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Class: Large SUV
Miles Driven: 264
Fuel Used: 18.6 gallons
Class: Large SUV
Dates tested: 3/14/2016 – 3/21/2016
Miles Driven: 516
Fuel Used: 30.6 gallons
2015 GMC Yukon SLT 4WD
Dates tested: 8/21/2014-8/28/2014
Miles Driven: 355
Fuel Used: 21.9 gallons
Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway
A previous post outlined the changes made to GM’s redesigned full-size SUVs for 2015; this one concentrates on how those changes affect the driving experience.
All of these models come with GM’s “EcoTec3” 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 except for the top-line GMC Denali, which sports a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter version. As expected, the Denali feels stronger than the others, but acceleration – at least with just two people aboard – is more than adequate in all. The only fly in the ointment is that the 6-speed automatic transmission (which is standard on all models) occasionally exhibits some delay before downshifting when the throttle is stabbed while underway.
When you already own 75% of a high-profit class of vehicles, there’s probably little incentive for a redesign. But that’s what GM is doing with its quartet of popular, full-size SUVs.
Chevrolet has just taken the wraps off all-new versions of its “large and larger” full-size SUVs. The Chevrolet Tahoe and its longer-wheelbase, longer-overall-length sibling, the Suburban, have both been redesigned from the ground up for the 2021 model year. Both gain fresh styling, a revamped chassis, new powertrain choices, and a host of newly available technology features.