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2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500

  • 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLE Sport Utility

    SLE Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      15
    • SEATS
      8
    • HP/TORQUE
      352/382
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $44,185
  • 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLT Sport Utility

    SLT Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      15
    • SEATS
      8
    • HP/TORQUE
      352/382
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $48,310
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2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 Review

With seating for up to nine passengers, the 2011 GMC Yukon XL is perfect for those who want to haul around lots of people and cargo without sacrificing comfort, power, and performance.

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Overview

The 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLE, a three-quarter-ton SUV, is equipped with a flex fuel 6.0-liter V-8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission and seventeen-inch alloy wheels. Its three-quarter-ton weight offers a towing capacity of 9,600 lbs (when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Towing package). In addition to the base SLE model, the 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 also comes in the SLT trim level. It is equipped with a flex fuel 6.0-liter V-8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 is designed for anyone who has a need to haul passengers and lots of cargo to on- and off-road destinations. It is also built to be able to tow up to 9,600 lbs., so it’s popular with families or other groups of people who enjoy boating, camping, or those who need to haul additional cargo in a utility trailer.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size SUV
Engines: 6.0-liter V-8, 6.2-liter flex-fuel V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with OD and auto-manual
Models: SLE 4x2, SLE 4x4, SLT 4x2, SLT 4x4

What's New

The 2011 model is a carryover from 2010, with only minor changes to the standard and optional features list.

Exterior

Standard exterior equipment on the SLE include skid plates, variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, roof rack, auxiliary transmission fluid cooler, step running boards, manual flip-up lift gate window, rear lift gate door, cargo tie downs, and a trailer hitch and wiring. The SLT includes skid plates, coil-over-shock front suspension, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, rear locking differential, and an engine block heater. Optional equipment on the 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLE includes outside heated/power camping mirrors, power sunroof, and off-road tires.

Interior

The 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 offers 45.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity when all the seats are in place. Remove the third row seats from the vehicle, and cargo capacity increases to 137.4 cubic feet within its 130-inch wheelbase. The well-appointed interior has the style and convenience options that buyers want. Leg room is adequate, and the overall feeling of spaciousness carries from the driver’s cabin area all the way back to the rear lift gate. When combined with the ample cargo space in the Yukon XL 2500 SLE and seating for nine, you are ensured that you have enough room to transport your passengers and gear.

The SLT offers the following standard and optional equipment: leather upholstery, a rearview mirror with camera display, remote vehicle starter system, adjustable pedals, universal remote transmitter, rear parking sensors, upgraded interior trim, navigation system with CD/DVD, rear seat DVD entertainment system, Bluetooth capability, second row captain’s chairs, and heated front seats.

Standard equipment on the SLE include power steering, power windows and door locks, power heated mirrors, tilt/adjustable steering wheel with leather and alloy trim and audio and cruise control functions, cruise control, front console with storage, six-way power driver and passenger seat with height adjustment, premium cloth upholstery, split-folding rear seatback, manual folding split-bench third row seats (which can be removed to increase cargo space), rear heater, three-zone climate control, sun sensor, reading lights, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, compass, OnStar, USB/iPod interfaces, Bluetooth capability, and AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio system with nine Bose premium speakers.

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Optional equipment on the 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLE includes an audio system with rear seat DVD entertainment system, premium cloth 40/20/20 split-bench seat, and an engine block heater.

Performance & Handling

Four-wheel-drive can take you off-road to participate in outdoor activities off the beaten path. Built with a short and long arm front suspension and a solid live axle rear suspension, as well as stabilizer bars, the GMC Yukon XL 2500 can get you where you want to go. The coil-over-shock front and five-link coil spring rear suspensions coupled with Premium Smooth Ride Tuning enhances smoothness of the ride.

Handling is less than stellar when maneuvering around extremely winding, given the vehicle’s length and gross weight of 8,600 lbs. EPA mileage estimates are 10/16 mpg in city/highway driving. Its 39-gallon fuel tank can help you extend the time you need between stops for a fill-up.

Safety

Safety equipment on the 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 is extensive, with four-wheel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), front, rear and third row head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, dusk-sensing headlights, stability control, traction control, and electronic brake force distribution.

The GM warranty for the 2011 GMC Yukon XL 1500 is the standard GM 100,000-mile, five-year Powertrain Limited Warranty plus Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation. You may want to consider purchasing an extended warranty to cover most of the cost of common repairs over the lifetime of the warranty contract.

EPA Fuel Economy

2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500: 10/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Seating configurations
  • Cargo space
  • Power

You Won't Like

  • Dimensions make it difficult to maneuver

Sum Up

With seating for up to nine passengers, the 2011 GMC Yukon XL is perfect for those who want to haul around lots of people and cargo without sacrificing comfort, power, and performance.

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