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2012 GMC Yukon vs. Its Competition

 
2011 GMC Yukon 2WD 4-door 1500 SLT Angular Front Exterior View
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Unexpectedly, one of the Yukon's most direct rivals comes from within GM.

With more glitz and glamor, but essentially the same powertrain and performance (and only a slightly higher price tag), the Cadillac Escalade is the choice for those who want to be seen.

Otherwise, the Ford Expedition has a set of standard and longer-wheelbase models, along with V-8 engines and heavy-duty versions, to take on the Yukon and Yukon XL directly, while the Denalis have some competition in the form of the Lincoln Navigator and Navigator EL.

In comparison, the interior of the Ford and Lincoln feel more conservative to most, and while their 5.4-liter V-8 is no slouch, they're a bit slower than the GM models.

Some might find the styling of the Toyota Sequoia to be a bit too heavy on the macho cues, though it's up to par in most other ways.

The Nissan Armada is currently looking somewhat dated, especially inside, and it's one of the least fuel-efficient of the large SUVs.

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The 2012 GMC Yukon–in Hybrid Denali form especially–makes a strong argument that there's still very much a place in today's market for big, capable, and supremely comfortable body-on-frame SUVs.
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The 2012 Cadillac Escalade models still rank among the most luxurious, spacious vehicles at any price—especially if towing capability matters.
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If you're one of the few SUV fans left standing in the full-size arena, the 2012 Ford Expedition offers truck toughness in a well-rounded, well-featured SUV package.
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Lavish and large, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator is luxury, American-style, but its powertrains are a step behind those of the competition.
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It's lacking in some features and its interior is a bit cheap, but the 2012 Nissan Armada has rugged good looks and a beefy V-8 powertrain.
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The 2012 Toyota Sequoia delivers traditional truck toughness, towing ability, and strong V-8 engines—plus the macho look to go with it.
MSRP From     
$40,085$63,170$36,530$57,775$39,870$40,930
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/ASport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door 1500 SLE2WD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door XL2WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door SVRWD 4.6L SR5 (SE)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
875788
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility4 Door4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODHD Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
 
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