2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV

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2017 MODEL
$51,230 - $71,665 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Size does matter, the GMC Yukon XL speaks to people who wants a truck disguised as SUV. It's humongous proportions and tons of interior space will please big families and shopping frenzy people. You will prefer it much on weekend getaways where you can easily fit some surfboards, coolers and 7 to 8 people in the car. It is pretty visible that a lot of sheet metal has been used to create this giant.

Based on a truck chassis, it cannot compete in maneuverability and comfort to the other rivals in this segment. You will experience a lot of body roll while taking sharp turns and suspension is a letdown. People will ask you if you have taken a job in FBI. The V8 powerplant is very thirsty and thirstier with the Denali segment. Its ability to haul will impress you but day to day usability is compromised. Equipped with tri zone cooling and rear seat entertainment, you will enjoy a commanding drive on straight highways.

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Pros

Interior space

Hauling capabilities

9 seats available

Infotainment system

All wheel drive

Cons

Less maneuverable

Third row is cramped

Slouchy steering

High Price

What's New?

You get an automatic brake system for low speed with forward collision system

Cooled seats are now replaced with ventilated seat

It also gets a teenage drive system

Rear seat entertainment is much better than the previous Yukon

It gets ornamented with a new chrome grille.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$51230

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

325 cu. in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/13 in. ventilated disc brakes

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

cargo volume

39.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

8300 lbs.

payload capacity

1660 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

15.1 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

713 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Summit White color  2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Sparkling Silver Metallic color  2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Quicksilver Metallic color  2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Onyx Black color  2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Iridium Metallic color  2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic color  2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Crimson Red Tintcoat color
Summit White

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Ratings

Features

9.5

Engine

8.1

Fuel Economy

6.3

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.3

Safety

7.4

Comfort

7.9

Driving

8.6

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV SLE

SLE

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
18 combined

$51,230 - $54,230


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $51,230 MSRP (16/19/23) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $54,230 MSRP (15/18/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV SLT

SLT

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
18 combined

$60,015 - $63,015


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $60,015 MSRP (16/19/23) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $63,015 MSRP (15/18/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV Denali

Denali

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

$68,665 - $71,665


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $68,665 MSRP (15/17/22) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7 NA
Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $71,665 MSRP (14/16/20) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 7 NA

Top GMC Cars

2017 GMC Yukon
7.4/10

Engine: 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L V8

MPG: 19 combined

2017 GMC Acadia Limited SUV
7.4/10

Engine: 281 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L V6

MPG: 18 combined

2017 GMC Terrain
7.2/10

Engine: 182 hp @ 6700 rpm, 2.4 L I4

MPG: 25 combined

2019 GMC Yukon
8.0/10

Engine: 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L V-8

MPG: 18 combined

2019 GMC Acadia
7.8/10

Engine: 193 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L I-4

MPG: 23 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 3, 2019

8.0

Overall Rating


9.5/10
Features

 

8.1/10
Engine

 

6.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.3/10
Exterior

 

7.4/10
Safety

 
 
 

It competes with Chevrolet Suburban LS, Toyota Sequoia SR5 and Ford Expedition XLT in which GMC is the priciest. All of them boast acres of interior space and towing prowess. So how do the typically designed GMC perform?

2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV Features

9.5/10

Available in three trims SLE, SLT and Denali (named after a peak) being the priciest among all.It gets extended wheelbase from standard Yukon. Denali trim is luxurious among all but not worth for the price. SLT version is equipped with heated and cooled front seats and safety systems such as forward collision warning and lane assist.V8 provides enough punch to maintain pace on highways. It gets all wheel drive as an option. Also, you get 20-inch alloy wheels with the top trim.

Trim

SLE

SLT

Denali

MSRP

$51,230

$60,015

$68,665

MSRP

(4WD)

$54,230

$63,015

$71,665

Key

Features

  • SEATS Front buckets with Premium Cloth. Includes 10-way power driver seat, 6-way power cushion, 2-way power lumbar control and power recline. Front-passenger seat is 6-way power
  • INSTRUMENTATION Includes speedometer, odometer/trip odometer, fuel level, voltmeter, engine temperature, oil pressure and tachometer. Driver Information Center includes 4.2" diagonal multicolor display on SLE and SLT.
  • 8" diagonal Customizable Driver Display
  • Tilt-adjustable steering column with brake/transmission shift interlock
  • Front heated and ventilated perforated leather-appointed seating. Includes full-feature reclining buckets with 12-way power driver and front-passenger seat adjuster, including 6-way power cushion, 2-way power recline and 4-way power lumbar for driver and front passenger. Includes driver memory feature (no memory on lumbar)
  • INSTRUMENTATION Includes speedometer, odometer/trip odometer, fuel level, voltmeter, engine temperature, oil pressure and tachometer. Driver Information Center includes 4.2" diagonal multicolor display on SLE and SLT.
  • 8" diagonal Customizable Driver Display
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front heated and ventilated perforated leather-appointed seating. Includes full-feature reclining buckets with 12-way power driver and front-passenger seat adjuster, including 6-way power cushion, 2-way power recline and 4-way power lumbar for driver and front passenger. Includes driver memory feature (no memory on lumbar)
  • INSTRUMENTATION Includes speedometer, odometer/trip odometer, fuel level, voltmeter, engine temperature, oil pressure and tachometer. Driver Information Center includes 4.2" diagonal multicolor display on SLE and SLT.
  • 8" diagonal Customizable Driver Display
  • Heated steering wheel

2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV Engine

8.1/10

"The 2017 GMC Yukon XL's standard 5.3-liter V8 has the potential to deliver potent power, but the lack of throttle response leaves it feeling weaker than it really is."-Edmunds

GMC and Chevy are mechanically identical with a different name so they post the same figures while the Toyota and Ford are second quicker from the rest because of their significant difference in horsepower. Emission levels in Toyota show poor fuel economy.

Models

GMC Yukon XL SLE

Chevrolet suburban LS

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Ford Expedition XLT

MSRP

$51,230

$49,915

$45,560

$47,125

Engine

5.3L EcoTec3 V8

5.3L V8 EcoTec3

5.7L i-Force V8 DOHC

3.5L EcoBoost V6

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

365 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque

383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

401 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

420 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

It drives well for a vehicle of this size. Steering input is not so good but the chassis is agile. You will enjoy long drives on highways as the car is very stable. Wind noise is effectively muffled. Magnetic Ride Control provides much sharper steering which is standard in Denali. Suspension works well on rough patches and the ride is smooth and comfortable. Throttle response is not immediate.

Models

GMC Yukon XL SLE

Chevrolet suburban LS

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Ford Expedition XLT

0-60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.3 sec

6.7 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter mile

15.5 sec

15.6 sec

15.4 sec

15.0 sec

Engine

5.3L

5.3L

5.7L

3.5L

Emission

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

9.8

9.2

11.8

9.8

Excursions with family to far off places on freeways is bonus comes added with Yukon. Different driver assist systems put you in a commanding position and you do feel like a secret service agent. Huge size cripples its ability to drive.

Model

GMC Yukon XL SLE

Chevrolet suburban LS

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Ford Expedition XLT

Brake Front (in.)

13.0

13.0

13.9

13.5

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

13.6

13.6

13.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5610

5587

5730

5562

60-0 MPH (ft.)

134

131

130

N/A

It comes equipped with a 13-inch ventilated disc in front and 13.6 inches in the rear. Both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive comes to halt from 60 miles an hour in 134 feet which is more than average because of huge curb weight.

Towing Capacity

Yukon can haul up to 8300 lbs. With great stability at higher speeds. It is for those people who want to carry a more than passengers. Ford has the highest tow rating and Toyota a bit lower than GMC.

Model

GMC Yukon XL SLE

Chevrolet suburban LS

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Ford Expedition XLT

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

8300

8300

7400

9200

2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV Fuel Economy

6.3/10

When it comes to a vehicle of this size Fuel economy is an afterthought but it still manages to return descent numbers with some smart moves. It returns 16 mpg in city and 23 mpg on highways with a combined mileage of 19 mpg which is pretty healthy. You can also shut down your 4 cylinders which will help to save fuel in town where much power is not required.

Model

GMC Yukon XL SLE

Chevrolet Suburban LS

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Ford Expedition XLT

MPG (city)

16

16

13

15

MPG (highway)

23

23

17

21

MPG (combined)

19

19

15

18

Chevrolet delivering the same MPG as cousin brother but Toyota stands last in the competition with 15 MPG combined. Expedition coming at second place.

2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV Interior

7.5/10

"Not surprisingly, there's plenty of space up front, but taller drivers might want to avoid the base SLE model because it lacks a telescoping steering wheel."-Edmunds

Seating & Comfort

Everyone who own a Yukon will say that it is a "Living room on Wheels ".

Model

GMC Yukon XL SLE

Chevrolet Suburban LS

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Ford Expedition XLT

Passenger capacity

8

8

8

8

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

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.8/64.8/45.3

34.8/66.4/42.5

39.6/63.2/41.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/65.1/39.7

39.1/65.1/39.7

34.9/65.6/40.9

39.8/63.7/39.1

Middle and third row can be electronically adjusted to make more cargo space. There is plenty of legroom for front and middle passengers while third row is weirdly cramped. The SLE model is available with a front bench seat which allows you to carry 9 passengers. Huge pillars create blind spots. Leather used is up to the mark with contrast stitching and aluminum trims.There is a button beside AC knobs which pulls up touchscreen into a secret storing space to put valuables.

Cargo Capacity

GMC has thought well in putting bits and pieces together and there is a touch of craftmanship and usability. It provides 39 cubic feet of space with all rows upwards and 76 cubic feet after 3rd row adjustment. Toyota and Ford have less cargo space as compared to the twins.

Model

GMC Yukon XL SLE

Chevrolet suburban LS

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Ford Expedition XLT

Cargo Volume to 3rd seat (ft.3)

39.3

39.3

18.9

18.6

Cargo Volume to 2nd seat (ft.3)

76.7

76.7

66.6

55.0

Cargo Volume to 1st seat (ft.3)

121.1

121.7

120.1

108.3

2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV Exterior

8.3/10

"As pleasing to the eye as any huge cuboid can be, the Yukon is a commanding presence on the open road. Maneuvering in close quarters, however, is a burden."-CarandDriver

Dimension & Weight

How do you make an entrance and arrive in style? This SUV compels people to pull the red carpet for you. Every contour is bold and purposeful. New multidimensional grille and you get chrome accents all over the body. Signature GMC headlights will appeal many eyes. Stance is bold and sleek.Length is 224 inches and width is 80 inches while the ground clearance is lower than the rivals. Its size sometimes feels uncomfortable for tight spots and parking lots. Toyota is the tallest and heaviest of all. Running boards aids entry into the vehicle. It looks similar to its Chevy cousin from sides.

Model

GMC Yukon XL SLE

Chevrolet suburban LS

Toyota Sequoia SR5

Ford Expedition XLT

Curb weight (lbs.)

5610

5587

5730

5562

Length(in)

224.4

224.4

205.1

206.5

Width(in)

80.5

80.5

79.9

78.8

Height(in)

74.4

74.4

77.0

77.2

Ground clearance (in)

7.9

7.9

9.9

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

130.0

130.0

122.0

119.0

Track width (in) F/R

N/A

68.7/68.7

67.9/69.1

67.0/67.2

Toyota and Ford are shorter in length than rivals and also have a shorter wheelbase. Expedition has the lowest curb weight.

  • Stylish wheel selection
  • Rain sense front viper & hidden rear viper
  • Automatic tailgate
  • Keyless entry
  • GMC signature headlights
  • Sunroof

2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV Safety

7.4/10

Safety Features

  • Air bags dual-stage frontal with passenger sensing system
  • Forward collision alert and lane keep assist on SLE, included and only available with enhanced driver alert package
  • Tire pressure monitoring system does not monitor spare tire
  • Vehicle theft-deterrent system electrical unauthorized entry
  • Front-seat-mounted side-impact driver and front-passenger air bags for thorax and pelvis protection
  • Front and rear head curtain side-impact air bags for all outboard seating positions with rollover sensor

2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV Competition

 Chevrolet Suburban LS vs GMC Yukon XL

 The oldest nameplate for a car which was started in 1930. It is very similar to its other sibling in GMC family. Even the powerplant is same. Sports utility capabilities accompanied by luxurious interior. It lacks adventure capabilities as given by trucks. Body on frame construction is rigid. It scored overall five stars in government crash test.

 Toyota Sequoia SR5 vs GMC Yukon XL

Sequoia feels outdated as compared to rivals but is a very capable and stout SUV. It borrows its chassis and engine from Tundra range of trucks. It lacks many modern safety and infotainment features. It may burn a hole in your pocket with fuel bills. 10 years has passed without a significant redesign. Engine is very reliable. The quality of the material used in the interior is high. A sense of simplicity is there

Ford Expedition XLT vs GMC Yukon XL

 A very rugged vehicle with crossover like capabilities. The turbocharged engine is surprisingly nimble and suits with chassis. Very capable vehicle at a reasonable price. It can haul a heavy load with ease. It scored 5 stars in government crash test rating. 10 speed automatic helps to maintain fuel efficiency. It can also seat up to 8 passengers.

2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV Final Verdict

Yukon provides all the capabilities and size which comes in General Motors family. It is a passenger car, hauler and a truck. XL strikes a balance between Chevrolet value and Cadillacs luxury. Interior is suave with high hauling capabilities.

GMC and Chevy are mechanically identical and differs in price. Toyota being very capable misses out on modern features and the interior feels dated. Ford with a frugal engine will gives driving pleasure.