Car Reviews 2012 GMC Yukon Denali

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Car Reviews: 2012 GMC Yukon Denali

by zAutos.com on December 7, 2011

The 2012 GMC Yukon Denali Review

Full Review by Andy: Satiate Your Lust for Luxury

The 2012 GMC Yukon Denali is stereotypical American luxury: big, bold, high-tech, and the details can go to hell. It’s a blinged-out, loaded-up affordable SUV stuffed with all the trinkets and toys that General Motors can pack in for a hair less than fifty-five grand. For the greedy sybarites who indulge the visceral senses, not much can beat the Yukon Denali.

The interior is attractive but odd, a discordant blend of old-world style with new-world design. The expanses of unwelcome cheap plastic trim are juxtaposed with inlaid wood accents – a fashion boo-boo. The contrast is unbecoming and clashes with the bad-boy chrome of the exterior.

A more noir, Cadillac-like interior aesthetic would have been suitable for the Yukon Denali.

Packin’ a Powertrain

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It goes without saying: the GMC Yukon Denali is about as nimble as Frosty the Snowman on stilts. The big V8 partially compensates, slinging the two-ton hulk to 60 mph in approximately seven-and-a-half seconds. The Yuke rides on an adaptive air suspension with adaptive damping, which allows the Yukon to cruise highways with the cool smoothness of the Blues Brothers. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while full-time all-wheel drive is optional.

However, the AWD system is more suited for rough road conditions than the Dakota badlands.

Safety Information

Notable safety systems on the 2012 GMC Yukon Denali include StabiliTrak with rollover protection, a blind-spot warning system and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, EBD, and EBA. The Denali also shells out a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and a subscription to OnStar. The similar 2011 Yukon scored five stars in front- and side-impact NHTSA crash tests and three stars for rollover safety, a commendable performance for a full-size SUV.

Ergonomics Comfort

The Yukon has exemplary ergonomics on par with the class. There’s just one gorilla in the room: the seat setup. The rear nosebleed seats are kids-only. Wiggle-room is limited, and the floor is almost on par with the seat cushions. The rear bench seat also hampers cargo capacity.

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Less than 17 cubic feet of space is available behind the rear seatbacks, and while the bench folds, it does fold flat into the floor. The seats, weighing approximately 40 pounds each, have to be individually removed to get at the 109 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity. The Ford Expedition, on the other hand, has a more versatile configuration.

Feature Highlights

“Denali” is the local name for Mt. McKinley, a 20,320-ft peak in the southcentral interior of Alaska. It is the highest peak in North America, visible from over 100 miles away.

If you name a car after this mountain, you’d better be able to deliver.

Thankfully, the Yukon Denali has more gadgets and gizmos than an episode of Doctor Who. Entertainment is provided via a ten-speaker Bose sound system with satellite radio, USB/iPod/auxiliary input, RDS and more. Other high-tech electronics include a navigation system with seven-inch touchscreen, real-time traffic, and 30GB of storage.

But that’s just the beginning; the list continues with leather upholstery, twelve-way power-adjustable heated/cooled front seats, heated second-row chairs, power-adjustable pedals, tri-zone climate control, and more. Just remember, Europeans: the Yukon Denali’s luxury is in its electronics, not its materials.

“Satiate Your Lust for Luxury”: the tagline could not be more fitting for the 2012 GMC Yukon Denali. It’s an immersion into indulgence, a la Denali.

Transmission: six-speed automatic

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