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2006 GMC Yukon XL

$3,243 — $13,439 USED
Sport Utility
8-9 Seats
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Passenger space
  • Cargo capacity
  • Steering feel
  • Reasonably easy to drive

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2006 GMC Yukon XL
  • Choice of V-8s
  • Up to nine-passenger seating
  • Standard stability system
  • Luxury Denali model

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Based on General Motors' Silverado full-size pickup truck, the Yukon XL is the king-size version of GMC's Yukon sport utility vehicle. The Chevrolet Suburban, which differs little in structure, is the corporate twin of the Yukon XL. Full-size rivals include the mammoth Ford Excursion and the Toyota Sequoia.

Like the automaker's shorter Yukon, the Yukon XL comes in SLE, SLT and plush Denali trim levels. GMC aims this SUV at a more upscale audience with the Denali luxury edition, which includes leather upholstery and a premium sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer.

Half-ton models are labeled Yukon XL 1500, while the Yukon XL 2500 has a three-quarter-ton rating. A 6.0-liter or 8.1-liter V-8 powers the 2500 version, while the 1500 comes with a standard 5.3-liter V-8. Denali models — offered only in half-ton form — get a 335-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8.

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


Exterior
Built on a 130-inch wheelbase, the Yukon XL has four side doors. It stretches to 219.3 inches long overall, which is 20 inches longer than the regular Yukon but shorter than the Excursion. Denali models can be fitted with 20-inch seven-...
Vehicle Overview
Based on General Motors' Silverado full-size pickup truck, the Yukon XL is the king-size version of GMC's Yukon sport utility vehicle. The Chevrolet Suburban, which differs little in structure, is the corporate twin of the Yukon XL. Full-size rivals include the mammoth Ford Excursion and the Toyota Sequoia.

Like the automaker's shorter Yukon, the Yukon XL comes in SLE, SLT and plush Denali trim levels. GMC aims this SUV at a more upscale audience with the Denali luxury edition, which includes leather upholstery and a premium sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer.

Half-ton models are labeled Yukon XL 1500, while the Yukon XL 2500 has a three-quarter-ton rating. A 6.0-liter or 8.1-liter V-8 powers the 2500 version, while the 1500 comes with a standard 5.3-liter V-8. Denali models — offered only in half-ton form — get a 335-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8.

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


Exterior
Built on a 130-inch wheelbase, the Yukon XL has four side doors. It stretches to 219.3 inches long overall, which is 20 inches longer than the regular Yukon but shorter than the Excursion. Denali models can be fitted with 20-inch seven-spoke wheels.

Interior
All Yukon XL models have three rows of seats, which yield a seating capacity of seven, eight or nine occupants, depending on the configuration. Bucket seats or a three-place bench go up front, and the second row holds two or three people. All models have a three-place rear bench that folds down and can be removed.

Cargo volume in the Yukon XL measures nearly 46 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 131.6 cubic feet when the middle and rear seats are removed. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is optional. Denali models include XM Satellite Radio and adjustable pedals, which are optional in other Yukon XLs.


Under the Hood
The half-ton Yukon XL 1500 uses a 295-hp, 5.3-liter V-8, which can now run on a combination of gasoline and ethanol. Denali models are equipped with a 335-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 that produces 375 pounds-feet of torque. A 335-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 is standard and a 325-hp, 8.1-liter V-8 is optional in three-quarter-ton 2500 models. All engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

The Denali has permanently engaged four-wheel drive. Other Yukon XL models are available with rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive that engages automatically when additional traction is needed. Yukon XL 1500 models can tow as much as 7,800 pounds, and the Yukon XL 2500 equipped with the 8.1-liter engine can haul up to 12,000 pounds when properly equipped.


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 models.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
11 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

Heard to believe it is American made!

by Harry mike from Passchristian ms on October 20, 2017

One of the best I have ever owned ! Hard to believe it was American made! Over all it served my family well! I can only think of a couple of times that we had to put it in the shop! Once was for a ... Read full review

(5.0)

Was sad to get rid of.

by TjMichael from New Braunfels on August 5, 2017

Probably my favorite vehicle I owned. It was a Denali with all the extras and a chameleon color of blue and green. Had to trade she the front frame broke on the country road I lived on. Still wish I ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 GMC Yukon XL currently has 3 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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 XL 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.

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.

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