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2016 GMC Yukon

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2016 SLE 4x2
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Price:   -  From $48,315
2016 SLE 4x4 Price:   -  From $51,315
2016 SLT 4x2 Price:   -  From $57,000
2016 SLT 4x4 Price:   -  From $60,000
2016 Denali 4x2 Price:   -  From $65,325
2016 Denali 4x4 Price:   -  From $68,325

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.

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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:

GMC Yukon

SLE

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.

GMC Yukon

SLT

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.

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Denali

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.

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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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Expert Review

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Those of us who prefer smaller, more efficient cars typically fail to grasp the attraction of big SUVs. Sometimes, we seem to be grossly outnumbered by folks who simply adore and covet gargantuan, three-row machines with hefty V8 engines, like the Yukon and its Chevrolet Tahoe counterpart.

Pricing and Equipment

Yukon comes in SLE, SLT, and extravagant Denali trim, starting at $48,165 for a rear-drive SLE. The price jumps sharply between trim levels, topping (gasp!) $65,000 for the Denali. Amazing as it sounds, more than half of Yukons sold are Denalis. Four-wheel drive adds $3,000.

Even the SLE is abundantly equipped, while the Denali overflows with features to pamper its occupants. To get the pavement-smoothing benefits of Magnetic Ride Control, for instance, you have to “go Denali.” First and second rows may have either two buckets or a bench seat, for seven- to nine-passenger capacity.

We drove both a regular Yukon with the 5.3-liter V8, and a Denali with the 6.2-liter brute. The 5.3-liter V8 generates 355 horsepower, versus 420 for the 6.2-liter.

Performance Pros

GMC Yukon
  • Quiet refinement. We like the quiet cabin and elegant interior touches, but Yukon performance also qualifies as intensely refined. What a difference from Yukons of the past.
  • Towing/hauling. Not many SUVs can haul up to 8,500 pounds.
  • Acceleration. Both engines deliver impressive, strong response. So, there’s no particular need to spring for the Denali’s brawny 6.2-liter V8.

Performance Cons

  • Fuel economy. Sure, it’s better nowadays, not bad for this vehicle class; but still nothing to boast about. The EPA estimates no more than 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Without direct injection and cylinder-deactivation technology, which shuts off half the engine periodically, that V8 would be even thirstier.
  • Maneuverability. Size and weight inevitably conspire to make handling more cumbersome than we prefer. Handsome it may be, but Yukon is still truck-based: closer to a pickup than a sedan.

Interior Pros

GMC Yukon
  • Passenger space. Naturally, not everyone carries seven or more passengers. If you’re one of them, you actually need those three rows of seats.
  • Modern technology. Centered on its oversize (8-inch) touchscreen, the cockpit almost seems to belong in a luxury sedan, not a big SUV.
  • Upscale aura. Considering that Yukon wears a badge long known to identify workaday trucks, the Denali registers as Escalade-level luxurious; and SLT isn’t so far behind. We applaud Yukon’s fit-and-finish, augmented by plenty of soft-touch materials.

Interior Cons

  • Third-row space. Broad body dimensions don’t translate into sufficient legroom for riders who are consigned to the back row, unless you spring for the bigger-yet Yukon XL. Headroom is tight, too.
  • Entry/exit. Wide back doors help, but some of us can’t even think about climbing aboard without feeling tired.
  • Options. No matter which model you choose, a few more extras (including valuable safety features) are likely to be tempting, adding to the total price.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

GMC Yukon

Civilized, urbane, tasteful, polished. Supremely quiet, too. Those aren’t words that defined big, traditional-type SUVs a few years back, but the Yukon exudes refinement in just about every way.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Despite all the fancy features and luxuriant amenities, you can never really forget that you're driving a truck. An expensive truck, to be sure, with most rough spots smoothed over; but not quite all.

The Bottom Line

Since Yukon is still a traditional-type SUV, a broad-shouldered, boxy profile is the price of admission. GMC and Chevrolet have gone about as far as they can to ease the angular forms, adopting more contemporary lines. We suspect that big SUVs can’t get much more refined without a radical makeover.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.3L V-8 / 355 HP / 383 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 23 / 19 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
8 / 9
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.3L V-8 / 355 HP / 383 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 23 / 19 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
26.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$100
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
94.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
203.9 "
Exterior Width
80.5 "
Exterior Height
74.4 "
Front Headroom
42.8 "
Rear Headroom
38.7 "
Front Legroom
45.3 "
Rear Legroom
39.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
64.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
65.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,379 Lbs.
Wheel Base
116 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished Aluminum / 22.0 " Chrome Aluminum / 22.0 " Steel / 22.0 " Machined Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Silver Aluminum / 22.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With 2 Front Tow Hook(s) / Black
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
8 / 9
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket / 40-20-40 Split-bench
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(4-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Intellilink Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock / Intellilink Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
9 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
5 / 4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Alert Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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