When properly equipped, the 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 can haul up to a truck-like 9,600 pounds and a hydraulic brake booster provides additional pressure to the brakes to assist in stopping the extra weight. An optional towing package includes an integrated trailer brake controller allows for proper brake signaling to a trailer’s brake systems. EPA estimated fuel economy ratings 10 mpg in the city and 15-16 mpg on the highway, which doesn’t include flex-fuel estimates. The 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 is closely related to its GM cousin, the Chevrolet Suburban and also competes with the Ford Expedition EL.
The Yukon XL 2500 models changed their name from the Suburban in 2000. Since this name change, the Yukon has continued to enjoy success in the U.S. and is expected to be a best-seller in the crowded and competitive SUV segment.
The 2001 Yukon XL 2500 is one of the best full-size SUVs on the market. The three-quarter ton Yukon XL 2500 is in the middle of this lineup in terms of size. Its slightly lighter, half-ton sibling is known as the Yukon XL 1500, while the largest and most powerful of the three is the Yukon XL 3500. The Yukon XL 2500 seats up to nine passengers, with a choice of seating configurations. Towing capacity, when properly equipped, is an impressive 12,000 pounds, which is more than enough to take that boat down to the lake. While that is quite a heavy trailer to tow, the powerful Yukon XL 2500 can do it without trouble.
The mammoth 2011 GMC Yukon XL is offered in half-ton 1500, three-quarter-ton 2500 and high-end Denali models. Closely resembling the Chevrolet Suburban, the 2011 Yukon XL 2500 is available in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations, while the Denali has a permanent all-wheel-drive system. The 2011 GMC Yukon XL 2500 is powered by a whopping 352-horsepower, 6.0-liter flex-fuel V-8 engine with 382 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission plus auto-manual mode. If that’s not enough, you can always opt for the 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter flex-fuel V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque for optimal power and towing ability.