven-person seating capacity, leather interior, a 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine and an 8,300-pound towing capacity. Next up is the 2013 Nissan Armada, which features a 317-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8, an 8,200-pound towing capacity, eight-person cloth seating and a $40,710 base price. The final competitor is the 2013 Lexus GX 460, which carries a base MSRP of $53,445, hauls seven people on leather seats, a 301-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 with four-wheel drive and a 6,500-pound towing capacity.
The competition ranges greatly in price and standard features, but the varying trim levels on the GMC Yukon match it up well with all of its competitors, top to bottom.
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