The words "SUV" and "elegant" don't often share the same sentence, but GMC's full-size SUVs take on an upscale, sophisticated look for 2015. A redesign of the Yukon, Yukon Denali (pictured above) and Yukon XL brings more aerodynamic styling outside, a higher-quality cabin and new powertrains.
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Competes with: Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada
Looks like: A more aerodynamic and elegant take on the current model
Drivetrain: Standard Ecotec3 5.3-liter V-8; six-speed automatic transmission; optional 6.2-liter V-8, Denali only
Hits dealerships: Early 2014
Need a full-size SUV, but find the Chevrolet Suburban to be a bit too common? Like the luxury of a Cadillac Escalade, but don't want the attention? Refuse to set foot in a Ford, Nissan or Toyota product? Then GMC would like to show you the new Yukon and longer Yukon XL, redesigned for the 2015 model year after a long stretch without much in the way of updates. The last Yukon update happened in 2007, and GM believes that there are many current Yukon owners who have been waiting for this model to arrive before heading down to their dealers to upgrade.
GMC has thoroughly reworked the Yukon and Yukon XL, the only real difference between the two being the length and the resultant interior volume. Changes discussed here generally apply to both the Yukon and Yukon XL models. Changes start with all-new sheet metal and a distinctive front end that incorporates the new GMC C-shaped LEDs into the headlights.
GM is voluntarily recalling just 10 model-year 2014 full-size SUVs due to a problem with the brakes that could affect stopping distances, according to the automaker.
The affected vehicles include four Chevrolet Suburbans and three Tahoes, as well as two GMC Yukons and one Yukon XL. The vehicles' rear brake caliper bolts may not be fully tightened, which could produce noise while driving and take longer to stop the vehicle. GM said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.
The automaker began notifying owners Aug. 2, and dealers will correct the problem for free. Dealers will inspect the torque on both rear brake caliper bracket bolts; if the bolt is not properly tightened, two new bolts will be installed, GM stated. Chevrolet owners can call 866-694-6546, and GMC owners can call 866-996-9463. For more info, owners can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.Related
For the first time in a decade, the Cadillac Escalade does not rank as thieves' favorite target, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute's analysis. The dubious distinction now belongs to the Ford F-250 — specifically four-wheel-drive, crew-cab versions of the pickup truck — which is six times more likely to get stolen than the average vehicle. Large pickups and SUVs continued to be targeted at higher rates than other vehicles.
In the Escalade's fall from first to No. 6, the HLDI cited waning popularity and improved antitheft technology, including a steering-column lock and an alarm that sounds when the vehicle's incline changes, along with a standard ignition immobilizer. But it's not all good news for the Escalade. Although its theft rate dipped by 50% from figures reported three years ago, four-wheel-drive versions of the luxury SUV still were stolen 4.5 times more than the average vehicle. The average insurance loss payment was $6,508 compared with nearly $12,000 previously.
GM is recalling 54,686 model-year 2013 versions of several trucks and SUVs due to a faulty park lock cable, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were built from Nov. 7 through Dec. 18, 2012, and include the 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL. Check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.
In these vehicles, a fractured park lock cable or malformed steering-column components could allow drivers to shift from Park with the ignition key removed or the key in the Off position. This could cause the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of injury or accident.
GM will notify owners starting Jan. 17, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners with questions can call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, Cadillac at 866-982-2339 or GMC at 866-996-9463. NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline (888-327-4236) can also provide more info.
I recently test-drove a luxurious, comfortable car that got decent gas mileage and came standard with a roomy third row. However, there was a problem: My son had to vault over the second row to get to his car seat in the third row. Because I had my girls' child-safety seats installed in the second-row outboard positions, this car's slick one-touch flip-and-fold feature was rendered useless.
For better or worse, my son's vault training didn't start with this car. Many cars on the market require athletic skills to access the third row once you have car seats installed in the second row. This is definitely something to consider if you — like me — have more than a couple of children in car seats and need a three-row vehicle.
A minivan is an obvious solution, but there are other options. One of the best ways to avoid this third-row-access debacle is to opt for captain's chairs in the second row, creating a little pathway to the third row. Several savvy automakers offer this option. While this may knock your second-row seating capacity down a notch, it also increases your possibility of getting children and even adults into the third row without resorting to vaulting.
Consider the Dodge Durango (photo above): It's long been popular for families, but it lacked practicality for those of us with three or more children because of the crossover's bench-only second row. For the 2013 model year, the Durango will offer second-row captain's chairs for the first time.
Before the Chevrolet Volt and GM's new eAssist models, the carmaker's hybrid offerings were mainly composed of a small number of dual-mode hybrid SUVs and trucks. Now there's some uncertainty as to whether those hybrids will be around when the next-generation models arrive, according to GM Inside News and PickupTrucks.com.
It's speculated that the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid, GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid, GMC Yukon Hybrid and GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid may get cut when the new models come in the 2013 and 2014 model years, according to GM Inside News, an enthusiast site. The forum says the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid may get renewed, however.
There’s no reason why anyone should cross-shop the Scion iQ microcar and massive extended-wheelbase GMC Yukon XL, but coincidence brought these polar opposites into Cars.com’s test fleet at the same time. The amount of space inside the Yukon is impressive to the point where we wondered if the third row could be roomier and more comfortable than the iQ’s front seats. Wonder no more, we got out the measuring tape.
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The difference in size is staggering. From bumper to bumper, the entire iQ can fit between the Yukon XL’s wheelbase. Subtract the iQ’s curb weight (2,127 pounds) from the Yukon XL’s (5,824 pounds) and there’s almost 3,700 pounds left over to craft a midsize sedan.
The Yukon XL’s third row has a tough task to conquer the iQ’s front seats because, despite a small exterior, the Scion’s surprisingly large interior has plenty of room for front occupants.
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