"With every drive of the latest generation of GM's big body-on-frame SUVs, I come away very impressed by them. Heck, you can even say that I like the Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade and this 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali. A couple of nights in it saw me using all the generous cargo space on a supply run for the family restaurant and then the following night I hauled five people to the movies in a snow storm.
So who needs something this big? Well, I suppose someone who owns a Chinese restaurant could find all the space useful. Both the second- and third-row of seats are power folding and fold flat. This allowed me to load up plenty of Styrofoam containers. I believe I stuffed 16 cases in there in addition to various other items. It was a great haul of supplies.
The next night it was off to see "Taken 3" with a car full of friends who enjoyed all the space and comfort in the Yukon XL Denali's interior. Heated second-row seats were a hit and all the legroom was enjoyed, preventing people from being scrunched together.
At no point during my two nights with this Denali did I test out the 6.2-liter V8 because I never towed anything. For the restaurant supply run, I'm sure a minivan or something like a Ford Transit Connect or Nissan NV would have done the trick just fine. The movie trip could have been managed in a midsize sedan or small SUV, but just in not as much comfort for occupants. Sure, there are people who have boats or campers to tow and have a bigger family where something like this Yukon XL makes a lot of sense. In other cases it's a luxury item for people who enjoy having something this big and plush, which is perfectly understandable. Ask any of the people I took to the movies, and I'm sure not one of them will turn down a ride in this again. Not only does something like this Yukon XL Denali tick off the luxury boxes, but the practicality boxes as well." -- Jonathan Wong, Autoweek