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2007-2014 GMC Yukon Denali Review




2007 was the introduction of the new body style GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban.  The body style change greatly improved appearance and the interior change greatly improved both appearance and functionality.  The Denali package is the top of the line luxury package and was available for both the Yukon and Yukon XL.




2007 also introduced new features such as heated steering wheel, remote start, back up camera, updated navigation system, adjustable pedals, park assist and heated windshield washer fluid.  Remote start equipped vehicles allow remote starting via the key fob as long as you are within about 100 feet or so of the vehicle.  GM took the remote start a step further and integrated heat & A/C functions.  When you activate the remote start, the vehicle will turn on the heater or air conditioning based on the outside temperature and if equipped, the driver side heated seat will turn on also.  The finish of the interior plastic trim and stereo buttons seems to be better than previous years with chipping less of an issue.  The seats seem to be more durable as well with seam splitting and tears not as common.  The seats do seem a bit less comfortable than the previous generation causing some discomfort on long drives.  The seats visually look virtually the same as seats in 2007-2010 Duramax pick up trucks but there is definitely a noticeable difference in comfort sitting in them.  I suppose it is possible that my Denali had a bad batch of seats.  The finish on the inner part of the steering wheel wears off though but is not much of a distraction.  There are also two different garage door opener systems used.  Some vehicles were equipped with HomeLink while others were equipped with a different system that had issues syncing with garage door openers.  Interior storage is plentiful.  The glove compartment is typical in size and the center console has a good sized storage compartment.  The front doors have storage pockets on the bottom as well as integrated cup holders at the front of the storage pockets.  The middle row seats are captains chairs which are leather and heated.  The rear seat is a bench seat that will fit 3 children or 2 adults. 


Ride quality is decent but seems to be a bit rougher than the previous generation Yukon Denali.  The new Denali received an engine upgrade to a 405hp 6.2 liter V8.  This engine has plenty of power and accelerates this big SUV with ease.  This engine is not as reliable as other LS style engines.  I experienced several issues including an oil pump failure, multiple oil pressure sending unit failures and a constant engine knock, which from the research I did appears to be lifter noise attributed to the Active Fuel Management system.  I have witnessed several of these 6.2 liter Denalis making the same engine noise so I believe this is a common issue which might have been resolved in later years.  Like the previous generation, these also are all wheel drive, all the time. 


These are nice looking vehicles with a lot of nice features but because of the problems I had, I don't think I would ever by another one.






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