2016 GMC Yukon XL Review

2016 GMC Yukon XL Review

Car buyers looking for a family-friendly vehicle can consider the new GMC Yukon XL. This large SUV has retained the classic combination of V8 engine power and a body on frame construction. It offers more towing capacity than many other crossovers, while providing a higher level of solidity.

More About the Yukon XL

The 2016 GMC Yukon XL is a large SUV that is available in three trim levels: SLT, SLE, and Denali. The eight-passenger seating capacity comes as standard, but there are two optional arrangements: the second-row captain’s chairs that reduce the headcount to seven, and the 40/20/40 front bench split that raise the capacity to nine (for SLE only).

The SLE version comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers and headlights, front and rear parking sensors, foglights, driver-integrated blind-spot monitor, roof rails, rear privacy glass, side-assist steps, a locking rear differential, a rearview camera, remote ignition, cruise control, keyless entry, automatic climate control, power front seats, leather tilt-only steering wheel, 60/40-split third row seat, and 60/40-split folding second row.

Standard technology features include OnStar for WiFi and 4G LTE connection, audio and Bluetooth connectivity, 110V power outlet, eight-inch touchscreen, nine-speaker Bose sound system with satellite and HD radio, CD player, SD card slot, auxiliary audio jack, and five USB ports. The Enhanced Driver Alert package, which includes all of GMC’s advanced safety and security features, comes as an option.

The SLT model, meanwhile, has both the Convenience and Enhanced Driver Alert packages. It also features blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert system, power-folding mirrors, keyless entry, hands-free power liftgate, heated second row seats, perforated leather upholstery, power-folding third row seats, heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory functions, ambient interior lighting, heated tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and wireless phone charging.

All Yukon XLs are towing-ready, and have a seven-pin wiring harness and a two-inch receiver. The HD Trailering package is offered on SLT and SLE.

The Denali version has all the SLT’s standard features. Additional features include a V8 engine, a unique grille, 20-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, a magnetic-powered adaptive suspension, digital instrument panel, 10-speaker Bose sound system, a trailer-brake controller, active noise cancellation, second-row captain’s chairs, and navigation system. Optional features for this version include the power-retractable assist steps, 22-inch wheels, sunroof, head up display, heated second row bench, adaptive cruise control, and the single- or dual-screen rear entertainment systems.


The 2016 GMC Yukon XL is available in two different engines. The SLT and SLE versions come with a 5.3L V8 engine that produces 383lb-ft of torque and 355 horsepower. The Denali, meanwhile, has a 6.2L V8 engine that boasts of 460lb-ft of torque and 420 horsepower. Both of these engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission, as well as a choice of either the rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. There is also a two-speed transfer case that comes with low-range gearing. The locking rear differential is standard on all models.

The maximum tow rating for a four-wheel-drive XL is at 8,000 pounds, while the two-wheel-drive XL is rated at 8,300 pounds. The Denali models max out at 7,900 and 8,100 pounds, respectively. For the 5.3L V8 engine, the EPA has given an 18mpg estimated fuel economy rating, regardless of the drivetrain. The Denali, with its bigger 6.2L V8, gets 17mpg for the two-wheel drive and 16mpg for the four-wheel drive.


The Yukon XL has a nine-passenger seating capacity, and is currently one of the few in its kind with ample cargo space behind the third row. Unlike its competitors, the XL’s third row seat can comfortably accommodate both adults and bigger kids. The 2016 GMC Yukon XL, with its starting MSRP of $68,025, is a perfect choice for confident everyday driving for car buyers with large families.

2015 GMC Acadia Review

2015 GMC Acadia Review

The 2015 GMC Acadia, selling from $33,975 – $49,690, has 3 trims that you can choose from with several options that go with every model. While some say that it is not easy to maneuver, ride is smooth and the cabin is quite comfortable. It simply meets the requirements of SUV crossover shoppers. With a generous cargo capacity, it can seat a maximum 8 passengers up to the rearmost row. It can drive daily on uneven asphalt roads and pitted highways. You can carry some luggage as well with its spacious interiors that you can’t find in other truck-based SUVs.

The 2015 Acadia falls in between the Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave when it comes to price and luxury but comes with more convenient equipment. It can tow as much as 5200 lbs if it’s well-equipped.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

This large crossover SUV are offered in 3 basic trims: SLE, SLT and Denali. The SLE and SLT have SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1 and SLT-2 trim categories. There is a standard 8-passenger seating arrangement on the second-row for the SLE-1 and optional on the other models that have a basic 7-passenger configuration plus second-row captain’s chairs.

SLE-1 Features:

  • 18” wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • OnStar telematics
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • 5” touchscreen display
  • 6-speaker audio system with a CD player
  • Satellite radio
  • USB port
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • Dual USB charge-only ports (found at the rear of the center console)
  • Sunroof
  • 6-liter V6 engine
  • 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque

SLE-2 added features:

  • Remote vehicle start
  • Power liftgate
  • 8-way power driver seat (with two-way lumbar)
  • 2-way manual recline power passenger seat
  • Driver side auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Intellilink electronics interface(includes Bluetooth audio connectivity, voice controls, and Smartphone app)
  • 6-liter V6 engine
  • 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque

SLT-1 added features:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Variable-effort steering
  • Heated mirrors
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery (first and second rows), third row uses vinyl
  • Heated front seats
  • 8-way power passenger seat
  • Rear-seat audio controls (includes headphone jacks)
  • 10-speaker Bose sound system
  • 6-liter V6 engine
  • 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque

SLT-2 added features:

  • Power-folding mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming mirror
  • Driver memory functions
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Technology package (includes xenon headlights, a head-up display and cargo area audio controls
  • 6-liter V6 engine
  • 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque

Denali Features:

  • Includes all SLT-2 optional items(Ventilated front seats and Technology package)
  • Unique styling trims (interior and exterior)
  • 20” chrome-clad wheels
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Forward collision alert system
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Increased sound insulation
  • Wood-trimmed steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • 288 hp and 270 lb-feet of torque
  • 6-liter V6 engine


The Acadia sports an attractive interior with padded surfaces made of solid quality. Like most vehicles with three-row seats, it has limited rearward visibility so its standard rearview camera is hugely beneficial. IntelliLink controls the navigation, entertainment, and phone functions in most Acadia trims but consumers find it slow in processing touch inputs.

Front occupants enjoy ample head and legroom but it has low-mounted middle row seat cushions that reduce comfort for adult passengers. Sliding the seats backwards can alleviate this problem but may affect third-row legroom. Accessing the third row is easy, even though the second-row slide/release is somewhat hard to access.

When it comes to cargo space, the Acadia absolutely leads in terms of cargo space as it can accommodate more luggage than a majority of its rivals like the Buick and Chevrolet.

Performance and Safety

The 6-speed automatic and FWD are standard features while all-wheel drive is optional. The front-drive Acadia returns 19 mpg combined (17 city and 24 highway). All-wheel-drive Acadias get a combined 19 mpg but may drop by 1 mpg on both city and highway ratings.

The Acadia’s standard safety equipment includes traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front seat side-impact airbags, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and side curtain airbags,. Except the SLE-1 all versions have front-center airbags that inflate between driver and right front passenger for protection during side-impact collisions.


With an excellent balance between a comfortable ride and secure driving management, the 2015 GMC Acadia takes on every driver’s needs when it comes to outstanding performance on the road. It may seem that the specifications that go with each trim is a good package for everybody to choose from. Even though there are some glitches in the eyes and feel of some drivers, it still passes the mark of above average SUVs in the market.