Do You Need the GMC Yukon or Yukon XL?

GMC Yukon Daphne

Daphne drivers in search of their next full-size SUV will find both the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL to be excellent options. These two models are nearly identical, but with slight variations in sizing that makes one better for some people and the second for others. To figure out whether you need the Yukon or Yukon XL, take a closer look at these two models.

Similarities in the Two Versions of the Yukon

The list of features that come standard and optional on the two models is nearly identical. In addition, both the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL offer top-of-the-line Denali trims that are packed with features. Both of these GMC SUVs can fit up to nine people and get 16 mpg* in the city and 23 mpg* on the highway with the standard 5.3-liter V8.


Yukon Pricing

If you don’t need the extra space of the Yukon XL, then you should probably opt for the GMC Yukon as a way to save money. For the 2016 model year, the regular Yukon starts at $48,315** while the Yukon XL starts at $51,015** simply due to the extra materials needed to make it.


Interior Space

Take a closer look at the dimensions of the Yukon and Yukon XL, and you will see the primary area where these two models stand apart. They have the same width and height, but the Yukon is 203.9 inches long while the Yukon XL is 224.4 inches long. They have identical front headroom and legroom. In the second row, Yukon XL passengers get an extra 0.4 inches of headroom and 0.7 inches of legroom. In the third row, there are an extra 0.4 inches of headroom and 9.7 inches of legroom. This makes the difference in the third row between a child-only zone and fitting adults. For an even bigger difference, look at the cargo capacity. The GMC Yukon has 15.3 cubes behind the third row, 51.7 behind the second, and 94.7 behind the first. The Yukon XL increases these figures to 39.3, 76.7, and 121.7 cubic feet, respectively.


Towing Capacity of the Yukon

Because the GMC Yukon XL is slightly larger than the Yukon, it weighs a bit more, and this reduces its maximum towing capacity. The difference is only slight, however. The Yukon XL can tow up to 8,300 pounds while the Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds. If you need those extra 200 pounds of towing capacity, go with the Yukon.

If you aren’t sure whether you need the extra space in the GMC Yukon XL or should stick to the GMC Yukon, the team at Chris Myers Buick GMC in Daphne, Alabama, can assist you.


*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excludes tax, license, registration, and options. A delivery, processing, and handling fee may be charged separately. Dealer prices may vary.