2015 GM SUV Line Up Comes Out Swinging

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GM SUV Line Up

If you or someone you know has a full-size, body-on-frame SUV, chances are very good that it’s a GM product. A 75% chance, actually — that’s GM’s share of the market right now. GM has essentially stood pat on the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade since 2007, and so has the remaining competition.

Full-size body-on-frame SUVs seemed like they were on their way out, until GM revamped the platform that underlies both their SUV and full-size pickup (Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra). Rather than a quick polish on the SUV, GM has undertaken a complete makeover — new exterior, new interior, and new powertrain — to create a new generation of full-size body-on-frame SUV.

I recently got a chance to drive the new 2015 Chevrolet and GMC versions — Cadillac will follow soon. Each brand gets two wheelbase models — the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon share a 116″ wheelbase and are 204″ long; the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL ride on a 130″ wheelbase and are 224.4″ long.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

As expected, that results in more legroom in the second and third rows for the Suburban and Yukon XL, and lots more luggage and cargo space. The big change from the previous generation for all four vehicles is that the third row now folds into the floor, leaving a flat load floor — no more lugging those heavy third row seats in and out of the vehicle, and no more worrying about somebody breaking in and stealing them, either. Upper trim levels get power controls for the third row, and even get power fold and flip for the second row.

2015 GMC Yukon Denali

Other notable changes across the lineup include aluminum construction on the hoods and tailgates for significant weight reduction, and inlaid doors for better aerodynamics, fit and finish and lower wind noise. There was a lot of emphasis on aerodynamic improvement, which has also resulted in a lower minimum ground clearance. GM says that very few owners ever took their SUVs off-road anyway, even if they were in the 70% of owners who ordered up four-wheel drive. It’s something to be aware of if you are one of the 30%.

2015 GMC Yukon XL

All of the new SUVs get a new engine: GM’s 5.3-liter Ecotec3 V8 (355 hp/383 lb-ft). The high zoot Denali trim level on Yukon and Yukon XL comes with a 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp/460 lb-ft). Both engines are fueled with direct injection technology, and use variable valve timing and active fuel management. Fuel economy figures are improved over the outgoing generation, up to 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway for the 2WD 5.3 and 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway for the 2WD 6.2. Knock off one mpg for 4WD across the board. A six-speed automatic transmission does yeoman’s duty.

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  • Mattin11225

    You sellouts. Not going to even bother addressing the obvious disdain for this kind of irrelevant corporate pandering in your readers’ comments. Disappointing.

    • Michael Howard

      Perhaps not, but I just noticed that comments in older posts are being “pruned”.

  • Nemosufu Namecheck

    This post gave me a concussion…

  • Heath Collins

    Okay… this isn’t funny anymore. Knock it off.

    • Michael Howard

      Perhaps they’re ignoring us and hoping we’ll go away.

      • Heath Collins

        I mean… if they’re trying to change the business model that’s fine. I just wish they’d be upfront about it. I’m tempted to delete the bookmark at this point.

        • Heath Collins

          Mods, please chime in.

          • MichaelEhrgott

            They won’t. Haven’t seen a mod’s comment in a while.

          • Zach Risher

            Hi all, the whole team at RideApart wants you to know that we love motorcycles, and this will never stop being a motorcycle website. Some of us enjoy writing and reading about cars as well, but we completely understand that many of you are die-hard motorcycle fans, and that passion is what RideApart’s all about.

            We are planning on moving DriveApart to its own separate domain, but it needs a bit more time to grow first, which is how it ended up as a category on RideApart. Meanwhile, we’ll keep its articles off the home page – I’ll be updating the site today. Sorry for any confusion caused by temporarily combining the two!

            • bammerburn

              Even if it pisses the rest of us off? Aren’t there enough car-obsessed blog/websites out there? The world already has a problem with being clogged with cars. The internet doesn’t need the same issue.

            • Heath Collins

              Thank you for responding.

    • MichaelEhrgott

      Remember when we all submitted motorcycle related article ideas in those gear drawings? I submitted like 5 article ideas. I’m sure many of us submitted more….what happened?

      • mms

        I think where they went wrong was asking what people want to read about, instead of asking what motorcycle-related topics they are qualified to write about. Everyone affiliated with RA seems to have 6 other jobs. If 5% of the people who read this site submitted one article each, RA would be stocked with content for a good long while. I’m not saying it’s a good idea but it would be better than cars ;)

  • Pingu2.0

    They are all great, but have too many wheels.

  • Chester Nodier

    My 5-year-old nephew understands the difference between a car, a truck and a motorcycle. The key is counting the number of wheels. If the answer is two, your looking at a motorcycle. If it’s four, it’s something most RideApart readers don’t really care about. Now the tricky part. If you cout three wheels, it’s a trike or sidecar. Go ahead and write about that. It’s close enough. Should I explain what a wheel is?

    • Jack McLovin

      Does your (yore, you’re?) 5 year old nephew understand grammar and spelling better than you? He’s also probably more fun at parties.

    • TheBigPill

      ATV… just sayin’.

  • Hammertime

    What should I buy. A train or this SUV? I can afford both.

    • mms

      Go for the train. You can’t go wrong with a train.

      • hunkyleepickle

        statistically speaking, the train is much safer…..and i could fit many motorcycles inside of it. Train FTW.

  • RumbleStrips

    RA as I knew and loved it is officially dead.

  • Mariano

    This site started to go south a few months ago, when it started with the “10 best of…” “How to..” lists. The biggest insult to the readers intelligence, in my opinion, is the cover advertising camouflage as regular articles. I remember specially the one about the motorcycle adventure outfit in Costa Rica…..it was obviously a paid ad, yet published under “Travel”

    Now, the already diluted quality content is made even more bland with the regular featuring of cars and trucks.

    • Jack McLovin

      Everybody’s being a little too critical. Those “how to” and “10 best” lists are probably very helpful to beginners who otherwise would never think of these things or be too timid to ask. These guys have to do two things: pay the bills, and hear the same criticism from the same handful of know-it-alls about the same damn thing every day. I’m still going to complain though…it’s in my nature :-)

      • Jimmy Cloak

        I’m a beginner, and I LOVE the “how tos” and “best of” lists. However, I don’t love the car & truck reviews — it’s not that I don’t like other types of vehicles; it’s just that there are a lot of other places to find that information, and not nearly so many places with RA’s unique offering.

  • Michael Howard

    It’s not April 1st yet and (most of) your readers aren’t fools.

  • Ross Logan

    I think the traffic metrics are getting screwed up by all the people clicking the car article links just to post negative comments. They think we actually want these irrelevant posts!

    • Strafer

      clicked just to read the comments Yamahaha

      • Piglet2010

        I rode my Yamahaha TW200 yesterday.

  • MichaelEhrgott

    This site is now half ads and half cars/trucks. For the love of all that is holy please get back to Motorcycles.

  • Jack Meoph

    Did you know that if you type “hahahaha” spell check has Yamaha as the first suggestion? I think that is more relevant for a supposed motorcycle site than this article.

  • Kumo Yokai

    (Reuters) “News just in this hour, motorcycle web site RideApart is alienating its fans at a pace not seen since ESPN merged with Lifetime Network , throwing words like ‘monetization’ and ‘diversification’ around at today’s press conference, CEO Jon Guzik has disregarded what one pundit called a ‘mountain of negative reactions’

    Mr.Guzik in response to a question asking why the successful website is torpedoing itself and disregarding what has been overwhelmingly negative reactions to the change in content said this: “I believe there’s a very vocal contingent amongst our readership that is against our new model, but that eventually they will accept the fact that instead of relevant, well-written articles we will post thinly veiled advertising and slightly re-worded corporate press releases, this is truly the future of journalism.”

    • bammerburn

      America truly needs its own “BIKE UK” magazine. I love that magazine – I actually pay $75/year for an iPad subscription BECAUSE of the quality content. RA had the potentiality to become like them; alas, it’s become clear that ain’t so.

  • tincantroubadour

    As a motorcyclist, I FUCKING DESPISE SUV’s. The title is unintentionally ironic.


    • bammerburn

      Troll website, this has become.

  • Clint Keener

    Can you guys actually test a car in the real world instead of regurgitating press releases?

    • bammerburn

      And doesn’t exactly make car guys happy, either.

  • Scheffy

    So this thing breaks apart like the Batmobile and gives you two motorcycles, right? Guys? That’s why this is on this site… right?

    …I’m so scared…..

    • hunkyleepickle

      i felt really bad that i added traffic to this article just to look at the negative comments, but your comment redeemed it for me!

  • http://twwhlspls.com/ Anders

    HFL use to be one of my favorite sites, sad to see its all gone down the drain. You lost a regular reader a few months ago, but today I unliked and removed rideapart from my feeds. Keep it simple stupid!

  • Jason 1199

    How does this keep happening? I can see the relevance of a pickup review used to haul dirt bikes or the wrx article but come on overpriced American SUV pigs? Give me a break

  • hunkyleepickle

    Wow, i could maaaaybe get on board with the occasional article about a mustang, Porsche, or other sports car, but ads, yes i said ads, for chevy’s latest pig of an SUV? the bane of all those who frequent, or frequented this site must certainly be SUV’s…… i’m confused…..

  • Stuki

    At $50-60k for the “low end” Chevy models, no wonder America has turned to silly long cab pickup trucks with silly short beds as substitutes.

    • hunkyleepickle

      i remember going to an auto show like 5 years ago, and both me and my father both laughing and being totally bewildered by the sheer size of the Chevy Suburban at the time. If you have need for space like that, you need to think about why you have so much sh#$!!!!

      • zedro

        Yet the interior designs make them feel cramped inside (compared to expectations at least). Unless you need the towing, minivans seem to still be the best people haulers.

        • Stuki

          The frame underpinning these trucks does take up lots of space. It’s the reason Town Cars are so cramped inside compared to outside, as well. For heavy use pickups that’s a good tradeoff, as even Honda looks finally forced to fess up to, but for almost all passenger hauling Minivans are, as you say, just much better suited. For travelling lots and lots of miles on really dumpy roads and trails; there is still some indication BoF trucks hold up better than Unibody ones. Think Land Rover vs Range Rover. Also think unibody hardliners Honda simply choosing not to compete in the rather lucrative niches occupied by the Land Cruiser/LX, Prado/4runner/GX and Suburban/Tahoe/Sequoia.

    • Piglet2010

      When I become dictator, these vehicles will have rubber floor mats, vinyl covered seats, manual locks and windows, AM only radio, one cigarette lighter, no cup-holders, manual transmission, and a transfer case lever and manual hubs.

      • zedro

        Yeah we all miss the 80s ( or was that 90s?)

        • Piglet2010

          I was thinking 1970′s and earlier.

          • zedro

            Whoops was thinking Dodge and Plymouth

  • http://kemalkautsar.wordpress.com Kemal Kautsar

    you guys need a new writer? i’m riding a motorcycle to commute for about 4 years now