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John Diether
Automotive Editor - August 17, 2015

Expert Rating

4.6 (Excellent)
16 City / 22 Highway

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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.

GMC Yukon Front

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:


Comes fully equipped with premium cloth upholstery, power front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, and remote start. You also get a premium Bose nine-speaker sound system and GMC's IntelliLink infotainment interface. The available Driver Alert package adds lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and a vibrating safety alert built into the driver seat. There's also a Convenience package with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals, and a hands-free power liftgate. A front bench seat is optional on this trim level only.


Builds on the SLE with extra safety features like rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams. You also get a leather interior with heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and ambient lighting. Both the second the third rows fold at the touch of a button. The Sun, Entertainment and Destination package throws in a sunroof, navigation, and a rear entertainment system. Individual options include second-row captain's chairs, adaptive cruise control, and an upgraded alarm system.


Gets the 6.2-liter engine and an adaptive magnetic suspension, plus a unique grille, 20-inch wheels, a trailer-brake controller, and xenon headlamps. The interior receives a digital instrument panel, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, active noise cancellation, and second-row captain's chairs. Navigation is also standard. The Denali's Touring package comes with a head-up display, chrome wheels, a sunroof, and a rear entertainment system. Standalone options include power-retractable entry steps and 22-inch wheels.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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