The Yukon and Yukon XL see only minor changes for 2016 following a full redesign last year. Specifically, the SUVs add two major options, automatic high-beam assist and lane-keep assist, along with minor color changes and trim-level updates.
To us, the clear choice is the SLT. It offers all the upscale features buyers expect from a GMC while still holding the bottom line well below $60,000. If you need basic family transportation with minimal frills, the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban pair cost a bit less than the duo's Yukon counterparts. If you're looking for the ultimate in luxury, the Denali will save you some money over a comparably equipped Escalade. Find a GMC Yukon for sale
The 2016 GMC Yukon comes in three trim levels: SLE, SLT and Denali. Two body styles, the regular-length Yukon and the larger Yukon XL, are also offered.
The Yukon SLE ($49,400 for the Yukon; $51,600 for the Yukon XL) features a 5.3-liter V8, 18-inch wheels, a rear-vision camera, rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, a roof rack with cross bars, heated outside mirrors, Bose premium audio with five USB ports, front and rear park assist, a 110-volt power outlet, cloth seating, remote starting, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel and tri-zone automatic climate control. Front bucket seating can be replaced with a 40/20/40-split bench, increasing the overall passenger capacity from eight to nine people.
Moving up to the Yukon SLT ($58,000 for the Yukon; $60,100 for the Yukon XL) adds leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, second- and third-row power-folding seats, a programmable power rear lift gate, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and push-button starting, power adjustable pedals and the Driver Alert package that includes the Safety Alert Seat, side blind-zone alert, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic alert and forward-collision alert with automatic braking.
The premium Yukon Denali ($65,500 for the Yukon; $68,200 for the Yukon XL) brings a larger 6.2-liter V8, an 8-in color touchscreen radio with navigation and Bluetooth streaming, a 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround-sound system, active noise cancellation, Magnetic Ride Control and a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel.
AWD adds about $3,000 to any Yukon or Yukon XL model.
The SLE can be equipped with power adjustable pedals and a power rear lift gate (part of the Convenience package), as well as the Driver Alert package, a towing package and larger wheels and tires. The SLT offers the Sun, Entertainment and Destination package, bringing navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, a power sunroof and an additional 9-month subscription to SiriusXM radio and NavTraffic. The SLT can also be equipped with adaptive cruise control.
The Denali offers a Touring package with a head-up display, a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment package and 20-in chrome wheels. Adaptive cruise control is also optional on the Denali.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban -- The Chevrolet duo is mechanically identical to the Yukon and Yukon XL, with the Chevy models costing a bit less. Also, Magnetic Ride Control is standard on Chevy's LTZ trim, which costs less than the Denali.
2016 Ford Expedition -- The Expedition and Expedition EL can match the Yukon for size and interior room but have a better tow rating, a lower base price and a flush-folding rear seat for improved cargo room and easy loading. An aging design, however, can't match the Yukon's recently updated look.
2016 GMC Acadia -- The smaller GMC Acadia offers a more carlike ride than the Yukon and a lower price, but the Acadia doesn't have as much interior room, and it can't match the Yukon's tow ratings.
Used Cadillac Escalade -- The Escalade touts more equipment, more standard power and more exuberant styling than the Yukon, along with a well-known brand name. Prices are steep, though, so you may want to consider a used model.