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2013 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Overview

Jimmy Lykens
Automotive Editor - February 13, 2013

If it's large, American luxury that you want, you would be wise to look at this year's Yukon XL 1500 from GMC. With an overall length of 222.4 inches and a wheelbase that stretches a mighty 130 inches, it's the largest SUV available from the storied General Motors brand. Even at first glance, it's easy to see that the Yukon shares underpinnings and most of its looks with the Chevrolet Suburban. But, while a base Suburban can feel sort of utilitarian, the Yukon feels decidedly more, well, plush.

The 2013 Yukon sports an updated chrome grill and sharper headlight design. Inside, it sets aside some of the Suburban's faux-woodgrain dash trim for brighter polished aluminum. There's seating for as many as nine people, and available video screens for all rows. A premium nine-speaker Bose sound system comes as standard, as well as tri-zone automatic climate control.

A 320-horsepower 5.3-liter Vortec engine powers the Yukon XL 1500. With ratings of 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, it's a thirsty SUV -- but still beats the Ford Expedition by one mile per gallon. Opt for the 6-liter V8 in the 2500, or the Denali and its 6.2-liter V8, however, and fuel economy ratings dip under the Expedition's.

All Yukon engines offer GM's VVT system, which enables them to run on only four cylinders when full power isn't needed. Also available is an engine-brake feature for towing to avoid excessive brake degradation on downhill grades.

The 1500 and 2500 can both be had with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive; the Denali even has an available all-wheel drive system, which is handy if you live in an area prone to foul weather.