GMC Yukon Denali XL Test Drive
The current Yukon/Tahoe/Suburban might be only a little over 2 years old, but they are already super popular.
Around L.A, they are pretty much everywhere.
Last year, GM sold over 152000 Tahoes/Suburbans, and over 71000 Yukons/Yukon XL.
Which is quite amazing.
They also seem to have replaced the TownCar as the favorite choice as a luxury ride to the airport.
(Or to the local Sleazy Hollywood “PullDown” club)
And they do look quite handsome. In a big brick sort of way.
The interior is nice too. Although I am still not sure why they still use the old 70’s style column shifter. (Obvious cost saving?) But I got used to it pretty quickly. Even though it does cheapen the whole interior feel and look.
That interior is otherwise pretty nice.
But, there are still a few cheap plastic bits here and there.
And the fake wood does a great job at… looking fake.
The Bose stereo sounded really good. But the interface got quite annoying a few times.
Like going back to shuffle without being asked to do so. Or just stop playing stuff altogether. etc…
The seats were surprisingly flat and hard.
(Quite a surprise to me since most GM seats are now really good)
Here is a shot of that beautiful “wood like thing”.
And, of course. It is super roomy. Front and back. Even the 3rd row seats.
And the back in the long version (Similar to the Suburban) has a huge truck. And a giant space when all the seats are flat.
(That’s pretty much the point of getting something that huge isn’t it…)
On the road, it is, of course, very quiet.
But, the big 6.2 Liter V8 wasn’t as super smooth and quiet as the smaller 5.3 Liter unit available in its Tahoe twin. (or the regular “non Denali” Yukon)
The new 8 speed transmission is mostly fine. But can also be a bit rough at really low speed around town.
The 6.2 Liter Yukon is rated at 14/21 MPG for the 4WD version I had for a week.
I could only get 12MPG in the city. And I was trying very hard…
But got 23 on the Highway.
The ride is pretty smooth, but not as isolated as I thought it would be.
It always lets you know that, no matter how much money you spent, this is still a truck, not a car.
Talking about price, the Denali version I had was priced at $78 825.
Which included about $8000 worth of options.
For my money, I would skip the Denali altogether and get the regular Yukon.
You can still get la loaded version with leather, sunroof etc… And the smoother 5.3 Liter engine
And save around $15 000.
This is something I had to try.
The “Camping in the Yukon” night. And it works. There is more than enough room behind the front seats for an inflatable mattress for 2 people.
And all the extra stuff you need for a cool camping night by the beach.
And with a total of 3 screens, it was a great way to watch the Larry Sanders show again.
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The Denali uses real wood.
Comments all very similar to what I think of my Sierra SLE 1500. I see no need to step to the Denali or even the SLT. The few extra gadgets are not worth the price, and the SLE can be had with heated leather, so who cares.
My 5.3/6 speed has the same low speed clunking issues around town, but is very smooth and quiet on the highway. I was surprised you thought the 6.2 wasn't as quiet as the 5.3, since the 6.2 is supposed to have active noise cancellation.
I see that your radio still displayed the presets. Mine stopped that months ago and I have to hit the menu button to get them to appear every time. Annoying.
Love the Cadillac inside & out. Like the Chevrogmc outside but the interior seems cheap for a car in this price range.