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Old 09-14-2009, 08:27 AM
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Truck opinions-GMC Yukon XL Denali

I'm thinking of upgrading from my 2000 Suburban K2500 to a 2007 Yukon XL Denali.

Anyone own one that would like to comment? What kind of mpg do you get towing and solo?
The '07 has 385 hp (my current ride only has 300hp)

Any common problems to watch for?
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:39 AM
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I had a Denali pickup. It worked fine as a tow vehicle, but not any better than my current GMC half-ton, and OMG what a pig for gas mileage.

IMHO, from a performance standpoint, no possible way is the Denali worth the price premium over a standard half-ton.
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I had a Denali pickup. It worked fine as a tow vehicle, but not any better than my current GMC half-ton, and OMG what a pig for gas mileage.

IMHO, from a performance standpoint, no possible way is the Denali worth the price premium over a standard half-ton.
I agree................The Denali just has a lot more bling for a premium price.
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Is the XL AWD too?

I agree with above though, not worth it.
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Is the XL AWD too?

I agree with above though, not worth it.
Yes AWD.

Guys, keep in mind this is a USED Denali (2007) that I can find for around $38K (New '09's are over $60K) I cannot use a P/U, need an SUV like I have now. I've owner an '01 Denali before, just curious about the new body style.

Oh BTW my current ride gets 12-13mpg solo, 9.5mpg towing the X-star!
(mostly because it has a 4:10 rear)
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The AWD really drinks the gas.
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And the tires. Why are you "upgrading"? 85 hp? Why don't you just put a smaller gear in your current truck.
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My wife puts about 2000 miles per year on the the GMC 1500 pulling a 7600 lb horse trailer (I put on about 20 miles per year pulling the Maristar). I have concluded that any bigger truck is a waste of money and gasoline.
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Yes AWD.

Guys, keep in mind this is a USED Denali (2007) that I can find for around $38K (New '09's are over $60K) I cannot use a P/U, need an SUV like I have now. I've owner an '01 Denali before, just curious about the new body style.

Oh BTW my current ride gets 12-13mpg solo, 9.5mpg towing the X-star!
(mostly because it has a 4:10 rear)
I know you need an SUV, but can't beat a diesel for mileage if you're towing alot. Or empty driving for that fact. I don't know how some people can claim 18-20mpg out of gassers. Must drive 55mph everywhere and kick 'er in neutral going downhill!
Guy that towed my X2 from LV had a 6 liter GMC CC, 4wd and said he got about 8mpg and I followed him the last 2 hrs of the trip and he barely hit 70mph on the freeway, slower most of the time.
Our work trucks, mostly DOdge Hemis and 5.4L F150s all get around 12-13 mpg empty.

For $38k you could get any crew cab or Mega Cab diesel you wanted and put a topper and carpet in the back. Voila! An SUV that you can hose out the back!

My advice would be to find a low mileage 7.3L Excursion if you tow alot.
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