For buyers that just can't seem to get enough of full-size sport utility vehicles, the 2012 GMC Yukon XL Denali is an outstanding choice. This SUV is part of the stylish and premium Yukon line-up of GMC, and considered to be an improvement over the regular Yukon. The main difference between the regular Yukon and the XL Denali is exemplified in the construction and cargo space. The 2012 Yukon XL Denali effectively fuses cargo space and SUV capability.
|ReviewitOnline Ratings are based on a number of factors including reputation, appearance, model age, engine & other comparative aspects.|
The 2012 GMC Yukon XL Denali is powered by a 6.2-iter V-8 engine that delivers 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. Although other XL models are available as a 2WD or 4WD, this one comes an all-wheel drive standard. Although it can accelerate quickly and has more than enough passing power, fuel-economy is far from great at 12 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Properly equipped, this is a sport utility vehicle that can tow up to 9,600 pounds, which is more than what most people will ever need. The performance of the engine is complemented by the addition of the Active Fuel Management and the variable valve timing.
Despite its larger size, one of the first things you notice about the XL Denali is how easy it is to maneuver. This is not a vehicle that feels as though you are driving a tank, like one might expect. Parking is surprisingly simple as well. The suspension is fantastic, absorbing the bumps in the road to offer a smooth ride and the cabin remains silent, even at higher speeds. Another thing you will appreciate behind the wheel is how simple and straightforward the gauges and controls are laid out. The appearance may be a little too lacking for some, but it will be appreciated when you don't have to take your eyes off the road.
When tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2012 GMC Yukon XL Denali was given a perfect five out of five stars for frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, however it rated only three stars during rollover tests. Just a few of the safety features that come standard include child seat anchors, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, dusk sensing headlamps, stability and traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, turn signal mirrors, tire pressure monitoring and airbags in all three rows. The XL Denali comes standard with a blind-spot alert system, a feature that you have to pay for on other models.