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2016 GMC Yukon

2016 GMC Yukon
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  • GMC Yukon
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    355 @ 5600
  • MPG(Cty):
    16
  • MPG(Hwy):
    23
  • Torque @ RPM:
    383 @ 4100
  • Displacement:
    5.3 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    48935
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The current-generation 2015 GMC Yukon has only been on the market one year, yet GMC is already giving it a few updates. For 2016, the Yukon lineup now offers a more comprehensive Driver Alert Package, two new 22-inch wheel designs to choose from, a hands-free liftgate for SLT models, two new exterior colors, and a capless fuel-filler neck.

Though minor, the changes help the Yukon stay a head of its highly competitive rivals, including the newly refreshed 2015 Lincoln Navigator. For the most part, however, the Yukon lineup – which includes the Yukon, Yukon XL, and the Denali-spec trims on each – carries over from 2015 unchanged. That’s not a bad thing, however, as the Yukon’s recent reworking brought a slew of very welcomed (and needed) updates to GMC’s full size SUV.

Those changes include fold-flat second and third row seats that no longer need to be removed to achieve a flat load floor; upgraded powertrains that include GM’s latest EcoTec3 technologies; a more upscale interior design with better finishings; and a bolder, more sharpened exterior look that replaced the outgoing 2007 through 2014 Yukon’s JELL-O-mold-like styling.

The newest generation of Yukon, along with its GM corporate twin, the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, and Cadillac Escalade, will likely carry on for several more years without a major refresh. That won’t stop General Motors from giving them some minor updates along the way, however, as evidenced by these updates still so close to the vehicle’s launch.

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6 American SUVs That Still Feature Body-on-Frame Construction

6 American SUVs That Still Feature Body-on-Frame Construction

Six American heavy hitters in an overcrowded segment

There once was a time when body-on-frame SUVs were common sights. But with the advent of unibody car-based bodies, we don’t see too many of the old body-on-frame SUVs anymore. There are still some SUVs in the market whose bodies and frames are two separate entities, so it’s not like you’re absent of any choices if this is the kind of SUV you want. The Cadillac Escalade, Jeep Wrangler, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Chevrolet Suburban are still considered body-on-frame SUVs, making them extremely useful in the outdoors. So what exactly do these six SUVs have to offer? Read on and find out.

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2018 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition

2018 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition

Aesthetic and performance upgrades await future owners of the special edition SUV

Hot on the heels of unveiling the new GMC Sierra Elevation, General Motors’ resident SUV and pickup brand is giving the same love to the full-size Yukon SUV. A pair of special edition models — they’re called the Graphite and Graphite Performance Editions, respectively — are set to be offered later this year, packing across-the-board cosmetic and performance upgrades meant to give the SUV a more imposing presence in its segment.

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GMC Yukon Denali Gets More Premium Features with Ultimate Black Edition Pack

GMC Yukon Denali Gets More Premium Features with Ultimate Black Edition Pack

Available in any color as long as it’s black

Introduced in 2014, the fourth-generation GMC Yukon Denali received favorable reviews so far, being praised for its spacious cabin, luxury features, and cutting-edge technology. The new Denali model also took a big bite into Cadillac sales, which speaks volumes about how close modern GMC’s are to Caddys in terms of premium features. But you can never have too much exclusivity, so GMC just rolled out a new limited-edition version of the Yukon Denali. Dubbed Ultimate Black Edition, it can be had with a black exterior only and with a few add-ons that enhance its premium looks.

More specifically, Onyx Black is the only exterior color available. Yup, it’s the old Ford Model T routine with any color as long as it’s black. The custom 22-inch wheels are also finished in black but also have chrome inserts. More chrome can be seen on the mirror caps and the polished exhaust pipe. Needless to say, the chrome features are a nice contrast to the glossy black paint. Inside the cabin, the only extra features are the premium, carpeted floor mats.

The Ultima Black Edition also includes the Open Road Package as standard. The bundle adds a nine-month trial of Sirius XM and NavTraffic, power sunroof, and rear-seat entertainment. It also includes the Power-Retractable Assist Steps, the Enhanced Security Package including door and liftgate lock shields, glass breakage sensors, interior motion detectors, and self-powered horn and vertical movement sensors. Finally, the limited-edition comes with Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.

The 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivers the same 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque as in the regular model and mates to the 10-speed automatic that GMC introduced for the 2018 model year.

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2018 GMC Yukon Denali Gets a New Grille and Two Extra Cogs

2018 GMC Yukon Denali Gets a New Grille and Two Extra Cogs

GM’s 10-speed auto arrives in range-topping Yukon models

The popular GMC Yukon and Yukon XL Denali are getting a few welcomed updates for 2018. General Motors’ new Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission makes its first appearance in a GM SUV, first appearing in the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Denoting the model-year changes are a new Denali “cheese grater” chrome grille and a new, real-wood interior trim called Mastique Ash. As before, the Denali comes standard with GM’s powerful 6.2-liter V-8 derived from the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 small-block V-8.

The remainder of the Yukon Denali remains unchanged. That’s not completely terrible, as the Yukon still feels fresh, having debuted for the 2015 model year. The new transmission features a wider, 7.39 overall gear ratio that offers a shorter first gear of 4.70:1 and taller 10th gear of 0.64:1. Combined, the result is better acceleration off the line and improved fuel economy at highway speeds over the outgoing eight-speed automatic’s 4.56 and 0.65 respective ratios. Helping the 420-horsepower V-8 keep cool are larger openings in the new Denali grille. As before, active grille shutters ahead of the radiator close when extra cooling airflow isn’t needed in order to improve aerodynamics for fuel efficiency.

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If You're Going to Steal Wheels, You Better Use Jack Stands

If You’re Going to Steal Wheels, You Better Use Jack Stands

Let’s just say that this thief didn’t get away with any free wheels

There was once a time when new cars didn’t come with great looking wheels. The norm was black steel wheels with ugly hubcaps or premium wheels that were maybe 16 or 17 inches in size. Nowadays, however, manufacturers have taken note of the general public’s love for larger and flashier wheels, and that’s why so many new models come with 18- to 20-inch wheels in various designs that are polished aluminum or chrome. In retrospect, the auto industry took the same kind of note when it comes to stock audio systems, but that’s another story for another time. Today, I’m here to talk about a car thief who lost his life trying to steal a set of wheels from a brand new GMC Yukon at a dealership in Canton Ohio.

This attempted theft is one of many wheel thefts that have occurred recently, with the most prominent theft being 45 sets of wheels from a dealership in a San Antonio Suburb last November. As for this attempted robbery, the thief was attempting to lift the vehicle with what I assume to be a cheap scissor jack or a jack that wasn’t suitable for lifting a heavy Yukon when the vehicle fell off of the jack and somehow impacted his head – likely causing instant death.

The craziest part about this specific accident is that it was unnoticed for a period of time. According to various sources, the dealership opened as usual that morning, and conducted business as usual until a car that was blocking the gruesome view was moved, exposing those in charge to the aftermath of a wheel theft gone horribly wrong. The Canton Repository has identified the man as 43-year-old Richard E. Ritch and the dealership as Ron Marhofer Buick GMC.

Despite the weird turn of events that Saturday morning, the dealership continued business as usual that day. Eventually, the Yukon was inspected and found to be free of damage. Research indicates that once the matter is closed by local law enforcement, the dealer will be able to sell the vehicle as it usual would without having to disclose its “deadly” history.

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GM Announces Recall on 2007-2011 Full-size Trucks & SUVs

GM Announces Recall on 2007-2011 Full-size Trucks & SUVs

Chevy, GMC, and Cadillac affected; GM says vehicles “safe to drive today.”

General Motors has announced more vehicles associated with the Takata airbag scandal, this time involving full-size trucks and SUVs from the 2007 to 2011 model years. GM says the affected vehicles are “safe to drive today,” but should be repaired as soon as owners are notified replacement parts are available.

The recall includes the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Avalanche, Tahoe and Suburban from the 2007 through 2011 model year. Their GMC counterparts are included as well, making the 2007 through 2011 Sierra 1500, Yukon, and Yukon XL under recall. The same is true for the 2007 through 2011 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade EXT, and Escalade ESV.

Likewise, Chevy and GMC HD trucks are under recall. Specifically, the Silverado 2500 and 3500, along with the Sierra 2500 and 3500 truck from 2007 and 2008 are included.

The issue stems from the passenger-side front airbag’s propellant, the chemical agent that inflates the airbag upon a collision. Over time, heat and humidity can degrade the propellant inside the airbag inflator, causing the inflator to rupture if the airbag deploys. These affected airbags reportedly came with propellant but no drying agent designed to stabilize the explosive agent.

GM says it has no reports of inflators rupturing in these vehicles as of May 2016, covering an estimated 44,000 airbag deployments.

As with any safety recall, the repairs will be done for free by local dealerships. Owners of these vehicles can expect to be contacted by GM, but can proactively search for any active recall notifications on their vehicles’ VIN on GM’s website, www.gmtakataairbag.com.

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2016 GMC Yukon SLT Premium Edition

2016 GMC Yukon SLT Premium Edition

More bling for the mid-range SLT trim

GMC is no stranger to building premium, full-size SUVs. The Denali trim found on the Yukon and Yukon XL accounts for a large percentage of Yukon sales, making it an immensely popular option for well-off families, premium limousine services, and high-end corporate shuttles. Well, GMC is introducing a new premium option package for the Yukon. It’s called the Premium Edition and it’s only available on the mid-range SLT trim level.

The special option package adds things like premium wheels, a new front grille design, and of course, more chrome. The package only dresses up the exterior, leaving the interior with the same standard equipment and options found on the SLT trim. That’s doesn’t mean anyone will mistake this Yukon for a bare-bones model by any means.

“The new Yukon SLT Premium Edition adds distinction and personalized style to the already well-appointed Yukon SLT model,” said Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager, GMC Trucks & Full-size SUVs. “For discerning customers seeking uncompromising capability and unparalleled refinement in a full-size SUV, Yukon SLT Premium Edition delivers with the latest in technologies, amenities and a unique and premium style.”

The Yukon SLT Premium Edition comes standard with the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission does the shifting, while power is routed to either the rear wheels, or all four wheels when 4WD is optioned. And as any proper SUV should, the Yukon can tow a maximum of 8,500 pounds, while the Yukon XL’s tow rating drops only by 200 pounds.

GMC says the Premium Edition trim will become available at dealerships this summer.

Continue reading to learn more about the GMC Yukon SLT Premium Edition.

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2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali – Driven

2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali – Driven

Corvette power, Suburban size, & Cadillac posh for $10k less than the Escalade

The Yukon XL name has only been around for a relatively short time, having been introduced in 2000, but the long-wheelbase GMC is tied to one of the longest running nameplates in automotive history – the Suburban. Introduced in 1935, the Chevrolet Suburban has generated generations of fans and loyal customers. Now in the modern era, the Suburban has moved from a workaholic carryall to an upper-class status symbol. The GMC Yukon XL takes this to the next level with a more luxurious appearance and nicer interior trimmings. Then there’s the Denali trim.

The Denali lineup within the GMC brand has exploded in popularity with the rebounding economy. These leather-lined, chrome-clad versions of GMC’s vehicles offer Cadillac-like luxury with less shocking price tags. And that’s exactly how to describe the 2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali. It’s a Cadillac Escalade without the distinctive grille, higher price tag, and social clout that comes with owning a ‘Slade.

Nevertheless, the Yukon XL Denali provides all the right equipment and luxury for those seeking Cadillac comfort without the rock star vibe that follows the Escalade. Recently, I spent a week getting to know the Yukon XL Denali – all 18.6 feet of it. Make no mistake, it’s big; but it’s also powerful thanks to a 6.2-liter V-8 borrowed from the Corvette. Yep, this bad boy rocks the LT1 small block. Curious yet? You should be. Keep on reading to see what life is like with the Yukon XL Denali.

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Lexus GX460 VS. GMC Yukon Denali

Lexus GX460 VS. GMC Yukon Denali

Traditional body-on-frame SUVs are becoming something of a rare breed these days with unibody crossovers picking up the sales slack. Folks seem to be more worried about fuel economy than towing numbers or off-road abilities. Still, the market for the old-school, ladder-frame SUV exists and models are still moving off dealer lots.

Two of the more luxurious examples are the Lexus GX460 and the GMC Yukon Denali. Both of these beasts come packing some serious hardware, including V-8 engines, standard/available 4WD and trailer hitch, roof racks, tall ground clearance, and enough attitude to make a snotty high school girl seem angelic.

But how do these two compare when pitted against each other? Both go for the luxury segment, both are slathered in chrome, both offer three rows of seating, and both cost over $60,000. That’s what we’ll find out.

To preface this comparison, both the GMC and Lexus have spent a week in my driveway and were driven on the same roads, in the same conditions, and even photographed in the same place – all within a two-month window. So let’s get to it.

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Lexus GX460 VS. GMC Yukon Denali

Lexus GX460 VS. GMC Yukon Denali

Traditional body-on-frame SUVs are becoming something of a rare breed these days with unibody crossovers picking up the sales slack. Folks seem to be more worried about fuel economy than towing numbers or off-road abilities. Still, the market for the old-school, ladder-frame SUV exists and models are still moving off dealer lots.

Two of the more luxurious examples are the Lexus GX460 and the GMC Yukon Denali. Both of these beasts come packing some serious hardware, including V-8 engines, standard/available 4WD and trailer hitch, roof racks, tall ground clearance, and enough attitude to make a snotty high school girl seem angelic.

But how do these two compare when pitted against each other? Both go for the luxury segment, both are slathered in chrome, both offer three rows of seating, and both cost over $60,000. That’s what we’ll find out.

To preface this comparison, both the GMC and Lexus have spent a week in my driveway and were driven on the same roads, in the same conditions, and even photographed in the same place – all within a two-month window. So let’s get to it.

Continue reading for the full comparison

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2016 GMC Models Will Add Apple CarPlay

2016 GMC Models Will Add Apple CarPlay

GMC has announced that Apple CarPlay will be offered in the Canyon, Yukon, and Sierra starting in the 2016 model year. Android users also share the news, though on at a lesser extent, as Android Auto will make its way into some Sierra models at first, with the Canyon and Yukon coming later in the model year.

Apple CarPlay essentially mirrors select applications from a user’s iPhone onto the vehicle’s infotainment system. This allows operation of the phone from both the touch screen and voice controls for a more connected yet safer experience.

CarPlay allows users to make calls, send and receive messages, listen to iTunes and third party music apps like Pandora, and use the iPhone’s Maps application – all without touching their iPhone. The CarPlay interface takes after Apple’s iOS graphic user interface with a clean, crisp, colorful display that is easy to read at a glance.

The Canyon, Yukon, and Sierra models with the eight-inch IntelliLink infotainment screen will get full use of CarPlay. The seven-inch screen in base model Sierras will also have the full range of CarPlay abilities. To activate, the user simply pushes a “Projection” button on the infotainment screen when an iPhone is connected to the system. Connection must be made via the iPhone connector though a USB port, however; Bluetooth does not support the transfer of CarPlay data.

What’s more, users can take advantage of GMC’s built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, saving cellular network data from accruing.

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2016 GMC Yukon

2016 GMC Yukon

The current-generation 2015 GMC Yukon has only been on the market one year, yet GMC is already giving it a few updates. For 2016, the Yukon lineup now offers a more comprehensive Driver Alert Package, two new 22-inch wheel designs to choose from, a hands-free liftgate for SLT models, two new exterior colors, and a capless fuel-filler neck.

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2016 GMC Yukon

2016 GMC Yukon

The current-generation 2015 GMC Yukon has only been on the market one year, yet GMC is already giving it a few updates. For 2016, the Yukon lineup now offers a more comprehensive Driver Alert Package, two new 22-inch wheel designs to choose from, a hands-free liftgate for SLT models, two new exterior colors, and a capless fuel-filler neck.

Though minor, the changes help the Yukon stay a head of its highly competitive rivals, including the newly refreshed 2015 Lincoln Navigator. For the most part, however, the Yukon lineup – which includes the Yukon, Yukon XL, and the Denali-spec trims on each – carries over from 2015 unchanged. That’s not a bad thing, however, as the Yukon’s recent reworking brought a slew of very welcomed (and needed) updates to GMC’s full size SUV.

Those changes include fold-flat second and third row seats that no longer need to be removed to achieve a flat load floor; upgraded powertrains that include GM’s latest EcoTec3 technologies; a more upscale interior design with better finishings; and a bolder, more sharpened exterior look that replaced the outgoing 2007 through 2014 Yukon’s JELL-O-mold-like styling.

The newest generation of Yukon, along with its GM corporate twin, the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, and Cadillac Escalade, will likely carry on for several more years without a major refresh. That won’t stop General Motors from giving them some minor updates along the way, however, as evidenced by these updates still so close to the vehicle’s launch.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 GMC Yukon.

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GMC Denali By Hennessey Goes From 0 To 60 mph In 4.5 Seconds: Video

GMC Denali By Hennessey Goes From 0 To 60 mph In 4.5 Seconds: Video

Leave it to John Hennessey to throw a supercharger and a tune on every V-8-powered GM vehicle. Take this 2015 GMC Yukon Denali. It’s 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 is fitted with Hennessey’s HPE650 Supercharger kit that brings the engine’s output rating to — like the name suggests — 650 horsepower.

The blower is a 2.9-liter unit that is cooled by a high-flow intercooler system, while a set of high-flow cylinder heads help the engine breath. A new camshaft makes adjusts the valves’ operation, adding not only more horses but also a respectable rumble. Lastly Hennessey flashes the Yukon’s ECU with a custom tune. Best of all, the whole deal comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.

The 650 horsepower and 658 pound-feet of torque is a marked improvement from the engine’s stock 420 horses and 460 pound-feet. That helps the heavy, six-passenger SUV to hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. That’s as fast as a 2015 Mustang GT. The Denali continues rocketing down the strip, finishing the quarter mile in 13.1 seconds at 110 mph. Again, that’s darn close to the Mustang’s 13.0-second, 113-mph run.

Want this sort of power in your new $63,000 mall crawler? Sure you do. All it takes is money. Expect to play close to $20,000 for the HPE650 package.

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Top-5 7-Seat SUVs Under $50,000

Top-5 7-Seat SUVs Under $50,000

SUVs and crossovers became increasingly popular beginning in the 1990s. Few automakers have yet to join this profitable segment, while most manufacturers that offer such vehicles are elbows deep into providing the sportiness and chutzpah more and more customers are demanding nowadays, while struggling to keep up with the stringent fuel-consumption and CO2-emission regulations. Granted, SUVs are now more than just plain, slow vehicles designed to haul people or tackle the roughest off-road trails.

Need a sports car that rides higher than usual and can carry four people comfortably? Porsche is ready to take your check and deliver a Cayenne. If legroom is what interests you most, but you also need more than 500 ponies and an off-road capable rig, then you’re better off with the Range Rover LWB. You’d rather trade British elegance and German sportiness for some American bling? No problem, you’re the reason why Cadillac is building the Escalade. There’s no doubt these are all great machines, but they all come with at least one drawback, they’re awfully expensive.

That’s not to say there aren’t any affordable SUVs that can offer seating for seven people out there. There’s a handful of seven-seaters you can buy for less than $50,000 that still offer plenty of posh features. We put together a list comprising the cheapest luxury seven-seater SUVs you can buy for the 2015 model year. Check it out below and let us know which one would you pick as a daily driver.

Click past the jump to find out more about the Top 5 Luxury 7-Seater SUVs priced under $50,000.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 020 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 020 LIVE

It is Thursday, and you know what that means; time to hang out with your three favorite petrol-heads!

Today Mark, Justin and I spend a lot of time talking about a lot of cars. Me and Mark talk about how awesome the Toyota Avalon can be, Justin and I then argue about the Kia K900 and equipment in cars, and wrap up with Mark talking about the very big and expensive GMC Yukon Denali.

When we move on, I talk about my week with the Miata. Spoiler: I think its freaking amazing and everyone should buy one. I also take some time to talk about how awesome other Miata owners seem to be.

When we finally get around to the news we take time to discuss the future collaboration of BMW and Toyota, the upcoming family of Cadillacs with V badges, and we even talk about a diesel-powered Audi R8.

Viewer questions include the most beautiful car we have ever seen and advice on selling your own car. We finish with an Own, Drive, Burn segment that features three of the most expensive cars ever sold.

Thanks for watching and listening. You can reach us in the comments below, or find us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast. If you prefer, you can reach us by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com

See everyone next week!

If you want to talk to me, Justin or Mark directly you can find us on Twitter here:
Moe - @Moeferd
Justin - @TheCarJunkie
Mark - @MarkMcNabb

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2015 GMC Yukon Denali - Driven

2015 GMC Yukon Denali - Driven

TheGMC Yukon traces its roots back to 1992 when GMC took the Jimmy nameplate from its full-size SUVs and gave it to its midsize, Chevy Blazer counterpart. Since then, the GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe twins have been topping sales charts year after year. In 1999, GMC launched the Denali trim line as an answer to the Lincoln Navigator. Over the years, the Yukon Denali has continued with good success as a stepping-stone between the regular Yukon and the all-out luxury Cadillac Escalade.

I got to spend a week behind the wheel of the all-new 2015 GMC Yukon Denali, and boy is it a sweet ride. Chrome accents, 22-inch chrome wheels, metallic white paint, and HID and LED lighting make this Yukon a standout. With the Denali trim comes a bevy of standard upgrades, including the powerful 6.2-liter, EcoTec3 V-8, Magnetic Ride Control, and power-everything inside the leather-lined cabin.

Though it’s on the pricy side, the Yukon proved to be a capable rig with room for seven and plenty of posh to go around. Head past the jump for the video review, photo gallery, and full review.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali.

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2015 GMC Yukon XL

2015 GMC Yukon XL

The GMC Yukon and its jumbo sibling, the Yukon XL, have been the grey sheep of the General Motors full-size SUV line for quite a few years now.

Without the badge cache of the Cadillac Escalade or the flagship status of the Suburban for Chevy’s SUV line, the Yukon is a bit of an odd man out in among the GM full-size SUV nameplates that are redesigned for 2015.

At least, that used to be the case. The new Yukon is looking like a smart and savvy decision for many more buyers than ever before. This is not just a Secret Service convoy machine any more, and it brings subtle but elegant styling that even makes the Denali chrome grille look really out-of-touch versus current preferences toward more-subtle matte finishes.

While the new Denali, Escalade and even the Tahoe wear so much chrome up front that it might cause blindness in direct sunlight, the latest Yukon has a very mature, simple and timeless grille execution up front.

While still ringed in chrome, the dark inner grille detailing and the whole presentation just seems much more refined than the grinning Suburban and Tahoe.

But what about the Escalade’s big V-8 that is not shared with the Suburban at all, or the Denali’s high-tech LED headlight accents?

The best of the GM SUV buffet goes into the new Yukon and Yukon XL, which are expected to continue their mid-tier value pricing when the pair arrive in showrooms around February 2014.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2015 GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL, with all the details on the best shared Cadillac technology and features available on this lovable family truck.

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Top-Ten Best Off-Road SUVs

Top-Ten Best Off-Road SUVs

Off-roading can be just as challenging, scary and life-changing as a high-speed track session with a supercar.

With supercars, the chances of a costly mistake are present but manageable. The tracks are typically perfect, the guard rails are there to keep you out of the trees in the case of a spin out, and generally, backing off the throttle is enough to recover control before anything goes *crunch*.

Off-roading, however, brings a real chance that poor driving or the wrong car will result in serious damage to both that driver’s confidence and the car’s rolling ability.

While most racetracks are filled with other cars to help you get home after putting yours into a wall, the situation out on desolate off-road trails is much more grim is something really breaks. Being stranded becomes a real possibility, with bad results almost a sure thing.

After popping three tires and cracking an alloy rim of the 18-inch wheels and 35-section tires of my (poor, abused) Subaru Legacy GT wagon in Oak Ridge, Tennessee a few years ago, I had to limp down the mountain on two hideously-bent donut spare steel wheels. Tires sheared off long before, so it was a clunky and scary ride to a place that a tow truck could find me.

It was this moment I finally realized something: as with everything challenging, to go off-roading the right way, you need the right tools.

Those tools have adjustable suspensions, huge wheel travel, and tires so knobby that a 65 mph cruise on the highway sounds like a Monster Truck.

Great A/C, comfy seats and mechanical reliability are also key parameters for this list.

Click past the jump for the full Top-Ten Best Off-Road SUVs, featuring everything from Bowler Land Rovers to the Nissan Xterra.

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2015 GMC Yukon Denali

2015 GMC Yukon Denali

Full-size news this week in the world of truck-based SUVs: the new Tahoe, Suburban and GMC Yukons have all gone public with a bold revamp ahead of an on-sale date in early February. Remember this moment, because such drastic changes to these lovable family haulers only happen about once a decade.

Such a long model cycle makes sense once you live a few weeks in the life of one of these luxury trucks. For most of the Tahoe’s and Sub’s out there, the key mantra really is Like a Rock. Just get the basics so right that buyers will forgive the shiny and nasty leathers, previous purple-power colored plastic interiors, and a thirst for fuel like a Nascar fan slamming morning beers in the infield.

The Yukon Denali and its siblings will soldier forward over almost any obstacle, tow any ski boat, and - usually - become part of the family identity itself after years of reliable service.

In a segment they once owned all to themselves, there are now far more premium entries to choose from than ever before. Bringing these buyers back into the fold is part of the GMC Yukon Denali’s mission: match or best the Mercedes-Benz GL and Range Rover not just on all-weather ability, but also on technology, performance and style.

Even a quick glimpse at the Yukon Denali’s glamour shots will give you a good idea of the refinements on the table for this generation of GM full-size models. The Yukon Denali gets the pick of all the best new tech, like third-gen magnetic shocks, blue-ray players and more USB ports than an Apple store.

Click past the jump for a detailed look at the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali, with info on its new EcoTec3 direct-injection V-8 engines that increase power and mileage significantly.

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2012 GMC Yukon and Sierra Heritage Editions

2012 GMC Yukon and Sierra Heritage Editions

The "GMC Truck" marque first appeared on vehicles exhibited at the 1912 New York International Auto Show. Now, 100 years later, GMC will bring the Yukon and Sierra Heritage Editions to celebrate the company’s centenary. The new Heritage Editions will be offered on the Sierra 1500 Crew Cab, Yukon, and Yukon XL models in SLT trim, priced at $2,645 for Sierra and $1,970 for Yukon and Yukon XL package.

The new models will be distinguished by commemorative exterior badges on the doors, a chrome package for Sierra, a new set of 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, and different equipment for the interiors. Three colors will be available – a new, exclusive Heritage Blue ($195), White Diamond ($995), or Onyx Black (no additional cost). Interior colors for the Yukon are Ebony and Light Tan.

"The GMC brand always looks forward, but this day provides an opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the proud GMC name," said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of GMC Marketing. "Sierra and Yukon are two of our longest-running and most-respected nameplates, so it makes sense to use them to represent our heritage."

Hit the jump for a full list of equipment.

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2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid

2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid

Second GMC model to make its world debut at the New York Auto Show is the Yukon Denali Hybrid. The new model join the Yukon Hybrid introduced in 2008 and will go on sale in May at a price starting from $59,185 (2WD) and $62,030 (4WD).

The Yukon Denali Hybrid is powered by GM’s 6.0 liter Vortec V-8 engine with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management, late intake valve closing and variable valve timing technologies. The engine delivers 332 hp and a peak torque of 367 lb.-ft. It has a fuel economy of 21 mpg in city driving.

The V8 engine is combined with two lightweight electric motors packaged in the transmission; an electronic brake emulator that provides blended regenerative braking; electric power steering and an electric air conditioning compressor.

Press release after the jump.

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GMC Yukon Hybrid to be featured in Super Bowl

GMC Yukon Hybrid to be featured in Super Bowl

General Motors has announced that the GMC Yukon Hybrid will be presented in a 60-second commercial during the second quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl telecast.

The commercial uses images from Sisyphus, a 1976 Oscar-nominated short film by Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics. In the animated commercial, a person is shown pushing a ball up a hill. The narrator asks: "Why push? Why change? Why grow? Why dream?"

GMC calls the Yukon Hybrid the first full-sized hybrid SUV. Leo Burnett Worldwide, GMC’s new ad agency, created the spot.

Super Bowl XLII airs on Fox on Sunday, Feb. 3. The network is charging advertisers about $2.7 million for 30 seconds of airtime.

Cadillac will air a 30-second commercial during the pre-game show and two spots during the post-game show, Cadillac spokesman Kevin Smith said today. The commercials are for the Escalade SUV and CTS sedan, he said. The Modernista ad agency created those spots.

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