2016 GMC Yukon XL

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2016 GMC Yukon XL
2016 GMC Yukon XL

Key specs

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Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Highway composure
  • Quietness
  • 6.2-liter V-8's power
  • Numerous connectivity features

The bad:

  • Numb brake-pedal feel
  • Interior design too similar to Chevrolet siblings
  • Some dashboard buttons could be larger

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Seats up to nine people
  • Regular- and extended-length (XL) versions
  • 420-hp V-8 engine in Denali model
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Automatic braking safety feature available

2016 GMC Yukon XL review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Where the regular Yukon is a twin to the full-size Chevrolet Tahoe, the Yukon XL is GMC’s version of the Chevrolet Suburban — a king-size SUV. The Yukon XL has the same styling and major features of the regular Yukon.
What’s Special

  • Wheelbase is 14 inches longer than Yukon’s
  • Overall length is 20.4 inches longer
  • Maximum cargo volume is 26.4 cubic feet larger at 121.1 cubic feet

Here’s info on the regular Yukon:
The Yukon full-size SUV was redesigned for 2015, when it received new exterior styling, an interior makeover and a new engine lineup. Among interior changes was the addition of a fold-flat rear seat that replaced a removable seat used on previous models. The Yukon is built from the same design as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and comes in two sizes: regular and XL. Both the Yukon and the Yukon XL are available with rear- or four-wheel drive. Competitors include the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.
New for 2016
The Enhanced Driver Alert Package adds lane-keeping assistance and automatic high-beam headlamps. A capless fuel filler is now standard.
Significant Standard Features

  • 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with six-speed automatic transmission (SLE, SLT)
  • 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic (Denali)
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • LED running lights
  • Aluminum hood and liftgate
  • IntelliLink multimedia system
  • Automatic climate control
  • Backup camera
  • Front and rear parking assist
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Power liftgate 
  • 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Head-up display (Denali)
  • Safety alert seat
  • Forward collision warning

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.9
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Great SUV

I love the Yukon. It needs a few censors changed out but it drives so smooth. Very glad we made the choice to purchase it


Not worth the price you pay

If it weren’t for the size of the car meeting the needs of our family size, I would not own this Yukon. I would have kept my previous Toyota SUV.


Seriously, What's not to LOVE!

I perviously owned a 2005 GMC Yukon XL Denali. I put 320,000+ miles on it and it still runs fine. Therefore it was not much of a decision on what I was going to buy next. BUT this 2016 Denali exceeded all my expectations. I am amazed at all the features every time I drive it. Yes it is a BIG SUV and if you want or need one this one is more than a pleasure it is a joy to drive and also to ride in. I constantly get compliments on the ride, comfort and features.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/60,000 miles
24 months/24,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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