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2014 GMC Yukon XL 1500

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2014 GMC Yukon XL 1500 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.

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

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
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

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

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)

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2014 GMC Yukon XL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 454 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

Nice car for 2007

By on Monday, January 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 158,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, Power, Towing"

Cons: "Wheel finish, door squeak, legroom, air suspension"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car used, around 3 years ago. I paid about $22K for it, here in Washington. I am about to get something newer due to it's aging status. It is a big comfortable car. Things that I like a lot are the 6.2 liter engine with 6 speed transmission, and the full time 4WD. This car is quiet on the freeway and cruises effortlessly. Heated seats, heated steering wheel, remote start, and lots of great comfort features. The 2nd row seats do not have a lot of legroom for a vehicle this size, the 3rd row is worse but we rarely use them. The exhaust note on startup is awesome. I added an aftermarket Bluestar bluetooth module to the stock OnStar system for cell phone integration, it works well. Navigation is weak and looks like an old Atari game, but this is an old system now. Problem areas I have seen are: power running boards don't always work; the air suspension in the rear seems problematic and the compressor or shocks fail at a high rate triggering suspension warnings on the dash (expensive repairs); the chrome on the chrome wheels flake off, resulting cosmetic disrepair and in air leaks, we have to add air weekly to some tires since the bead won't hold air; the front door mechanisms bind up and require lots of lubing to avoid squeaks and groans when opening and closing the doors. There was a recall on the heated windshield washer module, apparently it can catch fire. They just deactivate it and give you $100, which is not a fair trade for the value of the feature. We get about 13mpg on average with mixed city/highway driving. I can get 17mpg or more on long trips, but this is not our normal driving mode. The tank seems to hold about 22 gallons of regular fuel."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Rig!!

By on Thursday, December 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my second Yukon Denali. I wore the first one out. It is the most comfortable, best handling SUV I have ever driven, especially in snow. It is a great long distance road car. I am never fatigued or sore at the end of a 5-7 hour drive. I traded my BMW X-5 for my first 2008 Denali and never missed the beemer. The 2012 version is just fantastic. My only wish is that it got better mileage (13 in town 19 on the highway)but moving a 6000 pound rig takes petrol. It seats four very comfortably, has cargo space, can handle 6 passengers, uses regular gas, can tow anything and looks awesome."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

looking for something smaller

By on Thursday, November 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have really enjoyed this truck with all the bells and whisles. Unfortumately as my familey has gotten smaller due to geting older and drivimg themselves, I am looking at getting something smaller."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

The Best Minivan Alternative Ever!

By on Friday, November 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good Get Up and Go, Comfortable Ride."

Cons: "Terrible Plastics, So-So MPG, OK Cargo Space."

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

"The GMC Yukon Denali is a fantastic car, and a perfect car to have three rows of seats and not be a minivan (like it says in KBB's review). The 6.2l V8 is absolutely fantastic and get's the Yukon to 60mph in about 8-10 seconds. Also that engine (and AWD system) help the Yukon conquer snow berms very easily, so if you live in a very snowy area this car is a good choice. My only complaints about this car are the interior quality and storage space. The plastics are hilariously terrible and the "wood" covers on the cup/sunglass holder scratches really easily. The cargo space is terrible with the seats down or up, but it holds enough for groceries and some occasional bigger things. To sum it up get the Yukon Denali if you hate minivans, don't mind 14mpg, and need a beast of a SUV."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I ever owned. Carries all you need.

By on Thursday, November 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,226

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Vehicle taken care of."

Cons: "Large wheel base on parking lot turns."

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

"Large vehicle that can carry all you need. Great vehicles to own for vacations, road travel, and any hobby. I've taken great care of this vehicle and its been garage kept. Just received the update for the G.P.S. system (2013 edition). The newest system out there. The 2015 G.P.S. is not yet available."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love this SUV, runs perfectly, new brakes and tire

By on Monday, October 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,435

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very Clean, Rides great, worth the money"

Cons: "Not a Denali, 5.3 ltr engine"

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

"New brakes and tires, everything works perfectly, runs strong and smooth. Great for family, both DVD screens work, heated seats front and back, cooled front seats, Denali front grill, all weather GMC front middle rear and back Matts, 20in wheels, dark gray ext, tan with wood trim int. Premium sound system, Nav...Sun Roof"

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

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