The Yukon XL is a huge, old-fashioned, truck-based SUV, 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 still retains generous cargo space, along with a hefty towing capacity.
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GMC Yukon XL Road Test

The Yukon XL is a huge, old-fashioned, truck-based SUV, 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 still 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.

Based on the frame of the  previous generation full-sized GMC Sierra pickup, the Yukon XL -- and its Chevrolet Suburban twin -- is one of the last few 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 and fuel economy compared to better handling car-based SUVs. Then again, none of those "crossovers" can match the Yukon XL's combination of talents.

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

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We think the 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 Denali is c...
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