2012 GMC Yukon XL 2500 Review
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If you’re ready for a big, sturdy SUV, the 2012 GMC Yukon XL 2500 may be the perfect answer. These days, SUVs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from the more compact crossovers to full-size behemoths, and if you’re just driving the kids back and forth from soccer practice, you don’t necessarily need that much SUV. If you do want an SUV that’s truly worthy of the name, that’s versatile enough to do the smaller jobs but do all the big jobs too, take a look at the 2012 GMC Yukon XL 2500.
The Yukon XL SUV is a big, reliable vehicle. It’s got as much space as you’re likely to need, unless you’re transporting an army. With seating for up to nine and an enormous cargo area, you’re not going to fill this SUV up very fast, and with massive towing capacity, the 2012 GMC Yukon XL is ready for any task you have prepared for it.
Of course, the Yukon XL SUV makes a fine family vehicle when called upon as well. It offers a smooth ride and has an attractive, comfortable interior, so if you want to tow your motorboat out to the country for the weekend, then come back and haul a ton of lumber to your jobsite, you’ve got the vehicle for it right here. The 2012 GMC Yukon XL 2500 comes in either the SLE or SLT trim.
New For 2012
The GMC Yukon is not a vehicle known for frequently updating its design. This is an SUV that was designed from the beginning to do exactly what it needs to do. That being said, you will find some exciting new options, including:
- An upgraded navigation system
- An all-new rear entertainment system
The 2012 GMC Yukon XL 2500 has a big, long, somewhat boxy shape that fits in well with its character as a heavy-duty, full-size SUV. The exterior of the Yukon XL features a roof rack, privacy glass, a manual flip-up liftgate window and rear liftgate doors, skid plates, and step running boards. There’s a trailer hitch with trailer wiring, and you’ll find 17-inch alloy wheels underneath. Exterior options include a power sunroof and heated power camper mirrors. Exterior body colors include Crystal Red Tintcoat, Quicksilver Metallic, Onyx Black, and Summit White.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the GMC Yukon XL 2500 is, quite frankly, enormous, with standard seating for eight, with an option for nine. You’ll enjoy an ample 41.3 inches of front leg room and 40.3 inches of front head room. Seating configurations include either bucket front seats or a 40/20/40 split-bench front, followed by two Captains’ chairs or a 60/40 split bench, and a third-row seat designed for three passengers. There’s a ton of room for cargo as well, 45.8 cubic feet with seats in place expandable to up to 137.4 cubic feet with the second row folded down and the third-row seats removed. A maximum payload of 2181 pounds on the SLE and 2450 pounds on the SLT means you can really pack up the Yukon if you need to.
You’ll also find an impressive array of interior features, the likes of which you’re more likely to expect to find in a luxury sedan. These include keyless entry, six-way power front seats with adjustable lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, a trip computer, and eight-speaker sound for satellite radio, a CD player, and the ability to play iPods and USB connected devices. Bluetooth connectivity is also provided. The upgraded SLT also offers power bucket front seats, tri-zone climate control, nine-speaker Bose sound, and rear park assist, along with full leather upholstery. Yukon XL 2500 owners with hyperactive young family members will appreciate the option for an upscale rear-seat entertainment system with two screens for DVD viewing. OnStar navigation and roadside assistance is also available with the 2012 GMC Yukon XL 2500.
The Yukon XL received five stars in government crash tests for frontal and side protection, the highest possible rating. Brakes are not as responsive as you might like, stopping from 60 mph in about 145 feet. A blind spot alert system is an option on the Yukon XL. One of the most useful safety features available with the 2012 GMC Yukon XL 2500 is the OnStar service. OnStar can provide rapid emergency roadside assistance and crash response, as well as stolen vehicle tracking.
Other safety features on the 2500 include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, and plenty of airbags, including front, rear, and third-row head airbags and dual front side-mounted airbags. Child safety locks and seat anchors as well as an engine immobilizer and alarm system are also standard with the Yukon XL.
What’s nice about the 2012 GMC Yukon XL 2500 is that with its powerful engine, you’ll still always feel in control and not weighed down, even when carrying or towing big loads, especially if you opt for the all-wheel drive. You won’t exactly enjoy superior handling, but you’ll get a comfortable, quiet ride with satisfying speed and acceleration. That power comes from a 6.0-liter, V-8 engine linked to a six-speed automatic transmission, which delivers 352 horsepower and 382 lb-ft of torque. You probably won’t be too surprised to learn that fuel economy is somewhat weak, on the GMC Yukon XL 2500, allowing only about 10/16 mpg city/highway, 10/15 mpg city/highway on the all-wheel drive models, but you’ll appreciate the mighty towing capacity of up to 9600 pounds on this all-purpose machine.
Key Competitors For The 2012 GMC XL-2500
- Cadillac Escalade
- Toyota Sequoia
- Ford Expedition
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2012 Yukon XL 2500 SLT Sport Utility Vehicle Overview
Engine: 6.0L Vortec V 8 OHV with variable valve timing and two valves per cylinder
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 10 MPG city, 16 MPG highway, 12 MPG combined and 468 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
39.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 352 hp @ 5,400 rpm; 382 ft lb of torque @ 4,200 rpm