2006 GMC Yukon XL 2500

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2006 GMC Yukon XL 2500 Review

The perfect vehicle for large families on the go.

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The 2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) that seats up to nine people, depending on the seating configuration. This large version of GMC’s 2500 line shows similarities to the Chevrolet Suburban, but has more style. This car made its debut in 1936 under the moniker GMC Suburban as a standard panel van with extra seats. The name changed to Yukon in 2000 and a chassis upgrade makes it more comfortable when riding and driving. The towing capacity and seating set this car apart from the rest. With its large cargo area, the Yukon XL2500 is perfect for large families who need to haul a lot of gear.

The Range

Body Styles: Full-size SUV
Engines: 6.0-liter V-8, 8.1-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Yukon XL2500 SLE, Yukon XL2500 SLT

What's New

The 2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 makes OnStar, a tire-pressure monitor, stability control, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls standard features. The optional towing/camping exterior mirrors show off a new design.


The 2006 GMC Yukon XL 2500 comes in SLE and SLT trims. Standard features for both trims include: remote keyless entry, front fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, a roof rack, privacy glass, all-season tires, variable intermittent windshield wipers, and heated power mirrors.

The body is clad down the sides, including the front and rear stone guards that blend in with the color-keyed running boards. All 2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 models come with an aluminum rear liftgate door that has a light weight and an independently opening glass window.


2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 SLE standard features include third-row seating, a 40/20/40-split bench front cloth seat, a driver information system, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, and tri-zone air-conditioning. The SLT trim adds bucket driver and front passenger seats, a floor console with rear passenger stereo and climate controls, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a nine-speaker stereo system with rear-seat audio controls. The optional SLT Plus Package adds leather seats, heated power front bucket seats with two-position memory function, outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, OnStar, an in-dash six-disc CD changer, satellite radio, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Other optional features include a DVD player and touchscreen navigation system with voice commands.

The 2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 interior accommodates nine people if you get it equipped with bench seats, but the optional captain's chairs drop seating capacity down to seven passengers. The seats have good padding, but the sides and bottoms lack proper support. The center console holds a lot of items and includes a power outlet to charge cell phones, tablets, and radar detectors.

The 2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 uses mediocre-quality materials including a lot of plastic throughout the cabin. The driver information system sits in a very convenient location underneath the speedometer. This feature gives readouts on fuel economy and trip mileage, and allows you to program features such as automatically locking the doors or turning off the daytime running lights. The 2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 offers 132 cubic feet of cargo space.

Performance & Handling

2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 standard drivetrain employs a six-liter, V-8 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque with a four-speed automatic transmission. GMC also offers an optional 8.1-liter, V-8 engine that produces 325 horsepower at 447 lb-ft of torque. This car vehicle offers two-wheel and four-wheel drive.

The 2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 uses leaf springs which make the ride less smooth than it would be if equipped with coil springs. Rear passengers feel bumps and ripples more during the ride. The stiff frame and a well-insulated cabin make the cabin quiet and rattle-free. Equipped with the six-liter, V-8 engine, this car tows up to 9300 pounds; the 8.1-liter engine can tow up to 12,000 pounds, making it a leader in towing in its class.


The 2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 features four-wheel anti-lock brakes, dual-stage occupant-sensing front airbags, and a stability control system that GMC calls the StabiliTrak system. Other safety features include a tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, side impact bars, and a panic alarm. Side curtain airbags remain optional.

In government testing, the 2006 GMC Yukon XL2500 earns four out of five stars for driver and front passenger protection in frontal collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Yukon XL2500 SLE: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Yukon XL2500 SLT: 14/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Superior towing capacity
  • Plenty of passenger room
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Strong V-8 engines
  • Lots of optional and standard features

You Won't Like

  • Poor-quality interior materials
  • Bulky size

Sum Up

The perfect vehicle for large families on the go.

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