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PINEHURST, NC – February 17, 2022 – This week Laurie and I drove “The King of the Road”, which Roger Miller would have sung in the past: 2022 GMC Yukon Denali 4WD with all the “bells and whistles” you’d expect in a crowded city, full-size, incredibly robust SUV. In addition, this is a handsome, handsomely designed best of a vehicle and the one we drove was the color of an American buffalo – in fact it is called “Redwood Metallic.” Laurie thought it was red. I thought it was brown. Whether you see it as brownish red or maroon, we both think it is a very attractive color, especially on a sunny day when the metal coating really shimmers.
Now this is a real vehicle and it costs a considerable amount. The 2022 Yukon Denali 4WD starts at $ 72,500. It seats up to eight passengers, pulls up to 8,200 pounds, has a powerful 6.2L V8 engine and a surprisingly smoothly shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. GM’s “exclusive interior design” is elegant. Fantastic 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 is a convenient place for everything – drinks, hands-on alcohol, cell phones and her knitting.
When it comes to driving, its “First-Class Available Quadruple Air Ride Adaptive Suspension” really makes this an incredibly agile SUV, especially for its size and surprisingly quiet. Yes, this is really a “beast” with a purpose, to take you from point A to point B with style and comfort in a safe way. However, there is a noticeable disadvantage. The Yukon Denali is not the vehicle you hop in for a quick run to the milk and bread market … although, yes, it’s good if you’re in the middle of a snowstorm. But this is basically a huge passenger vehicle wrapped in a truck and like a truck it is difficult to park in the suburbs and other residential areas. Try to pull into a parking lot at the grocery store and the back end hangs out a third of the way into the lane or, if you have pulled up, at least the parking lot behind you overlaps so much. With an average gas consumption of 14 mpg around the city, this vehicle is not designed as a race for your errands.
But at 19 mpg it is – especially if you pull a trailer or a boat. If you are going on a road trip with the family or on the way to Back of Beyond for a camping or hunting trip. Whether you have a farm or a ranch – you know, one that Yellowstone – then, damn, you requires and 2022 GMC Yukon 4WD Denali. This SUV will go where you need it, do what you need it to do – and a little more, especially when you consider the many standard features that make this vehicle idea for an active worker (or, says Laurie, working woman) lifestyle. For a large family, where seating in the third row is a necessity, you will be amazed at how spacious the third row is. Do you need to pull a couple of large dog crates? The 2nd and 3rd rows fold down easily. And listen to this (in fact, you can on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 10:30 on Drives me crazy at Westchester at the level of Blog Talk Radio): both the second and third rows (a 60/40 split bench) have automatic power release and fold down at the touch of a button.
As a car driver, you and we have been pampered. Realize that, we expect and get so much of today’s newest brands and models that we have taken for granted much of what we get in new cars today. That being said, how can you take for granted the GMC Denalis Bose 14-speaker sound system, with its symphony hall acoustics and supporting Sirius XM Radio, and GMC’s Premium Infotainment Center with Google’s built-in capabilities. Also impressive are the multicolored heads-up display and the 10.2-inch color diagonal touch screen, which are relatively easy to read and program. The keyless “open, lock and start” fob and wireless charging for your cell phone and electronic devices with WiFi hotspot are great amenities. When it comes to GMC’s OnStar services, it’s an invaluable service whether you’re near or far from home, especially in the event of an unexpected emergency. According to studies done by Dolphin Technologies between 2018 and 2019, in fact, 25 percent of all accidents occur during the first three minutes of driving and 14 percent of collisions 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 50-mile radius of home and 69 percent within a 100-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: Yukon Denali has an automatic plumbing system in three zones that allows you to regulate the temperature in all three lines. The driver’s and front passenger’s seats are heated and ventilated bucket seats with perforated leather seating surfaces that are individually adjustable and the driver enjoys a heated steering wheel whenever he or she wants.) The driver’s seat also has driver’s memory settings so you and your spouse can have your own individual settings with the push of a button and do not have to readjust the seat every time you sit behind the wheel. Now listen to this (yes, it’s true – Thursday morning from 10:00 to 10:30 you can hear us): Unbelievably, the second row of bucket seats are also heated. Now add all this LED light, a “hands-free” electric lift door (necessary on any large SUV or truck) and which standard, all safety features you may want, including lane keeping assistance, lane change warning, land change warning, blind spot warning on the side, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian front brake, front collision warning, rear crossing warning, rear parking assist, mileage indicator, intelligent high beam, front parking assistance with surround vision, rear pedestrian alarms, safety alarms with vibrating seats and anti-theft systems. Standard. All standard. Incredible. What does that price tag look like for you now? Not bad at all considering all you get.
The Yukon Denali from 2022 that we drove came with all the extra features, starting with the Denali Ultimate Package option, which includes an advanced technology package that has adaptive cruise control, improved automatic emergency braking, rear camera mirror, rear camera mirror washer and an advanced safety package. An additional $ 11,355 includes 22-inch wheels with locks, a rear-seat media system with rear-mounted 12-1 / 2-inch diagonal LCD-HD color screens with touch screen and powerful treadmills with perimeter lighting, which are really good for those of us of a certain age . Then there is a Premium Capability package designed for performance rather than leisure or comfort. This is a package intended for the individual who needs a truck that he can get through and get up for work. This includes Active Response 4WD, which allows the Yukon Denali to adapt to road conditions and heights, electronically 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 radiator radiator system, pro-grade trailer system, trailer side warning, trailer brake controls and traction control with clutch view. You must have it.
So when you add all these features, you have a price tag of about $ 85,000. That’s a lot of money, right? 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 of your life. Or as they say in the TV series Yellowstone“Unload those horses, Jimmy; and place the Yukon in the barn. I feel a beer coming on.”
Check it out yourself at https://www.gmc.com/suvs/yukon
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