2012 GMC Yukon XL Consumer Review: Still the "Gold Standard"

2012 GMC Yukon XL SUV - Consumer Review

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Still the "Gold Standard"
By npdan on


2012 GMC Yukon XL SLT 1500 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)


We ventured into the "midsize", or as the Edmunds reviewers say "Perfect size for most"....SUV's.
We tested an Acadia, Enclave and ended up buying a new 2011 Lincoln MKT.
That didn't last quite a year until we now have found ourselves back into a full sized GMC Yukon XL and we absolutely love all aspects of the vehicle.
So comfortable, delightful seats and SPACE.
Still hard to beat a full sized vehicle if, like us, you do lots of traveling on the open road.
Never attempt to sit in the second row seats of GM's midsize offerings (Traverse, Acadia and Enclave) if you are (1) over 5' tall or (2) over the age of 12!
Those have to be the most uncomfortable seats made in a modern vehicle!

Best Features

COMFORT! The seats, front and second row are wonderful. Driving position is excellent and controls are well placed. Visibility from the drivers seat is very good for such a large vehicle and it is a manageable vehicle in city traffic. Much of the vehicle and it's controls are a bit of "old school", but that is not all bad. Everything is solid, simple and straight forward. After the "Lincoln Touch" and Cadillac's new "CUE", something as familiar as the full sized GM SUV's is rather refreshing. If you want a "Techno" vehicle, this isn't it.

Worst Features

Make the third row seat fold flat into the floor. That is one thing that is a bit TOO old school! Otherwise, we are hopeful that GM does not abandon building a full size, body on frame truck based SUV. There is a small, but a very loyal portion of the public that not only need such a vehicle but that also want one. Police departments, Secret Service, railroads, schools, and others really do depend upon such durable and long lasting trucks. Please listen GM.
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