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The 2012 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL receive some minor upgrades and equipment. A heated steering wheel is now available on SLT trims (except for 2500 models), and heated front seats are made standard on all SLTs. A third-row screen is added to Yukon XL models with the rear-seat DVD entertainment package, and trailer sway control and hill start assist are added to the StabiliTrak stability control system. The Denali trims gain side blind zone alert as standard equipment.
New for 2010 is OnStar 8.2 with long range remote and traffic control, a center console-mounted USB port and enhanced battery charger for some handheld devices. Under the Yukon's hood, the 5.3-liter V8 is now E85 compatible, while the big Yukon Denali's 6.2-liter V8 gains Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation. Other mechanical changes include a new 3.08 rear axle on Denali for improved fuel economy and an available two-speed transfer case on four-wheel-drive models.
Content levels increase across the board with a new six-speed transmission standard on all trims. New options include Bluetooth hands-free communication, a rear back-up camera with rearview-mirror view screen and a third-row DVD system. Exclusive to the Denali are optional heated and cooled seats and the Side Blind Zone Alert system.
Essentially mechanically identical to Chevrolet's Suburban, the Yukon XL is on what GMC calls an "all-new" full-size SUV platform. Half-ton 1500 and heavy-duty 2500-series models are available, with rear- or four-wheel drive. The standard engine size is a 5.3-liter V8, available in either gasoline or flex-fuel versions (the latter so it can operate on E85), with 6.0-liter V8s optional. Or, buyers may step all the way up to an extravagant Denali Edition with its class-leading 380-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission.
By wonderfred (Green Bay, WI) on Tuesday, December 02, 2008
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"So far so good. Have had a problem with the sunroof leaking a couple of small drops in full pressure car washes like PDQ. Other than that, it has been flawless. The 6.2 liter V-8 is so strong and I can't wait to tow something! Pretty sure I am faster than a lot of cars out there with this thing. The only thing I would change is having true HID zenon headlights like the Escalade. Not sure why GM decided not to include those in my $58K vehicle. I suppose that is why you pay $10-15K more for the Escalade. Interior room is awesome, the folding back seat even can handle three adults (smaller ones anyway) for small road trips. A recent road trip loaded to the max with gear and four people proved to me why I bought this truck in the first place. It swallowed everything I put in there, including three coolers and luggage for four plus all my camping equipment. Now that I have had this in the snow, I am really impressed. With the all wheel drive, it gives you a lot of confidence, even with the 20" factory rims. Despite being a Yukon, and where I live, there are a lot of them, it gets a lot of looks. I was looking at the Infiniti QX56, Range Rover Sport, Cadillac Escalade, BMW X5, and the Mercedes Benz GL and in the end, I found the Denali to be the best value for my money. The options that cost me a lot more money on the other trucks I very easily can live without. The only part that scared me a little was the resale value after I bought this new, but I plan on running this thing until the wheels fall off. I really am happy with this truck, it has truly lived up to all my expectations. I finally bought my dream truck and I am very satisfied."
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By Chloe (Rineyville, KY) on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I have owned a Lincoln Navigator, this Yukon Hybrid puts it to shame. This is absolutely THE best SUV ever. It is the most responsive, easy to drive & park, smooth riding SUV ever. It has everything I could want option wise. For a big SUV mileage is better or as good as most cars. It is pure pleasure to drive. Remote start is great in winter to defrost or in summer to cool the SUV before you ever get in. Love it! Run, do not walk, go get you one!"
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By lovemydenali (IN) on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fully Loaded, everything is sturdy and reliable"
Cons: "High Price"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Expensive, but totally worth the money. This is my second one I've owned. I'm selling it to purchase a new one. Still looks as good as it did the day I drove it off the showroom floor. Amazing. Don't let anyone tell you a Tahoe or a Yukon is the same thing. Nothing compares to the Denali!"
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful