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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Cabin certainly looks luxurious, with its wood-tone and metallic accents
XL Denali gets chrome accents, a distinctive honeycomb grille
Kelley Blue Book
More continuous appearance than the previous pieced-together look
A two-tone interior is crafted with high-quality materials
The 2008 GMC Yukon styling befits its hefty price tag. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that both the interior and exterior of the GMC Yukon 2008 lineup are functional and stylish.
According to Edmunds, the "2008 GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV that's available in two main trim levels: base SLE and ultra-plush Denali." The GMC Yukon 2008 also comes in two lengths, a regular version and the 2008 GMC Yukon XL, which Car and Driver says is "GMC's version of the Chevy Suburban."
The Yukon’s exterior styling was redone for 2007, and the 2008 version is largely unchanged. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com suggest that this is a very good thing, since reviewers love the styling. Edmunds reviewers report that when "dressed in black, the Yukon's clean, slab-sided body gives the impression that it's something the Secret Service would use, which is actually true." That tough, functional styling is upgraded on the Yukon Denali XL, which Kelley Blue Book says "gets chrome accents, a distinctive honeycomb grille, unique headlamps with etched GMC logos," and "18-inch polished wheels." Cars.com adds that "the Yukon XL sports sleeker styling and better-integrated lower body panels than the prior generation," and the "fenders, fog lights and lower side cladding are integrated into the body to create a more continuous appearance than the previous Yukon XL's pieced-together look." One of the available options on the GMC Yukon 2008 XL Denali that can be hit-or-miss on other vehicles are "optional 20-inch chrome wheels," but Edmunds vouches that they bring "enough flash to be tasteful, not ostentatious" on the Yukon Denali XL. Car and Driver sums it up perfectly by declaring that the 2008 GMC Yukon and other "GMC big boys deliver style" that they deem "tough to top."
While reviewers rave about the GMC Yukon 2008 exterior redesign, one glance inside the Yukon Denali shows that GM designers have done a great job with the cabin as well. ForbesAutos claims that the "two-tone interior" looks great. Edmunds brings perhaps the greatest praise of the interior, reporting that the GMC Yukon 2008 "cabin certainly looks luxurious, with its wood-tone and metallic accents and padded door inserts." Cars.com reviewers also mention that "a lower dashboard with a traditional instrument panel hump replaces the boxy dash" from the previous generation of Yukon Denali. ForbesAutos spotlights "a two-tone interior...crafted with high-quality materials," and that on the 2008 GMC Yukon XL, the "instrument panel is positioned lower for easier visibility, particularly for shorter drivers." ConsumerGuide reviewers appreciate the "large" gauges on the 2008 GMC Yukon lineup, but they are disappointed that the markings can be "too indistinct for best legibility." On the positive side, ConsumerGuide also states that the "optional navigation system absorbs, but doesn't complicate, audio functions."
The 2008 GMC Yukon offers high style but is more subdued than its Cadillac Escalade sibling.