A huge, old-fashioned, truck-based SUV, the Yukon XL is the quintessential family truckster for large families who live beyond the suburbs. What sets it apart from other SUVs is that it provides three rows of seats -- for carrying up to seven, eight, or even nine people -- yet retains generous cargo space, along with a hefty towing capacity.
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GMC Yukon XL Road Test

A huge, old-fashioned, truck-based SUV, the Yukon XL is the quintessential family truckster for large families who live beyond the suburbs. What sets it apart from other SUVs is that it provides three rows of seats -- for carrying up to seven, eight, or even nine people -- yet retains generous cargo space, along with a hefty towing capacity. Add a luxurious and quiet interior and the added traction of four-wheel drive and you get a uniquely capable vehicle.

The Yukon XL is one of the last of the SUVs with real truck capabilities in a world where nearly every other SUV has adopted carlike unit-body structures. Despite major updates for 2015, the Yukon XL still delivers a relatively truck-like driving experience. But it has fuel economy compared to better handling car-based SUVs. None of those "crossovers" can match the Yukon XL's combination of talents.

The interior is beautifully finished and has all the latest technology of the time. The Yukon XL, and its shorter GMC Yukon sibling, also have chiseled looks and get slightly better fuel economy than before.

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We think the absolute best choice is not a Yukon XL at all, but rather the Chevrolet Suburban in its top LTZ trim; that model includes the important Magnetic Ride Control suspension and the more efficient 5.3-liter engine, which is a combination unavailable from GMC.If you want a Yukon XL, the Dena...
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