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2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 15, 2020

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Americans love SUVs and they love’em big. GMC, the all-American car manufacturer know this fact better than most. Yukon XL is the larger of the two variants of the Yukon lineup, with a longer wheelbase and a much bigger cargo space.

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Massive Cargo space

High towing capacity

Cons

Pricier than most competitors

The engine feels underpowered at times

Handling is challenging, especially at high speeds

What's New?

Metallic Carbon Black added to the list of exterior colors.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$54695

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lbs.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13/13

dimensions

wheelbase

130 in.

length

224.4 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5610 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37 cu ft.

cargo volume

121.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

8300 lbs.

payload capacity

1660 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/22/17 mpg

highway range

572 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Quicksilver Metallic color 2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Satin Steel Metallic color 2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Smoke Metallic color 2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV in Summit White color
Quicksilver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

6.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

9.5

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV SLE

SLE

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$54,695 - $57,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $54,695 MSRP (14/17/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLE 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $57,695 MSRP (14/17/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV SLT Standard Edition

SLT Standard Edition

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$58,895 - $61,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT Standard Edition 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $58,895 MSRP (14/17/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLT Standard Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $61,895 MSRP (14/17/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV SLT

SLT

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$61,795 - $64,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $61,795 MSRP (14/17/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
SLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $64,795 MSRP (14/17/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Denali

Denali

power
420 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$71,795 - $74,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $71,795 MSRP (14/17/22) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 7
Denali 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $74,795 MSRP (14/17/22) 420 hp @ 5600 rpm, 6.2 L, V-8, Regular unleaded
10-speed Automatic four wheel drive 7

Expert Review

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The 2020 GMC Yukon XL essentially remains the same car as its predecessor. It's powered by the same V8 as last year’s Yukon XL and hence the power figures remain identical. There is no change in design language, both for the exterior and interior. However, there is the addition of a new metallic Carbon Black exterior color and the Pepperdust color is deleted. We do also see a price bump of around $3,000 for the 2020 Yukon XL. 

The 2020 Yukon XL locks horns with Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Expedition, and Nissan Armada.

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV three quarter view
2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV rear three quarter view

6.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

9.5/10
Competition


2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Features

6.0/10

GMC has segregated the Yukon XL into 2 trims levels for the year 2020 which are SLE and SLT. The Yukon Denali is covered in a separate article as it is powered by a more powerful engine and has a wide array of additional premium features. The Yukon SLE is priced at $58,895 while the SLT will cost you $61,795.

Trims

SLE

SLT Standard Edition

     SLT                                                   Denali             

MSRP (RWD)

$54,695 $58,895 $61,795 $71,795

MSRP (4WD)

$57,695 $61,895 $64,795 $74,795

Key Features

Cloth upholstery

Adds/Upgrades to SLE Adds/Upgrades to SLT Standard Edition Adds/Upgrades to  SLT 
 

Front bench seats (optional bucket seats)

Leather upholstery

   
 

8” infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Heated front and second-row seats

   
 

4G LTE and WiFi system

Power folding second and third-row seats

   
 

Three-zone climate control

Automatic emergency braking (optional)

   
 

Automatic wipers

Rear seat entertainment system (optional)

   
 

Bose audio system

Navigation (optional)

   
   

Moonroof (optional)

   

Both the trims of the 2020 Yukon XL are available in RWD or AWD configuration. A 5.3L naturally aspirated V8 is the standard engine that produces 355 hp and 383 lb/ft of torque. There is no dearth of features in the latest Yukon XL. 3 zone auto climate control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a Bose audio system are standard across both trims. However, if you want Leather-appointed seats with heating and power-folding abilities along with some of the premium optional features, you have to splash out the cash and buy the SLT trim.

Which trim do we recommend?

We suggest you opt for the SLT trim as it adds some features such as leather upholstery, heated and power-folding seats which will largely enhance your experience of the Yukon XL over the years. Moreover, you will also have the option for a bunch of upgrade packages that are missing with the SLE trim. 

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2020 Yukon is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 engine which churns out 355 horses @ 5,600rpm and has maximum torque output of 383 lb/ft @4,100rpm. This is the same engine under the hood of the 2019 Yuko XL. The V8 is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that results in linear power delivery. However, at lower revs, you will be left wanting for more power and the acceleration is also very sluggish. 

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV engine bay

The SLT has the option for upgrading to the 6.2L V8 which comes standard with the Yukon Denali. This V8 can produce 420 hp and 460 lb/feet of torque. The transmission is updated to 10 speed automatic and the Yukon XL feels like a totally different car. Your thirst for power will be quenched and the ride quality gets much more controlled. 

Models

GMC Yukon XL SLE 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD*

Nissan Armada SV 4WD*

MSRP

$58,895

$55,995

$59,220

$50,100

Engine

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V8

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.5L Twin Turbo V6

5.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain 4WD 4WD 4WD 4WD

Transmission

6-Speed A/T

6-Speed A/T

10-Speed A/T

7-Speed A/T

Power

355hp@5,600rpm

355hp@5,600rpm

375hp@5,000rpm

390hp@5,800rpm

Torque

383lb-ft@4,100rpm

383lb-ft@4,100rpm

470lb-ft@3,500rpm

394lb-ft@4,000rpm

*2019 Model Year specs used for comparison purposes only

The Chevrolet Suburban is powered by the same engine as the Yukon XL. The 3.5L twin-turbo V6 under the hood of the Ford Expedition is capable of producing 375 horses an 470 lb/ft of torque while Nissan Armadas naturally aspirated V6 produces 390 hp and 394 lb/ft of torque.

How fast is it off the line?

The Yukon XL puts forward pretty impressive acceleration figures. The 5846lbs beast takes 6.8 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. The standard 5.3L V6, with its lackluster power delivery in the lower revs, makes up for it once the threshold of 5000rpm is crossed.

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV hits 0-60 mph in just 6.8 sec

If you opt for the more powerful 6.2L V8, the 0-60 mph time goes down to 6.2 seconds. The 2020 Yukon XL can also complete a quarter-mile drag race in 15 to 15.5 seconds depending on the engine under the hood. 

Models

GMC Yukon XL SLE 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD*

Nissan Armada SV 4WD*

0-60 MPH 

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

6.7 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.5 sec

15.1 sec

15 sec

Top Speed N/A N/A 120 MPH 120 MPH

Engine

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V8

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.5L Twin Turbo V6

5.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

The Armada has the most impressive acceleration figures in the lot. It can reach 60 mph for 0 in 6.5 seconds and complete a drag race in flat 15 seconds. The Suburban has similar performance to that of the Yukon XL. This is expected as both the cars are powered by the same engine.

How impressive is the braking?

The 2020 Yukon XL puts out a really impressive performance in terms of braking as well. Equipped with ventilated disk brakes with ABS on all the wheels, his behemoth can come to a complete halt from 60mph in just 125 feet. This is one of the shortest stopping distances in the segment, bettered only by the Nissan Armada.

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV brakes

Model

GMC Yukon XL SLE 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD*

Nissan Armada SV 4WD*

Brake Rotors Front

13"

13"

13.9"

13.8"

Brake Rotors Rear

13.6"

13.6"

13.6"

13.8"

Curb Weight

5846 lbs

5808 lbs

5815 lbs

5822 lbs

60-0 MPH

125 ft

131 ft

133 ft

115 ft

The brake pedal is pretty smooth with a suitable linear application. The brake bite kicks in smoothly during regular usage and there is no noticeable nosedive. 

What about the driving dynamics?

The V8 engine on the 2020 GMC Yukon XL has enough power to move this enormous mass swiftly. Ride quality is smooth over most pavements however smaller bumps in the road can make the ride shaky with the standard suspension. The Yukon XL feels confident on a winding road but maneuverability remains a problem for a vehicle this size. 

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV steering wheel

How much can it tow?

2020 GMC Yukon XL can tow up to 8500lbs which enables you to carry a trailer or a boat. The V8 under the hood is powerful enough to carry out this task with ease. All the Yukon’s come standard with a receiver hitch.

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV towing capacity

Models

GMC Yukon XL SLE 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Nissan Armada SV 4WD*

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD*

Towing Capacity

8500 lbs

8300 lbs

8500 lbs

9000 lbs

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Fuel Economy

3.0/10

The 2020 GMC Yukon XL with the RWD and 5.3-liter V8 liter engine guzzle the same amount of fuel as its Chevy sibling. It checks in at 15 mpg for the city, 22 mpg on the highway and results to 18 mpg combined. Opting for the AWD takes a further toll on the fuel economy with figures of 14/20/18 mpg for city, highway and combined respectively.

Model

GMC Yukon XL SLE 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD*

Nissan Armada SV 4WD*

MPG (City)

15

15

16

13

MPG (Highway)

22

22

21

18

MPG (Combined)

18

18

18

15

Fuel Capacity 31.0 gallons 31.0 gallons 28.3 gallons 26.0 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 434/651/558 miles 434/651/558 miles 453/594/509 miles 338/468/390 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

N/A

9.2

N/A

11

The optional 6.2 L V8 has a slightly better fuel economy as compared to the standard engine and will get you a combined figure of 19 mpg.

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Interior

7.5/10

Ingress and egress are made easy by the tall, big doors along with available running boards and grab handles. Thin windshield pillar along with the high seating position makes for a good view of the road while the power tilt and telescoping steering help the drivers to customize their driving position.

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV seating layout

Models

GMC Yukon XL SLE 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD*

Nissan Armada SV 4WD*

Seating Capacity

8

9

8

8

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in)

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.0/64.9/43.9

40.9/63.8/41.9

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in)

39.1/65.1/39.7

39.1/65.1/39.7

40/64.8/41.5

40.0/63.4/41.0

 

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in)

38.5/62.6/34.5

38.5/62.6/34.5

37.4/64.3/36.1

36.4/60.5/28.4

The Yukon XL offers one of the most spacious cabins in the segment and there is enough room for adults in all the three rows. The seats offer good amount of adjustments and getting into the third row is a breeze thanks to the power-folding second row. There are also three complete sets of the LATCH in the second row for installing child safety which is easy to use.

What's there to keep you entertained?

2020 Yukon XL is loaded with features and even the base Yukon offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The specs are the same in the Yukon XL and the regular Yukon. Both the vehicles have 8” touch displays with GMCs IntelliLink system.

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV has 8-inch infotainment system

The screen is responsive enough and the features include:

  • A nine-speaker Bose audio system
  • Five USB ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

How much cargo can it carry? 

The 2020 GMC Yukon boasts one of the best cargo space in the segment. It offers 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet with the third row folded and 121.1 cubic feet with second-row folded. These numbers are impressive considering there is even room to tuck away small items under the cargo floor that increases the capacity further. 

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV cargo capacity

Models

GMC Yukon XL SLE 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD*

Nissan Armada SV 4WD*

Cargo Capacity

39.3 cu.ft.

39.3 cu.ft.

34.3 cu.ft.

16.5 cu.ft.

However, the Yukon XL has a high cargo floor which might make it difficult for some people to load and unload their belongings. A hands-free liftgate is also available.

Creature comforts on offer

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather upholstery (Optional)
  • Heated and ventilated seat (Optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (Optional)
  • Power adjustable pedals (Optional)

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Exterior

6.0/10

The 2020 GMC Yukon XL is one of the largest SUV in its segment and there are very few that matches its size. Even the Ford Expedition Max is 3-inches shorter in length than the GMC. The Yukon XL is also the heaviest car in the segment.

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV front view

Model

GMC Yukon XL SLE 4WD

Chevrolet Suburban LS 4WD

Ford Expedition Max XLT 4WD*

Nissan Armada SV 4WD*

Curb Weight

5846 lbs

5808 lbs

5815 lbs

5822 lbs

Length

224.4"

224.4"

221.9"

208.9"

Width

80.5"

80.5"

83.6"

79.9"

Height

74.4"

74.4"

76.2"

75.8"

Ground Clearance

7.9"

7.9"

9.7"

9.1"

Wheelbase

130"

130"

131.6"

121.1"

The 2020 Yukon XL has a clean and minimal exterior shell. The front grille is more subdued than the Yukon Denali in the absence of chrome accents. The big wheels along with the upright cabin give the Yukon XL a proper SUV stance. 

Highlights of the exterior design

  • Signature LED lighting
  • Premium wheel options
  • Available power liftgate
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Hidden rear wipers
  • Keyless entry
2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Exterior
2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Exterior
2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Exterior
2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Exterior
2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Exterior
2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Exterior

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Safety

9.9/10

Much like its stunted sibling, the 2020 GMC Yukon XL also gets four-stars fom NHTSA in their crash test. The Yukon XL is built on the same platform as the regular Yukon, so its chassis bears the same structural integrity. Besides that, this Yukon XL also gets advanced safety features to ensure total safety of all its occupants. They include:

Safety Features

  • Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags with rollover sensor help provide head protection for outboard occupants for all three rows
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for the driver)
  • Front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Traction Control
  • High-strength side-door guard beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Competition

9.5/10

GMC Yukon vs Chevrolet Suburban

Both of these al-American SUVs are essentially the same car in different packagings and badges on the grille. The engine under the hood is the same, as is the case with the cabin and seats. It ultimately boils down to where allegiance lie, GMC or Chevrolet. 

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

GMC Yukon vs Ford Expedition Max

The Ford Expedition Max traded blow to blow with the GMC Yukon Max. Be it space, engine power or fuel economy, the Ford matches the GMC if not does it better. However, the Yukon XL is slightly cheaper than the Expedition Max and offers some exclusive features. Also, the optional 6.2L V8 gives the Yukon XL a slight advantage over the American rival. 

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 GMC Yukon XL SUV Final Verdict

The 2020 GMC Yukon XL is one of the best full-size SUV that is available in the market today. It boasts a plush interior and a minimal yet contemporary exterior shell. Both of the available V8s are powerful and do their supposed job well. The Yukon XL also has the best in class cargo capacity and good mileage for a large SUV. It gets strong competition from Ford Expedition but with a low starting price, the Yukon XL definitely scores ahead. 

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