This full-sized SUV offers impressive trailer-towing capability and an absorbent ride at low speeds. The Yukon seats up to nine passengers but offers little cargo space behind its cramped third-row seat. Handling is imprecise, the steering is vague, and the brakes are so-so. 4WD models have a selectable full-time system that can remain engaged indefinitely.
Alerts
There are 5 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.
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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.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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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.
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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).
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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).
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Owner Reports

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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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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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.
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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, available until 2006. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available in 2007, standard from 2008.
Model Summary
This full-sized SUV offers impressive trailer-towing capability and an absorbent ride at low speeds. The Yukon seats up to nine passengers but offers little cargo space behind its cramped third-row seat. Handling is imprecise, the steering is vague, and the brakes are so-so. 4WD models have a selectable full-time system that can remain engaged indefinitely. All models are now equipped with standard electronic stability control, which has prevented tip-ups in the government rollover test.
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
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.8-liter V8 (285 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (295 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (335 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 GMC Yukon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"went out"

Anonymous, GA (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

"The compressor stop working and it caused damage to the rest of the system. We had to replace all the parts."

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

"started to leak"

Anonymous, ON (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Not working due to a leak"

Anonymous, MD (2005 GMC Yukon Unsure 5.3-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"Warm air blowing out vent on drivers side when ac is own"

Anonymous, SC (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Temperature control unit failed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

"flapper valve that controls inside/outside air does not always work. Dealer says dash must come off and then replace both valves. $490"

Anonymous, NV (2005 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Stopped blowing cool air."

Anonymous, OH (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Continuous and expensive automatic flap failures in the dash unleashing full hot air at the spur of the moment. On third transmission just after warranty each time which is unforgivable!"

David W., VA (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"damper doors stick or do not operate correctly"

Anonymous, GA (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

"Transistor for fan and switch for high/low distribution went out. Replaced on own, but would have been significant cost if taken to mechanic"

Anonymous, FL (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

"blower fai;ed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Condenser

"Replaced with the compressor"

Anonymous, (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Electrical failure

"dashboard instrument cluster does not work"

Anonymous, GA (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The heated seats would come on, at will, and go off at will. The same module appears to control seat movement which did not function well."

Anonymous, MO (2005 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Heater system

"Driver's side heat blew cold air. Required a control module replacement"

Geoff S., IL (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

"Heat will not kick in while running until at least 30 minutes or so of driving. Not good when temps freezing"

Anonymous, UT (2005 GMC Yukon Denali)

"stuck on full heat"

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-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

"The fuse for this device has been blown numerous times"

Tracy G., OK (2005 GMC Yukon)
Body control module

"Doors would lock/unlock randomly while driving; side view mirrors would adjust randomly while I was driving. Rear windshield wiper would not turn off, even when the car was turned off. There was a short in the BCM"

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Yukon Denali)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Have had a continuing failure of the daytime driving lights. Usually the driver side, but occasionally the passenger side also. Bulb replecement occurs about every 3 month (D) and 6-8 months (P)"

Anonymous, LA (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 4.7-L V8)

"parking lights are improperly sealed or grounded and the dealer fix is simply to add lithium grease"

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Yukon SLT)
Gauges

"Oil pressure gauge read 80 LBS all the time. Replaced sending unit. Gauge was okay"

Geoff S., IL (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

"The entire Control panel went out and would not read the Gas Level, RPMs, Temp. Also Engine light continues to stay on even after any repairs if necessary are made. The Speedometer in cold weather over reads the speed by 10 to 30 mph"

Anonymous, UT (2005 GMC Yukon Denali)

"Dash cluster issue with PRNDL non-visibility. This lead to "hunting" for the correct gear to move the vehicle. Replace the cluster. Had a follow-up issue with the cluster not being correctly programmed to allow visability of monitoring funtions acces"

Anonymous, LA (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 4.7-L V8)

"The speedometer has completely stopped working. The oil pressure gauge works intermittently. The check engine light is on continuously for no apparent reason"

Tracy G., OK (2005 GMC Yukon)

"The gauge lights went dark. The PRNDL display went dark"

Thomas F., FL (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Speedometer works intermittently and also often shows wrong speed. Oil pressure gauge does not work"

Anonymous, MD (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 4.7-L V8)

"Gas gauge would not register and the PRND panel would not light up"

Michelle N., LA (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Control Panel and all gauges has not worked properly for at least 3 years now. Engine light goes on for no reason and has had to be reset numerous times. Speedometer now misreads to point of when stopped idling, it reads anywhere between 15-40 MPH and have to adjust in head when driving to compensate and not speed"

Anonymous, UT (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 5.3-L V8)

"Intermittent gauge problem likely caused by faulty fuses or connections"

Anonymous, MD (2005 GMC Yukon Unsure 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"passenger side headlight repeatedly burns out -- we aren't able to determine the cause. Have replaced the headlight 3 times in the past 12 months"

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"They Replaced all tire moniters"

Anonymous, BC (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"stays active after I shut the motor off. and kills the battery. I pulled the 60 amp fuse to solve the problem"

Anonymous, ME (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Calipers

"rear calipers locked up after non use period"

Anonymous, WI (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"The pads became fully wore and resulted in damage to the rotors which then needed to be replaced"

Chris A., MA (2005 GMC Yukon SLE 6.0-L V8)

"just maintance"

Anonymous, ON (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Parking brake

"I took vechile in to have brakes adjusted, when I got vechile back the parking brake went to the floor"

Anonymous, BC (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"sticking brake release"

Anonymous, GA (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

"rusted, worn, had complete rear brake job done"

Anonymous, MN (2005 GMC Yukon 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

CD player

"Doesn't play cds at all. Dealer unable to fix; said it needed to be replaced. All-in-one unit so really expensive. Radio still works and we don't drive it enough to warrant the $600+ we were quoted to replace."

Marjean G., AZ (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Display screen difficult to see

"The LED's for the dash board are going out as well as the speedometer has stopped functioning completely"

Anonymous, MS (2005 GMC Yukon SLE 4.7-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Can not read the navigation dvd, nor the replacement dvd"

Wallace C., CA (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"Does not work and the cost to repair is too expensive"

Anonymous, AL (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 5.3-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"Stop working. Would require more money to repair than would worth"

Anonymous, AL (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"had to replace power steering radiator, pin hole leak, replaced radiator & hoses"

Anonymous, NC (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Rear air bag load leveler shocks have both failed"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)

"automatic air ride shocks on rear not holding pressure, so need to be replaced. $1,530. Fronts hold air"

Anonymous, NV (2005 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Steering wheel vibration

"Steering vibrates and is loose. Makes noise on turning the wheel"

Anonymous, CA (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Needed a new "hub" bearing--over $500"

Anonymous, NY (2005 GMC Yukon Denali)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"I don't know if I, technically, had an engine knock. My "knock" was associated with the coils misfiring- which was previously discussed. This caused a kind of stutter which was more felt than heard"

Anonymous, MT (2005 GMC Yukon)

"Engine knocks at high speed"

Anonymous, FL (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Fuel leaks

"fuel pump rusted through top and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-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

Fuel cap

"replaced it"

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Yukon SLE)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel level indicator failed, which is in the fuel tank"

Wallace C., CA (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"caused a miss fire on one bank"

Russ H., ON (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 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

"At 140k the front differential started to be very noisy (grinding sound). Diagnostic was that it had just wore down. Lots of metal pieces in the gear wheels. Had to be replaced"

Daniel J., QC (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Transfer case

"Bad bearing"

Anonymous, ID (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"The problem was an electronic shifting module that would not allow the transfer case to shift into 4Low! It was not a real expensive fix!"

Anonymous, MO (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 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

Seat controls - movement

"Controls have been acting in reverse for the last few years"

Anonymous, AR (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 4.7-L V8)
Windows

"The rear driver's side electric window stopped working approximately 18-months ago. I replaced the motor and 4-months ago both backseat windows stopped operating. The issue has not been resolved because an electrical problem - the battery doesn't hold a charge - occurred that hasn't been resolved."

Anonymous, FL (2005 GMC Yukon SLE 6.0-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Three transmissions, each repalaced at great expense, just after warranty which is unforgivable!"

David W., VA (2005 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Transmission started slipping and then would not shift. It was then rebuilt"

Anonymous, MO (2005 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"My Yukon is too large to fit in my garage so is exposed to the harsh So. Florida weather 24/7. About 8-months ago I noticed the paint on the roof & top of the driver's side rear door had cracked exposing the metal underneath. I sanded down the area and applied a primer coating."

Anonymous, FL (2005 GMC Yukon SLE 6.0-L V8)
Rust

"rust under the rear door"

Anonymous, PA (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Antifreeze leaks were due to a water pump leak and a thermostat gasket leak which occurred on separate occasions"

Anonymous, UT (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Water pump

"Water pump failed severely shortly after having belts changed. Over $500"

Anonymous, NY (2005 GMC Yukon Denali)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"head gasket leaking"

Anonymous, NC (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

"Changed 3 exhaust manifolds. Bolts broken and manifold cracks 3 times. Always after a long run hawling trailer. Engine head is aluminium, manifold is steel, they don't expand the same when heated... In my opinion, this is a design flaw"

Daniel J., QC (2005 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-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 pump started leaking"

Anonymous, GA (2005 GMC Yukon SLE 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

Coil

"3 coils failed with less than 80,000 miles, and mechanics suggested replacing all ($1800) b/c couldn't figure out why they failed and all the same age. This was, apparently, very low mileage to have this sort of systemic failure"

Anonymous, MT (2005 GMC Yukon)

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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