2014 GMC Yukon XL Denali

Pros: Decent value for the money; reasonably tractable handling for the size; good front-seat- and dashboard ergonomics

Cons: Fuel economy; lags rivals in 3rd-row seat accommodations and cargo flexibility; 2007-vintage design feels a bit dated

CG Says: The GMC Yukon loses its hybrid model for 2014, but sees no significant changes otherwise. In GM’s full-size SUV hierarchy, Yukon slots above the Chevrolet Tahoe but beneath the Cadillac Escalade. While most Yukon buyers seem to prefer the top-line Denali, we don’t. The primary reason is its engine: It’s louder, less refined, and uses more fuel. The base Yukon SLE is our pick because of its smooth engine and terrific ride. Our main disappointment with all variants of this big truck is its 3rd-row seat. It’s uncomfortable, hard to access, and must be removed from the vehicle entirely in order to create a level load floor for bulky cargo. Note that an all-new Yukon is debuting as a 2015 model.

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2014 GMC Yukon Denali