The GMC Yukon Denali XL is a more luxurious and feature-packed version of the Yukon XL full-size SUV. It is instantly identifiable by its signature chrome honeycomb grille and monochromatic exterior appointments.
Standard features include 20-inch wheels, power liftgate, power release second-row fold-and-tumble bucket seats, head curtain side air bags, power-adjustable pedals, electrochromic (auto-dimming) inside mirror, remote start system, rearview camera system and ultrasonic rear parking assist.
Unlike the lesser versions of the Yukon, the Denali XL comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 as standard, good for 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy comes in at 12 city, 19 highway for 2WD, and drops to 18 highway with 4WD.
The interior of the Yukon Denali XL offers style and luxury, including standard Nuance leather-covered seating with heated first- and second-row captain's seats, as well as leather trim throughout - including a Denali-exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel with a host of auxiliary controls.
A power and heated steering wheel with Easy Entry/Exit is standard on all Denali models. Soft, low-gloss materials for the instrument panel and other trim pieces complement the upscale styling. The harmonious color and grain of the materials were carefully selected to provide a premium feel as well as durability.
Flush-mounted HVAC controls and radios, with almost imperceptible gaps, convey precision and integration, as do dampened doors for the center console storage and cupholders. Chrome accents are on instrument surrounds, vents and other trim. Automatic tri-zone climate control is standard.
From an entertainment standpoint, this SUV comes standard with an AM/FM MP3-capable radio with a six-disc in-dash CD changer, Bose 10-speaker Centerpoint Surround Sound audio system and XM Satellite Radio.
The Denali models also offer several helpful and convenient options, including a power sunroof, power-retractable assist steps and a rear-seat, DVD-based entertainment system, a third-row DVD entertainment system and side blind zone alert system.
Standard features include head curtain side air bags for all seating rows and front-seat safety belt pretensioners that are linked to the vehicle's sensing system to provide segment-exclusive deployment in rear-end crashes. These features are integrated into a stronger vehicle structure that is also designed for improved compatibility with other vehicles.
The head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment. Sensors located at the front of the vehicle, in the side doors, and within the occupant compartment provide increased and more immediate crash detection.
The vehicle's sensing system provides segment-exclusive capability to deploy front seat safety belt pretensioners during certain rear-end collisions, enhancing the belt system's ability to hold the occupants firmly in place.
Premium large SUV rivals to the Yukon XL Denali range the gamut from the King Ranch trim level Ford Expedition EL to full-on luxury machines like the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. Those enamored of the Yukon XL Denali but desirous of a bit more luxury should check out the mechanically identical Cadillac Escalade ESV.