2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 4WD

An elegant, large and powerful SUV.

  • Likes
  • Space
  • luxury
  • interior design
  • Dislikes
  • Visibility
  • fuel economy
  • turning radius

GMC's largest SUV, the Yukon, is as luxurious as it is rugged. Sharing a platform with the Chevrolet Suburban and Cadillac Escalade, the Yukon pairs the elegant styling and advanced amenities of a luxury sedan with the power of a sports coupe and the towing capacity of a full-size truck. Its 420-horsepower V8 gets the unenviable task of propelling nearly three tons of machinery and does the job admirably. The Yukon XL Denali rockets to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds — faster than a 1980s Porsche 911. With such a big job to do, the V8 is expected to be thirsty, and it is. We averaged just under 14 mpg, though we did manage to achieve over 20 on some highway stretches, a testament to the usefulness of GM's Active Fuel Management and the LS6's direct injection.

Huge SUVs may have had their heyday back in the 1990s when gas was still cheap, but you don't have to be full of Y2K and dot com bubble nostalgia to appreciate the virtues of the GMC Yukon XL Denali. Few vehicles can provide such a combination of utility and luxury as this road-going yacht. With its massive cargo area, three rows of seats and comprehensive list of entertainment features, the Yukon XL may also be the best help-a-friend-move vehicle on the planet.

The GMC Yukon might not make a practical city commuter; we found parking to be a challenge despite a large array of cameras and sensors. Poor gas mileage in traffic and an ocean liner-like turning radius means it's won't be our first choice for in-town adventures. Nonetheless, if you're towing your boat to the lake or taking the family on a weekend trip, the GMC Yukon Denali is hard to beat.

Warranty/Service: 5-year/ 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 2-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance

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Specs

Base Price: $70,220

As Tested: $70,220

  • 14 / 20 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.5 sec
  • 0-60
  • 420 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 112 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 6.2-liter OHV V8, direct injection
  • Horsepower: 420 hp
  • Torque: 460
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • Suspension: Magnetic Ride Control
  • Traction: Traction and stability control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 6.5 sec
  • Top Speed: 112 mph
  • EPA City: 14 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 20 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 16 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 7
  • Safety: NHTSA 4-star rating

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