2011 GMC
Yukon Denali
vs. 2012 Ford
Flex SE

2012 Ford Flex SE

9.6

Winner

Ford Flex SE

starting from

$30,180

Reasons to buy the Ford Flex SE

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Good highway fuel efficiency
24 mpg
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Very inexpensive
$30,180
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Better suspension
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2011 GMC Yukon Denali

9.2

Runner-up

GMC Yukon Denali

starting from

$54,600
"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 Denali

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Quite powerful
403 HP @ 5,700 RPM
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Average cargo space
108.9 ft3
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Navigation system
Standard
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
Cost 8.4 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Flex SE Winner: Flex SE
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  • The best price we've seen is $24,420 cheaper (more than 40% less), $30,180 vs $54,600
  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 14 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 GMC Yukon Denali Winner: Yukon Denali
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  • Almost the same
Safety Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Flex SE Winner: Flex SE
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  • The Flex SE has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Entertainment System 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Flex SE Winner: Flex SE
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  • The Flex SE's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have power outlets
Overall 9.2 vs 9.6

Cost

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Yukon Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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MSRP $54,600 vs $30,180 The Flex SE has a great price, but the Yukon Denali is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 14 mpg vs 17 mpg The Flex SE has great city mileage and the Yukon Denali is pretty reasonable
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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 Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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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 Not Available Leather comes standard on the Yukon Denali; the Flex SE only offers cloth seats

Safety Features

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Yukon Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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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 SE has a good number of airbags, but the Yukon Denali 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 Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The Yukon Denali has an OK number of speakers, while the Flex SE has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Yukon Denali's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Flex SE does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input No vs Yes The Flex SE can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Yukon Denali; but it's not available at all on the Flex SE

Road Tests

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Yukon Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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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 Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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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

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Yukon Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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Horsepower 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 262 HP @ 6,250 RPM The Yukon Denali is fairly powerful, but the Flex SE 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 14.0 lb/hp vs 17.1 lb/hp The Yukon Denali is a sporty car, while the Flex SE is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.0 ft vs Unknown

Practicality

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Yukon Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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Passengers 7 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 108.9 ft3 vs 83.2 ft3 The Yukon Denali has OK cargo room, while the Flex SE has very little
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front seats 62.9 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3 The Yukon Denali has roomy front seats and the Flex SE is OK
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Base payload capacity 1620 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 Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Flex SE, but the Yukon Denali's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 6 vs 10 The Flex SE has a good number of cupholders, but the Yukon Denali 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 Toyota Land Cruiser Yukon Denali vs Land Cruiser
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Honda Pilot EX Yukon Denali vs Pilot EX
2012 Ford Flex SE 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Flex SE vs Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
2012 Ford Flex SE 2011 Ford Edge SEL Flex SE vs Edge SEL
2012 Ford Flex SE 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Flex SE vs Highlander SE
2012 Ford Flex SE 2011 Dodge Durango Express Flex SE vs Durango Express
2012 Ford Flex SE 2011 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LT Flex SE vs Suburban 2500 LT

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