By Ed Curran

By Ed Curran

CHICAGO (CBS) — We’re in an SUV — a big SUV. There’s no doubt when it’s approaching in your rear view mirror. It’s a giant GMC Yukon.

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The Denali version of this large SUV is a handsome vehicle. It is powered by a big 5.3 liter V8 engine coupled to a 10 speed automatic transmission. The Yukon is a powerful vehicle with power to spare. Its large size and big engine, however, deliver 18 miles per gallon combined. The diesel version gets 23 miles per gallon.

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The Yukon really shines on the inside. A near luxury interior delivers the kind of comfort that makes you long to take a road trip. It’s a gorgeous cabin that is extremely quiet, even at highway speeds. This large SUV’s handling is predictable in its feel. It does a good job of navigating curves and maintained a steady course on the highway.

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If you’re in the market for an SUV like the Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition or the Nissan Armada, the GMC Yukon is a test drive you’ll have to take.