2019 GMC Yukon XL vs. 2019 Chevrolet Suburban

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Yukon XL and the Suburban have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat center airbag, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.


The Yukon XL Graphite Performance Edition/Denali’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (420 vs. 355) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 383) than the Suburban’s standard 5.3 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Yukon XL has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Suburban doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The Yukon XL stops shorter than the Suburban:


Yukon XL



60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Yukon XL Denali 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Suburban Premier 4WD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.


The Yukon XL Graphite Performance Edition//Denali uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Suburban doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

The Yukon XL’s cargo area provides more volume than the Suburban.


Yukon XL


Second Seat Folded

121.7 cubic feet

121.1 cubic feet


The Yukon XL’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Suburban’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.


The GMC Yukon/Yukon XL outsold the Chevrolet Suburban by 33% during 2018.

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