2018 GMC Yukon Denali 4WD Review & Changes – This is my 3rd road vacation in the prior 18 a few months or more right behind the wheel of one of GM’s conventional full-size SUVs first was a Chevy Tahoe, then a Cadillac Escalade, and now a GMC Yukon Denali. They’re all essentially the very same, conserve for trim deals, design changes and advertising and marketing tactics, but for whichever explanation I get the GMC most pleasing a lot more processed exterior design sets it over the boxy Tahoe, even though it doesn’t have the unnecessary display and social luggage maintained by the overwrought Escalade.
Note these are all participants of the “simple wheelbase” SUV family they’re nevertheless three-row tools, but there’s much less space powering the 3rd row than on the longer Suburban/Escalade ESV/Yukon XL sisters and brothers. Include in the body-on-frame design’s weight size, and it may jolt the average crossover/minivan manager to discover how limited the functional space in a regular Yukon is that’s why the longer ones are quite popular and make far more sensation for the multi-kid family members who usually purchase them.
The business off for space inefficiency is real-truck towing ability, and fishing boat/camper proprietors won’t be frustrated by the Yukon Denali and its 6.2-liter V8 engine/eight-speed automatic-transmission combination. Not only is there 8,100 pounds of towing ability, there’s also a lot of standard equipment to ensure it is more secure and a lot more comfortable built-in electric trailers brakes, variable suspension, a quality-braking system to assist on long descents and vital transmission oil colder to maintain the eight-speed moving alongside. Yet again, all this is standard on the Denali, significance it’s targeted squarely at the weekend break adventure fanatic or retiree RVer who doesn’t want/need to have a medium-duty diesel pickup.
But, and here’s the message, the Denali trim is more than great sufficient to sway some curious Escalade clients who, for no matter what purpose, discover the Cadillac badge (and MSRP) a turnoff. Indeed, you’re supplying up some suede and brushed metal, but you’re getting the GMC IntelliLink radio/infotainment/navigation system rather of the efficient but unintuitive Cadillac CUE system. On the other hand, the rates between the two are close up sufficient that GM naturally is expecting the two brands’ customers to be unique and different.
Are they, however? Presented Cadillac’s abysmal car sales, and America’s SUV urge for food, one can make a disagreement for ditching Caddy fully, advertising a Denali Escalade and pressing the sleep of GMC’s Denali choices trendy a little to counteract the distinction. Ravings of a madman, probably (or gratuitous needling of Cadillac administrators). The bottom part line is this: Although the Mercedes GLS continues to be the best full-size utility, the GMC Yukon is second, and based on the project accessible could be easily shirts. If this consists of trailers, a couple of little ones and a long stretch of interstate highway, the Yukon is hard to beat.