2006 GMC Yukon

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$34,705

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2006 GMC Yukon

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Easy to drive
  • Interior space
  • Maneuverability
  • Seat and ride comfort
  • Resale value

The bad:

  • Exterior dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Rear visibility with cargo doors

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Three V-8s available
  • Luxury Denali edition
  • Up to nine-passenger seating
  • Standard stability system

2006 GMC Yukon review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
GMC’s Yukon full-size sport utility vehicle is closely related to the Chevrolet Tahoe, and both models are based on General Motors’ full-size pickup trucks. The Yukon and Tahoe compete against such full-size SUVs as the Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, and Toyota’s Land Cruiser and Sequoia.

GMC also sells a larger SUV called the Yukon XL, which is comparable to the Chevrolet Suburban. SLE and SLT trim levels in the Yukon lineup come with rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive that includes Low-range gearing.

GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard, and a DVD-based touch-screen navigation radio can be installed. Ultra Bright 17-inch wheels are optional. Several other features, including an electrochromatic rearview mirror, GM’s OnStar communication system and steering-wheel auxiliary controls, become standard for 2006.

A luxurious Denali edition is equipped with permanently engaged all-wheel drive, leather upholstery and specific front-end styling. Standard Yukon Denali equipment includes a monochrome exterior color scheme, a nine-speaker Bose audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer, XM Satellite Radio and 17-inch tires. A 335-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 powers the Denali. Seven-spoke, chrome-plated cast-aluminum wheels that measure 20 inches in diameter are available.

Exterior
Differences between the Yukon and Tahoe are primarily in the grille, where a prominent GMC badge is featured on the Yukon. The four-door Yukon measures 198.9 inches long overall, placing it between the midsize Envoy (191.6) and the full-size Yukon XL (219.3) in GMC’s lineup. Built on a 116-inch wheelbase, the rear-drive Yukon is 78.9 inches wide and 76.7 inches tall (including the roof rack). It is equipped with standard 16-inch tires and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.

Interior
Yukons can accommodate as many as nine occupants when properly equipped. Depending on the model, the first row can be equipped with two bucket seats or a three-place bench. The middle row can feature a three-place bench or captain’s chairs, and a three-place rear bench can be installed. Built-in wheels aid the removal of the folding middle and rear seats. Cargo volume is nearly 105 cubic feet when the middle and rear seats are removed, but space decreases to 16.3 cubic feet when all the seats are in place. Adjustable pedals are available.

Under the Hood
The SLE and SLT get either a 285-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 or a 295-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 that can run on a combination of gasoline and ethanol fuel. The Yukon Denali is equipped with a 335-hp, 6.0-liter V-8. All engines work with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Denali has computer-controlled shock absorbers that change their stiffness based on driving conditions.

Safety
Dual-stage occupant-sensing front airbags, antilock brakes and StabiliTrak are standard. Side-impact airbags are standard in the Denali and optional in other Yukons.

Driving Impressions
Despite its size, the Yukon is surprisingly easy to drive. It steers with a light touch and delivers a pleasantly smooth ride. Denali models are loaded with luxuries, perform with vigorous throttle response and demonstrate few truck sensations. The navigation screen is mounted high, but it’s small.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 3.8
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Very strong and reliable truck

I’m selling a 2006 GMC YUKON DELANI. Strong running truck with just some cosmetic issue far as paint chipping do to age. Other than that the truck is outstanding.

5.0

Great family vehicle

This car met all of our needs for our family, great times going to and from the kids sports and vacations spots. Very reliable for all seasons. The kids have moved on and I hope another family will be able to put it to use.

3.4

I Loved My Yukon - Son Almost Died

I Loved my Yukon was ready to purchase another New one. ON July 2, 2019 my Son was on his way to work on a 2 lane narrow road. The Yukon went slightly off the right side of the road which had a small ditch. My Son over corrected and hit a pickup truck. My Son in the Yukon was facing a guard rail. He was knocked un conscience. He was extremely lucky other people were on their way to work. Two men pulled him out of the Yukon just before the explosion. The Yukon exploded and caught on fire. It was a raging hot fire. The entire truck was burnt up. The pickup truck had a dent on the front side of the fender and along down the fender. My Yukon had the same dents however, the explosion and fire burnt my Yukon beyond repairs. Totaled my GMC Yukon. I have no car or SUV to drive. Thank God for the air bag and God Bless the Men who pulled my Son out of the Yukon. The photos from some of my Son's co-workers were just HORRIBLE!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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