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STYLING | 7 out of 10
It might make more sense to call the Yukon Denali the unassuming-man's Escalade.
has always stood in the Escalade's shadow...even though mostly superficial differences separate them
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Colors are warm and trendy, with matched tones across the dash, floor and seats.
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It's been on the market since 2007, but the GMC Yukon still looks to us like one of the better pieces of styling in the SUV realm. The plainer details work in its favor--where the same mechanicals wrapped in Cadillac Escalade couture are starting to look a little bit like last season. The GMC's grille is a simple frame for a straightforward red logo; even the headlamps and taillamps are all business. The Yukon's large windows and tall expanses of sheetmetal steer far clear of the overwrought cliches that drown out the Nissan Armada, for example. Here, it's just understated and serious. Yukon XL utes, by the way, add about 20 inches in overall length, and the gain goes right into the rear windows and metal. The Yukon XL looks less balanced as a result, but it's still well executed.The interior of the GMC Yukon is also very straightforward, and has a more rounded, simple style instead of the upright, macho, machine-shop look that some other models sport. The Yukon's interior has slight differences depending on seating configuration, but they all get the same nicely styled interior, with wood grain trim, tightly grained plastics, and soft, upscale-looking upholstery on offer. Denali versions add more luxury touches, like a honeycomb grille up front and Nuance leather and chrome details to the cabin.
Still handsome after all these years, the 2012 GMC Yukon is as tasteful as its Escalade cousin is blingy.