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The 2012 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL receive some minor upgrades and equipment. A heated steering wheel is now available on SLT trims (except for 2500 models), and heated front seats are made standard on all SLTs. A third-row screen is added to Yukon XL models with the rear-seat DVD entertainment package, and trailer sway control and hill start assist are added to the StabiliTrak stability control system. The Denali trims gain side blind zone alert as standard equipment.
New for 2010 is OnStar 8.2 with long range remote start and traffic control, a center console-mounted USB port and enhanced battery charging 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.
Content levels increase across the board with a new six-speed transmission standard on 5.3-liter models. The third-row seat option is now standard on all Yukons, as is OnStar 8.0. New options include Bluetooth hands-free communication, a rear back-up camera with rearview-mirror view screen and a third-row DVD entertainment system. Exclusive to the Denali are optional heated and cooled seats and the Side Blind Zone Alert system.
If you're buying a GMC Yukon or Yukon XL (the long and longer versions of the big SUV), GMC says there's a 60-percent chance you're getting one of the upscale Denali models. We understand. With its more powerful V8 engine and upscale interior trim, the Denali has offered high levels of content for a more reasonable price than luxury-branded competitors. However, with the 2015 GMC Yukon, we think the Yukon Denali version may actually expand its reach. Why? Because the standard 2015 GMC Yukon – with its new interior, new styling, and newfound refinement – is nicer than the old Denali ever was. That means the new 2015 GMC Yukon Denali moves even higher up the food chain.