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With its straight-edged look, the 2016 GMC Yukon is an offensive lineman in a crisp suit. It's tall and masculine, with squared off corners and a commanding presence. While GM says it doesn't share body panels with the Sierra pickup, it does take cues from that vehicle, including doors that are triple sealed and set into the side of the body instead of wrapping into the roof.
Despite the brick-like shape, GM has focused on aerodynamics to help boost gas mileage.
Used to their best effect, full-size SUVs tow boats, haul trailers, and carry families. They do real work, and that means they need strong engines. Fortunately, the 2016 GMC Yukon has a pair of engines that are up to the task.
The standard Yukon and Yukon XL models are motivated by GM's 5.3-liter V-8, which produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Yukon Denali models get an upgrade to the 6.2-liter V-8, which churns out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. All versions of the Yukon are offered with rear- or four-wheel drive.
The cylinder deactivation process is seamless. It's so well integrated that you'll only notice it by spotting a "V4" or "V8" indicator in the instrument panel. If more acceleration is required than the V-4 mode can produce, the other four cylinders fire back up almost instantly.
In the real world, the Yukon is fairly efficient for its size. GMC balances that efficiency with a towing capacity of up to 8,500 pounds, giving the 2016 GMC Yukon capability near the top of the full-size SUV class. That makes this full-size SUV a top pick for those who do more than commute or haul the family to work or school.
The Yukon's cabin a luxurious space for a family of up to nine. The leather upholstery, particularly in Denali models, ascends to luxury territory, while the real aluminum and wood trim makes a further claim on luxury status. Even in less-optioned models, overall fit and finish of the cabin is solid and tidy.
A great deal of effort went into quieting the cabin of the new Yukon, from special exterior design concerns to available active noise cancellation; even without the electronic aids, however, the cabin of the Yukon is quiet, allowing easy conversations at normal indoor volumes.
The 2016 Yukon offers easy access to the roomy second row thanks to wide door openings. Legroom in the third row is tight in the standard wheelbase models, but it has enough room for adult legs in the XL. However, headroom is lacking in all models, so the third row is best left to children or shorter adults.
Given the Yukon's large footprint, it's no surprise that cargo and payload capacity are both plentiful. Yukon XL models offer a huge rear cargo bay with 38.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 121.1 cubic feet with the second- and third-rows folded. The standard-wheelbase Yukon still offers plenty of space.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.