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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 454 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 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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