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GMC Yukon / Yukon XL

GMC Yukon / Yukon XL

2017 GMC Yukon XL Denali 4WD 8-Speed Automatic

Big as a house and nearly as costly, but at least it’s more capable.

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General Motors pretty much owns the full-size SUV segment with its entries from Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac. Sales of the General’s six regular- and extended-length full-size SUVs totaled 255,907 through November; in the same period, Ford found just 63,887 buyers for its four total variants of the competing Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. It can’t hurt that GM covers all the pricing bases from the $48,410 entry-level Chevy Tahoe to the $98,790 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum 4×4. As those hefty MSRPs suggest, these trucks produce lots of profits, especially luxury variants like the one we’ve tested here, the GMC Yukon XL Denali.

Big and Capable

More than a people hauler, the extended-wheelbase Yukon XL can tow and haul heavy cargo, too. Nearly 19 feet long from stem to stern and riding on a massive 130-inch wheelbase, the big GMC has room for up to eight people (our Denali test truck’s second-row captain’s chairs limited it to a maximum of seven) and can carry 39 cubic feet of their belongings behind the third row. Tow ratings range from 7900 to 8100 pounds, depending on equipment.

Paying the $8650 premium for the Denali upgrade over the next-lowest trim, the SLT 4×4, brings magnetic-ride-control dampers, HID headlamps, active noise cancellation, a larger alternator (to handle these electrical upgrades), a customizable driver’s display, a glitzy grille, and sparkling body-side trim. A more functional Denali upgrade is its 6.2-liter V-8, which supplants lesser versions’ 5.3-liter V-8. The 6.2 is a detuned version of the Corvette Stingray engine and produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque here, output we made ample use of during a 40,000-mile long-term test of a 2015 Yukon XL Denali. So why test the same GMC again? Since our long-termer was built, GM replaced the 6.2’s former six-speed automatic transmission with a new eight-speed unit.

The new powertrain pairing propelled this 2017 model from rest to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds at 98 mph. Compared with the best results we got from our 2015 long-termer, those are improvements of 0.1 and 0.2 second—essentially a wash. The eight-speed proved somewhat more useful in terms of fuel economy, if not in our combined average—16 mpg, just like the long-termer—then over our 200-mile, 75-mph highway cruising test. During that exercise, this Yukon XL returned 21 mpg, or 1 mpg higher than its EPA highway rating.

The Yukon’s interior is nearly identical to that of its mechanical twin, the Chevrolet Suburban, setting aside the upgraded materials and features that come with the Denali trim level. This isn’t a bad thing in terms of comfort, ergonomics, and first- and second-row room, but some of the same plastics that disappoint in that base $48K Chevy are still prominent in this rig, and the third row is uncomfortable, tough to clamber into, and set very low to the floor. The central infotainment touchscreen is crisp and clear, responds quickly to inputs, and has redundant buttons and knobs beneath it. There’s even a small space behind the screen—which motors up and out of the way—to store or charge a phone and to hide other small items you’d like to conceal. There are so many storage cubbies of various sizes scattered throughout the cabin that it’s hard to imagine anyone needing to leave something behind.

In its element while cruising the interstates, the Yukon XL wafts along quietly and generally isolates occupants from the outside world, while also feeling planted and stable. However, when traversing Michigan’s most broken pavement, some tire slap and suspension noise invades the cabin, and the ride can get flinty on the Denali edition’s 22-inch wheels (our long-termer’s 22s weighed 88 pounds per corner with the tires installed).

Big, Not Best

The Yukon XL yields to the Ford Expedition EL /Lincoln Navigator L when it comes to cargo capacity, giving up four cubic feet with all seats raised and ten with the second and third rows stowed. Those aren’t insignificant, but you can still fit a studio apartment’s worth of stuff in here. Indeed, choosing the long-wheelbase XL model means 24 cubic feet more space behind the third row than in the standard Yukon and as much as 26 additional cubes with the seats folded. In the latest redesign for 2015, GM achieved a nearly flat load floor by adding a platform with storage beneath, but this is a work-around for the inefficient packaging of the live-axle rear suspension, a carryover from the full-size-pickup platform on which GM’s full-size SUVs are based. In contrast, Ford’s Expedition employs an independent rear suspension that both enables more efficient packaging and a more compliant ride over washboard sections of gravel roads. In addition, GM’s platform raises the load height by about three inches, which may not seem like much until you’re trying to stuff a heavy refrigerator through the hatch.

Parking or maneuvering a vehicle that is seven feet wide (including big mirrors) and 224 inches long can be a challenge. Indeed, while testing the GMC, a tight parking lot put the SUV’s safety features through their paces. Proximity sensors were buzzing front and back, cross-path detection chimed as others navigated around the monster SUV, and the transmission and shifter (and the driver) got a workout while making something like a six-point turn to slot the beast into a narrow space. Our test vehicle also came equipped with a high-resolution backup camera as well as GM’s haptic alert system, which vibrates the driver’s seat when the vehicle closes in on an obstruction. These haptic alerts also deliver warnings from the lane-keeping-assist system.

While the Yukon XL Denali is a hugely capable and pleasant enough vehicle, there are plenty of other options that ring in under its massive $81,000 MSRP. For instance, all the space, a large portion of the capability, and most of the comforts can be had for $10,000 less in the Chevy Suburban Premier. The bow-tie version’s only concession is that it can’t be ordered with the 6.2-liter V-8, but the 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 is no slouch, delivering a zero-to-60-mph run of 7.1 seconds in our testing. Those considering the Yukon more for its trimmings than its hauling capabilities might consider the Mercedes-Benz GLS450. which starts at less than $70,000 and has a far more luxurious interior. It also offers a more satisfying driving experience and a lot more brand cachet. While the GMC resides in a perfect middle ground between Chevy and Cadillac when viewed from a GM-centric perspective, the Yukon XL Denali’s price elevates it to a level where ultra-luxurious appointments, stellar road handling, and—in many cases—better off-road prowess come from more prestigious brand names that design their big SUVs on dedicated platforms.

It’s a competent, strong, and luxurious SUV, but the Yukon XL Denali isn’t the best bang for your buck, unless, perhaps, you’re pricing it like real estate, by the square foot. Building these vehicles on existing pickup-truck mechanical elements may enhance GM’s profit margins, but challenging the most luxurious seven- or eight-seat SUVs would take more effort to deliver a deluxe driving experience that goes beyond embellishing a work truck with a bunch of features and trim.

Highs and Lows


Born for the interstates, room for your extended family and their stuff.

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Mercedes-Maybach S550 / S600

Mercedes-Maybach S550 / S600

This sumptuous limo is not just a stretched S-class with a Maybach badge it s far more lavish than that. The S550’s 449-hp 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 and the S600’s 523-hp, 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 provide effortless motivation while passengers enjoy hot-stone-style massaging leather recliners. With a tranquil cabin and a Burmester audio system, it s a rolling concert hall, too. And forget that new-car smell: the air-filtration system infuses the cabin with the Maybach s own signature fragrance. Jump to Instrumented Test 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATIC

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2017 Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATIC

A perfectly restrained chauffeur-mobile.

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The automotive tastes of Car and Driver editors are varied, but if there’s one common thread to our lottery lists, it’s the Mercedes-Benz S-class. If ever we struck it rich, many of us would have an S-class of some sort as our daily driver. Sure, a Bentley or a Rolls-Royce might have more cachet, but the big Benz hits the sweet spot in terms of ride, power, luxury, comfort, and functionality, regardless of body style or powertrain.

But for some buyers, an S-class lacks the appropriate panache. If the world’s best-riding sedan isn’t good enough for you, clearly you live life on a different plane—your two cents are valued in whole dollars, you’re widely available for purchase as an action figure, and your name has been verbed. For those who live in this irrational world, there is the Maybach S550.

Cubic Dollars for Square Footage

The Maybach edition of the S550 4MATIC costs some $67,000 more than the regular ol’ Mercedes version. but that’s still a lot cheaper than other chauffeur-class sedans, and the Maybach incorporates all of the latest safety and infotainment technology from the S-class.

That hefty premium over a comparable S550 4MATIC nets a lot more space for rear-seat occupants. There are an extra 7.9 inches in the wheelbase, all of them allotted to the rear, where our 99th-percentile test dummy could comfortably cross his legs in what Mercedes claims is the quietest car interior on the market. (Our standard test measures noise levels in the front seat, where our meter recorded 70 decibels under full throttle and 63 at a 70-mph cruise, both among the lowest values we’ve seen.) Like a Rolls-Royce, the Maybach positions the rear seats so that the C-pillar blocks prying eyes from seeing who’s sitting there, particularly when those passengers lean back into the pillows fitted to the rear-seat headrests, which are so soft that we couldn’t help but close our eyes when lying back into them. Both outboard rear seats get the recliner treatment, with deployable leg rests, heating and cooling, and massage functionality. An airbag is embedded in each of the rear seatbelts—it’s a safety feature but an additional benefit is that it lends the impression of a softer, more luxurious belt. All told, the back of the Maybach is more spacious and comfortable than most first-class airliner accommodations, with the added benefit of not having to smell anyone’s feet, since the S550’s integrated air freshener perfumes the cabin with a Maybach-exclusive Agarwood scent.

A pair of screens in the front seatbacks and standard headphones allow rear-seat occupants to withdraw, Inception -style, even deeper into their own world within a world. And then there are the material upgrades, which include the leather headliner and the 1540-watt 24-speaker Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound stereo with tweeters that spiral out of the doors on startup and a huge cheese-grater speaker mounted between the Maybach’s two panoramic sunroofs—featuring, on our car, the $4950 Magic Sky Control variable opacity.

Restraint Is a Relative Term

For all its frippery, the Maybach is fairly restrained for an aristocrat cocoon—in the case of this example, maybe too restrained. The modest black-and-tan interior is attractive, but it doesn’t show off the design and craftsmanship as well as some of the more adventurous palettes. And, as much as we’re amused by the presence of throw pillows in the Maybach S-class, who actually likes throw pillows? They exist to be in the way. Where do they go when you’re sitting in the seat? On the other seat? If you have two people in the back, the pillows either get stuffed at your feet or they take up space in the trunk, which is already smaller than that of a regular S-class because of the intrusion of the seat-adjustment hardware. We prefer to think of them as souvenir chew toys for the weaponized German shepherd that guards your garage.

The Maybach isn’t just an interior package. Along with the stretched wheelbase, it has an altered roofline that boosts headroom in the rear. Accented by chrome trim around the windows and on the B-pillars, the new lid lends this S-class an appropriately stately profile.

We Get It, You’re Driven

With 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque routed to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission, Mercedes’ twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 flings the S550’s 5189 pounds to 60 mph in five seconds flat. The quarter-mile takes just 13.5 seconds at 109 mph, while the governor steps in at 131 mph. Admirably, the 4.7-liter balances speed with efficiency. We saw an average of 18 mpg, with a couple of tanks on the highway approaching 21 mpg despite our interminable game of “How Fast Can We Go Before the Passengers Notice?” When they did, the brakes restored order promptly. The Maybach’s 157-foot stop from 70 mph is only four feet longer than was needed by the last Audi R8 we tested.

Those numbers are a lot more enjoyable from the driver’s seat than from any of the passengers’ seats. And in the lottery fantasy, most of us are buying an S-class intending to drive it ourselves. But even if we intend to be driven instead, there’s still an S-class on that list.

Highs and Lows


Old-school luxury meets cutting-edge technology, affordable as far as these things go.


Throw-pillow throw down, short on ostentation, restricted trunk space.

Model Research


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED: $177,485 (base price: $167,125)

ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

TRANSMISSION: 9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Wheelbase: 132.5 in
Length: 214.7 in
Width: 74.8 in Height: 58.7 in
Trunk volume: 12 cu ft
Curb weight: 5189 lb

EPA combined/city/highway driving: 19/16/24 mpg
C/D observed: 18 mpg

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People embrace near the Tocqueville high school after a shooting has taken place in Grasse, southern France, March 16, 2017. Eric Gaillard

GRASSE, France (Reuters) – A teenager opened fire at his high school in southeastern France on Thursday, wounding up to four people, in an attack apparently inspired by videos of U.S. mass shootings such as Columbine, officials said.

The incident in Grasse, which does not appear to be linked to militancy, comes with France on high alert after more than 230 people were killed in the past two years by attackers allied to Islamic State.

“It was total panic,” Achraf, a student in the school, said on BFM TV. “The gunshots were at 4 to 5 meters from where we were. We thought the gunman was coming toward us. We heard him shouting.”

France’s Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem visited the scene in Grasse, a town known for its perfume industry, and said the attack appeared to be “a crazy act by a fragile young man fascinated by firearms”.

“His motivations seem to be linked to bad relations he had with other students in school,” Grasse prosecutor Fabienne Atzori told reporters.

With a presidential election less than six weeks away, the attack by a 16-year-old armed with a shotgun loaded with lead pellets looked likely to further stoke France’s debate on security.

Separately in Paris, an employee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was injured in the face and arms when a letter bomb posted to the world lender’s local office blew up as she opened it, police said.

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French high school shooter was fascinated with Columbine massacre

Atzori said 10 people had been hurt in the school attack, either physically or emotionally. One person was shot in the stomach and the headmaster was injured in the shoulder after trying to stop the gunman.

The youth, who was also carrying munitions, handguns, a grenade and what seemed to be a homemade explosive device, put up no resistance when he was arrested at the school, she said.

The youth was not known to police and checks were being made to establish whether there were any accomplices and how he had acquired his weapons.

Members of special Police units RAID outside the Tocqueville high school after a shooting in Grasse, southern France, March 16, 2017. Eric Gaillard

“The first investigations suggest he had consulted videos of mass killings in America,” an interior ministry spokesman said.

Gun Laws

France has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. French citizens are banned from owning automatic weapons, while many other guns require government authorization and a medical exam, along with a permit from a hunting or sport shooting federation.

“This is reminiscent of the Columbine tragedy in the U.S.,” Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon told reporters, referring to the 1999 incident in which two students fatally shot a teacher and 12 classmates before killing themselves.

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Images of what appeared to be the Grasse attacker’s Facebook and YouTube pages showed a fascination with Columbine and violent images, as well as with instructions for homemade weapons.

Local emergency services used Twitter to advise residents of the town of about 50,000 inhabitants to stay at home after the shooting began around 1 p.m. (1200 GMT).

Witnesses interviewed by local television described a scene of panic as the gunman entered the canteen, with students rushing to hide under tables or sprinting for the exit.

“I just know the gunman by sight. He was gentle and low-key key, not a nasty guy,” student Achraf added. BFM TV did not give his family name.

Atzori said the teenager, who fired two or three times, had initially entered a classroom looking for someone in particular.

After he had left, pupils alerted the headmaster to his presence. The headmaster, who did not appear to be the target, was shot trying to calm the assailant down.

“He’s a normal boy. There were no signs. He is a bit reserved and doesn’t make waves,” Jean-Rene Laget, a local resident who knows the student’s father, told Reuters. “His father never said he had problems with him.”

Reporting by Sophie Louet, Marine Pennetier, John Irish, Sudip Kar-Gupta, Brian Love and Geert De Clercq; Writing by John Irish; Editing by Tom Heneghan

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