The Changing Shape Of Cars: 1988 Chevrolet Caprice and 2022 GMC Yukon XL – Both Rated At 17 MPG

Chevy B-Bodies are getting rather scarce in these parts, and when I saw one parked next to a big new Yukon XL, I just had to shoot the two of them, as they do rather represent the changing shape of the big American car.

Yes, the Yukon is a bit bigger; most of all taller (20″) and heavier, weighing over a ton more than the Caprice. Despite all that the EPA mileage ratings are the same, at 17 mpg combined. A good example of how improving technology is keeping up with the weight gain and more aerodynamic frontal area of many bigger cars.

Here’s a few vital stats for each of these:

Caprice:  212.8″ long, 74.5″ wide, 56.4″ tall, 3699 lbs.  5.0 L V8 with 170 hp (17 mpg).   4.3 L V6: 20 mpg.  5.7 L V8:  14 mpg.

Yukon: 225″ long, 81″ wide, 76.5: tall, 5847 lbs. 5.3 L V8, 355 hp. Optional: 3.0 L turbo diesel (22 mpg) and 6.2 L V8 (16 mpg).

(all adjusted combined EPA ratings)

The Chevy seems to have lived a fairly pampered life, as its interior and exterior are still in very good condition. Grandpa kept it in the garage, where it stayed until one of the grand kids inherited it? Or?

Not sure exactly what that carton is, but it just fits in the back seat. The Yukon does have it all over the Chevy when it comes to interior space.

One of these stands head and shoulders over the other one.

Before you bemoan the fact that folks are buying these big trucks now instead of sedans, let’s not forget the the Suburban was already a very hot seller in the eighties. Folks want(ed) bigger houses and bigger cars, then and now. It’s the American way.