Pros Great ride and handling, comfortable and nice looking interior, powerful V8, many features
Cons Active fuel management does very little to help its poor fuel economy, flex-fuel optional, no arm rests, center console very empty looking, lack or storage containers
Summary My friend has a GMC Yukon 4WD, similar to this. This is definately not a "poor-mans" Escalade. The 2WD SLT runs for about $40,000 whereas the Escalade is around $54,000. $14,000 difference, but last i heard, $40,000 is still a lot of money. You are definately not shopping at an outlet. I agree that they made a poor choice of words.
Pros Smooth Car-like Ride, Solid Sound System, Ethanol Ready, Engine adjusts between 8 and 4 cylinders for better fuel economy, DVD player w/ wireless headphones
Cons Small Storage Space (non XL model), Rear pass door has a nasty corner that easily damages car you park next to if you're not careful, drink holders are horrible, hard to switch out headlights
Summary It's not a perfect SUV, but it's pretty nice and I'm very happy with this purchase. The ride is very smooth, almost car like. The interior is roomy and attractive, nothing like the previous truck-like models. I've driven around 15,000 miles and get about 14 MPG combined, 65/35 city/hwy driving. I realy like the stereo with the factory DVD player(non NAV edition) because the family can choose from three separate sound sources to listen to. The front four seats are big Captain's chairs in the middle row) and the third row is adequate. The storage area is pretty small in the non XL model, about a foot deep-just enough room for carry-on luggage. The drink holders are a real poor effort and need to be redesigned.
"Stellar SUV"on by trouble001
Pros Fit, finish, usability, space, looks, driving
Cons Needs more gears
Summary This is by far one of the best, if not the best SUV's out there for the mony. Granted the RR or Lex Toyota have some similar pros...but this thing R O C K S! It's safe, looks good and would reccomend to anyone in the market.
Pros Great when you need to move many people and luggage
Cons Not an economical daily driver when a car will do
Summary The review missed a lot of important factors. True with the NAV system. you only get one CD vs 6. However, if it is the typical system in a GM vehicle, it is supplied by Nippon Denso (they also supply Lexus) and it plays mp3’s. You can put over 100 mp3 songs on one CD with iTunes. You do not need a 6 CD changer. True, it does not have Bluetooth, but you get a voice activated car phone integrated with On-Star, which is the best safety device ever – e.g. it will make emergency calls upon air bag deployment and can be used to find a stolen car, unlock your car if you lock yourself out, and other valuable features. Plus, the car phone integrates with Verizon cell minutes if that is your cell carrier. I rented a suburban for a week when I needed room for 8 plus luggage and found it to be terrific for this purpose. I understand the new GM V8-4 system improves the fuel economy by 2mpg – no small feat in such a large vehicle. This vehicle is great for its intended purpose – to carry a lot of people and their gear from place to place. Of course, it is not a fuel efficient economy car. It seems to me you need to get out of the mode of outdated bias against GM and review the product for its functionality for it intended purpose. This review was shallow.
Pros Displacement on demand
Cons no SS or sport model.
Summary The fault I find is Brain says that their is no option for a back-up camera yet I saw a comercial(few times) of the Denali showing that is has a back-up camera. Hmmm maybe they should check it out again re-evaluate its score or something.