2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV

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2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Aakash Gupta Content Writer Updated on: November 13, 2019


If you thought that the Yukon was a big SUV think again, the Yukon XL is the longer wheelbase version of the same vehicle hence the name Yukon XL. This also can fit nine passengers just like the Yukon but there’s more leg room for the passengers in the third row seats and more cargo space behind it.

The XL is easy to drive on long open roads but in city traffic it gets annoying to maneuver the SUV because of the sheer size and heft of the vehicle. Just like the Yukon it offers nicer interior than the competing vehicles and all kinds of utilitarian amenities as well.

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Pros

More cargo space

More leg room for the third row

Incredible towing capacity

Plush interior

Cons

Extended length makes it more difficult to maneuver in urban roads

The base engine feels weak and sluggish

High loading floor for cargo space

What's New?

New Graphite Edition for 2019

The SLT trim level can be configured with the bigger engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lbs.-ft @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

13/13.6

dimensions

wheelbase

130 in.

length

224.4 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5610 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37 cu ft.

cargo volume

121.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

8300 lbs.

payload capacity

1660 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

682 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

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Crimson Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

7.0

Interior

7.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV SLE

SLE

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$52,400 - $55,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $55,400 MSRP (14/16/21) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8
SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $52,400 MSRP (15/18/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8

 2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV SLT Standard Edition

SLT Standard Edition

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$57,600 - $60,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT Standard Edition 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $57,600 MSRP (15/18/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLT Standard Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $60,600 MSRP (15/16/21) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

 2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV SLT

SLT

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$60,400 - $63,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $60,400 MSRP (15/18/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $63,400 MSRP (14/16/21) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

 2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV Denali

Denali

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$69,500 - $72,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $72,500 MSRP (14/16/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7
Denali 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $69,500 MSRP (14/17/23) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 offers enough power but suffers from the same issues that the shorter Yukon does – sluggish motor which feels mundane on a day to day basis. Things do get exciting when you opt for the bigger and better 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 of the Denali or SLT trim level. The Yukon XL can be configured with both 2WD and 4WD for each trim level.

With the prices starting at $53,695 for the base 2WD variant, the Yukon XL challenges the likes of some well-established rivals like Ford Expedition Max, Nissan Armada, and Chevrolet Suburban. Let's move ahead and see if the Yukon has what it takes to plant a firm foot in this segment. 

2019 GMC Yukon XL Front Three-quarter View
2019 GMC Yukon XL Front Three-quarter View
2019 GMC Yukon XL Rear Three-quarter View
2019 GMC Yukon XL Rear Three-quarter View

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV Features

The GMC Yukon XL is offered in four trims for 2019 – the SLE, SLT Standard Edition, SLT and top of the range Denali all can opt with either 2WD or 4WD. The SLT trim can be configured with the Graphite Edition for $3.070 which is basically a blacked-out version of the SUV and the Graphite Performance Edition for the SLT trim adds magnetic ride control which enhances the ride quality of the Yukon XL dramatically. If the XL is opted with second-row captain’s chair the seating quantity for the passengers change to seven but you still get the advantage of more legroom for the third row over the normal wheelbase version.

Trims

SLE

SLT Standard

SLT

Denali

MSRP (2WD)

$53,695

$58,895

$61,695

$70,795

MSRP (4WD)

$56,695

$61,895

$64,695

$73,795

Features

18" wheels

Power-programmable Liftgate

Second row power release fold-and-tumble seats

Unique Chrome Grille exclusive for the Denali with exterior chrome accents and 20nwheels as standard

 

More cargo capacity behind first, second and third row than the shorter Yukon

Leather upholstered heated front seats

Driver alert packages like Forward Collision Alert, IntelliBeam headlamps, Lane assist and lane departure warning, Low speed Forward Automatic Braking and exclusive safety alert seats exclusive for the Yukon and Yukon XL

Perforated leather upholstered heated and ventilated front seats

Heated second row seats

6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 with 420HP and 460 lb-ft of torque and a new 10-speed automatic transmission

 

5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 with 355HP and 383 lb-ft of torque

Leather upholstered steering wheel

Third row power fold-flat bench seats

Mastique Ash Wood grains accent on the interior

 

Rear vision camera

 

 

Leather upholstered heated and ventilated front seats

We Recommend

The Denali does seem the smartest choice here with its more powerful engine, plush interior and magnetic ride control but if you don't like the bling added by chrome grille and accents you can go for the SLT trim with the Graphite Edition and Performance Pack that adds the Magnetic Ride Control but with all black front grille and accents all around.

2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The base engine has ample power for most driving situations, though you'll need to floor the gas pedal to tap into it. Additionally, its transmission can be slow to shift. The Denali's setup is easier to work with. It delivers more power and better acceleration, and its transmission makes smooth, timely shifts".-cars.usnews.com

The base 5-3L EcoTec3 V-8 coupled with a 6-speed transmission produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque but it is sluggish and slow to shift. The SLT and Denali trim with the bigger 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 motor combined with the 10-speed transmission is a breeze with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Models

GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLE

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD

Nissan Armada SV 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

MSRP

$55,095

$59,220

$50,100

$56,695

Engine

5.3L EcoTec3 V8

3.5L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

5.6L V8

5.3L V8 EcoTec3 V8

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

10 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

355 hp @5600rpm

375hp @ 5000rpm

390hp @ 5800 rpm

355hp @ 5600rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

383 @ 4100rpm

470 @ 3500rpm

394 @ 4000rpm

383 @ 4100rpm

Acceleration

The 2019 Yukon Xl 4WD takes 6.8 seconds to reach 60 which is comparable to the competition but just lite its younger sibling the Yukon, it completes a quarter mile at 16.7 seconds which pushes it at the very bottom of the competition. On the other hand the Nissan Armada is the quickest from 0-60 MPH and also in a quarter mile.

Models

GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLE

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD

Nissan Armada SV 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

0-60 MPH

6.8 sec

6.7 sec

6.5

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

16.7 sec

15.1 sec

15

15.5 sec

Engine

5.3L EcoTec3 V8

3.5L V6 Regular Unleaded

5.6L V8

5.3L EcoTec3 V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

11

9.2

Braking & Handling

"Stopping from 60 mph required 134 feet, which is average, if not long, for the class. In regular use, the brakes feel just OK with a relatively soft, long-travel pedal. Many competitors will perform better". -Edmunds

The ride quality sure is smooth over most pavements but small bumps does shake-up the SUV with standard suspension but once equipped with magnetic ride control the suspension seems to work flawlessly. The outdated and unsophisticated chassis does shows its age but still inspires confidence on mild winding roads but in city traffic driving the Yukon XL becomes annoying.

Model

GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLE

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD

Nissan Armada SV 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Brake Front (in.)

13

13.9

13.8

N/A

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

13.6

13.8

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5846

5815

5822

5808

60-0 MPH (ft.)

125

133

N/A

121

The 2019 GMC Yukon XL takes 125 feet from 60 MPH to a stand-still which is quite impressive considering it is the heaviest of the bunch

2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV Fuel Economy

"With its base engine and rear-wheel drive, the Yukon earns estimates of 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel-drive long-wheelbase XL models lose 1 mpg from each estimate. Models with the larger engine earn an EPA-estimated 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Those figures are slightly above average for the class, surpassing both the Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia".  -cars.usnews.com

The fuel economy that the Yukon XL puts out is impressive and only falls short while competing with the Ford Expedition but keep in mind that the Yukon has a V-8 while the Expedition has Ford's EcoBoost V-6.

The figures for the city is 14 MPG and 21 MPG for the highway identical to the Suburban and the combined figure is 16 miles to a gallon of fuel.

Model

GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLE

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD

Nissan Armada SV 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

MPG (city)

14

16

13

14

MPG (highway)

21

21

18

21

MPG (combined)

16

18

15

16

Range (miles) (city/highway)

434/651

453/594

338/468

434/651

Tank Capacity (gal)

31.0

28.3

26.0

26.0

2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV Interior

7.5/10

"The quality of materials and build quality are quite high, and there are many comfort and entertainment features. Navigation is standard on the Denali. Second- and third-row entertainment displays are available". - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The SLE trim offers premium cloth seats and the higher SLT and Denali trims offer leather or perforated leather seats with heating and ventilation as optional. The Denali even offers heated second-row seats.

The cabin is spacious enough, good visibility all around and running boards which makes it easy to get in and out of the high off the ground cabin.

Model

GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLE

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD

Nissan Armada SV 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Passenger capacity

8

8

8

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.0/64.9/43.9

40.9/63.8/41.9

42.8/64.8/45.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/65.1/39.7

40/64.8/41.5

40.0/63.4/41.0

39.1/65.1/39.7

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/62.6/34.5

37.4/64.3/36.1

36.4/60.5/28.4

38.5/62.6/34.5

Cargo space

The 2019 GMC Yukon XL is the longer wheelbase version of the Yukon which instantly increases the cargo capacity. Behind the third row, there is 39.3 cubic feet of space which is best in class adjacent to the Suburban which makes sense because both the vehicles are nearly identical. If the third-row seats are folded the space increases to 76.7 cubic feet which the Ford Expedition Max surpasses by 2.9 cubic feet. When both the third row and second-row seats are folded the cargo space is boosted to 122.4 cubic feet which is massive and best in class and to increase the capacity even further there is space under the cargo floor to tuck away smaller items. The only con is the high cargo loading floor.

Model

GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLE

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD

Nissan Armada SV 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

39.3

34.3

16.5

39.3

Towing Capacity

The Yukon XL can tow up to 8,300 pounds when properly equipped which is very impressive and means that it can tow a boat, two jet skis or a medium-sized trailer. All the trims come with a receiver hitch as standard. What's even more impressive is the competition that can tow more, both the Ford and the Nissan can tow more than the XL.

Model

GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLE

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD

Nissan Armada SV 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Engine

5.3L

3.5L

3.5L

5.3L

Drive Train

4WD

4WD

4WD

AWD

Capacity (lbs.)

8100

9000

8500

8000

Infotainment System

The 8" touch screen is standard around all the variants of the Yukon and Yukon XL. GMC's IntelliLink infotainment with Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a solid performer with great user interface. The audio system by Bose with nine speakers sounds amazing. Rear seat entertainment package is optional. The standard features include:

  • A nine-speaker audio system
  • Five USB ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Interior Features

Some of the key highlights of the Yukon's interiors are:

  • 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support
  • 8-way power-adjustable passenger seat with power lumbar support
  • Heated and ventilated leather-wrapped seats
  • Illuminated door sill plates
  • Reflective window shades
  • Power Release 60/40 Split-Folding Second Row Bench
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Three-zone automatic climate control system
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors

2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV Exterior

"GMC's variant of this boxy SUV has its own touches, and further varies its own theme between the standard and Denali models. The Yukon Denali is even more upscale, featuring a prominent honeycomb grille and lots of glitzy chrome. With GMC's big SUV come big wheels, ranging in size from the standard 18 inches up to optional 22s". -Kelly Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

The Yukon XL is the longest and the heaviest in its class because of the added length over the normal Yukon. The height however is the lowest and the width is at the middle, wider than the Armada but narrower than the Expedition Max.

Model

GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLE

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD

Nissan Armada SV 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Curb weight (lbs.)

5846

5815

5822

5808

Length(in)

224.4

221.9

208.9

224.4

Width(in)

80.5

83.6

79.9

80.5

Height(in)

74.4

76.2

75.8

74.4

Ground clearance (in)

7.9

9.7

9.1

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

130

131.6

121.1

130

Track width (in) F/R

68.8/68.7

64.9/64.7

67.5/67.9

68.7/68.7

Exterior Features

Some exterior highlights that set the 2019 Yukon XL apart from the crowd are:

  • 22-inch, 6-spoke chrome alloy wheels
  • Polished exhaust tip
  • Power retractable assist side steps
  • Power sunroof
  • Black Roof Rack cross rails
  • Molded splash guards
  • Chrome-finished recovery hooks

2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV Safety

The Yukon Xl for 2019 has not been tested by the IIHS and the NHTSA has rated the vehicle with four stars overall. The one star it lacks is because of the rollover test which is calculated and not physically tested. All the vehicles in this segment are treated this way by the NHTSA and are rated three stars.

On the reliability front GMC covers the Yukon Xl with 3-year/36,000-mile warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Safety Features

The Yukon XL just like the Yukon is jam-packed with safety features and the innovative design for the placement of airbags so that the driver and the passenger does not collide with each other during a crash or collision is impressive.

  • Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor help provide head protection for outboard occupants for all three rows
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for driver)
  • Front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Traction Control
  • High-strength side-door guard beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV Competition

2019 GMC Yukon XL vs. Chevrolet Suburban

Both the SUVs are identical, the Yukon XL has a slightly better interior and the exterior is more subtle and conservative than the more modern exterior of the suburban. The suburban's starting price is also lower by a mere $1,600.

2019 GMC Yukon vs. Ford Expedition Max

The Ford offers more than the Yukon like better fuel economy and class leading towing capacity.

However, the Yukon XL is cheaper at base trim, the Ford Expedition max starts at $56,110. The other main difference is the engine the Yukon XL is offered with two choices V-8 engines while the Expedition max only comes with the EcoBoost V-6.

2019 GMC Yukon XL vs. Nissan Armada

Yukon XL boasts more features than the Armada; the infotainment system on the XL is far better than what Nissan offers in the Armada, it has Apple CarPlay or Android Auto with Wi-Fi hotspot as standard. The XL's cabin is plush and quieter and above all the fuel economy that the XL offers is also better when compared with the Armada.

2019 GMC Yukon XL SUV Final Verdict

The only strong competitor of the 2019 GMC Yukon XL is the 2019 Ford Expedition Max but the Yukon XL is cheaper and boasts features which should be sufficient for most of the people who are interested in buying a large SUV like this. The interior is one of the nicest in the class, the cargo capacity and fuel economy are its strongest features. Also the fuel economy is not sacrificed even when you opt for the bigger 6.2L V-8 engine. The Denali Trim is loaded to the brim and is definitely one of the best if not the best in class. Overall, while keeping all the factors in mind the 2019 GMC Yukon XL definitely scores ahead from the competition.