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2016 GMC Yukon XL

$31,588 — $62,616 USED
Sport Utility
7-9 Seats
17-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 GMC Yukon XL exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
17 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best family SUV

by Chrissymomtomany from Fort Worth, Texas on October 29, 2018

SUV is luxury and great for families. Great in bad weather, lots of cargo space in back, very smooth to drive! I have owned 3 of these! Read full review

(5.0)

Most luxury for low cost

by Bigfam6 from Frisco, Texas on October 25, 2018

This is a very stylish vehicle with many more features for the same cost than similar vehicles with similar space. The dual tvs are a big plus for my kids Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 GMC Yukon XL currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

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

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program 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

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