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2013 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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2013 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Overview

Vehicle Overview
GMC's Yukon XL is the brand's flagship SUV, available in half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) versions and a top-of-the-line Denali trim. The Yukon XL offers seating for up to nine people and is available with a choice of V-8 engines that feature fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology that shuts down four cylinders under light loads. The Yukon XL is closely related to its GM cousin, the Chevrolet Suburban. Both compete against the Ford Expedition EL.

New for 2013
The Yukon XL now offers engine braking on grades without having to use the Tow/Haul mode.

The Yukon XL has integrated running boards, and Denali versions have a number of features that distinguish them from other models, including a chrome honeycomb 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 power heated side mirrors and 17-inch wheels (20- and 22-inch wheels optional). A power liftgate, power-retractable running boards, and power sunroof are also available.

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. Interior features include:
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, satellite radio, and Bose stereo
  • Available integrated backup camera in rearview mirror, heated/cooled front seats, and DVD entertainment system
Under the Hood
The Yukon XL 1500 is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. The Yukon XL Denali can have a permanent all-wheel-drive system that's distinct from the available part-time four-wheel drive on regular models.

An available integrated trailer brake controller option provides proper brake-force signaling to a trailer's brake systems. A heavy-duty Trailering Package is also available.

When properly equipped, 1500 models can tow a maximum of 8,100 pounds. Mechanical features include a six-speed automatic transmission, flex-fuel 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque and fuel-saving cylinder deactivation or a flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque. A load-leveling rear suspension and Off-Road Suspension Package are optional.

Safety options include a blind spot warning system and rear parking sensors. Standard safety features include side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, and recovery hooks.

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EPA Fuel Economy

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

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Safety Rating

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