2016 GMC Yukon

Original MSRP Range
$48,315 - $68,325
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
15 - 16 MPG City / 21 - 23 MPG Hwy
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2016 GMC Yukon

What We Like

Improved ride and handling; upscale interior; user-friendly MyLink infotainment system; decent highway fuel economy; Denali trim's powerful 6.2-liter V8

What We Don't

Third-row seats fold flat but not flush to the floor, creating a higher loading platform; not easy to maneuver in confined spaces; max tow rating less than the Ford Expedition or Nissan Armada; surprisingly expensive


Expert Rating

4.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

3.9/ 5


What's New in the 2016 GMC Yukon?

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. 

Which Yukon is the Best?

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


How Much Does a 2016 GMC Yukon Cost?

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.

Yukon Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Yukon 2WD 4dr Denali$65,325 / N/A8 Cylinder42015 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Yukon 2WD 4dr SLE$48,315 / N/A8 Cylinder35516 / 236-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Yukon 2WD 4dr SLT$57,000 / N/A8 Cylinder35516 / 236-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Yukon 4WD 4dr Denali$68,325 / N/A8 Cylinder42015 / 216-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Yukon 4WD 4dr SLE$51,315 / N/A8 Cylinder35516 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Yukon 4WD 4dr SLT$60,000 / N/A8 Cylinder35516 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
GMC Yukon Safety

Is the 2016 GMC Yukon a Safe Car?

The Yukon includes a full complement of airbags, including front-seat, side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags. Also standard is the segment's only front-seat center-mounted airbag (on models with bucket seats only) that provides greater protection to the driver and passenger in the event of a side-impact collision. Additional safety options include parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, GM's Safety Alert Seat, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high beams.

The Yukon earned a 4-star overall score out of five possible stars in crash testing carried out by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It has not yet been tested by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Frontal Crash Rating–Overall
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Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Corrosion3 Years/36,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Maintenance2 Years/24,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics


2016 GMC Yukon vs the competition

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.

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