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2019 GMC Yukon XL Denali: When You Just Have to Haul it All

By: CANDICE MERRILL
Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 10:49 PM

2019gmcyukon475Are you one of those parents that get all the hauling duties? Sports equipment, kids, bikes, or all of the above will fit easily into the 2019 GMC Yukon XL Denali. This full-sized SUV can seat nine and still have room for cargo. This can be a double-edged sword. The Yukon XL is pretty big and parking and maneuvering it in tight spaces can be challenging, but if you need the room and hauling capacity it’s worth the sacrifice. Look at it as an exercise program because you’ll want to park in the back of the lots and walk.

Available in three trims: SLE, SLT and Denali, this review will focus on the top of the line Denali trim which adds to the generous number of standard equipment in the lower models, a two-speed transfer case, xenon headlights, a trailer brake controller, power-folding second-row bucket seats, a navigation system, a wireless smartphone charging pad and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system. It also boasts Magnetic Ride Control adaptive dampers, a head-up display, a customizable gauge cluster, active noise cancellation system, and upgraded cabin air filtration.

There’s an optional package available, the Denali Ultimate package which adds 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, power side steps, adaptive cruise control, a rear seat entertainment system with DVD player, and an extended satellite radio and traffic information subscription. This was included on my review vehicle.

2019gmcyukonintThere’s a big 6.2-liter V8 under the hood producing 420 horses and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Expect to get 14/city, 20/highway, and 16/combined mpg.

On the inside of the Yukon XL Denali its all comfort and quality. Roomy is the operative word when it comes to front and second-row seating. The third row suffers a bit from its high floor which makes the legroom a bit cramped, but that’s the worst thing you can say about the roominess.

The Yukon is built for hauling cargo with 39.3 cubic feet with all of the seats deployed. Drop the second and third rows and there’s a massive 121.7 cubic feet of space. The Yukon will also tow up to 8,300 pounds.

The engine is plenty powerful with a good burst of speed from a dead-stop. Its steering is good but don’t expect it to zip around tight corners, but on long hauls it feels steady. The cabin is very quiet even with that bad-boy V8 rumbling under the hood.

If you are the designated mover then consider giving the 2019 GMC Yukon XL Denali a test drive.

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