2016 GMC Yukon Review Apr 4, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Among truck-based SUVs, the 2016 GMC Yukon remains a solid option. It has impressive towing capacity and a strong V8 engine. You can even fit up to nine people inside the comfortable interior. Although the the $48,315 starting MSRP is hefty, it's worth exploring the substantial range of capabilities and feaures before making your decision.
Incredible Power and Towing
The 2016 Yukon is a truck-based SUV so you can expect a top towing capacity. The SLE and SLT trims run on a 5.3-liter V8 engine with 355 horsepower and a torque of 383 pounds per feet. It works together with a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. This engine lets you tow up to 8,500 pounds—a great number for the class. Despite the size and power, you can get reasonable fuel economy of up to 18 mpg combined. To get even more power, choose the Yukon Denali with its 6.2-liter V8 engine. This option gives you access to 420 horsepower and 460 pounds per feet of torque. The drivetrain options are similar, but it has an 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine also has great towing capabilities of up to 8,400 pounds.
Yukon owners and critics agree that the technology in this SUV is great. Every model has Bluetooth connectivity for both phone and audio, along with OnStar featuring 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities. Other standard features include Apple CarPlay and smartphone integration, an 8-inch touchscreen, five USB ports and an SD slot, auxiliary audio, and voice controls as part of the IntelliLink system. There are nine speakers of Bose sound for your satellite and HD radio, Pandora, media player, or CD player. There is also a range of available safety features and additions, like navigation and a rear entertainment system.
To make the cargo area easier to take advantage of, the third row of the 2016 Yukon folds into the floor, so you don’t have to physically remove the seats like you did on previous models. The only downside is that the load floor has been raised slightly, reducing the cargo capacity and making it a little harder to reach.
The passenger area of the Yukon is incredibly comfortable and luxurious. You will find the controls and gauges easy to reach and understand, and the IntelliLink infotainment system is intuitive and faster than before with a simple interface. Voice recognition means you can keep your eyes on the road while using your phone, music, or radio. Thanks to the sound-deadening materials, features, and the comfortable cabin, you truly feel like you are in a luxury SUV in the 2016 Yukon
The front seats in the Yukon are supportive and comfortable. You can stick to bucket seats or increase the seating capacity with a 40/20/40 split bench. The standard front seats have 8-way power for the driver and 4-way for the passenger, along with 2-way power lumbar for either. The second row also lets you pick from captain’s chairs or a standard 60/40 bench seat. To make your life easier, the seats are power released to make it simpler to access the 60/40 third row. The third row is perfect for small children, but will be cramped for adults. Higher levels of trim add to the comfort with perforated leather upholstery, ventilated and heated seats in front, heated seats for the second row, and power folding abilities for the third row.
The 2016 GMC Yukon is packed with additions and features that only add to the technical strengths of the base model. Although the price for this SUV is hefty, it is well worth it for the impressive array of luxury features and versatility.