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2015 GMC Yukon XL SLT Review - A Horse Show Provides the Ultimate Test

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I recently had a chance to spend some time with the new 2015 GMC Yukon XL and my test time in the true full sized SUV happened to correspond with a four day horse show – giving me a chance to put this family hauler through one of the most grueling real world tests in my little world.

If you are not fortunate enough to have ever been to a Hunter/Jumper equestrian show, before getting into my hard-working review of the 2015 GMC Yukon XL, a quick look at what a horse show weekend entails.

These horse shows run from Thursday through Sunday and the venues are generally in the middle of nowhere and somehow they are almost all located at the end of a long, poorly maintained dirt road. Early on Thursday morning, you hook up the horse trailer and the two horses, along with a 200lb tack trunk and everything that a horse or rider could possibly need over the course of the event. That includes bales of hay, bags of grain, a few dozen cubic feet of compressed wood shavings, grooming supplies, saddles, tables and chairs and that big, heavy tack trunk.

One you have filled the cargo area up (with the rear seats folded down), you load the horses into the trailer and drive for a few hours to the show, with the last few miles taking place on a road that looks like it was taken from post-war London in the 1940s. Once you get to the venue, you unload the horses, unhook the trailer and unload all of the stuff from the back of the truck (in this case, the 2015 Yukon). You then spend the next 4 days getting to the event before dawn and leaving well after dark, all to sit around for a handful of classes that are scattered throughout the day.

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For a show husband, it is a long, tiresome and boring weekend – one that I have gone through with a great many trucks and SUVs over the past few years, but I think that the 2015 GMC Yukon XL made for the most comfortable horse show weekend I’ve ever experienced.

Simply put, the 2015 Yukon XL is so big that you can literally camp in it so when sitting around and waiting for the next class to run in four hours, the Yukon XL provided a little comfort of home.

My 2015 GMC Yukon XL SLT 4WD test vehicle carried a base price of $60,435. The Sun & Entertainment package ($2,805), the 20” wheels ($1,400), the Max Trailer Tow Package ($695), the 2nd row bucket seats ($590), the Theft Deterrent package ($395(and destination fees ($995) brought my price as tested to $67,270. That is a lot of money – but this is a lot of vehicle.

The Interior
In the 2015 GMC Yukon XL family, the SLT is not the top of the line package (that is the Denali), but you would be hard pressed to recognize this vehicle is anything shy of a large luxury SUV. Black leather with white contrasting stitching is found on the seats, dash, center console and door panels launches the luxury feel while high gloss wood trim and satin silver accents throughout the cabin secure the high end look and feel.

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Thanks for the well written comprehensive review. One hell of an SUV! Next...