The 2019 GMC Yukon XL is a three-row SUV that competes with the Ford Expedition, the Toyota Sequoia and the Nissan Armada. The Yukon XL seats up to nine people.
The 2019 GMC Yukon XL is the GMC version of the Chevrolet Suburban. It is in its third generation, which started with the 2015 model year. A new generation is expected for the 2020 model year. For 2019, the changes in the large SUV are minimal, including a new Graphite Edition package for the SLT trim and adding the 6.2-liter V8 engine as an option on the SLT trim. Three new exterior paint colors – Dark Sky Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic and Smokey Quartz Metallic – are now available.
Here’s a quick outline of the 2019 GMC Yukon XL’s specifications.
- The 2019 GMC Yukon XL is built on GM’s GMT K2 platform, which is also used for the Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade.
- The XL model has a wheelbase that is 14 inches longer (20.5 inches overall) than the standard Yukon and has more than twice the cargo room behind the third-row seats.
- The 2019 GMC Yukon XL starts at $52,400 plus a $1,295 destination charge.
- Top-of-the-line Denali models start at $70,795 plus a $1,295 destination charge and can top $87,245 with options.
- The 2018 Yukon XL started at $51,800 plus a $1,295 destination charge.
- The 2019 GMC Yukon XL is available in four trims: SLE, SLT Standard Edition, SLT and Denali.
- The high-end Denali trim comes with a unique chrome grille, exterior chrome accents and 20-inch wheels on the outside and new Mastique ash wood grain accents in the interior.
- All models come with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
- 18-inch wheels are standard on base SLE trim.
- 18-inch bright machined aluminum wheels are standard on the SLT trims.
- 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels are standard on the Denali trim.
- The 2019 GMC Yukon XL has a 130-inch wheelbase, a 224.4-inch overall length and a 74.4-inch width.
- Two engines are available in the 2019 GMC Yukon XL. The base engine is a 5.3-liter V8 gasoline that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. A 6.2-liter V8 gas engine is also available. It produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
- No hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full-electric powertrains are available.
- Two- and four-wheel drive are available.
- The 2019 GMC Yukon XL uses a six-speed automatic transmission with the 5.3-liter engine or a 10-speed automatic transmission with the 6.2-liter engine.
- Maximum towing capacity for a 2019 GMC Yukon XL is 8,300 pounds.
- EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2019 GMC Yukon XL vary depending on the powertrain. The most efficient configuration is the two-wheel drive model with the 5.3-liter engine. It gets 15 mpg in city driving, 22 mpg in highway driving and 18 mpg combined. The least efficient is the four-wheel drive model with the 6.2-liter engine. It gets 14 mpg in city driving, 20 mpg in highway driving and 16 mpg combined.
- All 2019 GMC Yukon XL models are equipped with standard airbags, including front and side-impact airbags for the driver and front passenger with a front-center airbag and head curtain side-impact airbags for all rows. Standard safety equipment also includes a rear-vision camera and Teen Driver mode.
- Optional safety and driver-assistance technology includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward-collision alert, blind-spot monitoring, a safety alert driver seat and low-speed automatic braking.
- The standard infotainment setup includes an 8-inch GMC Infotainment System with a nine-speaker Bose premium surround-sound system that is Bluetooth-, HD Radio-, Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible.
- A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is available as an option.
- The Denali trim adds navigation to the Infotainment System and gets an upgrade to a 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround-sound audio system. PMA- and Qi- compatible mobile device wireless charging and Active Noise Cancellation are also standard on the Denali trim.
Comfort & Convenience
- The 2019 GMC Yukon XL comes standard with a 110-volt power outlet and two USB ports in the front center console. Up to three 12-volt power outlets are also available.
- Remote keyless entry, remote start and cruise control are all standard on the 2019 GMC Yukon XL.
- A power programmable liftgate and a heated steering wheel are available.
- The base Yukon XL comes with premium cloth front bucket seats, including a 10-way power driver’s seat. The standard second and third rows use manual-folding 60/40 split benches.
- The Denali trim comes with heated and ventilated perforated-leather-appointed, 12-way power front bucket seats; power heated second row bucket seats; and a power 60/40 split-folding third row bench seat.
Editor’s note: All photos courtesy of GMC