The GMC Yukon Vs Yukon XL: Exploring The Size Difference

October 12th, 2023 by

So, you’ve found yourself wondering if the extra space of the Yukon XL is worth the extra money or if the standard Yukon size will suit your needs. When it comes to full-size SUVs, the GMC Yukon has long been a trusted name for its combination of luxury, capability, and size. In 2023, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL continue hitting the mark, offering plenty of space, advanced technology, and powerful performance. However, if you’re in the market for a large SUV, it’s important to know the key differences between these two models. Let’s explore the size difference between the 2023 GMC Yukon and its bigger sibling, the 2023 GMC Yukon XL.


Exterior Dimensions:

One of the most noticeable differences between the 2023 GMC Yukon and the Yukon XL is their exterior dimensions. Let’s break down the key measurements:

  1. Length: The 2023 GMC Yukon measures approximately 210 inches, while the Yukon XL is notably longer at around 225.2 inches. This extra length in the Yukon XL means more cargo space and potential third-row legroom.
  2. Wheelbase: The wheelbase of the Yukon is about 121 inches, while the Yukon XL features a longer wheelbase of approximately 134 inches. Typically, a longer wheelbase often contributes to a smoother ride and increased stability.
  3. Height: Both the Yukon and Yukon XL share a similar height, with both models standing at approximately 76.5 inches. This will give ample interior headroom for passengers in both vehicles.


Dimension 2023 GMC Yukon XL 2023 GMC Yukon +/- Yukon XL
Wheelbase (in.) 134.0 121.0 +13
Overall Length (in.) 225.2 210.0 +15.2
Overall Width (in.) 81.0 81.0 0
Overall Height (in.) 76.5 76.5 0
Front Track (in.) 68.5 68.4 +0.1
Rear Track (in.) 68.3 68.1 +0.2
Turning Diameter with 18-inch wheels, curb-to-curb (ft.) 42.3 38.1 +4.2
Turning Diameter with 20/22-inch wheels, curb-to-curb (ft.) 43.3 39.7 +3.6


Interior Space:

There is a small advantage for the 2023 GMC Yukon XL’s larger dimensions in the extra interior space it gives you. Most interior dimensions are the same, but you will see a slight increase in leg and shoulder room if you are seated in the 3rd row.


2023 GMC Yukon:

  • Seating capacity for up to 8 passengers.
  • Generous front and second-row legroom.
  • Up to 25.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.
  • A maximum cargo space of approximately 122.9 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded.


2023 GMC Yukon XL:

  • Seating capacity for up to 9 passengers with the available front bench seat.
  • Extra 1.8 inches in leg room and 0.1″ in shoulder room.
  • An expansive maximum cargo space of around 144.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded.

While both models provide spacious and comfortable interiors, the Yukon XL’s extra cargo space make it a great choice for families or anyone who frequently requires a lot of storage capacity.


Dimension 2023 GMC Yukon XL 2023 GMC Yukon +/- Yukon XL
First Row Headroom (in.) 42.3 42.3 0
First Row Legroom (in.) 44.5 44.5 0
First Row Shoulder Room (in.) 66.0 66.0 0
First Row Hip Room (in.) 61.5 61.5 0
Second Row Headroom (in.) 38.9 38.9 0
Second Row Legroom (in.) 42.0 42.0 0
Second Row Shoulder Room (in.) 64.8 64.8 0
Second Row Hip Room (in.) 61.3 61.3 0
Third Row Headroom (in.) 38.2 38.2 0
Third Row Legroom (in.) 36.7 34.9 +1.8
Third Row Shoulder Room (in.) 62.8 62.7 +0.1
Third Row Hip Room (in.) 49.4 49.4 0






Main Benefit Of The Yukon XL: Cargo Space

The Yukon XL offers approximately +21 cubic feet of additional cargo space compared to its counter part. More of the differences in Cargo space can be found below:


Dimension 2023 GMC Yukon XL 2023 GMC Yukon +/- Yukon XL
Cargo Volume Behind First Row (cu. ft.) 144.7 122.9 +21.8
Cargo Volume Behind Second Row (cu. ft.) 93.8 72.6 +21.2
Cargo Volume Behind Third Row (cu. ft.) 41.5 25.5 +16
Max Payload Capacity with 5.3L V8 L84 (lbs.) 1698 1792 -94
Max Payload Capacity with 6.2L V8 L87 (lbs.) 731 1671 -940
Max Payload Capacity with 3.0L I6 LM2 (lbs.) 709 1671 -962
Max Towing Capacity with 5.3L V8 L84 (lbs.) 8300 8400 -100
Max Towing Capacity with 6.2L V8 L87 (lbs.) 8100 8200 -100
Max Towing Capacity with 3.0L I6 LM2 (lbs.) 7800 8100 -300
Fuel Tank (gal.) 28 24 +4


Driving Experience:

Despite their size difference, the 2023 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL share similar powertrain options and technology features. Both are available with V8 engines, advanced infotainment systems, and a variety of driver-assistance features. We will give the Yukon XL a slight advantage in ride quality due to its slightly large wheel base.



Final Thoughts:

Your decision between the 2023 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL should ultimately depend on your specific needs and preferences.  You should consider how you plan to use your SUV and whether the extra size and interior space of the Yukon XL are worth the additional investment. Both vehicles offer the luxury, capability, and performance that GMC is known for, making either a solid choice for 2023 and beyond. If you have more questions about the difference between the Yukon and Yukon XL, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Product Specialists here at Township Chevrolet.


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