The Yukon's ride is supple and controlled, with seating for seven or eight and good interior quality. But there is little cargo room behind the cramped third-row seat. Trailer-towing capability is impressive. Denali models have a powerful 6.2-liter V8 and AWD. 4WD models have a selectable full-time system that can remain engaged at all times. ESC is standard, but handling and braking are so-so.
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.
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).
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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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.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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
The Yukon's ride is supple and controlled, with seating for seven or eight and good interior quality. But there is little cargo room behind the cramped third-row seat. Trailer-towing capability is impressive. Denali models have a powerful 6.2-liter V8 and AWD. 4WD models have a selectable full-time system that can remain engaged at all times. ESC is standard, but handling and braking are so-so. We recorded 19 mpg in our Tahoe hybrid, a considerable improvement over the 14 mpg from the 5.3-liter V8. The six-speed automatic slightly improved fuel economy and acceleration.
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
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 hybrid (332 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 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Drivers door handle became loose because it broke inside and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid 6.0-L V8 hybrid)
Seat belts

"the seatbelt would not lock into place no matter how many times I tried clicking it in. I now have to hold the red button down as I'm clicking it in, then release the red button, and that only works SOMETIMES. other times, I try jamming it really hard until I hear the click. REALLY UNSAFGE SEATBELT. and it only happens to the DRIVER SEAT!"

Isela G., CA (2011 GMC Yukon)
Sunroof

"told by mechanic that track is bent, not to use, he cannot guarantee it will close if opened! This is after he replaced drive motor. no problems with tracking prior to his replacement of motor!"

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

"Window winding on power windows is subject to breakage. We have repaired both rear seat windows. This is a known problem with GM full size suvs for some time, our Chevrolet Tahoe had the same issue. Poor quality part"

Thomas D., AZ (2011 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

Heated or cooled seats

"heated/cooled passenger seat quit working"

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

"Front heated seats quit working"

Michael S., PA (2011 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Heated drivers seat quit working. Dealer quoted over $1000 to repair. Needless to say, didn't repair"

Anonymous, FL (2011 GMC Yukon 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

Squeaks or rattles

"Squeak / rattle in back of truck"

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

"Dash cracked in front of driver. Rattles and squeaks especially on bumpy roads"

Michael T., OK (2011 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8 hybrid)
Wind noise

"I had a 2006 Yukon and it was much quieter, this one has lots of wind noise especially at the back doors"

Don K., WA (2011 GMC Yukon SLT 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

Slipping transmission

"Replaced motor mounts & one transmission mount. Replaced transmission lower valve body"

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

"RPM's go up with whirring noise."

Anonymous, PA (2011 GMC Yukon)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Both calipers warped"

Anonymous, IN (2011 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"It was noticed that when coming to a stop, the vehicle would not brake smoothly, the best way to describe it was like a 'lurching' movement - like a hesitation."

Anonymous, FL (2011 GMC Yukon 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

"Camera failed - replaced by dealer at some cost"

David H., AB (2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid 6.0-L V8 hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The AUX plug in works when it wants to now. It feels like its loose on the inside or something. I thought it was the cord at first, but I bought three new (all different) AUX cords and all had the same problem. You couldn't hear the song that was playing unless you held the cord at a certain angle (grabbing it where you insert it into the plug). It's to the point where I don't even use the AUX anymore because it doesn't work."

Isela G., CA (2011 GMC Yukon)

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

"76000 miles the yoke seal started leaking on the rear"

Anonymous, NY (2011 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"Axle seal started leaking on the front drive shaft at 77000 miles"

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

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Rust

"blistering over both rear wheel wells blistering and rust through on tailgate"

Anonymous, WI (2011 GMC Yukon SLT 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

Cylinder head

"Different problem that wasn't listed. A bolt on one of the exhaust manifolds broke off which allowed the manifold to warp so it had to be replaced, Very expensive repair."

David S., OR (2011 GMC Yukon 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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"When turning the steering wheel there is a LOUD squeaking sound. The dealership sayd they will have to remove the dash & entire column to figure out the problem..... at my cost. Teachers don't get paid enough for this"

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

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Sensor failure caused de-rate on highway requiring dealer service interrupting trip"

Anonymous, IL (2011 GMC Yukon 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)

"Sensor broke"

Leonard W., IL (2011 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission replaced under extended warranty."

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

Exhaust

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

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

Climate System

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

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