The Yukon has been one of the best selling suburbans since its release in 1992 because of a blend of affordable pricing and top-tier features typically seen in its more luxurious GM brothers. The large luxury SUV provides space, convenience and comfort with a power output made to bring you all the common uses of a large truck. The Yukon lets you bring the kids to school while towing the boat, four-wheeler or any other toy for a wide range of uses. For a week we had the chance to enjoy the 2015 GMC Yukon XL and see exactly why the vehicle has done so well for so many years.
Outside, the GMC is bold. It boasts a powerful workers image coupled with a touch of luxury. The profile of the vehicle actually resembles the shape of the higher-end Escalade, with a flat rear end, high stance and chrome trim. The vehicle stands on 18” Bright Machined Aluminum Wheels and brandishes a large chrome grill and Halogen Projector Headlamps. The options available for the exterior of this vehicle are seemingly endless.
Inside the suburban there was ample room and large, unimaginably comfortable leather seats. The power seats in the front were both heated and cooled. Passengers in the back are provided with their own climate control separate from the front, and those sitting in the middle row also have heated seats. The Bose Premium Audio System is controlled by the Intellilink with 8” Diagonal Touch Screen. The driver is also given a Multi-Color Enhanced Instrument Center Display to keep their eyes looking forward while operating the radio and other vehicle features.
Riding in the Yukon was a pleasure. The ride height was adjustable and the 5.3-Liter V8 ECOTEC3 engine provided plenty of power where needed. The V8 created 355 hp through a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. While you wouldn’t expect much launch from a two-ton machine, it was capable of 0-60 mph in just 7.5 seconds – not a bad figure for something so large.
The Yukon has truly been redesigned to meet the standards of the customer with a need for luxury and a diverse range of uses. The vehicle is more cost effective than its GM brothers and brings you similar amenities to its luxury class competitors. The vehicle we drove had a price tag of just $65,460.00, a bargain for its class. duPont REGISTRY recommends this vehicle to those who enjoy a spacious, functional interior or to the customer who needs a vehicle that can fit the whole family while towing toys. Get to your local GMC dealer and see one for yourself.
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