2016 GMC Yukon

MSRP $48,315 - $68,325

Ranked #16 in Suv

7.3

Overall Rating

2016 GMC Yukon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2016 GMC Yukon has seating for up to eight passengers, which makes it ideal for big families. The higher cargo capacity and compliant suspension means it is capable of long road trips. The Yukon can also be opted for a bigger 6.2L V8, which is a complete game changer in this segment. 

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Pros

Excellent Infotainment Features. 

Great Passenger Room. 

Unparalleled Class Factor. 

Cons

Underwhelming Base V8 Engine. 

Limited 3rd Row Space. 

Low Fuel Economy. 

What's New?

Apple CarPlay

Hands-Free Liftgate. 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48315

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

125 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

203.9 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5379 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

94.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

8500 lbs.

payload capacity

1690 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/23 mpg

highway range

475.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SLE$48,315 onwards

SLT$57,000 onwards

Denali$65,325 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 GMC Yukon in Bronze Alloy Metallic color
Bronze Alloy Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.3

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

6.5

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2016 GMC Yukon competes with the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Ford Expedition, the Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia. The Ford is a close rival but the Chevrolet Tahoe is nearly identical.


7.5/10
Features

7.3/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

6.5/10
Safety


2016 GMC Yukon Features

7.5/10

The 2016 GMC Yukon is offered in three trims. There’s a good deal of increase in features between the SLE, SLT, and the top of the line Denali trims, with the latter adding a larger 6.2L V8 engine to your kart. The base SLE trim starts at $48,315 and offers more features than the base Chevrolet Tahoe, its closest competitor. The following table sums up the trims and features offered with the 2016 GMC Yukon.

Trims

SLE

SLT

Denali

MSRP

$48,315

$57,000

$65,325

Key Features

5.3L V8 Engine

SLE Features, plus:

SLT Features, plus:

 

18-inch Wheels

Perforated Leather Heated and Ventilated Front Seats

Unique Denali Chrome Grille

 

Rear View Camera

Heated Second Row Seats

20-inch and 22-inch Wheels

 

Front and Rear park assist

Second Row Power-Release Seats

6.2L V8 Engine

 

Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control

Wireless Phone Charging

Xenon Headlights

 

8-inch Touchscreen

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Adaptive Suspension

We Recommend

Because of the sluggish power delivery from the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 we suggest getting the Denali trim. The 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 offers better power and torque and upgraded suspension that increases the ride quality dramatically. The interior offers all the bells and whistles and leather all around, offering a much richer experience overall. 

2016 GMC Yukon Engine and Performance

7.3/10

The GMC Yukon can be opted for with two engine options: A 5.3L EcoTec3 V8, which is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission and the 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 which puts out a sports car-like numbers 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The 2WD is standard while the 4WD is optional for each configuration. While the base engine is fairly potent, it can seem a little down on power, especially owing to the heavy weight of the 2016 model year Yukon. The 6.2L V8, on the other hand, feels potent enough to pull the mammoth SUV through any challenge. 

Models

GMC Yukon

Ford Expedition

Chevrolet Tahoe

Nissan Armada

MSRP

$48,315

$48,360

$47,000

$43,810

Engine

5.3L V8 Gas Engine

3.5L V6 Gas Engine

5.3L V8 Gas Engine

5.6L V8 Engine

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

365 hp @ 5000 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

390 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

420 ft-lbs @ 2250 rpm

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

394 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter mile

16.7 sec

15.1 sec

16.7 sec

15 sec

60-0 (ft.)

137 ft.

121 ft.

137 ft.

128 ft.

The acceleration is not what people look for in these types of vehicles but it is good to have sufficient power on tap. Because of the massive dimensions and weight, the Yukon cannot accelerate as hard as a sports car but it just might surprise you for what it is. The Yukon takes 16.7 seconds to complete a quarter-mile but is configured with a 6.2L V-8 it takes around 14.0 seconds which is the quickest time.

2016 GMC Yukon Fuel Economy

8.0/10

One of the better reasons to buy the Yukon is the fuel economy. The 2016 model year GMC Yukon returns 16 MPG city and 23 MPG on the highway which surpasses most of the competition. The 6.2L V8 offers slightly lower MPG figures, and the numbers fall further if you upgrade to AWD. The base Yukon offers an impressive combined fuel economy of 19 MPG. Additionally, the Yukon is offered with a fat 26 gallon fuel tank. 

Models

GMC Yukon

Ford Expedition

Chevrolet Tahoe

Nissan Armada

MPG (city)

16

16

16

14

MPG (hwy)

23

22

23

19

MPG (combined)

19

18

19

16

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

26

28

26

28

Comparing the competition, the GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe offer the best fuel economy figures. On the other hand, the Nissan Armada comes with the least favorable gas mileage figures, where the SUV only manages to return 14 MPG in the city. The Ford Expedition also delivers fairly decent fuel efficiency, sliding somewhere between the Yukon and the Armada. 

2016 GMC Yukon Interior

7.0/10

The 2016 GMC Yukon sits high off the ground and gives you a commanding position on the road while driving. The Yukon can be opted with heated and ventilated front seats and heated second row seats and these seats are comfortable as well. The SLT trim offers a good deal of standard features, including a heated leather steering wheel, and 10-way power adjustable seats. 

Upgrading to the Denali trim gets you the best of what GMC has to offer, with the Yukon Denali almost matching the comfort levels of the Lincoln Navigator. The interior built quality feels exceptional, and the cabin ergonomics are absolutely spot-on. In many ways, the Yukon outperforms the competition’s interior quality quite comfortably. 

Models

GMC Yukon

Ford Expedition

Chevrolet Tahoe

Nissan Armada

Passenger capacity

9

8

9

8

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

42.8/64.8/45.3

39.6/63.2/41.1

42.8/64.8/45.3

40.9/63.8/41.9

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

38.7/65.1/39.0

39.8/63.7/39.1

38.7/65.1/39.0

40.0/63.4/39.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/62.6/24.8

38.3/51.9/37.7

38.1/62.6/24.8

36.4/60.5/28.3

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu.ft.)

15.3

18.6

15.3

16.5

Cargo Capacity with rear seats folded (cu-ft)

51.7

55

51.7

49.9

Comparing the competition, the GMC Yukon and the Chevrolet Tahoe offer the most room at the front row. In the second row of seats, the Nissan Armada stands as the roomiest vehicle. All four SUVs also manage to offer pretty decent third row space as well, with the Ford Expedition offering the most value in this regard. Some highlight interior features offered with the 2016 GMC Yukon include:

  • Leather Upholstery. 
  • Heated Steering Wheel. 
  • 10-way Power Adjustable Seats. 
  • Seat Memory. 
  • Polished Wood Inserts. 
  • First and Second Row Cupholders. 
  • Privacy Glass. 

2016 GMC Yukon Infotainment 

The 2016 GMC Yukon boasts impressive infotainment technology, and outranks most 2016 vehicles of this segment in this regard. The GMC Yukon is offered with an impressive 8-inch infotainment screen, which hosts a wide range of apps and features to play with. Additionally, the infotainment supports Apple CarPlay integration, which is fantastic. 

There’s an impressive 9-speaker Bose sound system on offer, and music can be streamed via Bluetooth, USB or Aux. There’s also a SiriusXM Radio on offer, while local storage via SD card slot is standard. Some key infotainment features offered with the 2016 GMC Yukon include:

  • 8-inch Infotainment Screen. 
  • Apple CarPlay Support. 
  • 9-Speaker Bose Audio. 
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming. 
  • USB and AUx Support. 
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio. 
  • SD Card Slot.

2016 GMC Yukon Exterior

7.5/10

The 2016 GMC Yukon is shaped like a brick. From the outside, the Yukon looks massive and resembles the Sierra pickup. Compared to the Chevrolet Tahoe, the GMC Yukon however sports a more subtle look. If you opt for the Denali you do get a flashier Chrome grille. The Yukon, while featuring boxy dimensions, sports a dignified appeal. The subtle design elements highlight the refinement and sophistication that lurks underneath the skin. The Yukon offers beautiful proportions and sculpted body panels, which makes the mammoth GMC SUV one of the better looking options in this segment. 

Models

GMC Yukon

Ford Expedition

Chevrolet Tahoe

Nissan Armada

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5379

5600

5379

5576

Length (in.)

203.9

206.0

203.9

208.3

Width (in.)

80.5

78.8

80.5

79.9

Height (in.)

74.4

77.2

74.4

75.8

Ground clearance (in.)

8.0

8.3

8.0

9.1

Wheelbase (in)

116.0

119.0

116.0

121.1

Track width (in) F/R

68.7/68.7

67/67.2

68.7/68.7

67.5/67.9

Among the competition, the Ford Expedition clearly stands as the heaviest vehicle in the lot. The Nissan Armada measures the longest among the competing rivals, while the GMC-Chevrolet twins boast the greatest width. The Ford Expedition comes with the greatest height, while the Nissan Armada offers the largest amount of ground clearance. The latter also boasts the longest wheelbase. Some highlight exterior features offered with the 2016 GMC Yukon include:

  • 20-inch Alloy Wheels. 
  • Optional 22-inch Wheels. 
  • Chrome Grille Surrounds. 
  • Panoramic Sunroof. 
  • Integrated Roof Rails. 
  • Adaptive Suspension (Denali).
  • Yukon Badging. 
  • Chrome Assist Steps. 

2016 GMC Yukon Safety

6.5/10

The 2016 GMC Yukon stands as one of the safest vehicles in this class, offering a super rigid chassis for impact protection and countless electronic safety aids for advanced crash mitigation. The NHTSA has awarded the 2016 model year Yukon with a flawless 5-Star Safety Rating, which speaks volumes about GMC’s commitment to making safe vehicles. Some key safety features offered with the 2016 GMC Yukon include:

  • ABS and ESP. 
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring. 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. 
  • Dual Stage Frontal Airbags. 
  • Side Curtain Airbags.
  • LATCH Anchors. 
  • Adjustable Pedals.
  • Traction Control.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

2016 GMC Yukon Final Verdict

The 2016 GMC Yukon offers compelling features even at the base trim, somehting which lacks in the case of the Yukon’s competition. The interior is plush and luxurious, the exterior is clean and traditional, and the option to upgrade the engine to a bigger V8 turns the Yukon into a whole different animal. The Yukon might not be the best when compared to the competition in terms of utility and fuel economy, but the 2016 GMC Yukon is loaded with features and with the addition of the bigger 6.2L V8 also becomes more fun as well.

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