2008 GMC Yukon XL

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2008 GMC Yukon XL Review

An extra-large SUV that can haul passengers and cargo though the vehicle's weight takes away any sense of nimbleness.

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The GMC Yukon XL 2500 is an extra-large SUV that has a lot of carrying capacity for both passengers and cargo. With the ability to seat up to nine people, this vehicle does not encounter many families that it cannot transport. Excellent for picking up the children from school, as well as all their friends, the Yukon XL 2500 is also large enough to help bring furniture home when the seating capacity is changed to cargo capacity. This vehicle also has 9700 pounds of towing capacity. Although this vehicle is heavy and does not always feel nimble taking corners, it does have a comfortable and quiet ride cruising down the highway.

The Range

Body styles: four-door SUV
Engines: 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLE, GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLT

What's New

The GMC Yukon XL 2500 has some new features on the 2008 model. Side mounted curtain airbags are now standard. A six-speed automatic transmission and stability control are now standard on the XL 2500 sub-model. A new feature for the optional navigation system is turn-by-turn navigation.


The 16-inch alloy wheels are polished on this vehicle. A spare wheel is included. A full-size non-matching all-season spare tire comes mounted on the underbody. The front variable intermittent wiper is matched by a rear intermittent wiper. A rear defogger is also equipped for extra rear visibility in foggy or cold conditions. Privacy glass keeps the outside world from looking inside the car so all the passengers inside can feel a little bit more secure. The roof rack can carry supplies for external cargo capacity.


This SUV can seat up to nine people. The interior is designed to be roomy even when driving at full capacity. The six-way power adjustable driver seat is upholstered with premium cloth. The front seats are also split bench front seats. The rear seats are split folding seat style that have folding armrests in the center, which include storage inside. The third row seats are split bench manual folding to allow for expanded cargo capacity. Because of all the extra room, this vehicle has a rear heater unit included in the design to keep the entire interior warm during the cold season. The power mirrors are heated to ensure usability in less than optimal driving conditions. The power lock doors can be locked remotely. Two 12-volt outlets are available with one in the front and one in the cargo area. The steering wheel is tilt adjustable. Cruise control is installed with the controls located on the leather steering wheel. Audi controls are also on the steering. This SUV has extra in-car entertainment features. The audio system has eight speakers and included MP3 input as well as a single disc CD player. XM satellite radio is available as an option. The sound level adjusts automatically to the vehicle’s speed so that the music does not fade out. Hands free phone capability and OnStar services are available as options.

Performance & Handling

The 352-horsepower V-8 installed in this vehicle delivers 383 lb-ft of torque, which translates to a lot of power. Using all the power that is available will significantly lower the gas mileage, though, especially when the vehicle is carrying a full load of passengers, tow weight, or heavy cargo. There are two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive options available.

Even though this vehicle is large and heavy, it is still fairly quick for an oversized SUV. Compared to older model GMC Yukons, the 2008 XL 2500 is easier to drive and has a smoother and more comfortable ride. The weight of this SUV can be felt when cornering. During long trips on the highway or interstate, there are not many large SUVs that can compare to the comfort of this vehicle.


The four-wheel anti-lock brake system has ventilated discs in both the front and the rear to avoid overheating. All three rows of seats are equipped with head airbags that activate and deactivate when the occupant sensor reacts to the passengers entering and exiting. Stability control and electronic brake force distribution work very well with the anti-lock brakes to allow for balanced braking.

EPA Fuel Economy

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

You'll Like

  • Passenger carrying capacity
  • Cargo capacity
  • Towing Capacity
  • Audio system
  • Optional navigation system
  • Safety features

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy

Sum Up

An extra-large SUV that can haul passengers and cargo though the vehicle's weight takes away any sense of nimbleness.

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