Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2016 GMC Yukon OVERVIEW
Now entering its second year in current form, the Yukon holds fast to its traditional SUV values: uncompromising size, power and capability. Add to that its abundant features and thoroughly modern design, and you can see why the Yukon remains as relevant as ever.
What's New for 2016
The Yukon gets some extra bits of technology, including lane keeping assist and automatic high beams.
Choosing Your GMC Yukon
Most Yukons are powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that generates 355 horsepower. The line-topping Denali get its own 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission and can be paired with four-wheel drive. Low-range gearing is standard on the 4WD Denali and optional on the other trims. Towing capacity reaches 8,500 pounds, thanks in part to a standard locking rear differential.
The Yukon's third row folds completely into the floor, and a front bench remains available in case you need nine-passenger seating. There's a total of 95 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats folded.
As before, the Yukon is offered in three trim levels:
As you can see, there's no such thing as an entry-level Yukon. Even the mid-level SLT qualifies as a luxury SUV by most standards, and incidentally provides the best overall value in our view.