2006 GMC Yukon

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2006 GMC Yukon Review

This spacious and comfortable SUV serves as a versatile and comfortable family vehicle.

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The 2006 GMC Yukon is a nine-passenger SUV with a roomy interior and a powerful V-8 engine under the hood. This four-wheel-drive vehicle was first introduced to the market in 1992 and the Denali trim model debuted in 2001.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon SL, GMC Yukon SLE, GMC Yukon Denali

What's New

Volkswagen’s new touchscreen audio and Bluetooth control system finds its way into the Eos for 2010 along with a new instrument cluster and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The upmarket Lux package gets a chrome front grille and optional 18-inch alloy wheels.


The 2006 GMC Yukon sports a grille with the GMC logo prominently displayed out front. The Yukon is a four-door SUV that measures 198.9 inches in length and is built on a 116-inch wheelbase. The Yukon measures 78.9 inches wide and 76.7 inches tall. It comes equipped with 16-inch tires and power heated mirrors.

Options include rear liftgate doors and roof racks, trailer wiring for the SL and SLE, an under-mounted spare tire, and side running boards.


The Yukon SL features cloth bench seats, power locks, power windows, power steering with cruise control and audio controls on the wheel, air-conditioning with front and rear fan control, a rearview mirror, a trip computer, outside temperature display in the instrument panel, and an AM/FM radio with CD player and eight speakers. The 2006 GMC Yukon has a cargo space with seats in place of 63.6 cubic feet and a total inside space of 104.6 cubic feet.

The SLE features front, rear, and third-row cloth bench seating with a six-way power driver’s seat, center storage, 12V front and cargo area outlets, and all of the features found in the SL.

The top-of-the-line Yukon Denali features front 10-way power, leather bucket seats with heating and lumbar control; split-folding second-row seating and bench seating in the third row; and all of the other features of the SL and SLE as well as three-zone climate control, memory for two drivers’ settings, turn signals in the mirrors, and a Bose entertainment system with both AM/FM and satellite radio with a multi-CD player in the dash, nine speakers, and one subwoofer.

While the interior of the 2006 Yukon feels comfortable, some of the materials utilized are of poor quality. Optional features for the 2006 GMC Yukon include a navigation system, third-row seating and side airbags for the SLE, and a DVD player for the Denali. All models have OnStar telecommunications service.

Performance & Handling

The GMC Yukon is a rugged vehicle that performs and handles well both on the highway and offroad. In its various versions, it can deliver enough power to haul between 7700 and 8100 pounds. The Yukon’s beefy V-8 delivers adequate power for most situations. Ride quality feels smooth and stable both on and off the pavement. The steering feels light and maneuverable, particularly by the standards of such a big vehicle.

The 2006 Yukon comes in three trim levels: SL, SLE, and Denali. The base SL comes with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission. The rear-drive SL has a towing capacity of 7700 pounds.

The midrange SLE also has a 5.3-liter, V-8 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. Like the SL, the SLE uses rear drive and has a towing capacity of 7700 pounds. The Yukon Denali comes equipped with a 6.0-liter V-8 and a four-speed automatic transmission. The Denali features all-wheel drive with a towing capacity of 8100 pounds.


The Yukon SL and SLE both feature front and rear disc brakes, tire pressure monitors, airbag deactivation sensors for passengers, stability control, child safety locks on the rear doors, post-collision safety systems, and anti-theft alarms. The Denali comes equipped with all of the above features along with side-mounted airbags in the front that remain optional for the other two models. The 2006 GMC Yukon earns four out of five stars in tests conducted by the NHTSA for front-seat protection during a frontal impact.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Yukon SL: 14/19 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon SLE V8: 14/19 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon Denali V8: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Extra interior convenience features
  • Plenty of room for the driver and passengers
  • Tough chassis
  • Strong engine
  • Good maneuverability

You Won't Like

  • Some low-quality materials in cabin
  • Build quality could be better

Sum Up

This spacious and comfortable SUV serves as a versatile and comfortable family vehicle.

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