GMC Adds Parent's Secret Weapon to 2015 Yukon

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Most of us grew up with parents joking about having eyes in the back of their heads, and many of us in turn have used this "threat" on our own kids. Several car manufacturers help make this superhero power real with conversation mirrors — a separate flip-down mirror specifically designed for a quick sneak peek on backseat shenanigans. The GMC Yukon is the latest vehicle to add one to its standard features list, thanks to the brand's heavily mom-centric design team.

Related: Mom Must-Have: Conversation Mirror

On this superpowered GMC mom team is Kay Jarboe, product manager for the 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL. "As a mom, when it came time to design the next-generation Yukon and Yukon XL, I wanted to give our customers a better way of keeping tabs on their kids without forcing them to turn around and take their eyes off the road," she said in a statement.

By Kristin Varela | February 25, 2015 | Comments (13)

Trucks' Tether Anchors Are Often Tricky to Find, Use

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Tether anchors, a critical part of a car's Latch system, often go unused by parents and caregivers. In sedans, where the tether anchors are easy to find on the rear shelf behind the head restraints, they're used only 52 percent of the time, according to one study. In pickup trucks, where the anchors are difficult to locate, that number drops significantly.

Related: Five Things Families Should Look for in Pickup Trucks

In a 2014 study of tether anchor use and misuse conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it found that parent volunteers with car-seat-installation experience had the most problems correctly using the loop-style tether anchors found in some pickup trucks. These volunteers installed the tether strap correctly only 11 percent of the time in the trucks. In other cars, volunteers used the tether anchor correctly 57 percent of the time.

While many may not consider a pickup truck a family vehicle, the full-size versions make easy work of hauling three kids in car seats. To help truck-owning parents, caregivers and prospective parents, we've combed through owner's manuals and crawled through pickup trucks to show the different styles of tether anchors and how to correctly use them.

By Jennifer Newman | February 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

Versatile 2015 GMC Canyon Appeals to Families

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When I think of my family's transportation options in Los Angeles, pickup trucks are not the first to come to mind. Sure, full-size trucks can be fine family haulers, but they seem too big for L.A.'s tight streets, and I'm too keen on creature comforts and technology to ever consider a smaller truck.

Related: 2015 GMC Canyon Video

That's until I test-drove the 2015 GMC Canyon midsize pickup at a media event in Los Angeles. This truck really schooled me. It offers all the luxuries and upgrades I'm usually looking for in a crossover, but still provides all of a pickup's utility without any sacrifices. Its manageable size and all the bells and whistles could really appeal to many families — including my own.

The redesigned Canyon joins its sibling, the Chevrolet Colorado, in revitalizing the midsize pickup truck segment. Both trucks are offered in extended- and crew-cab models, and both have a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder or an optional 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. Buyers can choose between rear- and four-wheel drive, too.

By Carrie Kim | February 2, 2015 | Comments (2)

2015 GMC Yukon XL Real-World Cargo Space

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The redesigned 2015 GMC Yukon comes in two varieties: large (Yukon) and super-sized (Yukon XL). The Yukon's cargo space didn't wow us: Despite its large exterior footprint, it only has 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row. "Cargo space behind the third row is surprisingly small," wrote Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela in her review of the "large" Yukon. The 2015 Yukon as well as the Yukon XL's cargo space measures smaller than the previous generation.

Related: Research the 2015 GMC Yukon XL

Stepping up to the super-sized Yukon XL provides much more room with more than 20 inches of additional length from a 14-inch longer wheelbase. The plus-sized XL doubles the cargo space behind the third row to 38.9 cubic feet of space. Overall room for the 2015 Yukon XL with the second and third rows folded increases from the Yukon's 94.7 cubic feet to the XL's 121.1 cubic feet.

See how well common cargo items fit in the Yukon XL's cargo space, below.

By Joe Bruzek | January 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

GM Issues Stop Sale on Three 2015 Three-Row Crossovers

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A pending tire recall has prompted GM to issue a stop-sale mandate to dealers for three model-year 2015 SUVs. Approximately 6,000 versions of the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclaves are affected. The vehicles use Goodyear tires that could crack.

Related: More Safety News

According to the Detroit News, the tire recall will include about 48,500 Fortera HL tires that were made from Nov. 30, 2014, through Jan. 10, 2015. Click here for the full story from the Detroit News.

Cars.com photo by Kelsey Mays

By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 GMC Yukon XL: Car Seat Check

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When families shop for a three-row SUV, many parents worry that they'll have to sacrifice cargo-hauling ability for a usable third row. Not so with the 2015 GMC Yukon XL. Both the Yukon XL and the somewhat smaller Yukon were redesigned for 2015 and feature a new exterior look with a more comfortable interior. The Yukon XL measures 224.3 inches long, making it 20.4 inches longer than the Yukon. That extra length translates to a roomier third row: The Yukon XL has 34.5 inches of legroom while the Yukon has 24.8 inches. Our test car had optional captain's chairs in the second row and could seat seven passengers total. The Yukon XL can haul up to nine people when equipped with bench seats in all three rows.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | January 20, 2015 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 83,572 GM Trucks, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: About 84,000 GM trucks from the 2011-12 model year, including certain Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche pickup trucks and Tahoe and Suburban SUVs; GMC Sierra pickup trucks and Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs; and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs and Escalade EXT pickup trucks. Certain 2007-14 models from that group with previous repairs may also need this recall because of defective replacement parts.

The Problem: If the cabin is warm, a faulty ignition lock actuator could cause the key to stick in the Start position when you turn the car on. (That's past the Off, Accessory and Run positions.) If you drive with the key stuck in Start and the cabin temperature falls or you hit a bump, the key could release from the Start position and rotate all the way past Run into the Accessory position. That would turn off the car, disabling important systems like power steering and airbags.

The Fix: The actuator is too large, spokesman Alan Adler told us, and a warm cabin may cause the piece to expand even more. GM dealers (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC) will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing if needed, according to The Detroit News. Adler told us GM expects fewer than 500 cars to need the repairs.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Kelsey Mays | January 2, 2015 | Comments (5)

GM to Replace Ignition Keys on Certain New SUVs, Pickup Trucks

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GM will replace the ignition keys in its redesigned full-size SUVs and pickup trucks with a smaller key. The company issued a safety bulletin on Nov. 6 because the automatic transmission's column shifter can inadvertently move the key out of the "run" position if it bumps into it during shifting. Affected models include the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickups, the related 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, the 2014 and 2015 GMC Sierra pickups, and the related 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs.

Related: GM: 58 Percent of U.S. Cars in Ignition Recall Are Fixed

It sounds like another ignition-related problem for an automaker that's seen more than half of the 26.8 million cars recalled in the U.S. during 2014 stem from such issues, but this is much less serious. For starters, it's not a recall. The condition occurs only if you adjust the steering column to its highest point, apply the brakes and move the column shifter between gears — presumably while the car is stopped — so GM maintains it isn't a safety problem. For any owners who experience the issue, dealers will replace the key with a smaller design that doesn't bump the shifter.

By Kelsey Mays | December 4, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 273,000 2006-2009 GM Sedans, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 273,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse sedans, and SUVs including 2006-07 Chevrolet TrailBlazers, 2006 TrailBlazer EXTs, 2006-07 GMC Envoys, 2006 Envoy XLs, 2006-07 Buick Rainiers, 2006-08 Saab 9-7Xes and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascenders

The Problem: If the headlamp driver module is not operating correctly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate, increasing the risk of a crash. GM says it has not been able to confirm whether the problem has resulted in any accidents. The condition does not affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals or fog lamps, the automaker said.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 GM Sedans, SUVs, Pickup Trucks, Vans

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Vehicles Affected:
Nearly 100,000 model-year 2013-14 GM vehicles, including Cadillac CTS sedans, Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs; Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, Express vans, Impala sedans, Silverado heavy-duty pickup trucks and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs, Acadia crossovers, Savana vans and Sierra HD pickups

The Problem: The chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short, which could cause the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, GMC at 800-462-8782 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

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