Sometimes, big simply won't cut it. That's especially true for large, busy families looking for an SUV with tons of space for passengers and gear. That weekly trip to the lake house will be way more enjoyable for the whole clan in your 2022 GMC Yukon XL. The XL designation means you're getting a longer wheelbase, which translates into more interior cabin space and cargo capacity.
For busy families, buying a large SUV comes with its own set of challenges. First, you need more than just three rows of seats; chances are, you'll be driving with a full house of parents, kids, and assorted friends and family, along with the necessary gear for your adventures. Thankfully, the biggest Yukon, the XL, seats up to nine passengers or carries up to 144.7 cubic feet of cargo with the seats folded flat.
This hauling flexibility guarantees the 2022 Yukon XL will come in handy no matter what's on the agenda. Heading to the big box store for some drywall? Check. Going on a weekend camping trip with you, the kids, and a couple of friends? No problem. Versatility and space to spread out are the biggest (no pun intended) benefits of buying a 2022 GMC Yukon XL.
When a normal full-size SUV or a minivan simply won't do, turn your attention to the 2022 Yukon XL. With a variety of trims and equipment packages to choose from, you'll have no trouble outfitting your Yukon XL for optimal family utility and even a dose of high-end luxury to take the drudgery out of road trips and carpool duty.
At a staggering 225.2 inches in overall length, the 2022 GMC Yukon XL offers a lot of real estate to outfit. Luckily, buyers can choose from four different trims and a handful of extra equipment packages ranging in price from the mid $50,000s for the base SLE to over $90,000 for a fully-loaded Denali. Which trim is best for you? It depends on your lifestyle and driving needs.
The good news is, all Yukon XL trims offer tons of space. The base SLE trim is designed for buyers who like a smattering of comfort and convenience features but don't need over-the-top luxury. It features cloth seating surfaces, 18-inch wheels, and a set of 18-inch all-season tires. A large 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen is included, along with front bucket seats and the option of adding a front bucket seat to maximize passenger capacity.
Move up to the slightly more expensive Yukon XL SLT, and you'll unlock access to features like the class-exclusive power sliding center console and an HD Surround Vision camera that offers a 360-degree bird's eye view of the area surrounding the vehicle. Both the SLE and SLT models come standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
If your lifestyle leans more toward weekend adventures and off-roading, consider the Yukon XL AT4. This durable trim receives plenty of trail-ready equipment and features, including a front skid plate, 20-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, and an available Four-Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension that automatically adjusts to optimize aerodynamics or ground clearance. A pair of bright red tow hooks are also included with the AT4.
If nothing but the best will do, feast your eyes on the top-of-the-line Yukon XL Denali. Buyers can choose from four different interior color themes, which include premium leather seating and real wood accenting. A 15-inch Head-Up Display is standard, along with a 14-speaker Bose premium audio system with Surround and CenterPoint audio technology. GMC's HD Surround Vision camera system is also standard.
When it comes to long road trips, the name of the game is keeping everyone entertained, including squirrelly, impatient rear-seat passengers (a.k.a. kids). Thankfully, a plethora of infotainment features are available on your Yukon XL, each designed for the sole purpose of eliminating the age-old question, "Are we there yet?".
First, all Yukon XL models come standard with a large 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen that runs on GMC's lightning-fast operating system. It offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, along with Google built-in for seamless integration with your smart devices. The touchscreen is customizable, making it easy to access smartphone content like playlists or podcasts.
Power up your vehicle's connectivity with GMC Connected Services, a subscription service you can access with your smartphone. AT4 and Denali trim buyers will receive a complimentary 3-year subscription. You can perform multiple actions right from your smartphone, including remotely starting your Yukon XL, locking and unlocking the doors, or sounding the horn (which is especially helpful if you've forgotten where your vehicle is parked).
SLT and AT4 trims receive a standard 9-speaker Bose audio system, while Denali buyers will enjoy a 14-speaker CenterPoint audio system. It's tailored to the Yukon XL's interior to maximize acoustics and offset exterior road noise. The CenterPoint feature balances sound for 360-degree output, which optimizes quality no matter where you're seated in the cabin. Combined with easy smartphone connectivity, the system is perfect for streaming all kinds of content.
If the kids can't stand your '80s dance mix, they can slip on the headphones and enjoy the available Rear Seat Media System. It features dual 12.6-inch LCD HD screens installed on the front headrests, and it's compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled headphones, so junior can easily connect his Beats by Dre or a set of noise-canceling headphones to thoroughly drown out Madonna's high notes and mom and dad's attempts at back-up singing.
All Yukon XL trims are up for the task of getting you safely to and from your family adventures. Starting with the base SLE and SLT, your Yukon XL comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque and delivers a respectable 15 MPG city and 20 MPG highway. SLE and SLT Buyers can choose from either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Opting for the latter will reduce fuel economy ratings.
The Yukon AT4 also comes standard with GMC's powerful 5.3-liter V8, but buyers can upgrade to an available and more powerful 6.2-liter V8. It increases output to 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful available motor. The 6.2-liter V8 comes standard on the Yukon XL Denali. The off-road-focused AT4 is only available in four-wheel drive, but the Denali comes in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions.
All Yukon XL trims can be outfitted with an optional 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. Diesel lovers are familiar with the legendary Duramax name and its reputation for durability and fuel economy. With the diesel engine option, the Yukon XL achieves fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Engine output sits at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. All that torque is available at 1500 RPM, which makes it a great option if you're towing a boat or an RV.
The available Adaptive Air Ride Suspension takes the place of a standard coil spring suspension and offers either manual or automatic ride height adjustments for optimal performance and road handling. The system improves ground clearance for better off-roading capability, and it can lower to help passengers enter/exit the vehicle more easily. Lowering the suspension also improves aerodynamic performance.
Yukon XL AT4 and Denali trims also feature an optional 6-piston Brembo brake upgrade with bright red calipers. Brembo brakes are found on some of the world's most elite sports cars and performance vehicles. The Brembo system improves the driving experience with added braking force and reduced brake fade, making this full-size SUV stop on a dime every time.