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2007 GMC Yukon Test Drive

A Truck for Car

MSRP: $36,460 —

General Motors’ latest of full-size SUVs, including the GMC Denali, impresses with and comfort. The question remains, how do you need a hefty truck guzzles fuel?

The all-new ’07 Denali is part of General brave new world of full-size, SUVs, which are stubbornly to market while gas prices to push past an average of a gallon. Critics deride the corporation for being out of step the times, but GM is convinced that the for such brutes will to flourish.

At 750,000 units a full-size SUVs account for 4.4 percent of U.S. passenger-vehicle and the theory is that there always be plenty of buyers who they absolutely require the to carry at least half a people in comfort, plus at some baggage, while a big boat, travel trailer, car or rolling livestock.

We’ll see GM is right, but meanwhile, there’s no that the Yukon Denali is an vehicle. I have no more use for a than I do for a walk-in refrigerator, but the is so good it could change my

The Yukon Denali is the best full-size SUV I’ve ever luxurious, roomy, comfortable, whisper-quiet, surprisingly car-like, and at 380 hp, powerful than anything but super cars, top-tier sedans with V12 engines and the Cadillac Escalade with the Yukon shares much of its

Whether it’s worth a premium over the straight is questionable, but that considerable wad of does buy you a new unique-to-the-Denali 6.2-liter, V8 engine; a new six-speed automatic with a useful “manual” mode; a leather, luxurious several nice standard features; and some minor embellishments such as the distinctive “chrome” grille (in fact, plastic).

A 20-inch-longer Denali XL is available, and in 2008, there be Yukons (though not a Denali) a two-mode hybrid system for 25 better fuel economy.

The characteristic of a full-size SUV is three of real seats — little jump seats don’t the cut. If you want to fly coach in a all three rows can be three-seat rather than bucket for a total of nine passengers.

The first-class configuration would individual seats (called seats”) all around, for a total of and business class might a single bench in the middle or row, your choice.

All are roomy. The third row is intended for or short-trip adult use, but not the penalty box you find in some The middle row is comfortable and spacious in dimension, with its own set of climate and optional seat heaters.

also an optional Panasonic DVD with a drop-down screen for If the shifter is in park, Dad can watch the on the dashboard nav-display screen the family is at Foot Locker a round of new Nikes.

It’s to reach the rearmost seats by between the two middle bucket if that’s the chosen configuration, but even easier to push a on the rear roof pillar or on the overhead control panel, to either middle seat power-fold forward to allow an clamber into the third

The rearmost seats manually forward for increased luggage but don’t disappear into the like on some SUVs and Instead, they can be removed with relative ease: seat has a suitcase-like handle and a tug releases the seat from its so you can trundle it into the garage.

The and heated front seats of course, the thrones, amply for the biggest butts and with an adjustable pedal cluster to for short drivers. The steering both tilts and telescopes

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All three rows of seats side-curtain airbags that from above to cushion as well as guard against the of rollover dangers, the ejection of passengers from the vehicle.

It take long to notice the level of interior-trim refinement — the of the materials, the nuances of tightly panels and pieces, the attention to switchgear and detailing — is substantially than what you might come to expect from GM “We’ve finally learned how to a black plastic interior good, like the Europeans one GMC engineer said. “Stuff that we’ve fought for awhile now.”

The result of the bout is apparent, and

The all-wheel-drive GMC Yukon Denali is a truck that in many handles like a tall, car. Much of the initial of the new series of full-size GM SUVs lowering the core structure and its of gravity, and widening the track side-to-side distance between set of wheels) for greater stability. the Yukon Denali’s hood and see that the big engine is mounted low and rearward, toward the vehicle’s of gravity with as much of it as below the front-seat occupants.

The new transmission makes seamless both up and down, with the needle virtually the only that you’ve changed The transmission can be controlled manually via a rocker switch on the column-mounted stalk. It’s an odd location; controls are usually either on the wheel or controlled by a console-mounted lever between the front but it works just fine. is hardly a sports car that both hands on the wheel as you through corners, and you’ll use the manual mode while a trailer-towing situation.

The ’07 Yukon Denali’s nicely and communicative steering is a new rack-and-pinion instead of the previous generation’s unit. Recirculating-ball steering is powerful and a bit numb, but has typically used in trucks for exactly reasons. Rack-and-pinion is simple and providing excellent steering and feedback — which is why you’ll it on Porsches, Ferraris and every car with good-handling pretensions. power assist makes it to a vehicle as heavy as a Yukon

At 105 mph, where a speed steps in, the Yukon Denali solid and stable, at least in a line. At an enthusiastic 60 and 70 mph on smooth, curving country roads, the big feels like a far smaller At least it does until you try the aggressively, which is when it apparent that 5,500 might stop on a silver but never a dime.

Did You Know …

• on who’s doing the translating, means “great one,” one” or “big one” in the Indian language Dena’ina. the name by which Alaska’s Mt. was originally known by Native and is the name most commonly for that mountain in Alaska

• One reason manufacturers are naming new with cryptic alphanumeric (G6, XLR, 500) of names like Yukon and is that virtually all the usable are “blocked” — copyrighted. The only is nonsense words (Azera, Miata, Sentra) or letters and

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