This big SUV, which is built on a full-sized pickup chassis, seems like a throwback in a world where nearly every other SUV is now based on a carlike unibody structure. It's a virtual twin of the Chevrolet Tahoe and essentially a shorter version of the GMC Yukon XL (and Chevy Suburban), with a 20-inch shorter length and about 24 cubic feet less cargo room.
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.
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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
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.
NA
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.
NA
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.
Road Test

This big SUV, which is built on a full-sized pickup chassis, seems like a throwback in a world where nearly every other SUV is now based on a carlike unibody structure. It's a virtual twin of the Chevrolet Tahoe and essentially a shorter version of the GMC Yukon XL (and Chevy Suburban), with a 20-inch shorter length and about 24 cubic feet less cargo room.

For 2015, the Yukon, Yukon XL, and their Chevrolet counterparts received a major update, with chiseled looks, a nicely finished interior, the latest technology, and slightly better fuel economy. At $62,000, however, our typically equipped Yukon SLT test vehicle competes with many other luxury SUVs that offer a better driving experience and about the same utility.

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 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Apple CarPlay

"Apple CarPlay randomly hijacks my entertainment system when I plug my iPhone into the USB port. When listening to the car radio it will occasionally, randomly, start playing what was streaming on my phone. I cannot get the car radio to play again even when pushing Radio selection button repeatedly. It will switch to radio then switch back to my phone's content. (If working properly, I would have to push the Media selection button to play what is on my phone.) This happens mostly when I first get in the vehicle, but also occasionally (randomly) while I am driving. This is only when my iPhone is plugged into the USB port, the Bluetooth connection works fine. Plugging my iPhone into the USB to activates CarPlay automatically. If I want to voice text or have my texts read to me I have to be on CarPlay. Otherwise I would always connect via Bluetooth because of the connection problems with CarPlay. (Using a device hands-free is mandated in my state.) The hand-off of phone calls is troublesome also. If on a call when I start the vehicle and plug my iPhone into the USB port, the call goes silent, and sometimes drops. It can take up to 30 sec to connect back to my existing call through the car speakers. If on a call when I turn off the vehicle, it will drop the call. There is a "handset" selection option, but it only appears sometimes. Again, to use my device hands-free it has to be operated through CarPlay, otherwise I would just use the seamless Bluetooth connection. I do not know if this is an Apple issue or a GMC Intellilink issue, but I am very frustrated with the system. The GMC dealers do not have any knowledge about how to fix the issues. The in-vehicle wifi is also spotty. It seems to only work when I am in range of a cell tower (what then is the point of having satellite wifi?!) The wifi has not updated automatically. GMC was able (finally) to update the wifi for me but it was very time consuming and difficult. It took several attempts, having to wait 24 hours between each update. Like the CarPlay issues, I do not know if this is an ATT (wifi provider) issue, or a GMC Intellilink issue. I am disgusted with how poorly, and randomly, the connections are. It has been this way since I got the car."

Anonymous, WA (2016 GMC Yukon Denali Unsure)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Forward proximity sensor warning to have device serviced. It was taken care of under warranty"

Anonymous, UT (2016 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
CD player

"A CD GOT STUCK IN THE PLAYER AND WOULDN’T COME OUT. THEY REPLACED THE ENTIRE STERO/RADIO."

Ronald L., MO (2016 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"To reset the screen you have to stop and restart the car. Not always convenient"

William I., WA (2016 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Display goes blank. No GPS, no navigation, no radio, no blue tooth, no backup camera"

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

"The rear view Camera is POOR there is no color and no contrast it is hard to see compared other vehicles and makes. UNABLE to fix CAMERA IS LIKE LOOKING THROUGH WAS PAPER"

Anonymous, NE (2016 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Doesn't take you to the correct location"

William I., WA (2016 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Unable to use, screen showing different state, unable to reset"

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

"GMC Navigation System had system failure 1/2020; antenna and electronics. GPS was not finding where on the planet we were; showed us in the middle of Lake Michigan! Took to GMC-certified mechanic 50 miles away, twice. Had to order parts; took over 4 hours to fix on second visit. Replaced antenna and had to resent electronics several times. Currently functions but map layer of gps is not showing County-level road names and sometimes doesn't show the County highway at all when car is actually ON it. Called Customer service 5/2020; technician "opened a ticket" so I could call OnStar from the vehicle. Onstar Tech unable to diagnose problem with GPS and thought it needed a map update (which would cost $160). We might just stick our $100 Garmin in the vehicle; it has free map updates!"

Anonymous, WI (2016 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The program doesn't work with my LG Phone , the only one that doesn't We messed with it a lot then finally got a hadn shake and was paired"

Anonymous, NE (2016 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

"I have had it repaired/replaced twice in 2 year"

Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Yukon Denali)
Software update fixes

"The in-vehicle wifi is also spotty. It seems to work only when in range of a cell tower (what then is the point of having satellite wifi?) The wifi was not updating automatically. GMC technical support was finally able to update the software, but it was a time consuming and difficult process. It took several attempts, each requiring a 24 hour wait between tries. I do not know if this is an ATT (wifi provider) issue or a GMC Intellilink issue."

Anonymous, WA (2016 GMC Yukon Denali Unsure)

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)

"Rear tail light seal broke and humidity got inside the light"

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

"about 6 months ago my left rear brake light (an LED) went out. Cost more than $800 to replace the entire unit. Then, within a month, the right rear brake light went out (another $800). Fortunately a month ago, GM sent a note that they would reimburse for the cost of replacement. And, they did."

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

"Rear taillight had to be replaced (under warranty) for intermitten function"

Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Yukon Denali Unsure)

"right tail/stop light assembly stopped working intermittently. just prior to this happening I rec'd a notice from GM that they were providing an extended warranty coverage on this specific problem. They also said they would reimburse if you had already paid for this type of repair. I had the same problem with the left tail/stop light assembly 18 months previously and at that time had to pay out-of-pocket for the repair to the tune of $773. I provided the req'd documentation to the dealer, and they did indeed reimburse the $773."

Anonymous, CA (2016 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Passenger side real tail light operated intermittently."

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

"Left taillight assembly stopped functioning. It wasn't a matter of just replacing a bulb. It is a sealed unit LED assembly. The entire unit had to be replaced at a cost of over $600 just for the part. Checking chat boards online, this was not an uncommon problem due to defective supplier parts. Apparently GMC uses a different supplier now. Of course it was past warranty coverage and it came out of my pocket."

Steven P., CA (2016 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Right front TPM failure, doesn't even register. May be due to aftermarket rims & tires, but unlikely due to only one of the four failing. Dealer checked it but it immediately failed again. Could be incompetence by dealer (non-GMC dealer)"

Anonymous, (2016 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
USB port

"USB ports on center/forward console stopped working. Again, had to make a second appt. as parts had to be ordered in."

Anonymous, CA (2016 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-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

"Ac compressor went out. Was replaced. Under warranty"

Colleen L., LA (2016 GMC Yukon SLE)

"The dealership simply told me the compressor had a small leak, and would cost $1600 to replace. which they did. I checked with two NON-dealer auto repair shops, and both said they would have simply recharged the unit (a cost of ~$200). Dealer pushes the most expensive 'fix.'"

Anonymous, WA (2016 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"the rear heater blower makes a humming noise. It has done this since the first winter we purchased it but could never be heard when at the shop. This year it was loud and happened all the time but now out of warranty"

Renee M., AR (2016 GMC Yukon SLT 6.2-L V8)
Condenser

"It became unoperational and therefore stopped cooling the interior"

Brent F., AL (2016 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"A/C stopped working in 101 degree temp. A third party shop replaced the refrigerant with dye at a cost of $150 to locate the leak. Located the leak on the compressor which costs $1500 to replace. While looking for the part, repair shop read the GM knew about the problem and was repairing for free, but they were not telling the owners. You had to have a failure and them contact them even."

Anonymous, CA (2016 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

Ball joints

"the dealer found my ball joint was worn, so they replaced it."

Ronald L., MO (2016 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"It took 2 visits to correctly diagnose and repair problem. And had to wait for part to schedule 2nd visit. You would think that with as many of these vehicles they have on the road, they would at least have a minimum of basic parts in inventory. They first replaced the air line to one of the shocks which wasn't really the problem. Then ultimately replaced the air shock on the other side of the vehicle because of a failed retainer ring."

Anonymous, CA (2016 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks leaked after 60000 kilometers and 2.5 years of ownership and cost $5000 to replace. GMC did cover 75%o of the cost but the reason given for replacement was because of the cold. I live in Winnipeg, it goes to -40 ever winter."

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

"Magnetic control shock failed at 37 months with a cost of $550! GMC refused to assist."

Anonymous, CA (2016 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

"The car has TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). I was having trouble keeping proper level of air in one of the four tires. The tires were made in the year of 2011. So I recently had all four tires replaced at Costco during a ongoing sale. It has completely changed the ride/feel of the car."

Anonymous, OH (2016 GMC Yukon SLE 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

Rough shifting

"It was inconsistent in shifting pattern. They reprogrammed the computer. Waranteed."

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

"should have been a recall"

Anonymous, (2016 GMC Yukon SLT 6.2-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"Shifting was rough and inconsistent at low speeds. Dealer said there was a notice from GMAC that a problem did exist. They fixed it, however there is still some inconsistency in shifting at low speeds"

Darryl F., OH (2016 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Transmission computer

"Had to update the transmission computer software"

Anonymous, TX (2016 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water leak around the seal of the multipurpose anntena on the roof."

William S., CA (2016 GMC Yukon Denali 6.2-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"For $80K it should have a luxury cabin!"

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

"It has some squeaking noises in the dash. Never have been able to figure out why"

Renee M., AR (2016 GMC Yukon SLT 6.2-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"After a while the blind spot system would allow the car to start and we had to get it towed . We have the extended warrantee so GM covered all costs for the towing and repairs."

Gilbert M., NY (2016 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)

"The adaptive cruise didn't function from the day I drove off the dealership lot. I assumed I just didnt have it and it was a typo. after thorough research I came to the conclusion it was equipped but not functioning. Near the end of the certified pre-owned warranty period I brought it in for several items but the dealership refused to look at the adaptive cruise claiming a firmware update involving the vehicle sensors would most likley resolve this. It did not. When I returned a few days later but just beyond the mileage they refused to honor the warranty because it was never recorded as looked into at the last service. For this reason I will not waste money or time on Certified preowned being its obviously just a scam. They claim to thoroughly inspect the vehicle but they dont. They simply roll the dice and hope you have no issues."

William R., NY (2016 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"This vehicle has a distinct “cow bell” knocking sound. The GMC dealer has said tha this is normal and is part of the car. That is not true. Our other GMC did not have this problem. Also, the transmission seems to be slipping."

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

"/ bent push rod -had to rebuild that cylinder"

Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Yukon)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine making lots of noise and barely operating due to a bent part in the motor. Entire right side of engine had to be rebuilt (covered 100% by warrenty)"

Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Yukon Denali Unsure)

"push rod was bent"

Anonymous, TX (2016 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

4WD/AWD components

"There was a dysfunction with the 4WD and the car locked up. The dealer fixed it and the problem resolved"

Anonymous, CA (2016 GMC Yukon Denali)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"shifting issues would not go into drive fast enough"

Thomas S., FL (2016 GMC Yukon 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)

"battery went bad after 2 years"

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

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"I haven't had a chance to investigate this 'cause of unusual weather/stay at home conditions w/pandemic disease. Looks like the car was involved in a minor incident w/tailgate being open. Missing paint top left corner of tailgate. Waiting for warmer temperatures plus a few dry days."

Anonymous, OH (2016 GMC Yukon SLE 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

Normal routine brake wear

"No problem, this was discovered at maintainance visit"

Anonymous, (2016 GMC Yukon Denali 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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