I test drove identical 4WD Denalis one 6.2 and the other 5.3, back to back and there wasn't enough performance difference to justify the additional up front cost or the requirement of premium fuel. I'm at about 9k miles so far and if I were to make the decision over, I think I'd stay with the 5.3L, it has done everything I have asked of it including towing with ease. When I feel the need to burn some premium fuel and desecrate the speed laws I hop in my wife's E class Mercedes Benz.
I have a bed rug in my 19 Denali and have had them in previous trucks, they make it easy on my old knees and are just classy looking. I had a DeeZee mat in my previous truck and it did a fine job also, though not as easy on the knees as the bed rug, hence the rug in the Denali.
I was in the same quandary back in February. I was in the market for a new truck and the local Ford dealer pissed me off enough to send a loyal Ford guy looking elsewhere. I drove a 2019 Ram Limited 4WD loaded to the gills and I must say I was extremely impressed. Outstanding ride, most comfortable seats I've seen in a truck, 12" display with gobs of technology and the nicest all around interior. The Hemi was responsive and it handled great. Pricing was on par with bot Ford and GM, as far as I could tell there was nothing to dislike about the Ram. Same day I test drove a 2019 Denali 4WD with a 5.3L, nice truck, rode ok, not the best seats or interior but still a quality vehicle. I went home to think it over and got online at Edmunds and read owners reviews of the Ram, GMC and Ford. First thing that jumped out at me was the GMC had 12 reviews, the Ford had 18 and the Ram had 158 reviews. The first Ram review stated that his truck had been the shop 56 days with a myriad of issues that they seemed unable to fix, whether it was availability of parts or the ability to cypher what the causes were, from there on it was like a broken record of leaks, transmission woes, cabin/dash electronic issues. Basically a nightmare. Read the GMC reviews and about the only gripes were a hinky shifting transmission and gripes about dated interior, pretty much the same for Ford. Next day I bought the Denali. After 5 1/2 months and 9000 miles, it's been a relatively good vehicle. Interior is just ok, fuel economy averages around 18 or so combined, tows surprisingly well and it has a hinky shifting transmission. If I were to be honest with myself, my previous two F150 Lariat Ecoboosts were better all around vehicles, they towed better, were quieter, got at least equal economy, had better paint quality and ran like scalded dogs. In retrospect I let my being pissed at Ford sway my decision too much. All that being said, I plan on keeping this truck for several years as it seems to be well put together and has done everything I've asked of it with ease.
You speak the truth. I try to hang back in the pack enough to give myself a bit of reaction time. Traveled I-10 from Houston to Lafayette, La for 20+ years for work, pretty much always running 80+. Maybe I've been lucky but I've been high speed traveling for 35 years without any accidents and very,very few speeding tickets.. This Denali has a sweet spot at 88 where it all seems to synch up and get happy.
I don't really differentiate city/highway mileage. I live in rural Texas and I probably average 80% highway. Overall I'm around 18.8 mpg the past 7000 miles. It's not unusual to set my cruise at 80+ mph on the interstate here in Tx. On a recent trip to San Antonio we traveled nearly 30 miles with a group of vehicles that were running a steady 94 mph.
I've had the truck since 2/14 and just turned 7000 miles today. Had a check engine light come on and stay on. Took it to dealership and they did a software update that fixed the issue. Had something to do with the anti lock brake module. Other than an occasional funky trans shift, the truck has been great. That being said, I'm coming out of two previous F150 Ecoboosts that were flawless, so this GMC has some pretty big shoe to fill. Over the years I've had 7 GM trucks and 8 Ford trucks, probably had slightly less issues from the Fords but not enough to make me favor one over the other.
I have a Bed Rug over the factory spray in on my 19 Denali. Had a DeeZee mat in my previous F150 and a Bed Rug in the f150 prior to that. All my trucks either have had a tonneau cover or fiberglass cap. I'd go with the mat if the bed were to be open to the elements.
I put the GM mats in my 19 Denali and couldn't be more pleased. Had Husky in my 18 Yukon XL and thought they were cheap looking and built. I'll never buy Husky again. I had Weather Techs in my previous two F150s and while I liked them much better than the Husky's, the GM mats are a superior product.
I had a 2018 Yukon XL with no HUD. The front collision warning flashes on the windshield. Evidently you were too close, the next thing it would have done would have been to apply the brakes. Rather unsettling.
Nope to the 85 mph. I seldom break 70. Just completed a 480 mile trip towing a 3700 lb bass boat. Hand calculated to 13.2 mpg. Rolling hills of East Texas probably averaged 68 mph on the highway. My 2004 Yukon XL 5.3L 3.73 rear averaged 13.6 towing the same boat. The Denali tows with far more ease than my old Yukon ever did and surprisingly enough it seems to tow as well as my ecoboosts did, actually better than my 2012 did. There is no comparison to the 2018 Yukon XL I had, that was the weakest, most ill handling vehicle I've had the displeasure of owning.
I've got the Bakflip G2 on my 19 Denali. Well built, relatively water tight, easy install. I'd definitely recommend it. Had one of those high dollar Retrax on my Lariat and like the Bakflip better. Plus the G2 was less than half the cost as the Retrax.
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