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2011 GMC Yukon XL

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Key specs

Base trim shown


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Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Fuel economy with 5.3-liter V-8
  • Power with 6.2-liter V-8
  • Roominess
  • Luxurious Denali edition

The bad:

  • Indistinct from Chevrolet Suburban at lower trim levels
  • Unwieldy dimensions

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • V-8 with cylinder deactivation
  • Seats up to nine
  • Available 4WD

2011 GMC Yukon XL review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
GMC’s Yukon XL is the brand’s flagship SUV, available in base half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) versions and a top-of-the-line Denali trim. The Yukon XL is available with a choice of V-8 engines, some of which feature fuel-management systems that deactivate four cylinders during low-load situations. The Yukon XL is closely related to its GM cousin, the Chevrolet Suburban; the only other extra-long full-size SUV is the Ford Expedition EL.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

The Yukon XL has integrated running boards, and Denali models have a number of features that distinguish them from other models, including a chrome grille and 20-inch wheels.

The Yukon XL measures about 20 inches longer than the regular Yukon, at 222.4 inches long, with a width of 79.1 inches.

Exterior features include:

  • Standard power heated side mirrors
  • Chrome honeycomb grille (Denali)
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Available power-operated retractable running boards

High-quality fixtures include flush-mounted controls, low-gloss materials and chrome instrument surrounds. For maximum seating capacity, the Yukon XL can have three rows of seats to accommodate up to nine occupants.

  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant controls
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio with real-time traffic info
  • Available cloth, vinyl or leather-appointed seats
  • Available integrated rear camera in rearview mirror
  • Available heated/cooled seats
  • Available third-row DVD system

Under the Hood
The Yukon XL is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. The Yukon Denali can have a permanent all-wheel-drive system that’s distinct from the available part-time four-wheel drive on the regular Yukon.

There is an integrated brake controller option, which provides proper brake-force signaling to a trailer’s brake systems, and a heavy-duty trailering package. Yukon XL 2500 models replace the five-link coil-spring suspension with heavy-duty multileaf springs. A hydraulic brake booster in the 2500 model supplements the braking system with additional pressure. When properly equipped, the 2500 model can tow up to 9,600 pounds; 1500 models can tow a maximum of 8,100 pounds.

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering
  • Flex-fuel 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter iron-block V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque and available cylinder deactivation (1500)
  • Flex-fuel 352-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 382 pounds-feet of torque and variable valve timing (2500)
  • Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional variable load-leveling suspension

Safety options include a blind spot warning system, a rearview camera system integrated into the rearview mirror, rear parking assist and rain-sensing wipers.

Standard safety features include:

  • Front dual-stage airbags with passenger-sensing system
  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
  • Seat-mounted thorax airbags
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


Reliable great for towing. lots of power

The car meets are needs. dependable and reliable. lots of room seats 7 . huge trunk. you will not have issues doing grocery shopping as well as towing your trailer


Great Vehicle! Amazing fuel & ride!

My 5th GMC Yukon XL - just keep getting better! They are better built and the interior is vastly improved. Paint and trim lasts forever.


Drive like a king with the family

It?s a 2012 Yukon XL Denali. I mean there?s not a lot more to want. I just took a a 22 hour trip one way with three girls and the wife. Two Tv screens, comfortable seats, with 80/20 bench second row, 13 year old had the whole third row to herself and they were all comfortable. I?m glad I bought the XL because we still had plenty of room for our baggage. Enough about that let?s get to me. I didn?t hear any whining or crying because the kids were all comfortable and entertained and could control their climate control. So definitely a plus for me. For me and the wifey separate audio surround sound Bose from the rear with hard drive, Xm, iPod, hands free Bluetooth, all controlled from the steering wheel and dual climate control up front. Air conditioned seats that rejuvenate you after sitting too long but don?t leave them on too long or you?ll be a popsicle. Sunroof for to pop open in the rain for instant fresh air. Blind spot detection for ease of changing lanes and back up camera. Oh and my favorite part the 6.2 litre engine that would send a mustang quivering in the corner from being spanked by an 8 passenger vehicle. I never once was sore the whole trip and enjoyed the whole trip. The last thing I will say is with all the creature comforts, the active auto ride load leveling suspension, and the 400 hp engine, it looks amazing and makes you feel the same driving it or standing by it. Total package when it comes to family

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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