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2012 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Overview

As far as half-ton full-size SUVs go, the 2012 GMC Yukon XL 1500 can play with the best of them.

The Yukon XL 1500 is larger than the regular Yukon, but not as powerful as three-quarter ton XL 2500. Available in three trims: SLE, SLT and high-end Denali, the Yukon XL 1500 gains heated leather-trimmed front seats (standard) and a heated steering wheel (optional) to the SLT trim. The Denali trim adds a blind spot warning system to its impressive list of standard features. A sibling of the Chevrolet Suburban, the Yukon XL 1500 competes with the Ford Expedition EL and the Lincoln Navigator L.

There are several powertrains available and start with a 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 that generates 335 pounds-feet of torque. The Denali boasts a 403-horsepower, 6.2-lilter V-8 that produces 417 pounds-feet of torque. The Yukon XL 1500 is available in two- and four-wheel-drive , while the Denali has an all-wheel-drive system. When properly equipped, the XL 1500 can tow up to 8,100 pounds. Speaking of towing, the Yukon XL has an available integrated trailer brake controller that provides proper brake-force signaling. Even though the Yukon can be a beast with an optional Off-Road Suspension Package and Trailering Package, it has a gentile side with the optional variable load-leveling rear suspension.

What sets the 2012 GMC Yukon XL 1500 apart from the regular Yukon is its length. The XL is approximately 20 inches longer than the regular Yukon and has almost 49 cubic feet of space behind the third row. Take advantage of 137.4 cubic feet of space (third row removed and second row folded) if you need to fill the Yukon XL up to the brim. All of that room is best-in-class according to GMC. You can fit up to nine passengers and enjoy a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, power heated side mirrors, 17-inch wheels, satellite radio, a USB port and a Bose sound system. Take it up a notch with an optional power liftgate, power-operated retractable running boards, a power sunroof, leather-appointed seats, heated/cooled seats, a DVD entertainment system and a touchscreen navigation system.

Because you’ll most likely be transporting precious cargo, you’ll like to know that the 2012 GMC Yukon XL 1500 has side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system with traction control.

Pack it up and pack it in the 2012 GMC Yukon XL 1500.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 13 - 15 MPG
  • Highway: 18 - 21 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****