One of the largest SUVs money can buy, the Yukon XL appeals to drivers who want a cavernous interior and truck-like capability. In addition to those signature virtues, you get an abundance of comfort and safety features, prestigious looks, and the sheer satisfaction of commanding a three-ton vehicle.
What's New for 2016
Lane keeping assist and automatic high beams are available for this first time.
Choosing Your GMC Yukon XL
Most Yukon XLs are powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that generates 355 horsepower. The line-topping Denali get its own 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission and can be paired with four-wheel drive. Low-range gearing is standard on the 4WD Denali and optional on the other trims. Towing capacity reaches 8,500 pounds, thanks in part to a standard locking rear differential.
Up to nine adults and their luggage can fit comfortably in the Yukon XL, and the third row folds neatly into the floor when not in use. With all seats folded, you're looking at 121 cubic feet of cargo space, which puts the XL firmly in the largest category of SUV.
Like other GMC models, the Yukon XL is offered in three trim levels:
Of the three trim levels, the SLT scores highest on features for the money. It provides a perfectly luxurious passenger environment while staying well below the price territory of premium-branded competitors.