The 2016 GMC Yukon XL remains a must-drive for those shopping among the biggest and most capable SUVs.
For 2016, the GMC Yukon XL gets a number of technology and hardware upgrades. The IntelliLink touchscreen interface gets a welcome increase in processing speed, along with Apple CarPlay. Newly available features include lane-keeping assist and automatic high beams, along with a standard hands-free power liftgate on SLT models and a capless fuel filler.
If you need an SUV that can simultaneously haul many passengers as well as gear, and perhaps tow a toy, the 2016 GMC Yukon XL will certainly get the job done. Strong V8 power, stout towing capacity, big cargo capacity, available nine-passenger seating, quiet highway ride, high-quality, hushed cabin are all apt descriptive terms for the Yukon Denali.
This largest of SUVs retains the classic combination of rugged body-on-frame construction and V8 power. So it can confidently boast of substantially more towing capability than any crossover. Inside, it also provides options for seating up to nine and is one of only a few vehicles in the class that leave plenty of cargo space behind its third row.
The 2016 GMC Yukon XL is an SUV available in three trim levels: SLE, SLT and Denali. In order to understand what you’re getting in the Denali, lets take a look at the features for the other trims which will be found on the way to the top tier, Denali. The entry-level Yukon XL SLE comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers, a driver integrated blind-spot mirror, rear privacy glass, roof rails, side assist steps, a rearview camera, a locking rear differential, remote ignition, keyless entry, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, power front seats (eight-way driver seat and four-way passenger seat, both with two-way power lumbar), a 60/40-split folding second-row bench seat and a 60/40-split folding third-row seat.
Standard technology features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, OnStar with a 4G LTE connection and WiFi hotspot, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, the 8-inch IntelliLink touchscreen interface which includes voice controls, smartphone app integration and Apple CarPlay capability, a nine-speaker Bose sound system with HD and satellite radio, a CD player, five USB ports (two with front bench seat), Pandora Internet radio, a media player interface, an auxiliary audio jack and an SD card slot.
On the SLE trim there is an optional Enhanced Driver Alert package that includes forward collision alert, automatic high-beam control, lane-departure warning, a vibrating safety alert seat and lane-keeping assist. The SLE’s Convenience option package adds a power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror and power-adjustable pedals.
The SLT model includes both the Enhanced Driver Alert and Convenience packages and adds rear cross-traffic alert and a blind-spot warning system, power-folding mirrors – auto-dimming on driver side, keyless ignition and entry, a hands-free power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats (with four-way lumbar), heated second-row seats, a power fold-and-tumble 60/40 bench, power-folding third-row seats, driver memory functions, a heated power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, ambient interior lighting and wireless phone charging.
To that exalted list of features and options, the Yukon Denali now adds: a unique grille, a more powerful V8 engine, 20-inch alloy wheels, a magnetically controlled adaptive suspension, xenon headlights, a customizable digital instrument panel, a trailer-brake controller, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, active noise cancellation, the navigation system and second-row captain’s chairs which are heated and have the power fold-and-tumble. You can rest assured that the Yukon XL Denali gets every bit of technology available!
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