Used Truck - 2013 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Billings, Mt

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    About This 2013 GMC Yukon XL SUV
    Vehicle Location:
    Billings, Mt
    Yukon XL
    Exterior Color:
    8 Cylinder Engine
    Five Door
    Stock Number:

    Fuel Economy Estimates
    City MPG
    Miles Per Gallon
    Highway MPG
    Combined MPG: 18
    Estimated Monthly Fuel Cost: $131.25*
    *Based on $1.89 per gallon and 15k miles per year.
    Actual costs may vary.
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    Seller's Description and Comments:

    One of Our Lease Units, Super Sharp and Low Mileage Extended Yukon! Leather, Backup Camera, 3 Seats, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Seat, and Very Nice. Carfax Dealer.

    Located at AA & A Auto Rental in Billings, Mt.  Call AA & A Auto Rental today at 406-245-9759 for more information about this vehicle.

    Vehicle Options:

    • Engine
    • Vortec 5.3l V8 Sfi Flexfuel With Active Fuel Management
    • Capable Of Running On Unleaded Or Up To 85% Ethanol (with Gas - 320 Hp [239 Kw] @ 5400 Rpm
    • 335 Lb-ft Of Torque [454 N-m] @ 4000 Rpm
    • With E85 Ethanol - 326 Hp [243 Kw] @ 5300 Rpm
    • 348 Lb-ft Of Torque [472 N-m] @ 4400 Rpm)
    • Aluminum Block (requires 4wd 1/2 Ton Models.)
    • Transmission
    • 6-speed Automatic Electronically Controlled With Overdrive And Tow-haul Mode
    • Tap Up/tap Down Shifting (1/2 Ton Models Only.)
    • Rear Axle
    • 3.08 Ratio (requires 1/2 Ton Models. Not Available With (k5l) Heavy-duty Trailering Package.)
    • Suspension Package
    • Premium Smooth Ride (1/2 Ton Models Only.)
    • Differential
    • Heavy-duty Locking Rear
    • 4-wheel Drive
    • Transfer Case
    • Active
    • Single-speed
    • Electronic Autotrac With Rotary Controls
    • Does Not Include Neutral. Cannot Be Dinghy Towed. (requires (gu4) 3.08 Rear Axle Ratio. Not Available On 2wd Models
    • 3/4 Ton Models
    • (k5l) Heavy-duty Trailering Package Or With (z71) Off-road Suspension Package.)
    • Trailering Equipment
    • Heavy-duty Includes Trailering Hitch Platform
    • 7-wire Harness With Independent Fused Trailering Circuits Mated To A 7-way Sealed Connector And (vr4) 2" Trailering Receiver
    • Recovery Hooks
    • 2 Front
    • Frame-mounted
    • Battery
    • 660 Cold Cranking Amps With 80 Amp Hour Rating
    • Alternator
    • 160 Amps (requires (vyu) Snow Plow Prep Package On 3/4 Ton Models.)
    • Gvwr
    • 7400 Lbs. (3357 Kg) (requires 4wd 1/2 Ton Models.)
    • Suspension
    • Front Coil-over-shock With Stabilizer Bar (1/2 Ton Models Only.)
    • Suspension
    • Rear Multi-link With Coil Springs (1/2 Ton Models Only.)
    • Steering
    • Power
    • Brakes
    • 4-wheel Antilock
    • 4-wheel Disc
    • Powertrain Grade Braking
    • Exhaust
    • Aluminized Stainless-steel Muffler And Tailpipe
    • Tools
    • Mechanical Jack And Wheel Wrench
    • Stored In Rear Quarter Trim
    • Wheels
    • 4 - 17" X 7.5" (43.2 Cm X 19.1 Cm) Bright Aluminum
    • Sport (requires 1/2 Ton Models. Not Available With (pcq) Slt Chrome Package.) (requires 1/2 Ton Models.)
    • Tires
    • P265/70r17 All-season
    • Blackwall (requires 1/2 Ton Models.)
    • Wheel
    • 17" (43.2 Cm) Full-size
    • Steel Spare (1/2 Ton Models Only.)
    • Tire Carrier
    • Lockable Outside Spare
    • Winch-type Mounted Under Frame At Rear
    • Tire
    • Spare P265/70r17 All-season
    • Blackwall (1/2 Ton Models Only. Upgradeable To (4jp) P265/70r17 On-/off-road
    • Blackwall Spare Tire.)
    • Luggage Rack Side Rails
    • Roof-mounted (roof Rails Are Black.)
    • Luggage Rack Center Rails
    • Fascia
    • Front Color-keyed
    • Fascia
    • Rear Color-keyed
    • Air Dam
    • Gray
    • Moldings
    • Body-color Bodyside
    • Grille
    • Chrome Surround
    • Assist Steps
    • Black
    • Headlamps
    • Dual Halogen Composite With Automatic Exterior Lamp Control And Flash-to-pass Feature
    • Fog Lamps
    • Front Round Halogen
    • Mirrors
    • Outside Heated Power-adjustable
    • Manual-folding (mirrors Are Body-color.)
    • Glass
    • Solar-ray Deep-tinted (all Windows Except Light-tinted Glass On Windshield And Driver And Front Passenger-side Glass)
    • Wipers
    • Front Intermittent Wet-arm With Flat Blade And Pulse Washers
    • Liftgate With Liftglass
    • Rear Door System With Rear-window Wiper/washer
    • Wiper
    • Rear Intermittent With Washer
    • Audio System
    • Am/fm Stereo With Cd Player And Mp3 Playback Seek-and-scan
    • Digital Clock
    • Auto-tone Control
    • Radio Data System (rds)
    • Speed Compensated Volume
    • Theftlock
    • And Usb Port (not Available With (u42) Rear Seat Entertainment System Or With (pcj) Sun
    • Entertainment And Destinations Package.)
    • Audio System Feature
    • Usb Port
    • Bose Sound System
    • Premium 9-speaker System With Subwoofer In Center Console
    • Audio System Controls
    • Rear With 2 Headphone Jacks (headphones Not Included)
    • Power Outlet And Controls For Volume
    • Station Selection And Media
    • Siriusxm Satellite Radio Is Standard On Nearly All 2013 Gm Models. Enjoy A 3-month Trial To The Xm Premier Package
    • With Over 140 Channels Including Commercial-free Music
    • All Your Favorite Sports
    • Exclusive Talk And Entertainment. And Now Add Premium Channels To Your Trial At No Cost. Welcome To The World Of Satellite Radio. (if You Subscribe After Your Trial Period
    • Subscriptions Are Continuous Until You Call Siriusxm To Cancel. See Siriusxm Customer Agreement For Complete Terms At Www.siriusxm.com. Other Fees And Taxes Will Apply. All Fees And Programming Subject To Change.)
    • Antenna
    • Integral In Rear Quarter Glass
    • Bluetooth For Phone
    • Personal Cell Phone Connectivity To Vehicle Audio System (deleted When (ue0) Onstar Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Seats
    • Front Bucket With Leather-appointed Seating Heated And (ag1) 6-way Power Driver
    • (ag2) Front Passenger Seat Adjusters
    • Adjustable Head Restraints
    • Driver Manual Lumbar Control
    • Floor Console And Rear Storage Pockets
    • Seats
    • Second Row 60/40 Split-folding Bench With Leather-appointed Seating 3-passenger With Center Armrest And Storage Tray
    • Seat Adjuster
    • Driver 6-way Power
    • Seat Adjuster
    • Front Passenger 6-way Power
    • Seats
    • Third Row 50/50 Split-bench
    • 3-passenger
    • Removable
    • All-belts-to-seats
    • Console
    • Floor With Storage Area
    • Cup Holders And Integrated Second Row Audio And Hvac Controls
    • Cup Holders
    • In Front Seating Area
    • Cup Holders
    • In Second Row Seating Area
    • Cup Holders
    • Driver And Passenger-side In Third Row Side Trim
    • Floor Covering
    • Color-keyed Carpeting
    • Floor Mats
    • Color-keyed Carpeted First And Second Row
    • Removable
    • Steering Column
    • Tilt-wheel
    • Adjustable With Brake/transmission Shift Interlock
    • Steering Wheel
    • Leather-wrapped
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    • Mounted Audio And Cruise Controls Includes Driver Information Center Controls Located On Instrument Panel
    • Tow/haul Mode Selector
    • Button Located At End Of Shift Lever
    • Driver Information Center
    • Full-functionality Included With Temperature And Compass
    • Instrumentation
    • Analog With Speedometer
    • Odometer With Trip Odometer
    • Fuel Level
    • Voltmeter
    • Engine Temperature
    • Oil Pressure
    • Tachometer
    • Compass And Outside Temperature Gauge
    • Warning Tones Headlamp On
    • Key-in-ignition
    • Driver And Passenger Buckle Up Reminder And Turn Signal On
    • Windows
    • Power With Driver Express-down And Lockout Features
    • Door Locks
    • Power Programmable With Lockout Protection
    • Cruise Control
    • Electronic With Set And Resume Speed
    • Universal Home Remote Includes Garage Door Opener
    • Programmable
    • Pedals
    • Power-adjustable For Accelerator And Brake (includes Memory Function.)
    • Remote Vehicle Starter System Includes Remote Keyless Entry
    • Air Conditioning
    • Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control With Individual Climate Settings For Driver And Right Front Passenger And Rear Seat With Rear Controls Located In Floor Console
    • Air Conditioning
    • Rear Auxiliary
    • Heater
    • Rear Auxiliary With Rear Passenger Heating Ducts
    • Defogger
    • Rear-window Electric
    • Theft-deterrent System
    • Vehicle
    • Pass-key Iii
    • Power Outlets
    • 5 Auxiliary
    • 12-volt Includes 2 On The Instrument Panel
    • 1 In The Cargo Area
    • 1 Inside The Center Console And 1 At The Back Of The Console
    • Door Trim
    • Side Reflectors On Rear Doors
    • Armrests
    • Driver And Passenger Doors
    • Padded
    • Lighting
    • Interior With Dome Light
    • Driver- And Passenger-side Door Switch With Delayed Entry Feature
    • Cargo Lights
    • Door Handle Or Remote Keyless Entry-activated Illuminated Entry And Map Lights In Front And Second Seat Positions
    • Mirror
    • Inside Rearview Auto-dimming With Rear Camera Display (includes (uvc) Rearview Camera. Not Available With (uys) Audio System With Navigation.)
    • Console
    • Overhead Mini With Map Lights
    • Visors
    • Driver And Front Passenger Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
    • Padded With Cloth Trim
    • Extends On Rod
    • Includes Corner Storage Pockets On Back Of Visors
    • Shale-colored
    • Assist Handles
    • Front Passenger And Second Row Outboard
    • Coat Hooks
    • Driver- And Passenger-side Rear Seat And Cargo Area
    • Storage Bin
    • Behind Driver-side Rear Quarter Panel
    • Stabilitrak
    • Stability Control System With Proactive Roll Avoidance And Traction Control. Includes Electronic Trailer Sway Control And Hill Start Assist
    • Air Bags
    • Dual-stage Frontal
    • Driver And Right-front Passenger With Passenger Sensing System (always Use Safety Belts And Child Restraints. Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Child Restraint. See The Owner's Manual For More Information.)
    • Air Bags
    • Head Curtain Side-impact For All Outboard Seating Positions With Rollover Sensor (always Use Safety Belts And Child Restraints. Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Child Restraint. See The Owner's Manual For More Information.)
    • Air Bags
    • Seat-mounted Side-impact
    • Driver And Right-front Passenger For Thorax And Pelvic Protection (always Use Safety Belts And Child Restraints. Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Child Restraint. See The Owner's Manual For More Information.)
    • Onstar
    • 6 Months Of Directions And Connections Plan Includes
    • Automatic Crash Response
    • Emergency Services
    • Crisis Assist
    • First Assist
    • Injury Severity Predictor
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
    • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
    • Remote Ignition Block
    • Remote Door Unlock
    • Roadside Assistance
    • Remote Horn And Lights
    • Turn-by-turn Navigation With Onstar Enav
    • Destination Download (requires Navigation Radio)
    • Onstar Vehicle Diagnostics
    • Hands Free Calling And Available Onstar Remotelink Mobile App. (visit Onstar.com For Details And System Limitations.)
    • Automatic Crash Response (deleted When (ue0) Onstar Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance (deleted When (ue0) Onstar Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Onstar Turn-by-turn Navigation (deleted When (ue0) Onstar Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Rear Vision Camera (note: Images Appear On Navigation Screen For Units Equipped With (uys) Am/fm Stereo With Mp3 Compatible Cd/dvd Player And Navigation. For Units Not Equipped With Navigation Systems Images Will Appear Within Rearview Mirror.)
    • Rear Park Assist With Audible Warning
    • Latch System (lower Anchors And Top Tethers For Children)
    • For Child Safety Seats
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System Air Pressure Sensors In Each Tire With Pressure Display In Driver Information Center (does Not Apply To Spare Tire)
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    • Climate Control
    • Multi-zone A/c
    • A/c
    • Rear A/c
    • Am/fm Stereo
    • Cd Player
    • Abs
    • 4-wheel Disc Brakes
    • Cruise Control
    • Rear Defrost
    • Locking/limited Slip Differential
    • Four Wheel Drive
    • 8 Cylinder Engine
    • Floor Mats
    • Keyless Entry
    • Power Door Locks
    • Heated Mirrors
    • Power Mirror(s)
    • Running Boards/side Steps
    • 3rd Row Seat
    • Power Driver Seat
    • Power Passenger Seat
    • Pass-through Rear Seat
    • Leather Seats
    • Bucket Seats
    • Power Steering
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Tires - Front All-season
    • Tires - Rear All-season
    • Conventional Spare Tire
    • Traction Control
    • 6-speed A/t
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Power Windows
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • A/t
    • Premium Sound System
    • Satellite Radio
    • Mp3 Player
    • Fog Lamps
    • Heated Front Seat(s)
    • Privacy Glass
    • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
    • Rear Seat Audio Controls
    • Power Outlet
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Automatic Headlights
    • Luggage Rack
    • Auto-dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    • Rear Parking Aid
    • Adjustable Pedals
    • Front Reading Lamps
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Transmission W/dual Shift Mode
    • Transmission Overdrive Switch
    • Tow Hitch
    • Tow Hooks
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    • Bluetooth Connection
    • Telematics
    • Flex Fuel Capability
    • Remote Engine Start
    • Back-up Camera
    • Stability Control
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Navigation From Telematics
    • Rear Bench Seat
    • Passenger Air Bag Sensor

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    2013 GMC Yukon XL Review

    This car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale.
    2013 GMC Yukon XL
    XL means extra large.


    The GMC Yukon XL is a great choice for towing cars, boats, horses, and travel trailers when enclosed space is needed for passengers or cargo. Yukon XL is offered in 1500 and 2500 versions.


    Maximum towing capacity ranges from 7800-8100 pounds for a Yukon XL 1500 model, and about 9500 pounds on a Yukon XL 2500. (Subtract 1500-2500 pounds if the Yukon is fully loaded with people and cargo.) With its long wheelbase and full-size truck construction, the Yukon XL is a stable platform for towing while offering the interior cargo advantages and three-row seating of a full-size SUV.


    Yukon XL is GMC's version of the Chevrolet Suburban. As the XL suggests, the Yukon XL is extra-long, 20 inches longer than the standard-length Yukon. Like the Suburban, the Yukon XL seats seven to nine people, depending on configuration. While many vehicles will seat seven, few have so much room left over for cargo (three sedan trunks of space).


    Yukon XL Denali is a luxurious model that compares well to the Cadillac Escalade ESV. Denali comes equipped with a larger engine and automatic rear load-leveling (both shared with the Escalade).


    Inside is a comfortable cabin. We found the optional leather seats comfortable. The driver sits way up high for a commanding view of the road, and the pedals power-adjust to fit short and tall drivers. The instruments and gauges are among best in class, elegantly clean yet very functional. Interior small items storage is intelligently designed and all over, including a huge center console.


    Second-row passengers will find a lot of leg room in the Yukon XL. Heated bucket seats with a center console between them are available for the second row, turning them into first-class accommodations; and there is a power folding option, making it easier for third-row passengers to climb by. There's even decent legroom and headroom in the third row.


    Yukon offers a choice of V8 engines, all with flex-fuel capability, variable cam timing and active fuel management to shut off cylinders when not needed. GM's 5.3-liter Vortec V8 is the standard choice and makes 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. We enjoyed its smooth power. The 5.3-liter gets an EPA-estimated 15/21 miles per gallon City/Highway, with 2WD or 4WD. Flex-fuel versions of the 5.3-liter V8 are available that can run on E85 ethanol, though use of less-efficient ethanol drops fuel economy significantly.


    Yukon XL Denali boasts a 403-hp 6.2-liter V8. Denali is offered with two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the latter an excellent aid for inclement weather but not designed for serious off-road use. Denali comes standard with the AutoRide active electronic suspension, which is optional on the regular Yukon XL. Denali models get an EPA-rated 14/18 mpg with 2WD and 13/18 with AWD. Note that EPA ratings vary considerably, see www.fueleconomy.gov for comparison shopping.


    Yukon XL 2500 models come with a 6.0-liter iron-block V8 rated at 352 hp, 382 lb-ft of torque, EPA 10/16 and 10/15 mpg, with 2WD and 4WD, respectively. Yukon XL 2500 is designed for heavy use, as are all of its mechanical components.


    Yukon XL and Denali models use a 6-speed automatic transmission. They all have a Tow/Haul mode that reduces upshifting and downshifting, and also shifts quicker, so the transmission doesn't work so hard when pulling a big load. Transmission oil temperature is part of the instrumentation on most models.


    Convenience features include a power rear liftgate, a new 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a navigation system, and a DVD rear-seat entertainment system. Rearview cameras are standard with navigation and available for others with display in inside mirror.


    The current-generation GMC Yukon XL dates from 2007, but it has been improved and refined since then. A Champagne paint and automatic grade braking are new for 2013.


    Yukon XL competes with Ford Expedition EL, Suburban, and, if cargo space isn't as critical, Toyota Sequoia and Infiniti QX56. Yukon XL Denali alternatives include the Lincoln Navigator L, Cadillac Escalade ESV, and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.


    The 2013 GMC Yukon XL 1500 comes in SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels. It's also available in 2500-series SLE and SLT versions.


    The Yukon XL SLE 2WD ($45,230) and 4WD ($48,020) and the better-equipped SLT 2WD ($49,465) and 4WD ($52,200) come standard with a 5.3-liter V8.


    The Yukon XL 2500 SLE 2WD ($46,720), 2500 SLE 4WD ($49,560), 2500 SLT 2WD ($51,095), and 2500 SLT 4WD ($53,940) come with a 352-hp 6.0-liter V8 with 382 pound-feet of torque and 6-speed automatic.


    Yukon XL SLE standard equipment includes three-zone automatic climate control, rear audio controls with headphone jacks (you supply headphones), power front bucket seats and center console, AM/FM/CD/MP3/XM sound system; Bluetooth; cruise control; OnStar Directions & Connections with a six-month subscription; driver information center; power windows/locks/heated mirrors with manual folding; leather-wrapped, tilt steering wheel with audio controls; 40/20/40 split front bench seat; six-way power driver's seat; 60/40 split folding second-row bench seat; 50/50 third-row split folding seat; automatic headlights; roof rails (with crossrails on 1500); side steps; locking rear differential; three power outlets; P265/70R17 all-season tires on bright aluminum wheels; tow hooks; tow package (receiver hitch, seven-pin wiring harness); intermittent rear wipe/wash; and floor mats. 4WD models also get an aluminum-block engine, 3.42:1 axle ratio, and front tow hooks. Options include a Convenience package ($1060) with adjustable pedals, remote start, rear park assist, rearview camera; integrated trailer brake controller ($200); Z71 off-road package ($560); two-speed transfer case ($100); 20-inch wheel packages; rear-seat entertainment ($1295); and towing package ($330).


    Yukon XL SLT models add leather upholstery with heat for the front row, auto-dimming inside mirror, rear park assist, remote start, adjustable pedals, and universal remote. SLT options include Autoride suspension with rear self-leveling ($1120), second-row bucket seats ($590), Sun, Entertainment and Destination package with navigation, rear-seat entertainment, and moonroof; power side steps ($1095); heated/cooled front seats ($650); Blind Zone Alert ($500); and power release second-row bench.


    Yukon XL Denali ($59,350) and Denali AWD ($62,435) come with a 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 and Autoride active electronic suspension with rear load-leveling. Denali models come fully loaded, with a wood and leather-wrapped, heated, power-tilt steering wheel; heated first- and second-row seats; 12-way power front seats with lumbar adjustment; memory for the driver's seat and mirrors; power-folding second-row seats; removable three-passenger split-folding third-row seat; power-folding exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, driver's side auto-dimming and reverse tilting; rain-sensing wipers with heated washers; power liftgate; Bluetooth; HDD navigation integrated into a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound audio system and including voice activation, XM satellite radio, and a rearview camera; added noise insulation and cooling capacity; Side Blind Zone Alert; and 20-inch wheels and tires (18-inch wheels are available for poor roads, tire chains). Options are limited. The Denali's own Sun, Entertainment and Destination Package ($2535) bundles a power sunroof with rear-seat entertainment and other equipment. Rear entertainment is also available separately ($1,295), as are power side steps ($1095). A range of wheels are available, up to 22-inch chrome ($2995).


    Safety equipment on all models includes dual frontal airbags; seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front row; head-protecting curtain side airbags; four-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes; StabiliTrak, GM's electronic stability control with anti-rollover mitigation and traction control; LATCH child safety seat anchors; and a tire pressure monitor. Side blind zone alert is standard on Denali but not offered on other models. Options include rear park assist and two rearview camera choices.


    The GMC Yukon XL is the extra-long version, about 20 inches longer than a Yukon. It's the twin to the Chevy Suburban, where the Yukon plays twin to the Tahoe.


    The Suburban and Yukon XL share sheetmetal body panels but differ in details such as the grille, bumpers and lamps. These are big boxes but quite smooth, rather like an ocean liner's long flat sides and tapered ends. The Denali XL adds some of the upscale cues found on the Cadillac Escalade ESV, which shares the same platform.


    The running board/side steps are integrated and unobtrusive, extending no farther than necessary, with a black grippy coating; powered retractable steps are available on some models. The tinted glass behind the C-pillar is expansive, and adds to both appearance and function. The front end has a clean appearance, with block-like headlamps over a front bumper fascia. Doors close with a reassuring thud.


    Wheels change visual perceptions of the Yukon XL. The standard aluminum wheel is a nice piece for look and function. You can add 20-inch wheels, some polished aluminum and others chrome-clad that merely add a chrome-plated plastic cover to an existing wheel and could fall off or pack snow and muck depending on how you treat your truck. Dealers offer a host of dress-up items, including wheels up to 22-inches. The standard 17-inch wheels offer the best ride quality due to tires with tall sidewalls. Ride quality gets harsher as wheel diameters increase.


    The rear window opens separately, which is convenient for loading lighter bags and cargo. The larger liftgate is aluminum and balanced, upgradeable to power for those accustomed to a push-button world. Roof racks can carry unwieldy items that aren't too heavy, but be sure to load with the hatch open or after the cargo area is filled so the roof load doesn't interfere with the open hatch.


    The Yukon XL is comfortable for long tows or major outings. It's a carefree feeling to drive down the highway in one of these, riding high with all the comforts, including the optional Bose sound system. The seats are comfortable and easy to adjust; in some cases the seat cushion is electrically adjusted and the backrest is manual. Like most large SUVs, the front row has plenty of head and leg room.


    The instrument panel and center stack are worthy of a higher-end vehicle. The Denali model is richer still, with a wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, Nuance leather and darker wood trim than the other models. On all models the steering wheel is not perfectly ahead of the driver, something to consider if you frequent a chiropractor.


    We found the touch-screen radio/navigation system easy to use, far easier to operate than some Mercedes and BMW systems. We set the radio stations we liked and could quickly switch from favorite XM to AM to FM stations with the push of a single button; many vehicles require switching bands, then switching stations. The system has five groups of favorite stations for user assignment. While heading up the Interstate, the system warned of traffic incidents 19 miles ahead in our direction of travel.


    The switchgear is simple, and the instrumentation is clean. The console is huge, with a deep storage box and a tray on top. The glovebox is large. Two cupholders are provided in a removable tray forward of the console and they work very well. There's another cupholder in each door pocket. A slot in the dash just left of the turn signal is perfect for coins or toll-road tickets. The pedals are adjustable, to accommodate short and tall drivers with the press of a button.


    For reversing into tight confines, avoiding backing over a person, pet or play-toy, or easier trailer hitching, two rearview camera systems are offered. One is integral with the navigation system and the image appears on the navigation screen; the other shows the image on the inside-rearview mirror, so you get side-by-side near and far views to the rear.


    The Yukon XL can seat seven, eight or nine passengers, depending on the seats selected. Our SLT had the second-row bucket seats, with room for seven, in a two/two/three layout.


    The second row offers good room, nearly matching the front. Second-row passengers in bucket seats have their own console, with an elbow tray, two cupholders each, audio controls and if equipped, the DVD screen overhead; the bench-seat second-row may be ordered with power releases to fold. With the touch of a button on the instrument panel or C-pillar, the seatbacks fold flat against the lower cushions, and then the seats flip up against the backs of the front seats.


    The third row 50/50 seat has three seatbelts, two headrests, and, if you order the DVD entertainment system, its own separate screen. If you want to carry long items down one side the rear row becomes a one person seat; most vehicles with a three-person third-row seat split it 60/40 so you can carry six people plus long pieces. The third-row seats fold easily but not flat into the floor like most of the competition; for a longer flat cargo floor the third row must be taken out (and these aren't light like baby seats) and left behind.


    Head room in the third row is good, and leg room is okay (34.9 inches); the Expedition EL and Navigator L have a distinct advantage here because of their independent rear suspension. There is a great view through the wraparound glass, so it doesn't feel cramped or claustrophobic back there. Third-row climate control vents are inconveniently located in the headliner over the heads of the second-row passengers, but they can be aimed rearward toward the third-row passengers' knees. The second-row passengers have their own vents in the headliner, too, over their laps.


    Cargo space is where the Yukon XL excels. There's 137.4 cubic feet of storage behind the front seats, with the second row folded and third row removed. Even with all seats in place, there's still 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. However, it's a nuisance to remove the third row for optimal storage space. The lift-over height at the rear bumper is relatively high, about the same as a pickup, so it's not easy to climb up into the cargo compartment to reach things, especially since there are no grab handles.


    Driving Impression
    The GMC Yukon XL is perfect for outdoor sportsmen or owners of race cars, boats, horses, or travel trailers who need the people room or lockable cargo capacity of a full-size SUV instead of the open bed of a pickup truck.


    GM's proven 5.3-liter Vortec V8 is the standard engine, making 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque; smooth and not too raucous, though not as torquey as the Expedition's 5.4 or Sequoia's 5.7-liter V8 which nearly matches the Denali 6.2's output.


    The 6-speed automatic transmission does its job well, completely in the background until you choose manual control or engage the tow/haul mode designed for heavy loads. We would choose the no-charge 3.42:1 axle ratio if we planned on anything more than lightly-loaded flat-terrain highway cruising.


    If you need more power for towing the Denali's 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 boasts 417 pound-feet of torque, but the extra power comes with a dent in fuel economy. However, Denali's tow ratings are the lowest of the XL and it has no 4WD low-range gearing. Any thoughts of economy with a big, heavy truck should be put aside; we've seen 7 mpg pulling a big boat with a 2500.


    If you have a trailer of 6500-7000 pounds or more and plan on towing with the Yukon full of gear and people, best to consider the 2500 XL. It has a heavy-duty 6.0-liter V8 with less horsepower and torque than the 6.2-liter but adds stronger axles and transmission, stouter steering, suspension and brake systems and truck-service wheels and tires. It is for all intents and purposes a three-quarter-ton pickup with a nine-seat body on top. Also noteworthy to travelers, the 2500-series has much larger fuel capacity (39 gallons versus 31.5 gallons in the standard Yukon XL 1500) so its effective range matches or betters the 1500.


    Active fuel management is standard on most engines. AFM shuts down four of the eight cylinders when they're not needed to save fuel. But at this size and weight all the cylinders are needed most of the time so the fuel saved is limited. A Yukon/Tahoe Hybrid or BMW X5, Audi Q7 or Mercedes GL350 diesel are the only three-row SUVs with decent fuel economy, and none of those is size XL though the GL's third row is competitive.


    Ride quality in the Yukon XL is excellent, overall; nearly eleven feet between front and rear wheels pays dividends. Even when the optional 20-inch wheels are chosen, the suspension deals deftly with road imperfections and potholes but you feel them more. We prefer taller tires on our trucks, however, for ride comfort, impact resistance and in some respects, better performance.


    The Yukon XL is very stable at highway speeds, though it wallows a bit on undulating freeways. Autoride, the rear self-leveling and active suspension, electronically adjusts to the road as read by sensors. It reduces body lean in corners, enhances stability on rough roads, and reduces nose-dive under hard braking. Autoride is optional on Yukon XL, standard on Denali.


    The rack-and-pinion steering on the 1500 models feels fairly direct, though as in other big SUVs it is a bit slow. The 2500 steers like a new pickup, a bit heavier but confidence-inspiring. Like all large SUVs, the Yukon XL is prone to body lean in turns and doesn't respond well to quick changes of direction. It's a full-size truck (plus or minus three tons, higher center of gravity) and needs to be driven accordingly and with respect for others, not like it's a sports car.


    Hard crosswinds tend to blow big SUVs around and the Yukon XL is no exception. Driving in a 25-mph crosswind on the freeway at 75 miles per hour, our Yukon XL swayed considerably because of its billboard-like profile. Tire choice affects this behavior. Autoride helps reduce the effect of crosswinds. And 2500 models better withstand crosswinds.


    The brakes are all vented discs with ABS. An integrated trailer brake controller that gives excellent control and eliminates any installation hassles is available, and we view it as a must-have option. After all, if you're not towing anything you probably don't need a Yukon XL.


    The GMC Yukon XL is a fine choice for use as a family tow vehicle or camper. The engines and transmissions work well and the rugged chassis gives the XL ability to travel beyond where the pavement ends. The interior ambiance is inviting, there is plenty of room inside and enough features to please any class of buyer.


    NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent G.R. Whale reported from Los Angeles, with Sam Moses in Portland, Kirk Bell in Chicago.


    Model Lineup
    GMC Yukon XL 2WD SLE ($45,230), 4WD ($48,020); 2WD SLT ($49,465), 4WD SLT ($52,200); Yukon XL Denali 2WD ($59,350), Denali AWD ($62,435); Yukon XL 2500 2WD SLE ($46,720), 4WD ($49,560); 2500 2WD SLT ($51,095), 4WD ($53,940).


    Assembled In
    Arlington, Texas.


    Options As Tested
    Sun, Entertainment, & Destination package ($5035) includes navigation, rearview camera, Bose Centerpoint surround-sound, DVD rear-seat entertainment, moonroof; second-row bucket seats ($590); P275/55R20 tires on polished aluminum wheels ($1795).


    Model Tested
    GMC Yukon XL SLT 2WD ($49,465).The GMC Yukon XL 1500 has a fresh and comfortable interior. Building on a recent redesign it carries over for 2013 with a sleek body mounted on a strong, stiff frame with power steering, disc brakes, and a touring suspension. Available in 2WD or 4WD or AWD and in three trims the Yukon XL 1500 seats up to nine passengers and is rated to tow up to 8100 pounds when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailering Package on the 4x2 model. The SLE and SLT trims both come with a standard 320-hp V8 5.3-liter engine which is E85 fuel compatible and coupled to a an efficient six-speed automatic transmission. The 2WD or AWD Denali trims come with a standard 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 which is E85 fuel compatible and coupled to an efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Safety features standard on all models include dual-stage front airbags, side curtain airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with dynamic rear proportioning, StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation, tire pressure monitoring system, and OnStar. For 2013, the GMC Yukon XL 1500 offers new exterior paint choices.

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