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2021 GMC Yukon XL vs. 2021 Volvo XC90 Review

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2021 GMC
Yukon XL

MSRP*: $53,700 to $74,300
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Picture of the 2021 Volvo XC90

2021 Volvo
XC90

MSRP*: $49,000 to $63,750
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Invoice* $50,800 to $70,288 $46,060 to $59,925
MPG - City 13 - 15 MPG 19 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 19 - 20 MPG 28 - 30 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 9 seats 6 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 144.7 ft3 65.5 ft3
Engine 355-hp, 5.3-liter, 8 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 420-hp, 6.2-liter, 8 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 250-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 316-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 10-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 355 - 420 hp 250 - 316 hp
Towing Capacity 7,900 - 8,300 lbs 4,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 225.2 in 194.9 in
Exterior Width 81.0 in 79.1 in
Leg Room Front 44.5 in
Rear 42.0 in
Front 40.9 in
Rear 37.0 in
Head Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 38.9 in
Front 38.9 in
Rear 38.5 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the GMC Yukon XL than in the Volvo XC90. The GMC Yukon XL will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volvo XC90.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the GMC Yukon XL as you will with the Volvo XC90, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The GMC Yukon XL is somewhat more expensive than the Volvo XC90. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the GMC Yukon XL is much higher than that for the Volvo XC90.

Dimensions
Since the GMC Yukon XL is much wider than the Volvo XC90, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the GMC Yukon XL, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volvo XC90.

Handling
The GMC Yukon XL has a larger turning radius than the Volvo XC90, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the GMC Yukon XL is clearly the choice over the Volvo XC90 for pulling heavy loads. The GMC Yukon XL has a little more horsepower than the Volvo XC90.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the GMC Yukon XL transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Volvo XC90.

Utility
The GMC Yukon XL offers greater seating capacity than the Volvo XC90, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With the GMC Yukon XL, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Volvo XC90.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the GMC Yukon XL is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volvo XC90.