A year ago, Angelinos weren't thrilled to see throngs of Texans running around L.A. after the University of Texas Longhorns upset our hometown USC Trojans in the Rose Bowl Game. But with time comes healing, and we at Motor Trend have moved on. So much so that we recently welcomed to our long-term fleet a hulking corn-fed brute hailing from--you guessed it--Texas.
Assembled at GM's Arlington, Texas, factory, our GMC Yukon SLT not only feeds on good-ol' gasoline, but also E85 ethanol fuel, which is made from U.S.-grown bio-material such as corn. Fitment of an LMG version of GM's Vortec 5.3-liter, 320-horsepower V-8 allows for this dual-fuel capability as well as a snazzy FlexFuel badge to be affixed to the tailgate. This badge has prompted queries from curious bystanders, to which we've replied, "FlexFuel means it can run on ethanol, but the closest E85 station is in San Diego." Suffice it to say, all the Yukon's 3681 miles have been accumulated via gas. And as most of those miles have been accrued in city driving, our average fuel economy has yet to eclipse 12.0 mpg, despite EPA figures of 15/21. The good news is that the Yukon's fuel economy should improve once we subject it to more road trips, during which its Active Fuel Management system--a technology that shuts down four cylinders during light-throttle applications--can be more active.
Our Yukon SLT carried a base price of $39,240, but it came well equipped for the rigorous duties of a full-size sport/utility. Standard features included a new control-arm front suspension with coil-over shocks (the archaic torsion bars are out), stability control, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and a 49-percent-stiffer structure.
Fitted with such options as a remote vehicle starter, 12-way power front seats, power-release second-row seats, a power tailgate, and a rearview camera system, the Yukon has proved a satisfying long-termer. Staffers have been impressed with the GMC's host of amenities as well as its serene road manners and high levels of luxury. As editor-in-chief MacKenzie notes, "The Yukon immediately impresses with the classy ambience of the interior--which looks pretty well put together, too--and its smoothness and silence on the road." Moreover, the Yukon offers plenty of pep, evidenced by respectable test numbers--0 to 60 in 8.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 16.3 at 85.7 mph.
With nearly 4000 miles on the odometer, our Yukon--a key member of GM's new GMT900 family--has gobbled cargo and people with aplomb. Stay tuned to see if it continues to gobble gas with the same ease.
|2007 GMC Yukon SLT|
|Base price|| $39,240|
|Price as tested|| $48,735|
|Vehicle layout|| Front engine, 4WD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV|
|Engine|| 5.3L/320-hp/ 340 lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8|
|Transmission|| 4-speed automatic|
|Curb weight (dist f/r)|| 5769 lb (52/48%)|
|Wheelbase|| 116.0 in|
|Length x width x height|| 202.0 x 79.0 x 77.0 in|
|0-60 mph|| 8.5 sec|
|Quarter mile|| 16.3 sec @ 85.7 mph|
|Braking, 60-0 mph|| 137 ft|
|Lateral acceleration|| 0.69 g |
|EPA city/hwy econ || 15/21 mpg|
|Total mileage|| 3681 miles|
|Average test mpg|| 11.9 mpg|
|Unresolved problem areas|| None|
|From the Logbook|
"Interior takes abuse but cleans up nicely--so far, no interior weaknesses."
-- Mark Williams