The GMC Yukon XL 1500 is a full-size SUV that is smaller than the XL 2500 models. While the Yukon designation applies to all body styles, XL 1500 excludes the smallest model. Production for the Yukon lineup began in 1993, and these models are still in production. All but the luxury Denali model are nearly identical to the Chevrolet Suburban. The XL 1500 is a mid to upper-level class of SUV, a tier above the smaller Yukon, competing directly with big SUVs like the Ford Excursion and the Toyota Sequoia.
The Yukon XL 1500 is known for its powerful engine options, roomy interior, and competitive available features. These models are primarily marketed as a large family SUV, but its truck-type platform and roomy interior make it ideal for some work-related tasks. Despite a list of positive features, Yukon XL 1500 sales have consistently fallen well short of its counterpart’s success.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLT 4x2, GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLT 4x4, GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 4x2, GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 4x4, GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali 4x4
New 2005 GMC Yukon XL 1500 features include standard StabiliTrak electronic stability for all models and optional Ultra Bright 17-inch wheels. Touchscreen navigation radio is also optional on all models.
The 2005 Yukon XL 1500 is a half-ton model with a 130-inch wheelbase measuring 219.3 inches total. This is 20 inches longer than the regular version. These models have a rugged and powerful profile. The grille is prominent with the GMC logo in the center, and the Denali version gets an upgraded grille. This is surrounded by large square headlights and a dominant chrome front bumper just below. The hood-to-windshield angle makes for a prominent body, and models have a roof rack on top. The body is uniform in size, and the back is slightly rounded with different options for rear entry. Due to length versus wheelbase, the rear has significant overhang. The 2005 Yukon XL 1500 is available in a range of different colors. The Denali is available with larger 20-inch wheels.
The 2005 GMC Yukon XL 1500 can seat seven, eight, or nine passengers using a variety of seating options, such as three rows of benches, front bucket seats and two rows of benches, or a back bench and bucket seats for the front two rows. Alternately, the back two rows can be removed for a total of 131.6 cubic feet of cargo space. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is optional. Satellite radio and adjustable pedals are standard on the Denali and optional on other models.
Performance & Handling
Both 2005 GMC Yukon XL 1500 engine options are powerful and accelerate well even loaded and with a high towing capacity. All models run on a responsive four-speed automatic transmission. The Denali has permanent all-wheel drive while other models have either rear or four-wheel drive. The 2005 GMC Yukon XL 1500 offers a comfortable and ride and handles well for a large SUV. Parking and maneuvering busy city traffic may be difficult at times, but less so than many competitors of similar girth.
Safety features include dual-stage front airbags and anti-lock brakes. The front passenger airbag is occupant sensing. Side-impact airbags are standard on the Denali and optional on the rest of the lineup.
EPA Fuel Economy
GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE: 13/17 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali: 12/16 mpg city/highway
- Roomy interior
- Cargo space
- Responsive and easy steering
- Easy to drive for a half-ton
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel efficiency
- Difficulty getting in and out
- Poor rear visibility with cargo doors
- Poor maneuverability in heavy urban traffic
A roomy SUV that's easy to drive with plenty of power.
If You Like This Vehicle
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