This redesigned SUV is a twin of the Chevrolet Suburban, which had more agile handling in our testing and better steering and brakes than its predecessor. The ride is supple and controlled. Interior quality and seat comfort are much improved. The Yukon XL can seat up to nine but typical models seat seven.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
NA
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
NA
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
NA
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
NA
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
NA
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
NA

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2001
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2002
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2010
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2015
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2020
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2021
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2006
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard from 2000-2002. ESC standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2008. FCW and AEB standard from 2021.
Model Summary
This redesigned SUV is a twin of the Chevrolet Suburban, which had more agile handling in our testing and better steering and brakes than its predecessor. The ride is supple and controlled. Interior quality and seat comfort are much improved. The Yukon XL can seat up to nine but typical models seat seven. It can tow a heavy trailer and swallow more cargo than most minivans, but the third row is too low and doesn't fold into the floor. The standard 5.3-liter V8 is powerful, but delivered only 14 mpg overall. The selectable full-time 4WD system can remain engaged at all times without worry. ESC is standard.
Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD, AWD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (366 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (380 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 GMC Yukon XL owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Side moldings came off and/or loose and had to be removed three years ago. Re-application was a failure"

Anonymous, OK (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"The body side moldings on the passenger side has come off because the dual-stick tape has lost it's adhesiveness"

Anonymous, MD (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"I am totally disgusted with this vehicle"

Bernadette M., NY (2007 GMC Yukon XL 5.3-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"This car was only 4 years old when the finish on the inside door handles began peeling. The edge was so sharp as it was peeling it would cut your fingers"

Anonymous, OK (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Body side moldings and rear deck plastic parts have orange peeled (side moldings) and faded and turned white on black paint (rear deck parts)"

John H., LA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

"fading, chalking"

Anonymous, LA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"As a whole the chrome paint peels on the interior wheels causing the tires not to seal and lose air. The chrome on the door handles is peeling and the interior dashboard is cracking"

Anonymous, MD (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Dasboard cracking"

Anonymous, FL (2007 GMC Yukon XL 6.0-L V8)

"Paint is pealing off the bumpers, rust is "growing" on the doors"

Bernadette M., NY (2007 GMC Yukon XL 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"All four quarters have serious rust. We have a 1999 Suburban with almost no rust. They could do better."

Anonymous, (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Rust is forming beneath the passenger doors on the rocker panels"

Anonymous, PA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 6.2-L V8)

"Small rust spots touched up"

Anonymous, MA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Rust seems to be common on these models in the same spot, rear quarter panel about mid way down where panels join -"

Jeremy D., MI (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"bottom quarter panels are rusting and showing through the paint"

Anonymous, MN (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 6.0-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"fuse failure caused 2 of 3 power plugs to be non-functional-easily fixed with new fuse"

H G., PA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)
Body control module

"Blew out when starting and had to have the vehicle towed to the dealer. Was expensive and required a new car battery."

Anonymous, ID (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Automatic locking kept locking/inlocking teh doors adn turning interior lights on/off. Technician traced wiring and found possible shorts. technician also replaced a control module"

Anonymous, MD (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Power tail gate has malfunctioned several times requiring service, repair and parts"

Anonymous, WA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Cruise control

"Cruise control completely stopped working"

Anonymous, PA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 6.2-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear tail light would not shut off, after every attempt and maneuver. Had to get body man to remove light from socket to prevent battery drain from continuous lights"

Anonymous, LA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)
Gauges

"Failure of odometer and transmission indicator"

Anonymous, PA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Headlights

"Have had to replace orange running lights"

Steve J., VA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 6.2-L V8)

"Headlights leak....fill with water"

Anonymous, FL (2007 GMC Yukon XL 6.0-L V8)
Remote engine starter

"Key fob would not work."

John M., SD (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"My front passenger side TPM sent me a dash board alert during the winter. I need to reset or replace. This happened on a TPM several years ago and I reset. It has happened at other times, but self corrected."

Anonymous, ID (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

"One of the TPMs stopped working properly. I had all 4 replaced b/c of the age"

John N., PA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Computer needed to be re-programmed due to car loosing power"

John C., TX (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)
Engine mounts

"On one side the engine mount was broken. I got it repaired"

Bianca P., CA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Clunk sound during rapid take off determined to be the need to replace mounts"

John C., TX (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Just a constant ongoing issue even though it's been looked at by a mechanic"

Anonymous, MO (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 6.0-L V8)

"Consumes an extra 5 qts every three months"

Anonymous, KS (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

"rear main seal needs replacing"

Anonymous, TX (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.0-L V8)

"Failure of the oil pan gasket"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"It was 3 oil leaks that happened in hard to see areas. When I took it in they fixed 2 leaks. The third leak developed after the 2 leaks were fixed. Since the repairs its running great again."

Bianca P., CA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"worn boots"

Anonymous, LA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)
Bushings

"worn boots"

Anonymous, LA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"automatic leveler pump failed"

Douglas M., WI (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"The automatic leveling system was giving us trouble because it would not activate when we pulled our trailer. It was repaired two or three times before the mechanic actually located the cause. He had to make clips for the hoses because the ones from"

Anonymous, TN (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"The front struts had to be replaced at a considerable cost. After replacement the ride has been terrible. Very soft"

Stephen D., CO (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Front shocks failed. Mechanic said it was a common problem as the original equipment. Replacement parts have been rectified"

Douglas M., WI (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"The shocks are air over oil therefore they require an onboard compressor. When the air portion of the shock failed the compressor ran until it damaged the bearings resulting in a total lock up and additional costs to repair"

Anonymous, MO (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"replaced fuel pump"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 GMC Yukon XL 5.3-L V8)
Fuel cap

"Fuel cap needed replacing after causing dash indicator light to illuminate."

Robert P., NJ (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump needed to be replaced at 238000 miles because part of the top rusted and began to leak. The pump itself did not fail. The vehicle is used in winter and I do not consider the rust to be a failure or unreasonable given the age and mileage of the car."

Anonymous, CT (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Fuel pump needed replacement after consistent long starts for about 3 or 4 months."

Robert P., NJ (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"We were driving from Boise to Gig Harbor, WA and began to notice poor mileage and trouble lights on dash. We had OnStar perform diagnostics and they said to get it into a shop within days. Was difficult starting as well."

Dennis C., ID (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

"stopped working and had to be replaced."

M L., WI (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Replaced all 4 O2 sensors"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 GMC Yukon XL 5.3-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"The chrome plating over the drivers side interior door handle has partially peeled off and created a hazard that can slice open a finger when grabbed to open door. It is like a knife"

Stephen D., CO (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The freaking air conditioning doesn't work either"

Bernadette M., NY (2007 GMC Yukon XL 5.3-L V8)
Locks and latches

"Drivers door latch has sharp cutting edge. Has cut me once"

John H., LA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)
Mirrors

"Passenger side remote control mirror has stripped its gears"

Anonymous, MD (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

"Driver's seat would not re-position with electronic adjustment control"

Anonymous, GA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The tailgate hatch button failed and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, MN (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 6.0-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"I had to replace th?ompressor And all th?analisation"

Anonymous, QC (2007 GMC Yukon XL 5.3-L V8)

"Replaced it due to failure"

Mary P., FL (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"Three repairs to rear lines due to corrosion"

Anonymous, OH (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Canalisation had to be changed"

Anonymous, QC (2007 GMC Yukon XL 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"from 1st gear to 2nd gear is rough at times; it jolts at times"

Anonymous, MI (2007 GMC Yukon XL)
Slipping transmission

"Slipping on takeoff from a stop"

Mike E., FL (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"GMC used a 1 part seal in this transmission. On the later year models, they switched to a 2 seal design. The seals needed to be replaced. The other components in the transmission looked great. This was relatively minor repair, being done for around $"

Eric J., UT (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Electronic / Hydraulic Transmission Internal Valve Unit threw a code at 262,000km. I replaced the unit at a cost of $1500."

Shannon S., AB (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Park assist (sensors) went out several years ago and costs nearly $1000. It can't be disabled and "service park assist" display is constantly covers odometer unless you scroll through the menu. We never even use this device to start with,"

Anonymous, WA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
CD player

"the cd player would not eject cd's"

John M., SD (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Radio

"Terrible radio system for an expensive vehicle like this. Sounds are scratchy and reception poor. Worst radio I have ever had in any automobile"

Anonymous, NV (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"steering wheel heating element failed. Replaced steering wheel"

Anonymous, MA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmistion failed 5000.00 after exteded warinty was over"

H M., AZ (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Automatic transmission failed to shift, stuck in first gear. We had a GMC re-manufactured transmission installed"

Geoffrey O., CA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Drive failed but we were able to operate the car in 3rd gear on the highway for two hours while pulling a travel trailer."

Anonymous, TX (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"plastic connectors from hose to heater core rotted"

Anonymous, LA (2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rear passenger door leaks. Water accumulated inside door and "sloshes" as we travel. We need to open the door and allow to drain from each bottom corner of the door"

Anonymous, LA (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine failed at 150000 miles and was replaced with new GMC engine. It was the aluminum block engine"

Frank G., NC (2007 GMC Yukon XL 5.3-L V8)

"Had to replace engine after 195000 miles"

Anonymous, DC (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Bearing failure was causing excessive noise, required the entire rear axle housing and differential to be replaced. Was very expensive, and I've never had one replaced in 40 years of vehicle ownership. Strange failure."

Anonymous, NC (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Broken bolts in the manifold. Will cost $500-700 to drill out and replace."

Anonymous, (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Stuck caliper causing premature brake wear"

Joe V., OH (2007 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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