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2008 GMC Yukon XL 2500

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2008 GMC Yukon XL 2500 Review

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Essentially mechanically identical to Chevrolet's Suburban, the 2008 GMC Yukon XL rides on General Motors' 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 Yukon Denali with its class-leading 380-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, six-speed automatic transmission and upgraded level of features and luxury appointments.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you frequently need to carry plenty of cargo along with a sizable group of passengers, the full-size 2008 GMC Yukon XL is one of the few available choices. Yukon XLs are loaded with equipment, but the sticker price rises rapidly if you select a few options -- or move all the way up to the plush, top-of-the-line Denali.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like to breeze past gas stations without worrying about what it's costing you to get down the road, a Yukon XL won't bring smiles -- despite the new multi-displacement system that improves fuel economy.

What's New for 2008

Head-curtain airbags are standard on all models, while 2500 models receive StabiliTrak stability control.

Driving the Yukon XL 2500

Driving Impressions The Yukon XL -- especially in Denali form -- is a refined, if flamboyantly oversized, family and cargo hauler. With the six-speed automatic of the Denali, transmission responses are less...

harsh than in four-speed models, with less-noticeable delays, and a richer exhaust note emanates from the 6.2-liter V8. Despite energetic start-off acceleration, it's not quite as vibrant when passing. Ride quality in the Denali is hardly truck-like at all, and it feels secure in curves. Expressways are the Denali's forte, where an appealing ride blends with excellent stability and easy control.
Favorite Features

Active Fuel Management Technology
Don't expect gas-mileage miracles from the new cylinder-deactivation system, but, when dealing with heavy vehicles, even a modest fuel-economy improvement is worth the effort.

Autoride Suspension
Available real-time damping lets a Yukon XL cross the line from acceptable ride comfort into a tempting -- perhaps even delightful -- road experience. You won't forget you're in a truck, but an Autoride-equipped Yukon XL promises more pleasant hours on long hauls.

2008 GMC Yukon XL 2500 Details
Interior

With space for up to nine occupants, depending upon the seating configurations for the individual rows, the 2008 GMC Yukon XL delivers great passenger comfort in a spacious interior. A lower-positioned instrument panel helps add leg space, front seats gain fore-and-aft and recline travel and second-row seats recline further, too. There is ample second-row leg and knee room, third-row headroom and second- and third-row shoulder room. The third-row seats fold flat, tumble forward and are removable. The Yukon's gloveboxes are huge, and available power fold-and-tumble second-row seats ease third-row access.

Exterior

The new Yukon XL boasts wraparound front and rear fascias and integrated running boards. GMC claims this is the most aerodynamic Yukon to date, helped by a sleek 57-degree windshield angle. The XL's 130.0-inch wheelbase and 222.4-inch overall length compare to 116.0 and 202.0 inches, respectively, for regular-size Yukons. Wider tracks (three inches greater in front) enhance stability. Doors extend over the rocker panels and larger headlamps deliver improved lighting spread. The XL Denali gets chrome accents, a distinctive honeycomb grille, unique headlamps with etched GMC logos, clear-lens tail lamps and 18-inch polished wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The SLE includes Stabilitrak, head-curtain airbags, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear air conditioning, XM Satellite Radio, heated power mirrors, roof rails, side steps and rear privacy glass. SLT versions have leather appointments and front bucket seats, remote engine start and a cargo cover. The XL Denali includes Autoride suspension, the 6.2-liter V8, six-speed automatic transmission, a power liftgate, power release second-row fold-and-tumble bucket seats, power-adjustable pedals, heated windshield washers, an auto-dimming inside mirror, RainSense wipers, remote start, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, a six-CD changer, Bose 10-speaker Centerpoint Surround Sound audio, "Nuance" leather-covered seats, heated first- and second-row captain's chairs and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with genuine wood accents. All Yukon XL models have GM's OnStar emergency and communications system.

Optional Equipment

Some tempting extras are available for the Yukon XL, including a power liftgate, sunroof, remote starting system, navigation system, DVD entertainment and heated steering wheel. Heated seats are offered for the first and second rows. Other options include power-retractable articulating assist steps (running boards), 20-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, a rearview camera system and Autoride, GM's real-time damping suspension.

Under the Hood

The Yukon XL 1500 has a standard iron-block 5.3-liter V8 that produces 320 horsepower, and a 6.0-liter V8 is optional. Yukon XL Denali models have a 6.2-liter V8 that generates 380 horsepower. In the heavy-duty 2500 series, an iron-block 6.0-liter V8 makes 352 horsepower. All engines operate with Active Fuel Management technology, and the 5.3-liter V8 is available with E85 compatibility. Except for the Denali's six-speed automatic, the Yukon XL has a four-speed automatic transmission.


5.3-liter V8
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
340 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD)

5.3-liter V8 Flex Fuel
310 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/15 (2WD, E85), 11/14 (4WD, E85), 14/20 (2WD, Gas), 14/19 (4WD, Gas)

6.0-liter V8
366 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
380 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17 (2WD); 12/17 (4WD)

6.0-liter V8
352 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
383 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17 (2WD), 12/17 (4WD)

6.2-liter V8
380 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
417 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18

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2008 GMC Yukon XL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 395 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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

I love my Yukon XL and looking for a new one.

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 230,000

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
9/10

Pros: "None"

Cons: "A little more power pulling boats."

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

"I have had only minor problems out of this Yukon XL, and would continue to drive it, but I need to trade it while it has a little value."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

This is a beautiful vehicle. I need a smaller car

By on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beautiful car and great to drive."

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

"My 2007 GMC Denali is opal black with chrome 26" wheels and black interior. The engine was rebuilt by the GMC dealer under warranty at 91,000 miles. It is a well-handling car and is beautiful. I get it waxed once a month."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Unbelievable vehicle.

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Amazing. This truck has over 113000 miles on it and has been to the dealership one time - to do recommended maintenance at 100000 miles. Other than that I have only done oil changes and replaced the tires. That it!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great high end comfort and stability

By on Saturday, March 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Safe and rugged"

Cons: "High cost"

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

"Comfortable vehicle with the ability to hall family to all destinations including unsaved off roads for outdoor excitement"

Love this truck

By on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

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: "Roomy, reliable, smooth, quiet"

Cons: "Can't think of one"

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

"I've owned this truck since Sept. 2007. Outside of regular maintenance, I've only had to replace the fuel sensor and change the battery twice. This has been an extremely reliable truck. I take it on all road trips and it is a smooth, quiet ride with all the space you need for your luggage and any additional items you need to keep 3 kids busy. I also use it to tow a 20ft boat. It can pull the boat out of the water with ease and without the tires spinning. I can't think of anything that I do not like about my truck."

first car I love

By on Saturday, March 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "pleasure to drive, carries anything"

Cons: "pricey, some transmission glitches"

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

"I had an Escalade for a month trying to secure financing. When I discovered I had to come up with a significant down payment I reluctantly returned the car. Then I found my Yukon. It came with a premium package - all the features I loved about the Escalade, minus a couple of things of course. And while I thought I liked the Escalade, I love my Yukon. A dream to drive, reliable in all weather conditions (drove through snow storm w/o chains or 4x4), passenger comfort, fits everything I want to carry, and it just looks great. After 30 years of owning a variety of SUV's (mostly Ford), this is the first vehicle I love."

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