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2016 GMC Yukon

$34,239 — $58,843 USED
Sport Utility
7-9 Seats
18-19 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Safety alert seat available
  • Quiet cabin
  • Spacious interior
  • Easier-than-expected maneuverability

The Bad

  • Trucklike ride with body roll in corners
  • Small cargo space behind third row
  • Interior design too similar to Chevrolet siblings
  • Some dashboard buttons could be larger
2016 GMC Yukon exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 GMC Yukon
  • Full-size SUV available in two lengths
  • 8,500-pound towing capacity
  • Programmable-height power liftgate available
  • Active fuel management system reduces fuel use
  • Seats up to nine

Our Take

from the expert editorial team

The new 2016 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL Premium Edition are available with 22-inch chrome wheels, one of many features we saw when we go up close and personal with the just-released version of this popular SUV from the GM brand.

What Is the 2016 GMC Yukon?

The 2016 GMC Yukon is a full-size SUV, related to the Chevrolet Tahoe, that seats up to nine. It competes with the Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia and Ford Expedition. It's available in SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels. The Yukon XL, an extended-length version, is covered separately. 

What's New on the 2016 GMC Yukon?

For 2016, the GMC Yukon can be equipped with an Enhanced Driver Alert Package. This option package adds automatic high-beams and lane-keeping assistance. A capless fuel filler is now standard.

How Does the 2016 GMC Yukon Compare to Other SUVs?

While the Yukon is more expensive than the Tahoe and offers near-luxury trims like the Yukon Denali, it doesn't match up with luxury SUVs like the Infiniti QX80, Lincoln Navigator and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

What Features in the 2016 GMC Yukon Are Most Important?

The 2016 GMC Yukon SLE and SLT come standard with a 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 engine, while the Denali gets a 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8. Rear- and four-wheel drive are available on every trim. The SLE and SLT include a six-speed automatic transmission, while the Denali comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic. Significant standard features include a backup camera, front and rear parking assist, a 10-way power driver's seat, automatic climate control, an IntelliLink multimedia system, LED running lights, and an aluminum hood and liftgate. As is required in all new cars, the 2016 Yukon includes front airbags, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes.

Significant available features include forward collision warning, a safety alert seat, 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot (subscription required), power-adjustable pedals, a power-folding third-row seat, a power liftgate and, in the Denali, a head-up display.

Should I Buy the 2016 GMC Yukon?

The 2016 GMC Yukon is a good fit for shoppers who enjoy strong maneuverability in a full-size SUV, an expansive, quiet interior and an available safety alert seat. However, cornering reveals truck-like body roll, and the small cargo space behind the third row may be disappointing. In addition, small dashboard buttons can be challenging to use.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

2016 GMC Yukon Overview

by Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Yukon full-size SUV was redesigned for 2015, when it received new exterior styling, an interior makeover and a new engi... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

32 reviews — Read All reviews
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Love it

by Fireshrek from Cheney, wa on August 28, 2018

I bought this car for my wife. It has great get up and go the ride is smooth. The interior is comfortable and easy to use. The 6.2l with the 8 speed transmission is an awesome pair! Read full review


You get what you pay for.

by Jnewbold from Sparta,nj on August 22, 2018

I like everything about this Yukon denali except for the backup camera. The backup camera is virtually useless at night And I wish I got The bench instead of the captain chairs Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2016 GMC Yukon currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 GMC Yukon SLE

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

4 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
5 Star
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


New car and certified pre-owned programs by GMC

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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


  • View All CPO Program Details

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Yukon received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker