2011 GMC
Yukon Denali
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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Has auxiliary audio input
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Better suspension
Independent
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Average highway fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$34,660
2011 GMC Yukon Denali

8.8

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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Sporty performance
14.0 lb/hp
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Navigation system
Standard
Entertainment System 7.6 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
  • The Flex SEL's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • Like your tunes? In the Flex SEL, you can upgrade to satellite radio
Cost 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Flex SEL Winner: Flex SEL
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  • The best price we've seen is $19,940 cheaper (around 40% less), $34,660 vs $54,600
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 16 mpg vs 14 mpg
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
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 GMC Yukon Denali Winner: Yukon Denali
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Yukon Denali
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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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have power outlets
Overall 8.8 vs 9.9

Entertainment System

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Yukon Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The Yukon Denali 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 Denali'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 Denali; 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 No vs Yes The Flex SEL can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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 Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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MSRP $54,600 vs $34,660 The Flex SEL has a great price, but the Yukon Denali is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 14 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

Safety Features

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Yukon Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
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 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

Luxury Features

GMC
Yukon Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
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 Denali

Road Tests

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Yukon Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
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 Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
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

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Yukon Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
Flex SEL
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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 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 14.0 lb/hp vs 17.7 lb/hp The Yukon Denali is a sporty car, while the Flex SEL is just average
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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 Denali
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
2012 Ford Flex SEL Ford
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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 SEL 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 SEL 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 SEL, 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 SEL 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 Denali 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Yukon Denali vs Land Cruiser
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Lincoln Navigator Yukon Denali vs Navigator
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Land-Rover Range Rover HSE Yukon Denali vs Range Rover HSE
2011 GMC Yukon SLT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Yukon SLT vs Acadia SLE
2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Nissan Armada SL Yukon Denali vs Armada SL
2012 Ford Flex Limited 2011 Toyota Highlander Flex Limited vs Highlander
2012 Ford Flex Limited 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Flex Limited vs Santa Fe Limited
2012 Ford Flex SEL 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Flex SEL vs Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
2012 Ford Flex SEL 2011 Toyota Sienna Flex SEL vs Sienna
2012 Ford Flex Titanium 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Flex Titanium vs Odyssey Touring Elite

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