The Yukon XL is a huge, old-fashioned, truck-based SUV, the quintessential family truckster for large families who live beyond the suburbs. What sets it apart from other SUVs is that it provides three rows of seats -- for carrying up to seven, eight, or even nine people -- yet still retains generous cargo space, along with a hefty towing capacity.
    Alerts
    There are 3 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
    Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
    Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
    Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
    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.
    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.
    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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    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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    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.
    Road Test

    The Yukon XL is a huge, old-fashioned, truck-based SUV, the quintessential family truckster for large families who live beyond the suburbs. What sets it apart from other SUVs is that it provides three rows of seats -- for carrying up to seven, eight, or even nine people -- yet still retains generous cargo space, along with a hefty towing capacity. Add a luxurious and quiet interior and the added traction of four-wheel drive and you get a uniquely capable vehicle.

    Based on the frame of the full-sized GMC Sierra pickup, the Yukon XL -- and its Chevrolet Suburban twin -- is one of the last few SUVs with real truck capabilities in a world where nearly every other SUV has adopted carlike unit-body structures. Despite major updates for 2015, the Yukon XL still delivers a relatively truck-like driving experience and fuel economy compared to better handling car-based SUVs. Then again, none of those "crossovers" can match the Yukon XL's combination of talents.

    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
    • 8-speed Automatic
    • 6-speed Automatic
    Engines Available
    • 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp)
    • 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)

    Owner Reported Trouble Spots

    The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 GMC Yukon XL owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

    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

    Exterior lights (other than headlights)

    "LED rear running and brake light went out."

    Anonymous, NC (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "known recall where the $700+ tail light computer system stops working and you get a tail light out."

    Anonymous, AE (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.2-L V8)

    "Right rear tail light fogs up when it rains it had a bad seal in the rear of the unit it as replaced"

    Klaus H., FL (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "RIGHT REAR TAIL LIGHT WENT OUT. WHEN I TOOK IT INTO THE DEALER THEY HAD 13 ADDITIONAL RIGHT LIGHT ASSEMBLIES ON ORDER. THEY COULD NOT FIX THE PROBLEM, THEY HAD TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE ASSEMBLY. LUCKILY IT WAS UNDER WARRANTY. THE ASSEMBLY INSTALLED IS $800.00"

    James H., CA (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Heated or cooled seats

    "Car apparently does not generate enough electricity to power all the systems at start-up, so heated seats barely warm until car is driven some distance. This is a known issue"

    John C., FL (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Warning lights

    "They found a short in the ground system. It was tighten and works perfectly"

    Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "The “Trailer Brake Gain” indicator was coming on constantly while driving - worse after rain and bumps. GM dealer spent a day working on it. They were not sure that they fixed it. While it is now much better it still occasionally comes back but then disappears on its own."

    Anonymous, ON (2016 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

    "Front camera was faulty and replaced under warranty"

    George W., ME (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    CD player

    "Overheating while in use"

    Anonymous, (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT Unsure)
    In-dash navigation system (GPS)

    "Antenna broke"

    Anonymous, (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Antenna for Nav system had to be replaced."

    Anonymous, SC (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.2-L V8)
    Radio

    "xm does not work"

    Steven S., VA (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.2-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

    "Water/rain leaked into the roof from the satalite receiver"

    Anonymous, MO (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Water leaks into front passenger foot well when parked facing uphill. Still under warranty but not repaired yet."

    Craig H., WA (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Leaking water into the drivers side of the vehicle thru the roof mounted antenna."

    Duane W., PA (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Seals and/or weather-stripping

    "Seal around the satellite antenna was leaked into headliner. Paid friend to replace for parts only."

    Anonymous, (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.2-L V8)
    Wind noise

    "Wind noise on drivers door. Weather stripping replaced with new style after GM has been experiencing similar issues with same model vehicle. Wind noise is better but not what I'd expect for vehicle in the price range"

    Shawn R., IN (2016 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

    A/C compressor

    "pulling away from my driveway, noticed the a/c wasn't cooling. immediately went to a local dealer where vehicle was purchased. this was about five minutes away. informed belt ac belt broken and sent shards into ac system. over 2200 dollars to replace the ac compressor. what are the chances this actually happened or was it a quick payday for the dealer?"

    Anonymous, (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "The compressor was bad, however it was covered under extended warranty plan, only paid $100 deductible"

    Anonymous, (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.2-L V8)
    Automatic climate control

    "The mixer valve went bad."

    Anonymous, NC (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Condenser

    "a split in the tubing"

    Morros S., LA (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "The condenser apparently vibrated and cracked, causing the freon to leak out."

    Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    Transmission Major

    Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

    What Owners Say

    Torque converter

    "SEE MY PREVIOUS COMMENTS."

    B W., FL (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Transmission rebuild or replacement

    "Transmission failed while on a long trip. Gears started grinding and significant metal shards found in transmission sump. After replaced I read this particular transmission (6 speed) was a frequent problem with GMC trucks around my model year. I do tow an RV trailer, but truck has "heavy-duty towing package." I was a bit disappointed."

    Anonymous, RI (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    "At 70000 miles,Transmission begin slipping,chattering. Had metal in transmission. Replace with new transmission."

    Anonymous, SC (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.2-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

    "CAR HAS NEVER RUN RIGHT. TORQUE CONVERTER WAS REPLACE WITHIN THE FIRST MONTH AND TWICE SINCE. STILL DOES NOT SHIFT RIGHT. DEALERSHIP STATES IT IS ME NOT THE CAR. THIS IS THE THIRD DENALI XL I HAVE OWNED. MAY BE MY LAST."

    B W., FL (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Slipping transmission

    "3-5 second hesitation when backing out of the garage after sitting overnight. Was intermittent when it started 9 months ago.now every time"

    Anonymous, ON (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Harsh shifts in the lower gears either up shifting or downshifting"

    Anonymous, NY (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    Brakes

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

    What Owners Say

    Calipers

    "Front Brake Calipers sticking causing premature wear out of pads and driver side rotor at ~11900 miles. After first repair, ~900 miles and three weeks later, while driving down a snow covered hill ABS was engaged for a short period of time and then Dash displayed "brake failure" warning. After the message the front brakes locked up completely, causing loss of control of the vehicle and induced a slide of over 1000ft down the hill. Once the vehicle finally came to a stop, a loud sound was comin"

    Anonymous, UT (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Rotors

    "I had to replace all four rotors at about 70,000 miles. This was disappointing since GMC states the rotors are "Long Lasting". I had already had front rotors machined at about 38,000 miles due to over heating disks causing warping. It was suggested a long down hill in Colorado while towing an RV could have caused this. I'm not so sure since I don't ride brakes on down hills and use low speed and low gears to maintain speed."

    Anonymous, RI (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    Paint/Trim

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

    What Owners Say

    Loose interior trim or moldings

    "Seat trim peeling and had to be replaced. Driver seat"

    Bryan M., CA (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

    "Paint on the GPS antenna peeled and had to be repaited"

    Bryan M., CA (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-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

    Driveline vibration

    "at about 12k started feeling vibrations about every 30 seconds. the vibration continued to worsen. at about 18k had vehicle in for service for the issue. informed it was the torque converter and it would probably have to be replaced. it took approximately one week to have it drained and filled. after another 7 or 8k problem returned, vibrations were sickening after a short trip. back to the shop and the mechanic went with me for the test drive. this time needed new tires to fix the vibrations and a forced balance. over $1500 later, the vehicle rode decent for about 10K before the same vibrations. returned. 3rd time to shop for the same vibrations and a new diagnosis of motor mounts needing to be replaced. this was after contacting GMC customer service for answers on this recurring problem. this time the vehicle was in the shop for over 10 days. since replacing the motor mounts, we do not venture more than 50 to 70 miles from home with this vehicle. only one trip over 3 hours in the last 12 months. this has been the most expensive vehicle we've ever purchased also the most problem vehicle ever owned. I certainly will not purchase another GM product!!"

    Anonymous, (2016 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

    Electronic or air suspension

    "The vehicle is only three years old with around 70,000 miles and has two electro-magnetic shocks locked up. Dealer advised replacing all four due to the likelihood of the other two having problems. Estimated repair from the dealer...$3,300. Unacceptable for any vehicle, much less one sold at this price point. This is our third Yukon XL Denali and all three started to have serious reliability issue no later than 100,000 miles. Now that Ford improved the styling of their Expedition EL, we considered trading our Yukon in, but they don't offer an entertainment monitor for the third row. We have four kids and the DVD player for the second and third row is a difference maker for road trips."

    Anonymous, IL (2016 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

    Battery (not hybrid or electric)

    "had to be replaced"

    Morros S., LA (2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    Exhaust

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

    Engine Major

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

    Engine Minor

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

    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.

    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.

    Engine Cooling

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

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