I have a 2000 Yukon XL. I find that style of vehicle very handy for me and my family and can hardly imagine how we got along with a smaller SUV before.
However, I’m not really happy with the Yukon. It’s constantly having some sort of little problem, nothing major, just little annoying things that seem to occur monthly. For example, the back windows will just stop rolling down. This has happened twice. Then the horn will stop honking. Then the daytime running lights will go out every week (I’ve stopped replacing them in fact it became so annoying.) Then the seatbelt will stop rolling up and the little plastic part that attaches to the seat will come loose. Similar things have happened with my friend who bought a standard Yukon the same time I got my XL.
It has 60,000 miles on it and my warranty is up. I don’t think I’ll keep it for more than 20,000 more miles. Too bad, because it’s handy, comfortable and looks pretty good (at least my chromed out black one does.) It’s just shoddy when it comes to the details.
Not sure what I’ll get when we replace it. Thought of a Hummer H2 but they’re pretty small on the inside believe it or not (and are pretty much Yukons underneath with massive face lifts). The third row seat only seats one person and the big spare tire takes up a lot of your cargo room. The Escalade is nice as is the Z71 Chevy. A larger Escalade is coming out soon as well, making it as big as the XL. I prefer Japanese cars over American but there aren’t any big SUVs offered besides the Sequoia - and I just think it’s ugly. Right now I’m not sure what to get, but I think I’m done with Yukons.
If you don’t need the cargo space when all three seats are being used, then the new Expeditions look good, especially the Eddie Bauer model. The Navigator is another option, just a bit small for my needs. Good luck!