This is one of the largest SUVs available. The GMC Yukon offers the ultimate in big boy toys and the 2011 model offers a surprising amount of fuel efficiency for such a large vehicle. The hybrid model can get up to 20 MPG on the highway and the Denali trim level offers the most luxurious interior package that is built for comfort. This big SUV comes in either 2WD or 4WD depending on which package you opt for and has a big towing ability of up to 9,600.
The new Yukon is shipping with the standard 6 speed automatic and you can choose from the 325 or 376 horsepower V-8. There are many extra options available on the Yukon like OnStar and many different amenities you can add as options. The XL model offers even more room on the interior and has a wider wheelbase too. The Denali trim package is the top of the line and offers all of the extra options and features available on the Yukon. The 2011 model brings 2 new color combinations to the Yukon Metallic Mocha Steel and a Black Metallic color.
Bodystyle: Full-size SUV
Engines: 5.3L V-8, 6.0L V-8, 6.2L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Yukon, Yukon XL 1500 and Yukon XL 2500, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL Denali, Yukon Hybrid, Yukon Denali Hybrid
The 2011 GMC Yukon full-size SUV is mostly a carryover from last year's model that features the base Yukon and the extended wheelbase XL. Opt for the Denali trim and you'll get more expressive sheetmetal and interior appointments, and you can grab the Hybrid if you want the extra mileage. For 2011 all Yukons get OnStar version 9.0 and two new colors, Mocha Steel Metallic and Carbon Black Metallic, are available.
The Yukon screams traditional SUV, with GMC's bold front end (Denali models get the chrome honeycomb grille and monochromatic trim) a commanding, high-riding profile, aggressive fender flares and a large greenhouse. Aluminum rims from 17 to 20 inches are available (22-inchers can also be had) and further augment the package.
Every Yukon has three rows standard and depending upon configuration you could conceivably seat up to nine passengers. The Yukon's power fold-and-tumble second row seats aid third row access. The Yukon also has a multitude of standard and optional comfort and entertainment amenities, which are ramped-up further if you opt for the Denali trim level.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Yukon comes standard with a 5.3-liter V-8, wikth both a 6.0-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s also available. All models are mated to a version of GM's solid Hydra-Matic six-speed transmission. The Yukon's fully-boxed frame setup employs a coil-over-shock front design and a rack-and-pinion steering setup. The five-link rear suspension can be augmented with GM's Autoride real-time damping system (standard on Denali), featuring electronically controlled shocks designed to automatically adjust to changing road conditions.
All Yukon models come with an array of safety technologies including a host of airbags that feature head curtains for all rows. The Yukon's front-seat belt pretensioners are linked to the vehicle's sensing system and are designed to reduce the effects of rear-end impacts. GM's StabiliTrak stability control system with traction control is standard, and four-wheel discs with ABS slow the Yukon down.
EPA Fuel Economy
Yukon, Yukon XL 1500 RWD/4WD: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway
- Highly configurable
- Available hybrid
- Upscale Denali trim
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- Big and heavy
- Balky third row
Big, brawny and capable
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