- suv 116,311
- New Iberia, LA
- 4 months
2009 gmc yukon xl review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Smooth and refined hauler. introductionthe gmc yukon xl is gmc's version of the chevy suburban. As its name suggests, the xl is extra-long, 20 inches longer than the standard-length yukon. Like suburban, yukon xl is offered in half-ton or three-quarter ton capacities, and also the luxurious denali that encroaches on cadillac escalade. the yukon xl is a great choice for a big family towing cars, boats, horses, and travel trailers. Maximum towing capacity is 8100 pounds on 1500 and 9600 pounds on the 2500; subtract 1500-2500 pounds if the yukon is fully loaded. With its long wheelbase and heavy-duty construction, the yukon xl is a stable platform for towing while offering the interior cargo advantages of a full-size suv. The standard 5. 3-liter v8 can be upgraded to a 6. 0-liter v8, the only size offered on 2500-series, and denali uses a 403-hp 6. 2-liter v8. the yukon xl seats six to nine people, depending on configuration. There are many vehicles that seat seven people without taking up so much space to do it, but few with so much room left over for cargo. the optional leather seats are comfortable while the third row is vinyl in deference to (probably sloppy) riders. The driver sits way up high and feels like he or she is master or mistress of his or her domain. The pedals adjust for long or short legs. The instruments and gauges are best-in-class, elegantly clean yet very functional. Interior small items storage is intelligently designed and all over, including a huge center console. those in the second row will find a lot of leg room. Heated bucket seats with a center console between them are available for the second row, turning them into first-class accommodations; and there is an optional power folding option, making it easier for third-row passengers to climb in. There's even decent legroom and good headroom in the third row. at the top of the line is the yukon xl denali. The denali is almost a separate breed. It has its own engine, a 6. 2-liter v8 rated at 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. The denali is offered with 2wd or all-wheel-drive for inclement weather but not serious off-road use. The denali comes standard with the autoride active electronic suspension, which is optional on the regular yukon xl. a liftgate is available that raises and lowers under power, a bose sound system, a navigation system, and a dvd rear-seat entertainment system are available. Rearview cameras are standard with navigation and available for others with display in inside mirror. for 2009 all yukon xl's get a six-speed automatic transmission, onstar 8. 0, bluetooth, and available features such as an integrated trailer brake controller, xm radio navtraffic, and side blind zone alert. Denali adds a power adjustable steering column and available heated/cooled front seats. The yukon xl was completely redesigned for 2007. yukon xl competes for shoppers with the chevy suburban (essentially same equipment and pricing), ford expedition el, and if cargo space isn't as important as tow rating the toyota sequoia. Denali xl alternatives include the lincoln navigator l, cadillac escalade esv, mercedes-benz gl450, and bmw x5 4. 8i. lineupthe 2009 gmc yukon xl comes in sle1, sle2, slt1, and slt2 trim levels and half-ton (1500 series) and three-quarter ton (2500 series) carrying capacities. The yukon xl sle (2wd $41,225/4wd $44,065) and the better-equipped slt 43,315/$41,810) offer a choice of v8 engines, including flex-fuel versions of the vortec 5. 3-liter v8 that can run on e85 ethanol (which drops epa ratings from 14/20 to 10/15). Whether iron or aluminum block and flex-fuel or not, each 5. 3 makes 310 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A 6. 0-liter v8 with variable valve timing, delivering 366 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque is optional for these 1500-series models 1,095). All yukon xl and denali models use a six-speed automatic transmission. virtually ever major mechanical component, including the engine, transmission, axles, suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tires is different on the 2500-series yukon xl. The sle 2wd 2500 39,585), sle 4wd 2500 45,685) and the slt 2wd 2500 46,895) and 4wd slt 2500 49,740) come only with a 352-hp 6. 0-liter v8 with 383 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed automatic, and rear or 4wd. also offered are the luxurious 2wd denali 52,850) and awd denali 55,935). The denali's all-wheel-drive system lacks low-range gearing. The denali models come with a 6. 2-liter v8 that produces 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque, six-speed automatic transmission and gmc's autoride active electronic suspension. Denali awd epa numbers are 12/19 on gasoline and 9/14 on e85. they all have a tow/haul mode which reduces upshifting and downshifting, and also shifts quicker, so the transmission doesn't work so hard when pulling a big load. The integrated trailer brake controller is not listed among denali options, and the tow rating is less than a 2wd xl 1500. regardless of model options are often interdependent with ifs, ands, or buts. Options include rear park assist, two rearview camera choices, and on denali, side blind zone alert. Side airbags are not available. The xl earned the maximum five stars in the government's head-on crash tests. walkaroundthe 2009 gmc yukon xl is the extra long version, about 20 inches longer than a yukon. It's the twin to chevy's suburban, where the yukon plays twin to the tahoe. the suburban and yukon xl are familiar vehicles on the road. They share sheetmetal styling but differ in details like 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 bling found on cadillac's escalade esv. 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 appe.
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