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2018 GMC Yukon XL

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$51,800 — $71,900 MSRP
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7-9 Seats
17-19 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2018 GMC Yukon XL exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 GMC Yukon XL
  • New grille, 10-speed automatic transmission for Denali models
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking available
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard
  • OnStar 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot standard
  • Full-size SUV available in two lengths
  • Seats up to nine

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

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

New for 2018

Denali models get a new chrome grille, plus a 10-speed automatic transmission that replaces an eight-speed automatic.

Yukon XL

Whereas the regular 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 Yukon's
  • Overall length is 20.4 inches longer
  • Maximum cargo volume is 26.4 cubic feet greater, at 121.1 cubic feet

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
17 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

What's not to love?

by txnadia from Atwater, Ca on December 11, 2018

Traded in my over-priced Chrysler Pacifica lemon for my Denali. Huge difference in performance and comfort. Love it! Wished I had dumped the Chrysler sooner. Read full review

(5.0)

New Car

by Geschultz from Spring Hill on November 13, 2018

This vehicle is perfect for my family. Large interior, rides well, and sharp exterior appearance. I was looking for a SUV and my Yukon xl Denali checked every box. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 GMC Yukon XL currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 GMC Yukon XL has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by GMC

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 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)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Yukon XL received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

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