The GMC Yukon continues to be a popular contender in the crowded SUV market. This capable SUV offers seating for seven, great performance, and plenty of features to make it a compelling choice for all sorts of families across southern New Hampshire. If you’re near Concord and in search of a reliable SUV, stop on by and give our Yukon models a test drive. Or keep on reading to learn more about what these vehicles can offer.
The Yukon XL Denali features a powerful V-8 6.2-liter engine made with the same engineering that powers the Corvette. Newer models, like the 2018, feature a slick 10-speed automatic transmission that capably handles the engine’s 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This gives you a surprisingly brisk ride in your nearly 6,000-pound control center. Better yet, it’s capable of towing 7,900 pounds.
Of course, you’ll have to pay a bit at the pump for all that accelerative potential and hauling capacity. If you’re concerned about fuel efficiency, give our subcompact suvs a look or give us a call with your specific needs so we can help you find the right vehicle.
GM assembles these American titans in its Arlington, Texas, truck plant utilizing engines and transmissions built in the U.S. (Of the foreign parts used in the vehicle, 44 percent are sourced from across the border in Mexico.) This gives you an American made quality vehicle at an affordable price.
Choosing the top-of-the-line Denali trim level for your Yukon XL brings the big V-8 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission drivetrain. You’ll be ready to travel cross country as you benefit from 22-inch wheels and tires, xenon headlights, adaptive suspension shocks, a trailer brake controller, head’s-up data display for the driver, active noise cancellation in the cabin, second-row captain’s seats, a navigation system, and a 10-speaker surround-sound system.
Can you believe there’s more? Yukon Denali suvs with the Ultimate Package, also get additional driver-assist and safety items including adaptive cruise control and advanced and forward automatic braking, a power sunroof, enhanced security package, a rear-seat entertainment package, and illuminated running boards for night time excursions.
The spacious cabin is impressively quiet in town and on the highway. The comfortable leather-wrapped front-row and second-row bucket seats and spacious views give your passengers a relaxing ride regardless of where you’re headed. You also get a third-row bench seat that is best suited for smaller passengers or as easy to reach cargo space.
An array of hard plastics frame the seating, and while they don’t stand out too much from the competition they look nice next to the long list of technology, safety, comfort, and convenience features that compensate for the fairly standard interior trim.
The XL Denali rolls down the highway like a full-size luxury sedan, giving you a smooth ride from Keene to Concord. It’s also surprisingly agile despite its fairly massive size, at least on the open road. That tight handling comes in handy In urban settings, where parking spaces and u-turns would seem daunting to a less equipped SUV.
If you need generous interior room for passengers and their cargo, along with plenty of towing capacity, the handsome GMC Yukon XL Denali might just fill the bill, especially since there aren’t a lot of alternatives in this utility-focused segment.
The Yukon’s front end features headlights that sweep up and over the top of the front fenders, giving it a smoother look than the Tahoe’s. The Yukon’s bold, simple grille highlights the GMC logo. The Yukon also makes a more dramatic shift with the grille on the range-topping Denali model, which gains a chrome mesh-like design.
The NHTSA gave the 2018 Yukon a four-star overall score (out of a possible five stars). The IIHS hasn’t crash tested the 2018 Yukon but the 2017 model was given the Basic rating in front crash prevention for the availability of forward collision warning (Superior is the highest possible rating). Other available active safety features include automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Although it may be the base model trim, the 2018 GMC Yukon in the SLE trim is certainly not lacking in quality features. If you opt to buy the GMC Yukon SLE, you’ll enjoy the 8-inch GMC Infotainment system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and even comes paired with a Bose premium audio system.
Additionally, you’ll appreciate the rearview backup camera (especially since the GMC Yukon is no small SUV, coming in at just under 17 feet long), as well as the parking sensors and the tri-zone climate control. And you’ll be riding on 18-inch aluminium wheels, powered by a 5.3 liter V8 engine that churns out up to 355 horsepower, offering an EPA-estimated 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway in rear-wheel drive.
Standard features on the base Yukon SLE trim include a rearview camera, parking sensors, a Bose premium audio system, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, tri-zone climate control, and the rear-seat reminder system.
Options include power-operated split-folding second- and third-row seats, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, keyless entry/start, navigation, active noise cancellation, Magnetic Ride Control, 4G LTE connectivity, and a programmable power liftgate.
The SLT may be more expensive than the SLE but it packs a major punch that might just make the price tag worth it to you - especially if advanced safety technology is important to you. Opt for the 2018 GMC Yukon in the SLT trim and you’ll be driving an SUV with rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision alert and low speed forward automatic braking as standard features. Of course you’ll still enjoy the 8-inch infotainment system, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You’ll also still have the rearview backup camera guiding your way.
That’s not all though. The SLT also comes with a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated twelve-way power-adjustable front bucket seats. In fact, even your backseat passengers will have the pleasure of heated bucket seats - and if you opt for the available rear seat entertainment package, they’ll really be riding in comfort. Finally, you won’t have to worry about having your hands full when you go to open the 2018 GMC Yukon SLT’s trunk, thanks to the hands-free power programmable liftgate.
Is the 2018 GMC Yukon SLT the right trim for you? While the biggest selling point of the SLT trim is its advanced safety features, you certainly cannot discount the value of heated seats and the convenience of a hands-free liftgate. If you live in a cold climate where heated seats are priceless, than for a starting MSRP of $57,130, the 2018 GMC Yukon SLT may be just the right trim for you.
Maybe you have a taste for the finer things in life. Maybe you spend an awful lot of time in your car - so much so that you want to be as comfortable as possible. Maybe you just want to go for the top-of-the-line trim because why the heck not? No matter your reason, if you’re willing to spend more than $66,000 on an SUV, you’d be hardpressed to find one more well-equipped than the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali.
Building off of the SLT trim, drivers of the Denali will enjoy the eight-inch infotainment system with included navigation. They will also be covered by the full suite of advanced safety features and will be able to keep their eyes on the road longer, thanks to the head-up display screen. And when it comes to actually driving the Denali, the 6.2-liter V8 engine is sure to pack a punch with its 420 horses pounding under the hood - but it’s nothing the 20-inch aluminum wheels can’t handle. Plus, thanks to Magnetic Ride Control, the Denali offers a more refined ride than you’ll find on many other SUVs.
You also won’t have to worry about your phone charger getting in the way of your coffee cup holder, since the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali comes equipped with wireless charging capability. You can also enable the 4G LTE hotspot so that you can stay connected, no matter where the road takes you.
If you’re looking for the best trim that money can buy, you should look no further than the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali.
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