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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.

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 421 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

Best vehicle I have ever owned in 50 years.

By on Friday, October 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great utility, supreme comfort, visibility"

Cons: "gas mileage,"

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

"8 years and 40000 miles and the vehicle has never been in for repairs - just oil changes, tires and a battery. Extremely comfortable for long drives, more power then you would ever need. Only down side is gas mileage and tough to park in tight spaces."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Very comfortable vehicle. Lots of power, but I still am able to get 14 mpg in town and up to 18 mpg on the road."

8 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Best SUV I have ever owned

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfort, reliability, safety, luxury,easy to drive"

Cons: "gas mileage and premium unleaded"

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

"This is the most comfortable and reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I was the second owner and bought it with just under 50,000 miles on it. We took it to Colorado for a family vacation and couldn't slide on the ice, even when we wanted to. It is so safe and comfortable for our whole family of 5. We pulled our 26 foot boat with it and have had it packed to the top and it still has plenty of power. It handles and turns like a smaller vehicle and was a great learner car for my Daughter, since she just got her license. The only downside is the gas mileage and that is takes premium unleaded fuel."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Rides the smoothest of any SUV

By on Friday, October 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Smooth ride and design"

Cons: "my 3rd row seats weren't power folded"

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

"I have owned 3 Yukon Denali's. I owned a Ford Expedition and a Lincoln Navigator before the three Denali's and they don't hold a candle to it. The ride is so smooth and I am getting a fourth Denali except this one will be the XL."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great truck for large families on the go!

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Big, comfortable, loaded with extras, looks great."

Cons: "looks like you're part of a Secret Service detail"

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

Enjoy driving your family around in style!

"2008 Yukón XL with all the bells & whistles. This is a phenomenal car for large families that are always on the go. It comes complete with 4 buckets seats, and a 3rd row that comfortably seats 3 more, DVD, Navigation, Black on Black with chrome grill, alloy wheels, looks and drives great."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Enjoy driving your family around in style!

Best Vehicle I've Ever Owned

By on Saturday, September 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

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: "comfortable, luxurious, peppy, fun 2 drive,reliabl"

Cons: "gas mileage, lack of functional cup holders"

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

"I want every car that I own from now on to be a GMC Yukon Denali. It has been the most reliable car I've owned. It handles great and I feel extremely safe driving in it. It is also incredibly comfortable. I'm a heated seat junkie and love how there are separate options for just back heaters and for back and seat heaters. The car also has a lot of power and tows my boat easily. The only thing Im not crazy about is that gas mileage, but it only does marginally worse than my Acadia did for so much extra power and room. The trunk is very small with the 3rd row seats in, but the seats are easy to remove and put back in."

21 people out of 42 found this review helpful

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