Moving In Style: 2016 Yukon XL Denali

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2016 Yukon Denali XL

 2016 Yukon Denali XL

2016 Yukon XL Denali Moving In Style

Moving is never fun. No matter who you are, where you’re moving to, or how you choose to move…moving sucks.

Instead of hiring some muscle to pack, load and unload a moving van, I tackled the move from Houston to Dallas all by myself! As the sun set on June, I loaded the 2016 Yukon XL Denali with as many boxes as would fit in the back, using all 121.7 cubic feet of space. Fold-flat second- and third-row seats made it easy and convenient to fit boxes, a TV, computer monitor and more, safely in the back!

Convenient features like the hands-free liftgate and power folding seats, made the chore of packing a little easier. I lovingly refer to the packing process as a game of “Yukon Jenga.” And for the record, I lost the game, when I waved my foot under the tailgate and items had shifted…rest in peace computer hard drive.

240 Miles To A New Start

2016 Yukon Denali

With my best friend riding shotgun, we took I-45 north to my new home. Empty or fully loaded with boxes of junk, the 2016 Yukon XL Denali has one smooth ride. GMC’s magnetic ride control handled all the road construction and potholes with finesse. My 240 mile journey flew by as we jammed to the XM radio, blasting through the ten speaker Bose Centerpoint surround sound system.

In fact, the ride was so smooth, and I was so comfortable behind the wheel, that I missed the exit for Buc-ee’s! I was immediately concerned for two reasons: 1. Stopping at Buc-ee’s is a tradition and 2. where would we stop to fill up this thirsty 6.2 L V8 beast? However, I was shocked when I realized the Ecotec3 engine was getting 19.6 miles per gallon. Um, that’s better than my Chevy Tahoe.

Of course, my Tahoe is a 2005 model and as much as I love it, the difference between it, and the Yukon Denali XL, is night and day! I thought my SUV had all the bells & whistles, but it doesn’t have the head-up display. Its not equipped with rain sensing wipers, a hands free liftgate, power folding seats, 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot, etc. like the Denali!

SUV Made For A Boss, Drives Like a Boss

2016 Yukon Denali XL Back
2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali

Yes, the 2016 Yukon Denali XL is luxurious and handles the road effortlessly. But, with plush seats heated in front and back, a rear seat entertainment system, and the 4G LTE wi-fi hot spot, I could easily enjoy having myself chauffeured on a regular basis. Just sayin’.

I was a little concerned about driving such a “big” vehicle around town. I’m notorious for having difficulty parking or navigating tight spots, but the front and rear park assist made me look like a pro! Other safety features include: rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and side blind zone alert, crash imminent braking, and lane change alert.

Whether you’re a soccer Mom or a CEO, the 2016 Yukon Denali XL offers all the convenience features you need, while making the drive effortless. But a word of warning, the final price will leave a mark on your bank account! Before adding options our loaner was priced at $71,025. Once you add the head-up display (well worth the money in my opinion $425), open road package, 22 inch aluminum wheels with inserts, power retractable running boards, adaptive cruise control, and theft deterrent system, the final price was $81,045.

 

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