2011 GMC Yukon vs. Its Competition

2011 GMC Yukon 2WD 4-door 1500 SLT Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Among full-size SUVs, the Yukon lineup has competition within GM itself.

The Cadillac Escalade is a glitzier cousin and uses the top Denali powertrain.

The Ford Expedition is positioned exactly on top of the Yukon and Yukon XL, with a duo of V-8 engines and heavy-duty versions paired with short- and long-wheelbase versions, while the Denalis have some competition in the form of the Lincoln Navigator and Navigator EL-both handsomely styled, with a cockpit bathed in LED lighting and a 1960s flair.

From Toyota comes a Sequoia with a single body style and a powerful V-8, but controversial styling.

And though Nissan also offers an Infiniti QX56 seven-passenger SUV, the Yukon lineup is priced more closely against the less-expensive Nissan Armada.

2011 GMC Yukon 2WD 4-door 1500 SLT Angular Front Exterior View2011 GMC Yukon
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2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV AWD 4-door Base Angular Front Exterior View2011 Cadillac Escalade
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2011 Ford Expedition 2WD 4-door Limited Angular Front Exterior View2011 Ford Expedition
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2010 Lincoln Navigator L 4WD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View2011 Lincoln Navigator
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2011 Nissan Armada 2WD 4-door SV Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Armada
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2011 Toyota Sequoia 4WD LV8 6-Spd AT Ltd (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota Sequoia
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Quick Specs
The 2011 GMC Yukon Denali is evidence that big, capable body-on-frame sport-utility vehicles can be supremely comfortable and luxurious.
The 2011 Cadillac Escalade delivers solid, luxurious, and spacious accommodations with an advanced feature set. If you can live with the thirst of non-Hybrid models, it's unbeatable.
For those who have to haul people and tow, the 2011 Ford Expedition provides truck toughness in a well-rounded wagon.
The 2011 Lincoln Navigator is large and lavish, in a uniquely American way, though its powertrains are a step behind those of rival truck-based SUVs.
Rugged good looks and a strong powertrain make the 2011 Nissan Armada desirable, but compared to other large SUVs its lacking in most other respects.
The 2011 Toyota Sequoia offers good towing ability, powerful V-8 engines, and a macho, over-the-top look, though in most other respects its hard to make a practical case.
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Gas Mileage     
10 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/A2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door 1500 SLE2WD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door XL2WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door SVRWD V8 6-Speed AT SR5 (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door4 DoorSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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