Big Wheeling it with a GMC Yukon Denali

Hey Cuties,

I was riding around and getting it for a full week thanks to the dope folks at GMC. Yes they gave me a GMC Yukon, Denali fully loaded and sent me on my way. This truck made me feel like I was in charge, like seriously I had a big ego, a real big ego. It was like driving a new age spaceship. I know I’ve seen this in a movie somewhere.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with GMC; all opinions are my own.

But first let me take a selfie.

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Selfie style – No one and nothing was harmed in the taking of this photo.

I pride myself on being a gal with many talents and one of them is driving. I am a good driver; Babe may say otherwise but whateve!  I’ve never been in an accident and I can parallel park anything. I judge people, especially men who can’t park. I’m just saying.  Growing up we only had cars and one tragically big station wagon. However I vividly remember my paternal grandmother driving this peach pick-up truck. I had only seen men in trucks and loved that she was raging against the machine in my child like thoughts. To this day at almost 90 she still drives a pick up. That is total badassery (c) Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes.

I drove my first SUV at 20 years old and I freaking loved it. I think I liked the reactions I received more than actually driving.  I drove an SUV that I affectionately referred to as monkey nostrils; I swear the grill looked just like them. I pulled up to the gas station, and slide my 99 lbs out the seat in my cute little pencil skirt. I was headed inside to pay for my gas and I noticed all eyes were on me.  Now, if you give me an audience, I’m going to give you a show. You know, I don’t want to disappoint anyone. So in my mind I suddenly I heard theme music for this exact moment. 

Don’t you know the men all pause when I walked into the room
The men all pause
The men all pause when I walked into the room
The men all pause and the brides held their grooms

And they all sang the same old tune
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Check me out
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
– Klymaxx

Yukon Denali

I’ve always been an old soul honey. So I sashay into the establishment and pay for my gas.  On that day, in that very moment I fell in love with trucks and the bigger the better. Fast forward sixteen years and thirty-one pounds; I step outside and feast my eyes on this Yukon Denali and just like clockwork my theme song started playing in my head again. Only now I have no shame, so I burst out into a body roll and jumped up and slid into the driver’s seat.

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GMC Yukon Denali

Oh I was Boss Hog in these streets.

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Peep the picture on the dash it is sensing things around me. I was in traffic {not going anywhere for a while.} and the truck was telling me how close I was to the car in front of me. Not only was it flashing this image up on the dash my seat, yes my driver seat was also vibrating. One would have a heart attack the first time this happens without warning. I didn’t die but I could have, I’m just saying. WARN PEOPLE FIRST. I thought I was headed to the upper room or something. Your seat also vibes when you are back up or parallel parking.

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Charging Station

I’m an Apple user and Babe is an Android user. This here avoids the confusion over which cord is needed to charge. NO CORDS!

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Center Console

This center console can hold my purse you see sitting on the passenger seat. Some people refer to it as luggage, it is big though and heavy. I won’t lie to you I promise. In my console is several chargers, ear buds, about 10 pair of sunglasses {judge free zone}, a selfie stick, napkins from the last five drive thru’s I hit up, lotion, lip chap, random old cd’s and more. My console is less than half of this. This is the mother load of all consoles and it has additional charging in it. SCORE! Those headphones are for the DVD player.

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Hot Spot!

Best feature ever as far as I’m concerned. Road trips are much easier when you have your own hot spot. You can be productive while someone else does the driving. This is a bloggers dream, crank that post out while in the car for 6 hours. Quiet the kids by connecting their tables and video game systems. Please & Thank You.

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Blu-ray DVD Player or Listen to XM

If you are anti portable devices then this Blu-ray DVD Player will do the trick, hello premium quality here. You can pop in your kid’s favorite movie, and enjoy the silence for at least an hour and a half. If they don’t want to watch a movie they can listen to XM on satellite.

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Space ship command station

Heart & Soul is one of my favorite satellite stations.  From this console you can connect your phone via blue-tooth, get directions and connect to your hot spot I mentioned above. Peep the two USB charging areas and a cigarette outlet for additional charging. Directly only those buttons is a little space that holds your phone perfectly. This means it won’t fall under your feet when you hit the brakes. This Yukon has heated and cooling seats and they do the top and bottom of your seat. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSS!

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I’m a great driver but I will get lost, so navigation is my best friend. Crazy thing, even when the navigation isn’t on the Denali will give you known traffic updates. If you are like me it may cause you to panic and look around real suspicious like as you try to locate the voice randomly telling you that a vehicle is disable in the left lane about a mile up. CRAZY!!!

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Middle Row

The Denali has three rows with the third row being optional. You can hit the automatic switch and the seats will go up or down. The middle row had plenty of space for my two kids. My son enjoyed the middle cup holder and arm rest situation.  The four year old is still in a car seat and so seat anchors are necessary in my world. You can see the seat anchors in this picture and I appreciate that. No knuckles were harmed, or scraped up in the securing of her safety seat. Major kudos for this one GMC!

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Trunk Love

I’m a Costco lover and my household puts it down in the food department. You can’t see from the outside but trust #FatSnacks Central is in full effect around this piece. This means I need maximum trunk space for my bulk shopping. In this picture I put down the third row to accommodate all of these goodies. By the by, I cooked the mess out of those ribs in the picture. They were so tender when you tried to pick them up and the bone just slide right out.

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GMC Yukon Denali

I freaking loved this Yukon, Denali and I would totally drive it again, and again and again. I didn’t have to fill it up so I’m not sure how much it cost to fuel this bus.

GMC Yukon Denali Review Lifestyle Blogger MimiCuteLips shares her review on the 2016 Yukon Denali. #YukonDenali

What features would you love to have in your vehicle? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

Join the discussion

  1. T. Espinoza

    So much laughter!! I would totally own the streets in this big ole thang honey. Love it!

  2. MJ

    Bwahahaha, why can I hear that song right now! Yes, girl. The Denali is a sweet ride. I love a big truck. Riding high, feeling in control and these days a sister needs all the trunk space in the world! All of it. You are too cute girl. I can see you hot stepping out of that Big Boy.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Hahahaha, thanks MJ. Girl theme music is the story of my life I swear. I know the days of an infant stroller that consumes the entire trunk.

  3. Charlene

    I am a fan of big trucks so this was nice to read and keep in mind when it comes time to get a new car.Great post #BLMGirls

  4. Pam

    This looks like a great car! It seems like there is a lot of great space for everything you need to carry with you!

  5. Eva

    That looks amazing! Right now we have an older suburban, and it is nowhere as luxurious as this one! Got me thinking trade in…

  6. Eloise

    Looks like a great truck! a big powerful truck might help me out with the cold winter days in MN! Love the look of your truck : )

  7. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    This looks like such a fabulous car that’s packed with so many useful features. I love that you were able to fit so many groceries in the trunk! That’s definitely a must-have feature for me.

  8. Trish Delgado

    That is a nice SUV. I like the bluetooth capabilities and all the trunk space because we do club shopping as well.

  9. lisa

    I have always liked the Yukon Denalis. They are really nice SUVs. They’re a nice big truck for families too!

  10. Jeanine

    Looks like a really nice vehicle. I know if we drove my husband would be all over this one. Looks so powerful and like a great ride!

  11. adriana

    I LOVE that car!! I know a few people who have it and the size is great – so are all the other little, fun features! I couldn’t imagine not having ample trunk space! Great post!

  12. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    This Denali looks really nice and I love all the options that it has. It also seems to have a lot of storage room. Looks like you had fun!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Gwendolyn, I had all the fun. I’m a gal that loves options so this was a perfect match. I’m sure it has even more features I didn’t even discover.

  13. Up Run For Life

    This looks like a very nice truck. I want a bigger Suv than the one we currently have. I would love to be able to test drive all these fun vehicles so I know which one that I want to purchase.

  14. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    I have a Chevy Suburban (the Chevy version of the GMC Yukon), and I love it. I love the drive, the feel, and the roominess! It comes in handy for so many things. I have never been disappointed. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  15. Tanay

    #teamtinyandlovesbigcars! But I wish I could get up to 130 lbs!!! I’m over here hovering at 110… Looking like RJ (1) is going to be bigger than me any day now 😂😂

    You’d judge the heck outta me though because I can’t park for shiz!!! And I live in NYC lol home of the parallel park!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Tanay, I was the same way, as I inch closer and closer to 40 things have changed.

      OMG, I need to put your in a parking class. lol

  16. Kita

    Right now I have a car but my dream is to have a nice big SUV. The Denali is right up my alley. I may start out with something a little smaller but this will be great down the road.

  17. Brittany

    Super fancy! As soon as I have kids I can;t wait to start looking for my big sedan or SUV 🙂

    • MimiCuteLips

      Oh yes Brittany, you will need all the space. I will go bigger in the next couple of years. My kids will be older and have more things and friends to drive around.

  18. Stacie Branson

    Now this is my kind of vehicle! My hubby wants a truck so bad, but I think we’re going to settle for a minivan.

  19. Bonnie @wemake7

    I really want to get a Yukon some day! They are so awesome. Thanks for sharing about this.

  20. Donna Shana

    I love this truck. That sensory feature, the vibrating seat when you parallel park and the charging station completely have me sold! But that gas is going to be a setback!

  21. rika

    I love YUKON! I really need a big SUV and still saving my money to purchase one

  22. Francesca @onegrloneworld

    That car has so many cool features!! I love taking road trips and often rent to avoid the wear and tear on my own car. I’ll definitely look into this one next time!

  23. Valerie robinson

    I cracked up reading this post lol!! The Denali is a great truck but you definitely have to know how to whip it lol. Perfect for road trips and kids!

  24. Kiwi

    Girl you look cute whipping this big body!! I love the features and the drop down tvs! Super fly!

  25. Sheena Tatum

    I need this truck in my life. My boys would love watching movies in the back and connecting their Kindles to the hotspot. Loved hearing about those vibrating seat alerts, although I would have panicked a bit as well, lol. Sashay! Sidenote: I’m about to load up on #fatsnacks because I’m needing to gain 30lbs. Breastfeeding is wearing me OUT.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Yes Sheena this truck is all you girl. I burst out laughing at loading up on #FatSnacks, yes give yourself all your body needs. Breastfeeding will suck the life out of you. lol Good luck,you are giving your baby an amazing start at life.

  26. Joanna

    I don’t know if I could handle that. I need to slowly prepare myself. The Delani looks nice! Love reading the features. I got hyped off the wifi. lol

  27. Shelley

    You look so cute in any car you’re in. The Denali is a good sturdy vehicle.

  28. Fi Ni Neachtain

    Wow, what a fab looking ride! I love that it has a charging station too, so important for those who are on the road a lot.

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