2017 GMC Yukon XL

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The good:

  • Safety alert driver's seat available
  • Quiet cabin
  • Spacious interior
  • Easier-than-expected maneuverability

The bad:

  • Trucklike ride with body roll in corners
  • Small cargo space behind third row (regular-length Yukon)
  • Interior design too similar to Chevrolet siblings
  • Some dashboard buttons could be larger

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking now available
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity standard
  • OnStar 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot standard
  • Full-size SUV available in two lengths
  • Seats up to nine
  • 420-hp V-8 engine available (Denali)

2017 GMC Yukon XL review: Our expert's take

What it is: Whereas the regular GMC Yukon is a twin to the Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV, the Yukon XL is GMC's version of the Chevrolet Suburban — a king-size SUV. The Yukon XL has the same styling and major features of the regular Yukon but offers more cargo room.

What's Special

  • Wheelbase is 14 inches longer than regular-length Yukon's

  • Overall length is 20.4 inches longer

  • Maximum cargo volume is 26.4 cubic feet larger at 121.1 cubic feet

Here's Info on the Regular Yukon:

What it is: The Yukon is a full-size truck-based SUV that seats up to nine people in certain configurations. The Yukon shares its platform with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and comes in two sizes: regular and XL, with the latter GMC's version of the Suburban.

Both the Yukon and Yukon XL are available with rear- or four-wheel drive, and competitors include the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.

GM's Teen Driver monitoring system, which allows parents to view vehicle stats such as the maximum speed achieved, distance driven and the number of times active safety features were triggered, is standard. In addition, the SLT trim level gains heated and ventilated front seats finished in perforated leather.

Low-speed forward automatic braking is a new option, and the available rear-seat entertainment system adds HDMI and USB ports and supports device projection. The IntelliLink multimedia system adds the Rear Seat Reminder feature while new active grille shutters improve highway aerodynamics.

Significant Standard Features

  • 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with six-speed automatic transmission (SLE, SLT)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • LED running lights
  • IntelliLink multimedia system with 8-inch touchscreen
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Backup camera
  • Front and rear parking assist
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission (Denali)
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Power liftgate
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Navigation system
  • Blu-ray/DVD rear entertainment system
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Head-up display
  • Safety alert driver’s seat
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warning and low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Do not buy

After buying our 2017 YukonXL in Dec 2020 with less than 40K miles, I had high hopes that it would be a reliable vehicle for our family. In Spring of 2022, at 63K, we had to have the transmission rebuilt - apparently a common problem in these vehicles that GMC is fully aware of but refuses to do anything about. Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed. There is also a known issue with the cam lifters failing. I have seen this on a Facebook page for Yukon owners. Again, GMC is very aware of the issue but has done nothing to resolve it. For the price of these vehicles, they should not be failing with these major components at such low mileage. I have always owned Honda’s and this GMC has been a complete disappointment.


Fast & Awesome

great car has everything and then some. lots of seats and 2nd row heated is cool. it could use a little more under storage in the rear compartment and a cover


Beautiful inside and out

This SUV is a beautiful beast, fits many very comfortably, I love this car ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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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/60,000 miles
24 months/24,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 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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