1996 GMC Yukon

  • 1996 GMC Yukon SLE Utility

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      5.7L V8
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  • 1996 GMC Yukon SL Utility

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      5.7L V8
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1996 GMC Yukon Review

The power of a truck, the comfort of a sedan.

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The 1996 GMC Yukon serves as a full-size SUV manufactured by General Motors under the GMC division. It looks very similar to the Chevrolet Tahoe. Both divisions of General Motors have sold different versions of the Blazer and Jimmy through the early 1990s. However, GMC rebadged the full-size Jimmy as the Yukon in 1992.

The Yukon is based on the Suburban, but it remains shorter. It uses a truck chassis based on the chassis used in the GMC Sierra pickup. The Yukon targets shoppers who need the extra bit of space and savor the idea of an SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: three-door SUV, five-door SUV
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon SL, GMC Yukon SLE, GMC Yukon SLT

What's New

The 1996 GMC Yukon comes in a three-door body style. Moreover, the 5700 Vortec engine under the hood of the SUV gets long-lift spark plugs and coolant, along with a good boost in torque and power.

The 1996 GMC Yukon also looks less stout, and the passenger car tires on this year’s models offer a softer, quieter, and more comfortable ride. It gets height-adjustable seat belts, illuminated entry, and rear heat ducts. The four-wheel-drive models of the Yukon get an optional electronic shift mechanism.


The 1996 GMC Yukon uses the GMT400 platform. The three-door SUV gets a wheelbase of 111.5 inches, while the five-door version gets a wheelbase of 117.5 inches. The length of the Yukon varies too, from 188 inches for the three-door model to 199 inches for the five-door model.


Drivers get plenty of space inside the 1996 GMC Yukon. Headroom and legroom abound, and the cabin proves wide enough to let three adults sit at the rear with room to spare. The five-door model of the Yukon offers the best deal among compact SUVs in terms on interior space and towing power.

Unlike many other SUVs, the Yukon does not seem very difficult to climb in and out of. Inside the Yukon, the dashboard looks very attractive and the controls appear modern and well laid-out. The buttons remain large enough to be instantly recognized and easily accessed by the driver.

Performance & Handling

The new and improved 5.7-liter Vortec V-8 engine under the hood of the 1996 GMC Yukon delivers 250 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. This model year also marks the first time that GMC only uses an automatic transmission.

The V-8 engine has always been a little sluggish and sometimes underpowered, but the 50-horsepower boost makes a huge difference in its performance. The shift quality also improves a lot, but the automatic transmission still moves a little slow while downshifting.

While fuel economy expectedly does not mark the Yukon’s best feature, its engine definitely remains quieter and more effective than before. The five-door models have always had a softer suspension leading to a more comfortable ride, and the three-door models deliver a choppier performance.

Steering feels precise but a little over-assisted. The Yukon does exhibit some body lean. Moreover, the cornering grip of the 1996 GMC Yukon feels quite reassuring.


The 1996 GMC Yukon gets a four-star rating for driver and passenger safety in frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Yukon 5.7-liter V-8, automatic: 14/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good ride quality with five-door version
  • Quieter and more powerful engine
  • Lots of passenger and cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Poor ride quality with three-door version

Sum Up

The power of a truck, the comfort of a sedan.

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