Six Cool Stuff You Never Knew about the GMC Yukon XL 2500
- The GMC Yukon XL 2500 is one of the few products out of GMC that isn't named after something that is truly American. It gets its name from the mighty Yukon River in Canada, and unlike other SUVs that seek to evoke the spirit of rugged adventure and travel, the Yukon is meant to convey continuous, free-flowing strength. The ironic twist is that, as powerful as the 2500 is, it cannot ford the very river it is named after-unless there's a bridge over it.
- The great thing about this Ford SUV is that naming conventions are blessedly simple. The "XL" that is tagged onto it means exactly what you think it is-"eXtra Large". This is appropriate since it is in fact a larger version of the original 2500. The size difference is most recognized in the cargo cab which is larger by a noticeable 7%.
- If you ever see a GMC Yukon XL 2500 parked side-by-side with a Chevrolet Suburban, you'll notice that they kind-of look alike. Don't be confused-they're exactly the same thing. In fact, the only real difference is the logo up front which will be either the Chevrolet cross or the GMC G-M-C. That's because GMC owns Chevrolet and has retained the latter's marquee for those who might simply be loyal to Chevrolet or prefer to refer to their SUVs through a single-syllable word.
- The sight of the GMC Yukon XL 2500 might give you a slight case of deja-vu-especially if you're into police procedurals set in Las Vegas that open to The Who songs. Yes, the SUVs used by the crack team of the original CSI are GMC Yukon XL 2500. It also appears in a Britney Spears video, but we forgive it.
- Most cars and SUVs feature in games where you get to drive and wreck them in a wholly imaginary world. The GMC Yukon XL 2500 is not one of those, surprisingly. In fact, it only seems to crop up in puzzle and trivia challenges-an odd thing considering the power and potential of these vehicles!
- The GMC Yukon XL 2500 is the proud bearer of the distinction of having the longest running nameplate in automotive history.