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2013 GMC Yukon XL 2500

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2013 GMC Yukon XL 2500 Review

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In a world of SUV crossovers and extended cab trucks, the true SUVs are fighting for their stronghold. The 2013 GMC Yukon XL 2500 makes a strong case for the original sport utility vehicle. The nine-seat, three-quarter-ton mammoth has a lot going for it. With its impressive powertrain and recently remodeled cabin, the Yukon runs well for its size, though it shouldn’t be pushed on twists and turns and provides plenty of comfort for the driver and passengers as well. Even among stiff competition, the GMC Yukon XL 2500 is worth taking a look at for the buyer looking for a powerful SUV with lots of options.

New For 2013

Not much has changed for the 2013 model year of the GMC Yukon XL 2500. The only changes of note are:

  • Engine braking without the use of the tow/haul mode on grades
  • More exterior color choices


The 2013 GMC Yukon XL 2500 is the latest offering from GMC in its line of SUVs for the year. This massive sport utility vehicle is designed to seat up to nine people with plenty of cargo space and lots of features. While the Yukon is available in both the 1500 and Denali options, the 2500 is the company’s three-quarter-ton option for this vehicle. There are several interesting features to note about this year’s model. The 2013 offering is 20 inches longer than XL models of the past and has integrated running boards. The Yukon XL 2500 is impressive to say the least with its impressive size and distinctive front end. The GMC logo is clearly featured in the center of the grille, and the square headlights flank the center for optimum night vision. The SUV is also now available in more exterior color choices than ever before.

Interior & Cargo

When most people think of SUVs in the cabin area, utilitarian is likely to come to mind. GMC has made a tremendous effort to change this way of thinking when it comes to the Yukon XL 2500. There is no doubt this family vehicle has come a long way to being more family friendly than ever. The materials used in the interior of the Yukon are of good quality and the dash design is attractive and easy to use. Drivers find the gauges nicely accented with metallic trim and flush mounted controls. The 2013 Yukon XL 2500 is also equipped with a satellite Bose audio system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for the audio system, and a DVD entertainment system for the rear of the vehicle. This model comes standard with either cloth or leather seats with optional heating and cooling capabilities. The driver and passengers alike can expect plenty of head and leg room in the Yukon XL 2500. The cabin is roomy and comfortable in all three rows.


Naturally, safety is an important element for the Yukon XL 2500. GMC chose to equip this SUV with lots of standard safety features. The Yukon is equipped with seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats as well as side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are standard equipment as well. Recovery hooks and a stability control system with traction control are supplied as well. Rear parking sensors and a blind spot warning system are included on the list of optional safety features.

Driving Experience

There is no way to say the 2013 GMC Yukon XL 2500 lacks power. This powerhouse of a vehicle comes standard with a 6.0-liter, V-8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 is capable of 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque. GMC has chosen to supply the Yukon with a flex fuel engine designed to reduce the vehicle’s overall fuel economy. This edition of the Yukon can be purchased with either rear drive or four-wheel drive. Buyers can also choose to add the optional Off-Road Suspension Package or the load-leveling rear suspension if desired.

Key Competitors For The 2013 GMC Yukon XL 2500

  • Audi Q7
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Ford Expedition EL