DRIVING ME CRAZY: The car review of the GMC Yukon 4WD DENALI by John and Laurie Wiles

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Driving Me Crazy automotive review Columnists Laurie and John Wiles.

Listen to John and Laurie Wiles’ review of the 2022 GMC Yukon 4WD Denali on their Driving Me Crazy radio show airing Thursday, February 31, 2022 at 10 a.m. EST and every Thursday throughout the year at the same time. The broadcast can be heard “Live” or “On Demand” by clicking on this specific hyperlink – http://tobtr.com/s/12058540. Please note that the hyperlink is specific to this review. It changes every week. Listeners are welcome to call the broadcast at 347-205-9201 and are asked to stay on topic. Please share your first name so we can address callers respectfully!

PINEHURST, NC — February 17, 2022 — This week, Laurie and I drove “The King of the Road,” as Roger Miller would have sung back in the day: 2022 GMC Yukon Denali 4WD with all the “bells and whistles” you’d expect in a fully loaded, full-size, incredibly robust SUV. Plus, this is a handsome, handsomely designed beast of a vehicle, and the one we drove was the color of an American buffalo—it’s actually called “Redwood Metallic.” Laurie thought it was red. I thought it was brown. Whether you see it as maroon or maroon, we both think it’s a very attractive color, especially on a sunny day when the metal coating really shimmers.

Now this is a hefty vehicle and it costs a considerable sum. The 2022 Yukon Denali 4WD starts at $72,500. It seats up to eight passengers, tows up to 8,200 pounds, has a powerful 6.2L V8 engine and a surprisingly smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. GM’s “exclusive interior design” is elegant. Great leather, good upholstery, comfortable seats, spacious. Laurie especially liked its “Class-Leading Power-Sliding Center Console” because not only is it well-designed, but there’s a convenient place for everything—drinks, hand sanitizer, cell phones, and her knitting.

As for driving, its “First-in-Class Available Four-Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension” really makes this an incredibly agile SUV, especially for its size and surprisingly quiet. Yes, this is truly a “beast” with a purpose, to get you from point A to point B in style and comfort safely. However, there is a noticeable drawback. The Yukon Denali isn’t the vehicle you jump into for a quick run to the market for milk and bread … although, yes, it’s fine if you’re in the middle of a blizzard. But this is basically a huge passenger vehicle wrapped in a truck, and as a truck, it’s difficult to park in suburbs and other residential areas. Try pulling into a grocery store parking lot and the rear end hangs out a third of the way into the lane or, if you’ve pulled up, at least overlaps the parking lot behind you that much. With a gas mileage average of 14 mpg around town, this vehicle is not designed to run your errands.

But at 19 mpg, it is – especially if you’re towing a trailer or a boat. If you are going on a road trip with the family or heading to the Back of Beyond for a camping or hunting trip. If you have a farm or a ranch – you know, one that Yellowstone – then, damn you requires a 2022 GMC Yukon 4WD Denali. This SUV will go where you need it to go, do what you need it to do—and then some, especially when you consider the many standard features that make this an active working man’s (or, says Laurie, working woman’s) vehicle idea ) lifestyle. For a large family, where third-row seating is a necessity, you’ll be amazed at how roomy the third row is. Need to haul a couple of large dog crates? The 2nd and 3rd row fold down easily. And listen to this (actually you can on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 10:30 at Drives me crazy on Westchester at the Blog Talk Radio level): both the second and third rows (a 60/40 split bench) have automatic power release and fold flat at the push of a button.

As drivers, you and we have been spoiled. Face it, we expect and get so much out of today’s newest makes and models that we have come to take for granted much of what we get in new cars today. That said, how can you take for granted the GMC Denalis’ 14-speaker Bose sound system, with its symphony hall acoustics and supporting Sirius XM Radio, and GMC’s Premium Infotainment Center with Google built-in capabilities. Also impressive is the multi-color heads-up display and 10.2-inch color diagonal touchscreen, which are relatively easy to read and program. The keyless “open, lock and start” key fob and wireless charging for your cell phone and electronic devices with WiFi hotspot are great conveniences. When it comes to GMC’s OnStar services, it’s an invaluable service whether you’re near or far from home, especially in the unexpected event of an emergency. According to studies conducted by Dolphin Technologies between 2018 and 2019, 25 percent of all accidents occur in the first three minutes of driving and 14 percent of collisions occur within the first six minutes. According to studies reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which showed similar findings, about 52 percent of all car accidents occur within a five-mile radius of the home and 69 percent within a 10-mile radius of the home. So yes. GMC’s OnStar services are invaluable and you get it with the 2022 Yukon Denali and other GMC models.

Let’s talk more about interior comfort: The Yukon Denali has a three-zone automatic HVAC system that allows you to regulate the temperature in all three lines. The driver and front passenger seats are heated and ventilated bucket seats with perforated leather seating surfaces that are individually adjustable, and the driver has the joy of a heated steering wheel whenever he or she wants.) The driver’s seat also has driver memory settings so you and your spouse can have your own individual settings with the push of a button and no need to readjust the seat every time you get behind the wheel. Now listen to this (yes, that’s right—Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 10:30 you can hear us): Amazingly, the second-row bucket seats are also heated. Now add all this LED lighting, a “hands-free” power liftgate (required on any large SUV or truck) and which standard, all the safety features you could want, including lane keep assist, lane departure warning, country departure warning, side sound zone warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, rear collision warning, rear cross traffic warning, rear parking assist, following distance indicator, intelligent high beam, front parking assist with surround vision, rear pedestrian alert, safety alert with vibrating seats and anti-theft systems. Standard. All standard. Incredible. What does that price tag look like to you now? Not bad at all considering all you get.

The 2022 Yukon Denali we drove came with all the extras, starting with the optional Denali Ultimate Package, which includes an advanced technology package that features adaptive cruise control, enhanced automatic emergency braking, rear camera mirror, rear camera mirror washer and an advanced safety package. An $11,355 add-on includes 22-inch locking wheels, a rear-seat media system with rear-mounted 12-1/2-inch diagonal LCD HD color touchscreen displays, and powerful running boards with perimeter lighting, which is really good for those of us of a certain age . Then there’s a Premium Capability package designed for performance rather than leisure or comfort. This is a package designed for the individual who needs a truck that he can get through and stand up to the job. This includes Active Response 4WD, which allows the Yukon Denali to adapt to road conditions and elevations, electronic limited slip differential, adaptive air suspension and GM’s Max Trailering Package – a must for anyone planning to tow a boat, trailer or heavy equipment. This includes an improved intercooler system, high-quality towing system, trailer side protection, trailer brake control and traction control with clutch view. You must have it.

So when you add all these features you have a price tag of around $85,000. That’s a lot of money, isn’t it? Yes…but this is a lot of vehicles. If you need a powerful SUV in your life, then the 2022 Yukon Denali 4WD is the vehicle for your life. Or as they say in the TV series Yellowstone“Lost those horses, Jimmy; and put the Yukon in the barn. I feel a beer coming on.”

Check it out for yourself at https://www.gmc.com/suvs/yukon

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Southern Pines Buick Chevrolet GMC

10722 US Highway 15-501

Southern Pines, NC 28387

Sales Department: 1-910-400-0179

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