This extended-length version of the Yukon can tow a heavy trailer and swallow more cargo than most minivans. Interior quality is very good, and there is room for up to nine. The cabin is quiet, but the third-row seat is low and uncomfortable. Handling is cumbersome and the steering is vague. The 5.3-liter V8 is adequate and returned 14 mpg overall.
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    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.
    NA
    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.
    NA
    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.
    NA
    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.
    NA
    Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
    NA
    Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
    NA
    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.
    NA
    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).
    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).

    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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    2003
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    2021
    NA
    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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    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 extended-length version of the Yukon can tow a heavy trailer and swallow more cargo than most minivans. Interior quality is very good, and there is room for up to nine. The cabin is quiet, but the third-row seat is low and uncomfortable. Handling is cumbersome and the steering is vague. The 5.3-liter V8 is adequate and returned 14 mpg overall. 4WD models have a selectable full-time system that can remain engaged at all times. Stability control and side and curtain air bags are 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.

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    Body Styles
    4-door SUV
    Transmissions Available
    • 6-speed Automatic
    Engines Available
    • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)
    • 6-liter V8 (352 hp)
    • 6.2-liter V8 (403 hp)

    Owner Reported Trouble Spots

    The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 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

    "Molding around door handles broke (plastic). Front driver side and front passenger."

    Robert I., AL (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Loose interior trim or moldings

    "The dashboard has been cracked for some time, and makes a noise. We've wedged things in to decrease noise."

    Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Dashboard cracked- 2nd time (1st was under warranty)"

    Anonymous, AL (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "The dash board cracked in two places. both cracks are over 8 inches long and growing"

    Edwin L., MO (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Dashboard cracked and rattled. Had been replaced earlier under warrant."

    Robert I., AL (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Rust

    "tailgate is rusted from within, must be replaced"

    Anonymous, MI (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    "Had inside of doors & side panels filled with undercoat as well as under side of body. Rear fenders ( both sides ) have rusted through paint . When fender opened found pieces of foam that prevented the rust proofing from entering this area. This is an obvious design flaw that has only one function ; to cause rust out. Body shop described it as GM's market strategy i.e. when you make last payment the rust starts ! Also the rims have all corroded where wheel weights have been. My extended family has Toyota products & none have any corrosion on rims. I will never own another GMC product !!!"

    Albert W., IA (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    "Undercoated & injected inside door panels & tailgate when new. Now have rust in quarter panel behind both rear wheels. Body shop says area where rust is has foam in it & injecting undercoating was blocked by foam. Shop says they see this on all new GMC & Chevrolet vans & Pickups. My family & friends have toyota vehicles & none of them have rust problems! Also rims are coroding where wheel weights are located. Body shop says GM'S marketing plan is for vehicle to not rust until loan is paid o"

    Albert W., IA (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    "Rear quarter panel rusted on both sides. Foam inside prevented completely coating with inside rust proofing material. Aluminum rims have corroded badly. My 14 year old Toyota Avalon did not have any rust or rim corrosion ! I believe GM's marketing plan is when you make your last payment the RUST STARTS1 I had the same rust & corrosion problems with my previous GMC Suburban. I will never again pay 60 K plus for a GMC product. I will buy future vehicles from the Toyota-Lexus family."

    Albert W., IA (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-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

    "Ball joints required replacement due to normal wear & tear on vehicle. Normal maintenance item due to mileage on vehicle."

    Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Electronic or air suspension

    "The dashboard info center is always telling me to service the suspension and there is nothing to repair."

    Anonymous, MN (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Suspension light on. Two repairs to get it off. New leveler and new sensor. total cost $700"

    Stephen M., IA (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 5.3-L V8)
    Shocks or struts

    "2 Worn/broken shocks in rear"

    Anonymous, (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Rear air shocks were leaking and had to be replaced for $1,800 at approximately 67,000 miles"

    Anonymous, CO (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "82,000 miles and had to replace all 4 shocks"

    Anonymous, MN (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.0-L V8)
    Steering wheel vibration

    "tires needed balancing and allignment"

    Anonymous, MN (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.0-L V8)

    Engine Minor

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

    What Owners Say

    Difficult to fill up gas tank

    "Must hold gas nozzle lever or it auto clicks off when fueling at every pump."

    Anonymous, (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Engine computer

    "Varing tachometer readings while stopped and while moving slowly"

    Anonymous, KY (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.0-L V8)
    Engine mounts

    "Engine bolt missing"

    Anonymous, GA (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.0-L V8)
    Oil leaks

    "GM fixed the leak at about 30,000 miles under warranty"

    James A., MI (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-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

    "Backup Camera screen is occasionally blank"

    Anonymous, WI (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

    "Radio won't play music when connected to a mp3 or phone while hooked up"

    Anonymous, WV (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Started having electrical failure of the wiring harness on the battery cable causing minor electrical failures exhibited through the MP3 USB connection"

    Jay W., TX (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

    "Comes in and out working"

    Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.0-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

    "Squealing noise at right front that would stop when the brakes were pressed"

    Anonymous, CO (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.0-L V8)
    Premature brake wear

    "Brakes and rotors are unreliable and wear excessively and probably inferiorly sized and spec'd by manufacturer. I have NEVER felt comfortable towing with this vehicle"

    Brian H., VA (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Squeaking

    "Had to replace rotors and pads at 157000, for the first time"

    Wesley B., VA (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-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

    Locks and latches

    "The door handle broke twice while my son opened the door. Cheap plastic mechanism"

    Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Tailgate, hatch or trunk

    "Hydraulic cylinders that move tailgate up & down failed"

    Albert W., IA (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    "The electronic lift on the tail gate failed shortly after I purchased the Yukon but the repair was covered by warrenty. No further issues have occurred"

    Edwin L., MO (2011 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

    "It was discovered that the transmission fluid dipstick tube was rusted in two pieces about the same time that the transmission started acting up. The dipstick tube was replaced and the fluid was checked. Although it was full of fluid it was almost black in color and had a foul odor. An appointment was made to get it into a shop for diagnosis and was driven as little as possible until then. It was driven to the repair shop, but almost didn't make it there. The time from the first problem was noticed until it was taken into the shop was only two to three weeks. Upon diagnosis the repair shop deemed the transmission needed to be replaced/rebuilt."

    Anonymous, (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    "Gears in the tranny broke and loss of driveability"

    Anonymous, MN (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.2-L V8)

    "Worn out transfer box needed replacement and rear differential needed to be rebuilt."

    Anonymous, CT (2011 GMC Yukon XL)

    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

    Headlights

    "headlight housing leaked warter to the inside and we had to replace entire assembly,last year. Now the other one is leaking."

    James A., MI (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Keyless entry

    "Car locks itself, sometimes with the keys inside. Honks once, then locks."

    Anonymous, MT (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLE Unsure)

    Body Integrity

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

    What Owners Say

    Squeaks or rattles

    "A $60000 vehicle rattles like an old farm truck at 30000 miles"

    Anonymous, WV (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Dashboard rattle. Replaced all dash parts one at a time at about total $1500 but still have problem. Dealer very sorry."

    Garold W., AR (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    Climate System

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

    What Owners Say

    Condenser

    "Hose to condenser"

    Steve F., IA (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Refrigerant leaks

    "rear air conditioning referigerent lines rusted out, cost of replacement was uotrageous, happened at under 100,000 miles"

    Anonymous, MI (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-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

    Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

    "constant problems. sensors are an issue and there isn't anything wrong - checks out fine. stems from an overall electrical issue on the GMC trucks with faulty grounds. was this way on my 2 gmc yukons and my 2 chevy pickups. all have the same electrical issues"

    Anonymous, NY (2011 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    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

    What Owners Say

    Spark plugs or wires failure

    "spark plug blown out of cylinder at 170000 miles. Able to replace with helicoil and still driving."

    Anonymous, OH (2011 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

    Driveshaft or axle

    "Leaks in the resr axle seals"

    Anonymous, TX (2011 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    Engine Major

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

    Transmission Minor

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

    Engine Cooling

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

    Exhaust

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

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