Stretch an already good-sized GMC Yukon full-size SUV, throw in a bunch of extra standard features and mix with delivered V8 power and part-time four-wheel drive (4WD) to behold the 2012 Yukon XL (extra length) SLT Half-Ton 4WD. Known in some circles as the XL SLT 1500 4WD, this midlevel trim, like all of its XL siblings is 22 inches longer than its standard Yukon counterparts and comes with a 14-inch longer wheelbase. Thus, it seats up to eight people with the standard second- and third-row bench seats, while offering 137.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the second row seatbacks folded and the third row seat removed.
Powered by a variable-valve-timed (VVT), ethanol-capable (FFV) 5.3-liter V8 engine, this hefty ute puts out 320 hp and, under the management of the standard six-speed shiftable automatic transmission, 335 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity is maxed out at
8,000 pounds with the optional heavy-duty towing package added, while mileage is estimated at 15 mpg city/21 highway. Meantime, the off-road-capable 4WD system boasts an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case and auto-locking hubs.
Decorating this midlevel trim’s profile are 17-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, step running boards, heated power-adjustable mirrors, and a trailer hitch and wiring. Inside, the SLT Half-Ton 4WD sports leather upholstery, power-adjustable front bucket seats, full power accessories, power-adjustable pedals, and leather, simulated wood and simulated alloy cabin accents. All of this remains embraced by tri-zone auto climate control monitored by Sun Sensor technology.
Standard convenience features, meanwhile, include cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal remote garage door opener, rear parking sensors, remote engine starting and a rearview camera.
Again, the 2012 Yukon SLT Half-Ton 4WD comes with standard OnStar Directions and Connections service, as well as Bluetooth hands-free communications and a single-CD player with nine premium Bose speakers, satellite radio and a USB port.
Options include a power sunroof, a newly upgraded hard-drive-based navigation system with seven-inch display, upgraded rear-seat DVD entertainment, upgraded 20-inch wheels, GM’s touted Autoride Active Suspension System and a heavy-duty towing package with integrated trailer brake controller.
Finally, notable standard safety features in this oversized sport ute include, besides sheer size, four-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and three-row head airbags. Further standard safety equipment includes daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, blind-spot warning, OnStar emergency services, a post-collision safety system and a remote anti-theft alarm.