A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 GMC Yukon XL

GMC Yukon XL 2012

When you want a huge vehicle with plenty of luxury inside, you’re probably going to be happiest with the 2012 GMC Yukon XL.

Key Features

The 5.3-liter V8 engine on this full-size SUV isn’t surprising, but its fuel economy definitely was. Depending on the style you go with, you’ll get 10 mpg in the city and either 15 or 16 on the highway. That’s better than other vehicles of this size.

Of course, there’s also a 6.2-liter V8 to choose from for those who want a bit more under the hood.

Either way, you’re dealing with a towing capacity of 9,600 pounds, which is more than most of us will ever need.

You should expect a spacious interior from a Yukon (especially an XL), but GMC did a great job of organizing the inside of this SUV to make it feel as roomy as possible. There’s definitely enough space for nine people.

Changes for 2012

It’s a small thing, but you’ll love the heated steering wheel that’s new to this model. The front seats were also changed to heated as a standard feature.

2012’s Yukon XL comes with a third-row screen with a rear-seat DVD player too.

Also, this Yukon was built with trailer sway control features and hill start assist which are both part of the StabiliTrak stability system. Add to that the side blind zone alert and you have an SUV that is much safer and easier to drive than the one from years before.

What We Like

This SUV might be extremely powerful, but it handles like a dream. That’s not to say you’ll necessarily have an easy time parallel parking, but it will definitely feel like you’re behind the wheel of a high-end sedan.

What Concerns Us

While the fuel economy is great for an SUV this big, you could save a lot more money on the sticker price and when you fill up by going with a smaller SUV. Many models can easily accommodate up to eight people too.

Available Models

There are four model types of the 2012 GMC Yukon XL. There is the SLE 4x2 and 4x4 and the SLT 4x2 and 4x4.

Major Recalls

The 2012 Yukon XL has been part of two recalls. First, in 2012, it was recalled because the pitman shaft could easily fracture and cause a loss of steering.

In 2014, it was recalled because the ignition would lock the key in place and make it impossible to steer or even hit the brakes.

Common Issues

A lot of owners find out too late that a Suburban would have met all their needs at a much more affordable price.

GMC Yukon XL 2012 Interior

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