2019 GMC Yukon XL Denali 4WD new car reviews

Super-sized SUVs have become today’s black cars–the Lincoln Towncar of this moment–with the GMC Yukon XL being one of the leaders in that segment. It’s big. It’s comfy. And it’s a little more evolved than a 25-year-old Suburban.

How’s that? Thanks the miracle of command-C and command-V, here are some of the technical highlights found in the 2019 Yukon XL Denali:

• The distinctive Yukon Denali models offer an exclusive collection of design, performance and upscale interior amenities, and is available in 2WD and 4WD.
• The Yukon XL Denali has a wheelbase that is 14 inches longer (20 inches overall) than the Yukon Denali, with more than twice the cargo room behind the third-row seat
• A standard 6.2L V-8 engine with direct injection and Active Fuel Management provides 420 horsepower and is matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission
• Front active aero shutters enhance aerodynamics on the highway
• Magnetic Ride Control offers improved body motion control
• Denali Ultimate Package is available. Content includes Open Road Package (power sunroof and rear-seat entertainment system), nine additional months of SiriusXM Radio and NavTraffic service, power sunroof, Enhanced Security Package, power-retractable assist steps, adaptive cruise control with Automatic Collision Preparation, 22-inch aluminum ultra-bright wheels with Midnight Silver premium paint accents
• Cargo management system, including a cargo net
• Hands-free power programmable liftgate
• GMC Infotainment System with 8-inch color touchscreen; includes navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection capability, rear seat reminder customization and Shop
• GMC 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, with Internet connection for up to seven devices (includes 3GB/one-month data trial)
• Standard 8-inch-diagonal customizable driver display with head-up display
• Multiple USB ports and accessory power outlets, including a 110-volt three-prong outlet, to support electronic devices
• Active noise cancellation for a quieter interior
• Wireless phone charging is standard
• Standard remote vehicle start, including extended range remote keyless entry
• Standard Teen Driver Mode
• Standard power-adjustable pedals
• Perforated, leather-trimmed heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats, and heated second-row seats are standard
• Second-row bucket seats with power release and power-folding third-row bench seats are standard
• Available rear seat entertainment system includes HDMI/MHL connector, USB ports, digital headphones and device projection

How much for all of that goodness? After adding in the Denali package and just a few options, our tester hit the ground at $81,940.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Okay, let’s let the anger flow. These behemoths are clogging up traffic, wasting our resources, and giving the rest of the world one more reason to hate us.

But after spending some time in one, yeah, it’s pretty sweet. I’ve always been a closet fan of sleds–I still have my Catalina wagon–and this is just the modern interpretation. Do more sensible, economical alternatives exist? Totally.

Is this your next race car hauler? Likely not.

But while pulling away from my house in the Yukon, a black Escalade passed by. Yup.

So let’s make this a Choose Your Own Adventure review.

If you like these kinds of vehicles, the Yukon XL is totally your cup of tea. It’s loaded with all of the toys, provides a commanding view of the road, and makes plenty of power. Despite its size, it doesn’t feel that big. All of that technology produces a smooth ride. That 10-speed box is spot-on. You want one. You know that you do.

And if you despise these kinds of vehicles, well, we can talk about Miatas. I have one of those, too.

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Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
2/13/19 9:02 a.m.

I’ve owned 3 homes that cost less than that. 

tester New Reader
2/13/19 11:01 a.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett :

It is probably double the value of the first little apartment that I rented when I started my career. 


stu67tiger Reader
2/13/19 6:46 p.m.

So "in house" canoes are OK?  wink

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