Friday, January 20, 2012

The Luxurious Beast that is the 2011 GMC Yukon Denali

GMC is more than likely not the first name plate you think of when the word Luxury manufacturer comes to mind. However, the GMC Yukon Denali is changing that every single day and on every single test drive. The 2011 GMC Yukon Denali is a premium SUV that can take on any of the Luxury SUV's in terms of Luxury, Ride, Performance, Styling, and Value. Not only is the Yukon Denali gorgeous with it's masculine styling and bold agressive front grille, but it delivers in every category that you would test or compare a luxury vehicle by. The 2011 GMC Yukon Denali that we currently have in stock is built on the same exact chassis as the Cadillac Escalade and also uses the same exact 403 Horsepower, 6.2 L V-8, six speed transmission, and full time all wheel drive system. This is basically an Escalade with a different logo on the front. What we've come to love about the Escalade translates right over to the 2011 GMC Yukon Denali. The 2011 GMC Yukon Denali that I'll be driving today is dressed in the black metallic exterior paint job and it's highlighted with bright chrome accents and bright chrome wheels. When inside supple black leather seating surfaces welcome you, and brilliant light wood trim accents the majority of the cabin. This particular Yukon Denali has the Power Moonroof, Power Seats w/memory seating, Premium Bose Am/FM/CD/MP3 Stereo System, Heated Seats, Air Cooled Seats, Dual Climate Control, Rear View Camera, Rear TV/DVD, BlueTooth, 3rd row Seating, and the list goes on for days and days. With the ammenities listed above anyone can find themselves perfectly content within minutes of entering the vehicle. The same sound insulation that is used on the Escalade is also incorperated and the Denali is extremely quiet and well mannered. Once I'm out on the roadway I feel like I'm the king of the road. Visibilty is wonderful from every direction, and The Denali has plenty of height to allow you to tower over the other vehicles on the road. The power of the 6.2L is plenty and it delivers anytime you so much as touch the gas pedal. The braking is great and it can tow up to around 8,400 lbs. The truck behaves like a car the majority of the time, and cornering for it's size is quite impressive. The cabin is cavernous inside, it's very well appointed, and it would allow most families to travel in comfort from one side of the country to the other. Despite the size and overall weight the truck is very quick and nimble on it's feet, and I was really impressed by the overall performance. The Denali is built on a truck frame, but you won't even notice unless you are on a rocky terrain. In town the truck has a nice turning radius and wouldn't be to hard to manuever in the mall parking lot. Overall the Denali delivers in every department. I love the styling,  the ride quality, and I absolutely love the interior. The 2011 Denalis are gorgeous, quiet, smooth, quick, and roomy. When it comes to SUVs of this size, the Denalis are one of my favorites and if you drive one I bet they'll make it on your list as well. If you are in the market for a  Luxury SUV the Denali should definitely get a look and a test drive, because it's worth every penny!

2011 GMC Yukon Denali Specs:

Engine & Performance
  • Base engine size: 6.2 L
  • Cam type: Overhead valves (OHV)
  • Cylinders: V8
  • Valves: 16
  • Valve timing: Variable
  • Torque: 417 ft-lbs. @ 4300 rpm
  • Horsepower: 403 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Turning circle: 39.0 ft.
  • Base engine type: flex-fuel (FFV)
  • Drive type: rear wheel drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
  • Rear locking differential
  • Short and long arm front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Front independent suspension
  • Front and rear stabilizer bar
  • Fuel type: flex-fuel (FFV)
  • Fuel type: flex-fuel (premium unleaded recommended/E85)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 26 gal.
  • Range in miles (cty/hwy): 364/468 mi.
  • EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 14/18 mpg

2011 GMC Yukon Denali Warranty:


  • Basic: 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
  • Drivetrain: 5 yr./ 100000 mi.
  • Roadside: 5 yr./ 100000 mi.
  • Rust: 6 yr./ 100000 mi.

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