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2009 GMC Yukon Denali vs. Its Competition

2009 GMC Yukon Denali
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The 2009 GMC Yukon Denali is nearly identical mechanically to the Cadillac Escalade and has nearly the same driving experience.

Among all these trucks, the Denali would likely be the choice of editors if they had serious towing needs yet needed to look good—pulling a show trailer, for instance.

The Denali manages to look respectable and classy without inducing the sneer factor or urban associations that the Escalade brings, and it has all the comfy luxury and tech features.

Another vehicle to consider is the Lincoln Navigator, which costs a bit more than the Denali but not as much as the Escalade.

The Navigator has a more conservative look that some people like, and it handles well and has a smooth ride, but it comes up short on power relative to the Denali.

The Chrysler Aspen is another alternative; it has good performance from its HEMI V-8, but its interior layout isn't quite as spacious and its fuel economy isn't much better.

Or for about the same money as the Yukon Denali, you could get a Yukon Hybrid.

The Hybrid doesn't come quite as loaded with features and luxury as the Denali, but it has EPA fuel economy ratings of up to 21 mpg city, 22 highway and uses half the fuel of the Denali in ordinary driving.

Plus, it's capable of towing nearly as much as the Denali.

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The 2009 GMC Yukon Denali still ranks as one of the most stylish and comfortable ways to do serious cross-country hauling.
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Considering the weight of the Escalade’s image and its segment-leading performance, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade is hard to beat.
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If you aren't price-sensitive, the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid really is a no-compromise SUV.
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There are few compelling reasons to choose the 2008 Chrysler Aspen over slightly larger, roomier competitors like a well-equipped Ford Expedition or GMC Yukon.
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The 2008 Lincoln Navigator has more going for it than bling.
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