2016 GMC Yukon XL

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Key Specs

of the 2016 GMC Yukon XL. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2016 GMC Yukon XL

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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: ...
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

Latest 2016 Yukon XL Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Absolutely a pleasant suprise

by RED from Carol Stream, Il on August 26, 2018

I went into Sunrise Chevrolet looking to purchase a New Car ( Chevrolet Tahoe ) when my sales represenative Mike Fakhouri turned me onto a 2016 GMC Yukon SLT. boy oh boy was I suprised. We took it for ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best SUV yet!

by Happy GMC owner from Bella Vista, AR on July 14, 2018

I have owned SUV?s for the past 15 years and this is my all time favorite. It handles great, tows easily, rises very comfortably. I am so incrdibly happy with this purchase. The only issue that we ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 GMC Yukon XL currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by GMC

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker