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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.
Inside, the look of the 2016 Yukon is similar to that of a modern sedan, without some of the truck-like tendencies of the previous-generation Yukon. However, the center console is much larger than you'll find in a sedan, and the center stack features larger dials. The center stack is also dominated by the GMC IntelliLink infotainment screen, which also features large icons that take you to the various submenus.
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.
GM employs two main engine technologies to improve power and performance, making these V-8s both surprisingly efficient and eminently capable. Direct injection improves engine responsiveness and allows for more precise fuel metering, while cylinder deactivation can shut down half of the cylinders under low-load situations.
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.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.