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.

Reliability

We expect the 2021 Yukon XL to be less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on GMC's brand and redesign history, and the previous generation of the Yukon XL.

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The 2016 GMC Yukon XL has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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)

"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)

"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)
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 for Nav system had to be replaced."

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

"Antenna broke"

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

"xm does not work"

Steven S., VA (2016 GMC Yukon XL SLT 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, 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.

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS, SEAT BELTS
Jul 10, 2017
A failure of the front air bags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment increases the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Spark EV, Caprice PPV and SS vehicles, 2014-2017 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles, 2015-2016 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe, Trax, Suburban and Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles, and 2015-2017 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 vehicles. While being previously remedied for recall 16V-651, the affected vehicles may not have received the complete software update necessary to remedy the recall condition. Without the update, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test. During this test, deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners would not occur in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the SDM software. Vehicles that have had a previous air bag deployment will have the SDM replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2017. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 17287.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V437000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 40683
AIR BAGS, SEAT BELTS
Sep 08, 2016
A failure of the front air bags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment increases the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, 3500 HD, Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESV vehicles and 2014-2017 Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500, Trax, Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle, GMC Sierra 1500, Buick Encore, and 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet Spark EV and SS vehicles. In the affected vehicles, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test. During this test, deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners would not occur in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the SDM software. Vehicles that have had a previous air bag deployment will have the SDM replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on October 13, 2016. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 16007.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V651000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3640162
SUSPENSION
Apr 28, 2016
Inadequate welds may allow the control arm to separate from the bushing, compromising steering and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2016 Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL vehicles. The front upper control arms may have inadequate welds near the control arm bushing.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the left and right front upper control arms and realign the vehicle, free of charge. The recall began on May 18, 2016. Until the repairs have been made, owners are advised not to drive their vehicles. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 42190.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V256000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3738
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