2017 GMC Yukon And Yukon XL: Fair Share Of Strengths And Weaknesses

May 06, 2017 04:30 AM EDT | Paul Urban

The 2017 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL have its fair share of weaknesses and strengths, just like any other SUVs in the market. As humongous and tough-looking as it is, it also has its sensitive side. However, this SUV is still considered one of the best around.

There were few changes and updates on the 2017 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. The mid-level SLT trim relatively got more features for having HDMI connector, extra USB port, digital headphones and the ability to use a personal device as a projector for rear-seat entertainment.

The Yukon XL is even more favored by industry experts and car enthusiasts. Its long wheelbase enables for an improved cabin space, giving adequate space for its passengers and their luggage.

The top-of-the-line Denali also offers heated and cooled front seats and power-folding second and third-row seats. It also has its safety features beefed up for including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision, and lane-keeping assist.

The 2017 GMC Yukon's 6.2-liter V-8 mated to an eight-speed automatic performs exceptionally well. It is definitely better than its previous six-speed transmission. The standard 5.3-liter V-8 is of course, slower especially in the larger 2017 Yukon XL. This is where its weaknesses come in.

The standard engine could've been larger to fully accommodate the demands required from a gargantuan vehicle. Anyway, cruising along the highway overpowers such weakness as it is reported to drive comfortably when stable at its speed.

While the 2017 GMC Yukon's third-row seat folds flat, it also takes up a lot of space. It is also known to be expensive, especially with options. For those who intend to use the Yukon for hauling, then it is absolutely perfect as it can definitely do the job.

However, if the 2017 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are to be used for every day, city driving SUV, it is best to go for a smaller crossover which has better fuel consumption. However, it still depends on the buyers. Both large SUVs serve its purpose, depending on what buyers want to have it used for.

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