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2014 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Review

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2014 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

The GMC Yukon is a full-size, 3-row SUV that is the sibling to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. 2014 marks the last model-year for the current version ahead of the completely revamped 2015 Yukon. Because of this, the 2014 lineup will have a shorter production run. Though an all-new model is in the works, the current GMC Yukon still offers a lot of vehicle for the money. With seating for up to nine, an extended-length version available and 4-wheel drive (4WD) also an option, the Yukon and the larger Yukon XL hold their own against rivals such as the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada. When dressed in premium Denali form, the Yukon can even give a Cadillac Escalade a run for its money.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you regularly need to carry eight or nine passengers and their gear, plus require V8 power to tow up to 8,500 pounds, the 2014 GMC Yukon could be your family hauler of choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't need the ability to tow big loads or the off-road capability that comes with truck-based SUVs like the Yukon, look to a crossover SUV such as the GMC Acadia, Nissan Pathfinder or Honda Pilot. They have better fuel efficiency, are more comfortable and are easier to maneuver.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.4
  • 6.8
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 7.4
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#54

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#20

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2014 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

With the all-new 2015 GMC Yukon around the corner, the 2014 model carries over virtually unchanged except for a new exterior paint color – Deep Indigo Metallic. The slow-selling hybrid version has officially gotten the ax, and the 2500 3/4-ton model has also exited the lineup.

Driving the Yukon XL 1500
2014 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Though their size can make these vehicles unwieldy in tight spots, the GMC Yukon is civilized once on the road. The pair of V8 engines available for 2014 offer decent-to-good...

... passing power, and shifts are smooth via the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The Yukon's ride in general is surprisingly compliant, even more so for models equipped with the Autoride suspension system that quickly adjusts to put a check on body motion. Given the size of their bodies and engines, it should come as no surprise that the 2014 Yukon isn't exactly a fuel miser. On the high end, models with the 5.3-liter V8 and 2-wheel drive (2WD) earn a combined 17 mpg, while the 4WD Yukon XL Denali with the larger 6.2-liter V8 is rated at 14 mpg. If you plan to park a Yukon XL in your garage, measure first to make sure it can accommodate an SUV that's over 18.5 feet long.

BLIND-SPOT MONITORING
With the proliferation of smaller cars on the road, drivers of big vehicles such as the Yukon can only benefit from extra safety features. This one – standard on Denali and optional on SLT models – uses radar beams to keep high-tech eyes focused on the spots that yours may miss.

POWER-ADJUSTABLE PEDALS
Finding the right fit behind the wheel is important in any car, and even more so in one as large as the Yukon SUV. This standard feature helps people of all shapes and sizes obtain a comfortable driving position.

2014 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Details
2014 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Technically, the 2014 GMC Yukon can carry up to nine passengers across three rows of seats. Most buyers, however, will opt for the more comfortable 8-passenger setup of two bucket seats in front instead of a 3-person bench. With the more popular setup, the driver and front passenger also have easy access to a large, convenient center console. The Yukon's big and blocky exterior equals interior space that could command rent in New York City. There is ample legroom in the second row, though 3rd-row legroom in regular-length models is much tighter. If you regularly need to carry adults in the last row, the Yukon XL has generous room.

Exterior
2014 GMC Yukon XL 1500 photo

With its tall profile and walls of slab-sided metal, the 2014 GMC Yukon appears imposing. Park one next to a Yukon XL model, though, and see how quickly the standard-length version disappears. At 222.4 inches long, the XL adds 20 inches to the Yukon's already sizable proportions. The GMC Yukon has nine inches of ground clearance, so its standard assist steps are appreciated to help passengers climb aboard. Wheels range in size from 17 inches to massive 22-inch chrome rollers. Top-line Denali models bring on the bling with extra chrome and a unique grille, plus a power liftgate.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even if you spend the least amount on a 2014 Yukon SLE, you'll get quite a bit of vehicle for your roughly $44,000 price of entry. Features on that base model include a powerful V8 engine, 9-speaker Bose AM/FM/CD audio system with USB port, tri-zone climate control, power front seats, rearview camera, and a locking rear differential to help you get out of tough terrain. Mid-grade SLT models add leather front seats, remote start and universal home remote. Top-line Denali models dish up the goods with a larger 6.2-liter engine, Autoride suspension, heated/cooled front seats, leather-covered 2nd-row captain's chairs, navigation, blind-zone alert, and 20-inch chrome wheels.

Optional Equipment

In addition to 4WD availability (all-wheel [AWD] on Denali models), other major options for the 2014 Yukon and Yukon Denali include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system to keep the kids occupied, 2nd-row captain's chairs in lieu of a bench, power liftgate, heavy-duty trailering package, off-road suspension, blind-zone monitor, sunroof and navigation system. Packages are also available that bundle features, including the Chrome Package that adds plenty of shine.

Under the Hood
2014 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Engine photo

Two V8 engines are available for the 2014 GMC Yukon. Most models are powered by a 5.3 liter that makes 320 horsepower. Denali versions use the 6.2 liter that's good for a hearty 403 horsepower. The maximum tow rating is 8,500 pounds with the smaller engine, while the larger one is actually rated at slightly less: 8,300 pounds. Four-wheel-drive models are rated to pull slightly less. Both engines use regular gasoline and have the ability to run on an E85 gasoline/ethanol blend.

5.3-liter V8 FlexFuel
320 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
326 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm (E85)
335 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
348 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm (E85)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (gasoline), 11/16 mpg (E85)

6.2-liter V8 FlexFuel
403 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
417 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 mpg (2WD, gasoline), 10/15 mpg (2WD, E85), 13/18 mpg (4WD, gasoline), 10/14 mpg (4WD, E85)

The 2014 GMC Yukon has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts around $44,000 for a base model and can climb to nearly $70,000 for a fully loaded Yukon XL Denali. The Yukon's starting price is slightly higher than that of the Ford Expedition and is in line with that of the Toyota Sequoia. The Nissan Armada, meanwhile, slots in below them all at under $38,000. Before buying, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying and current market conditions in your area. In terms of resale value, the Yukon's is expected to be good but still trailing that of the Toyota Sequoia.

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2014 GMC Yukon XL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 447 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Nothing but problems

By on Saturday, August 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 188,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable great for big families great in snow"

Cons: "Unreliable so many problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"We travel a lot. As you can tell from our mileage. But Will never buy a gmc again after this. Every sensor goes bad.....and there's a sensor on everything. So many issues.....and not cheap ones either. Have put so much money in this car. Love the comfort but hate the unreliability ( I'm driving 4 kids around). No more!"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

One Awesome Vehicle!

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Size, Room, Power, Great in Snow & Mountains"

Cons: "Gas Mileage, Price, Cost Per Fill Up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought a new 2014 Yukon XL SLE one year ago and have over 20,000 miles on it already. It is truly an awesome vehicle and the best I have ever owned. It has lots of room for my kids and all of their sports gear. I can carry 8 people comfortably for carpooling. The 3rd row can fit 3 small kids, 2 teenagers or 2 adults comfortably with decent leg room. The 5.3L 320HP V8 engine has plenty of power to haul anything (boat, trailer, camper, etc.) and lots of storage behind the 3rd row. The 3rd row folds down (not flat), or the seats can be removed for additional storage space. On road trips, we can easily fit large suitcases, beach gear, and bags with the 3rd row folded down, or haul large boxes, furniture, and appliances when needed. I average about 13-15 MPG city, and about 19-20 MPG highway, which is not too bad considering the size and weight of the vehicle. Gas mileage, expensive fill-ups, and the price are the only negative aspects, but the MPG is better than or similar to other large SUVs (Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, Expedition & Armada). I feel very safe when driving, due to its size and being higher up off of the road. Parking is sometimes a challenge in tight spaces or on city streets. It is excellent in the snow and heavy rain, and handles mountains with no problem. In the past year I have only needed two oil changes and tire rotations. It is a very reliable SUV and will hold up for a long time, from all of the reviews I've read. Overall, this is a great vehicle for people with large families, those who need to tow something, those who need lots of storage space, and those who live where it snows a lot. It is rather pricey and more expensive to fill up than a car, but worth it if you want one of the largest vehicles you can own. The 2015 & 2016 models have a redesigned exterior and interior, with additional technology and safety features, but if you cannot afford the $50,000+ price tag for the XL or $67,000+ for the Denali, you can can find many used 2014 or older Yukon XLs for under $40,000. I highly recommend this SUV!"

20 people out of 35 found this review helpful

Absolutely love it!!!

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Luxury feel. Truck feel in an SUV"

Cons: "Not enough legroom & gas hog--worse than i thought"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had my Yukon Denali for almost 2 years now and still love it just as much as the day I brought it home from the dealership. However, there are some negatives about this vehicle. First of all, my husband is just over 6 feet tall and barely has any leg room in this vehicle. I was a little shocked since it is so much bigger than most other vehicles I figured it had to have more leg room. I am just over 5 feet tall so leg room has never been an issue of mine, and I am the primary driver. Secondly, it uses way more gas than I ever could have imagined. I knew that it would be a gas hog but geez, it almost feels as if it uses gas while we sleep at night. Other than these negatives, we still love it. Oh, and the DVD player gets used at least once a week. The kids love that!!! I love the fact that the 3rd row seats can be removed, however, they are extremely heavy to take out. I feel so safe and protected while driving this vehicle. If you aren't worried about the leg room or the gas issue, I would definitely recommend. This was my dream vehicle and I still love it just as much today. There are tons more positives though. I have Navigation, Backup camera, DVD player, XM radio, Bluetooth, Onstar, leather heated and cooling seats for all seats except the 3rd row, sunroof and privacy glass, automatic running boards that can come down when the doors open or can be shut off entirely, automatic lift gate (press of a button and the trunk closes without having to manually), steering wheel controls for phone, radio, volume, cruise control, etc, and removable 3rd seats, and much much more."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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