2018 GMC Yukon XL

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$51,800–$71,900 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 GMC Yukon XL. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

2018 GMC Yukon XL Overview

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Vehicle Overview

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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Is Yukon XL is large enough for the whole family

by The family Yukon xl from Phoenix .Az on July 26, 2018

I love my yukon xl it's a beautiful vehicle . It's fun to drive and I need to fight my daughter for it She loves the automatic start Read full review

(5.0)

The perfect vehicle for a Yukon lover

by Vernie from Virgilina, VA on June 4, 2018

This vehicle had everything from the socket to the DVD player. Seat warmers charging ports. Lots of leg room even on the third row . Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 GMC Yukon XL currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 GMC Yukon XL has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by GMC

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning.

    See inspection 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.

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