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LARGE FAMILIES WILL BENEFIT FROM 2019 GMC YUKON XL

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It has been over three years since the Yukon Denali XL was redesigned. For 2019, GMC has incorporated some new colors but otherwise the full-size SUV continues as is. With a powerful engine under the hood, the body-on-frame ride accelerates quickly from any speed. We dig the active noise cancellation feature, which guarantees silence and poise at highway speeds. 
A 6.2-liter V-8 Ecotec engine, coupled with a 10-speed (previous one was 8) auto gearbox, blasts off 420 horsepower @ 5600 rpm and 460 pounds-feet of torque @ 4100 rpm.  An independent coil-over-shock front and a solid axle multilink rear suspension work well to eagerly tackle sharp, sudden curves on the road. The power rack-and-pinion electric power steering has a trusty feel. The Active Fuel Management system deactivates four of the eight cylinders for fuel savings. Tow capacity is an impressive 7,900 pounds.
Up front, familiar C-shaped HID headlights flank the enormous chrome-accented grille. Also apparent are the familiar vertical tail lamps and rear chrome bar with GMC etching, body-color side moldings, fog lamps and a wider rear track. Step into the capacious cabin and you will realize there is no need to remove the third-row seat. Instead, press a button in the cargo hold and watch the bench fold. Ditto for the second-row seat. That leaves you 121.1 cubic feet of space behind the first row with the two seats down. The two-gauge analog instrument cluster is well-lit and crystal clear. And the huge center console can swallow a laptop. Other notable features include tri-zone auto climate control, power tilt/telescopic steering column, 8-inch color touch screen for audio, navigation and Intellilink readings, 10-speaker Bose surround system, heated/cooled front seats, wood trim on dash and doors, several USB slots and a 110-volt outlet.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for rear rows, stability control with hill start assist and traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes, rearview camera, rear-cross traffic, forward-collision and side-blind zone alerts, lane departure assist/warning, Magnetic Ride Control, front/rear park sensors, auto-locking rear differential, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.
The Yukon Denali XL boasts plentiful room for cargo and passengers, praiseworthy tow capacity backed by a potent engine. Turn a blind eye to the fuel economy figures (14 mpg city/20 highway) and this full-size SUV will serve the needs of big households quite well.

YUKON DENALI XL
Tires: P275/55SR20
Wheelbase: 130 inches
Length: 224.4 inches
Weight: 5,965 pounds
Fuel capacity: 31 gallons
Base price: $72,300
Web site: www.gmc.com

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