Used 2010 GMC Yukon XL 2500 SUV Used 2010
GMC Yukon XL 2500 SUV

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KBB Editor's Overview

By Editorial Staff

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 SUV 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 SUV 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 It

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.

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.

Vehicle Details


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.


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 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.

Notable 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)


Pricing Notes

In base SLE trim with two-wheel drive the Yukon XL 1500 starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just under $43,000, while the mid-range SLT with two-wheel drive stickers for around $47,000. A fully-loaded Denali with all-wheel drive has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) over $60,000. Four-wheel drive adds about $3,000 to the SLE and SLT prices. The heavy-duty Yukon XL 2500 models have stickers ranging from the about $44,000 to over $50,000. Be sure to click on our Fair Purchase Prices to check what the Yukon XL is currently selling for in your area. In terms of resale value, the Yukon XL 1500 with two-wheel drive is expected to retain only average values over time; four-wheel-drive models do slightly better. Resale figures fall below Toyota's Sequoia and are on par with Nissan's Armada and Ford's Expedition. GMC's Yukon XL Denali has a higher expected retail value than the standard XL.

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