2011 GMC
Yukon SLT
vs. 2012 Ford
Flex SEL

2012 Ford Flex SEL

9.9

Winner

Ford Flex SEL

starting from

$34,660

Reasons to buy the Ford Flex SEL

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Better suspension
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Very inexpensive
$34,660
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More airbags
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2011 GMC Yukon SLT

9.2

Runner-up

GMC Yukon SLT

starting from

$45,410
"The multipurpose screen also offers an uncluttered layout for the audio system."
edmunds.com | talking about the Yukon's stereo
"With many luxury and high-tech features, the Yukon remains user-friendly."
edmunds.com | talking about the Yukon's controls

Reasons to buy the GMC Yukon SLT

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Average cargo space
108.9 ft3
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Average power
320 HP @ 5,400 RPM
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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Spacious front seats
62.9 ft3
Safety Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Flex SEL Winner: Flex SEL
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  • The Flex SEL has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 8.9 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Flex SEL Winner: Flex SEL
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  • The Flex SEL's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Like your tunes? In the Flex SEL, you can upgrade to satellite radio
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Flex SEL Winner: Flex SEL
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  • The best price we've seen is $10,750 cheaper (more than 20% less), $34,660 vs $45,410
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 16 mpg vs 15 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 GMC Yukon SLT Winner: Yukon SLT
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Yukon SLT
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have power outlets
Overall 9.2 vs 9.9

Safety Features

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Yukon SLT
2011 GMC Yukon SLT
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Flex SEL has a good number of airbags, but the Yukon SLT is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Entertainment System

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Yukon SLT
2011 GMC Yukon SLT
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Yukon SLT has an OK number of speakers, while the Flex SEL has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Yukon SLT's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Flex SEL does not
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CD player Standard vs Optional Rock on in the Yukon SLT; but prepare to pay to get a CD player in the Flex SEL
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the Flex SEL, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs Yes The Flex SEL has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include an entertainment system

Cost

GMC
Yukon SLT
2011 GMC Yukon SLT
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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MSRP $45,410 vs $34,660 The Flex SEL has a great price and the Yukon SLT is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 16 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Average lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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Yukon SLT
2011 GMC Yukon SLT
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Yukon SLT

Road Tests

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Yukon SLT
2011 GMC Yukon SLT
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 9.0 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 128 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.9 s @ 85 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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Yukon SLT
2011 GMC Yukon SLT
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

GMC
Yukon SLT
2011 GMC Yukon SLT
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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Horsepower 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM vs 262 HP @ 6,250 RPM The Yukon SLT is of average power, but the Flex SEL is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.6 lb/hp vs 17.7 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Flex SEL has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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Yukon SLT
2011 GMC Yukon SLT
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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Passengers 8 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 108.9 ft3 vs 83.2 ft3 The Yukon SLT has OK cargo room, while the Flex SEL has very little
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front seats 62.9 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3 The Yukon SLT has roomy front seats and the Flex SEL is OK
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Base payload capacity 1673 lb vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Yukon SLT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Flex SEL
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Cupholders 6 vs 10 The Flex SEL has a good number of cupholders, but the Yukon SLT is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 GMC Yukon SLT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Yukon SLT vs Acadia SLE
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Yukon Denali vs Tahoe LTZ
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Cadillac Escalade Yukon Denali vs Escalade
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Lincoln Navigator Yukon Denali vs Navigator
2011 GMC Yukon SLE 2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited Yukon SLE vs 4Runner Limited
2012 Ford Flex SEL 2011 Ford Explorer Flex SEL vs Explorer
2012 Ford Flex Limited 2011 Toyota Highlander Flex Limited vs Highlander
2012 Ford Flex Titanium 2012 Lincoln MKT Flex Titanium vs MKT
2012 Ford Flex Titanium 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Flex Titanium vs Odyssey Touring Elite
2012 Ford Flex SEL 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Flex SEL vs Grand Caravan Passenger Crew

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