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Like its slightly smaller sibling, the massive Yukon XL gets an independent rear suspension that improves ride comfort, handling, and third-row room. The standard 5.3-liter V8 is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and that powertrain supplies plenty of predictable and smooth power.
The ride with the standard suspension is comfortable, but the Denali trim's electromagnetic suspension dampers provide a more composed ride. Handling is rather ponderous but safe. The enormous cabin is quiet, and the controls are easy to use except for the tricky gear selector. It's a big step up to get into the Yukon XL, and the tall hood hurts forward visibility. FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection are standard, but BSW is optional.
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2015-2020
2015 Redesign Year
The 2015 redesign brought a sumptuous and quiet interior, power folding second- and third-row seats, and available advanced safety features. Top-trim Denali versions offer a stronger V8 and plusher interior finishes.
The Yukon XL is exceptionally quiet, in fact, it's a lot like a good luxury car. Handling is sound and responsive enough, with no excessive body lean, but the feeling of bulk is ever present. Adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision and lane departure warning are available. Choosing the top Yukon XL Denali trim with its Magnetic Ride Control improves the ride significantly, pays dividends in handling, but gets very pricey. Instead, we'd opt for the Suburban LTZ over the Yukon XL. That model pairs the Magnetic Ride Control suspension with the more efficient 5.3-liter engine, which is a combination unavailable from GMC. Changes for 2016 include available lane-keeping assist.
$51,700 - $72,700
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$44,575 - $65,150
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$39,150 - $60,400
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$36,250 - $53,125
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$30,975 - $43,025
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$27,475 - $35,850
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2007-2014
2007 Redesign Year
The 2007 redesign brought more agility, better steering and brakes, and a more responsive six-speed automatic transmission. The interior was also significantly upgraded, but the third-row seats lack thigh support and don't fold into the floor.
$18,050 - $23,875
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$14,700 - $23,250
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$13,325 - $21,425
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$12,000 - $18,550
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$10,900 - $15,050
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$9,750 - $13,800
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$8,600 - $12,750
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$7,450 - $11,825
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2000-2006
The Yukon XL is a clone of the Chevy Suburban. It can seat up to nine people and haul massive cargo loads or tow a 10,000-pound trailer.
The Yukon XL handles commendably and its brakes work well. It also has a well-controlled ride. ESC arrived in 2003.
$6,125 - $9,800
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$5,300 - $7,925
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$4,650 - $7,400
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$4,025 - $6,325
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$3,200 - $5,250
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$2,900 - $4,700
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$2,900 - $4,575
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