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2010 GMC Yukon XL 2500

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2010 GMC Yukon XL 2500 Review

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Essentially mechanically identical to Chevrolet's Suburban, the 2010 GMC Yukon XL rides on General Motors' full-size SUV platform. Half-ton 1500 and heavy-duty 2500-series models are available, with rear-, four-wheel or all-wheel drive. The standard engine size is a 5.3-liter V8 that can operate on either gasoline or E85; 2500 models feature a 6.0-liter V8. Buyers who step all the way up to an extravagant Yukon Denali gain a class-leading 403-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, available all-wheel drive 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 2010 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 2010

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.

Driving the Yukon XL 2500

Driving Impressions The Yukon XL – especially in Denali form – is a refined, if flamboyantly oversized, family and cargo hauler. The six-speed automatic transmission, now standard on all XLs, responds with...

less harshness than the old four-speed and with less-noticeable delays. We also noticed a richer exhaust note from the 6.2-liter V8 than the 5.3-liter engine. 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 strong point, 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.

2010 GMC Yukon XL 2500 Details
Interior

With space for up to nine occupants, depending upon the seating configurations for the individual rows, the 2010 GMC Yukon XL delivers great passenger comfort in a spacious interior. A lower-positioned instrument panel helps add leg space, front seats have fore-and-aft and recline travel and second-row seats recline, as well. There is ample second-row leg and knee room, third-row headroom and second- and third-row shoulder room. The third-row seats fold, but not flush into the floor as on the Ford Expedition. The spilt third-row-seat sections are removable, but can prove awkward and heavy. The Yukon's glove boxes are huge, and available power fold-and-tumble second-row seats ease third-row access.

Exterior

The 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. Wide tracks enhance stability. Doors extend over the rocker panels and large headlamps deliver maximum lighting spread. The XL Denali gets chrome accents, a distinctive honeycomb grille, unique headlamps with etched GMC logos, clear-lens taillamps 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, E85 compatible 5.3-liter V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission 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, 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 8.2 which is Bluetooth-compatible.

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. Exclusive to the Denali trim are heated and cooled front seats, a Side Blind Zone Alert system and a power-tilt steering wheel.

Under the Hood

The Yukon XL 1500 has a standard iron-block 5.3-liter V8 that produces 310 horsepower, and a 6.2-liter V8 is optional. Yukon XL Denali models have a 6.2-liter V8 that generates 403 horsepower. In the heavy-duty 2500 series, an iron-block 6.0-liter V8 with variable valve timing makes 352 horsepower. With the exception of the 2500's iron-block 6.0-liter engine, all XL V8s operate with Active Fuel Management technology, and the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8s are available with E85 compatibility.

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

5.3-liter V8 Flex Fuel (aluminum block)
310 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 11/16 (4WD, E85), 14/19 (4WD, gasoline)

6.0-liter V8
352 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
382 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.2-liter V8 (Active Fuel Management)
403 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
417 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (gasoline), 10/16 (E85)

6.2-liter V8
403 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
417 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/19 (2WD,gas), 12/18 (4WD, gas), 9/14 (E85)

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2010 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!"

21 people out of 36 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

my favorite vehicle of all time!

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000

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
Not Rated

Pros: "comfort, space, safety"

Cons: "gas mileage"

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

"I bought the vehicle used with 93000 miles on it.... still my favorite vehicle of all time. You will not find a truck that drives as nice or as dependable. In 5 years with 143000 miles, I only broke down once when the fuel pump died. I baby the truck because I know I'm coming up to the end of its life and I love it too much! The family fits in it great. Pulls the camper with out a problem ( a 36 foot fiberglass ultralight ). Doesn't leak a drop of anything. Have had some expensive repairs, but nothing out of the ordinary for a vehicle with this many miles."

43 people out of 71 found this review helpful

can't beat this car up enough

By on Sunday, May 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliable, very fast, handles well. seats 7 easily"

Cons: "cup holder in bad position in front of the console"

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

"i have put this luxury vehicle through it's paces. I've been in near miss situations, and it handled like a small sports car. I've hauled hay, lumber, and other equipment in the back. I've also frequently hauled around a large extended family in it. It's luxurious, but will work as a farm vehicle if you want to abuse it like that. But avoid black. it soaks up the sun's heat. too much up here in northern California. The finish is very strong, but the trim articles begin to lose adhesion. I don't know what the new ones are like, but this year model is a luxurious, comfortable, powerful, agile tank."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

100% trouble free

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This vehicle has never had a single issue. Other than price, I cannot find fault with the GMC Yukon Denali XL."

10 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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