Family Drive: 2017 GMC Yukon XL Denali

I have been driving a mini-van for more than ten years. I loved my Honda Odyssey very much and will recommend that as the best mini-van available for families hands-down if you’re looking for a mini-van. (PS. ‘Want to buy mine, it’s for sale!)

For us, it was time for something new and after having driven and reviewing so many different family vehicles over the past two years, we knew what we wanted to narrow in on pretty quickly.

We chose the 2017 GMC Yukon XL Denali.



Not a lot of 7-seater SUVs have cargo space when you’re using all three rows of seating. Most of the time there is negligible space behind the third row.

This is why we bought the extended Yukon, the XL for the expansive cargo space behind the third row. We always use the third row with three kids (and often have extra kids with us as well), but we need cargo space for my daughter’s wheelchair.


We love technology and what better place to take advantage of tech but in your vehicle:


  • Apple CarPlay
  • Kick activated rear lift gate
  • Built in phone charger
  • Teen Driver tech (settings for when your kids are driving to keep them safe and generates reports!)
  • myGMC app – unlock, lock or start your car from ANYWHERE in the world as long as you have a WIFI connection!
  • WIFI

YES this truck has a 4G hotspot WIFI built IN! It does cost a monthly fee (as part of OnStar) so it’s not something we always use, but it comes in extremely handy for road trips for the kids to be on their devices (hello YouTube!) AND when traveling in the USA, which we do often, to avoid roaming charges when using our phones in the car!


  • All leather interior (a must with kids)
  • Automatic running boards (see video clip below)
  • Heating and cooling seats
  • Heated and adjustable steering wheel
  • Adjustable gas pedal (when you’re short like me in a big vehicle, this is important!)


The Yukon also tows and we’ll be towing my husband’s classic car for drag-racing a few times each summer!


We’re off on our first road trip in our new truck this coming weekend so stay tuned to our social channels to see how this truck survives a family of five driving through British Columbia!



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