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2016 GMC Yukon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 GMC Yukon was new.


Interior: 8.3

Critics agree the 2016 GMC Yukon's cabin is built with lots of soft-touch surfaces and high-end materials, like wood and metal trim. The first- and second-row seats are comfortable and spacious, reviewers report. They add that the third row in standard-wheelbase models is too small for adults, a common complaint about three-row SUVs. In extended cab models, critics say, adults fit comfortably in the third row. They say the Yukon's cabin is quiet, the infotainment system is easy to use and physical controls are logically arranged. While the Yukon has less cargo space than many competitors, the Yukon XL offers one of the roomiest cargo spaces in the class.

  • "… the build quality is excellent and the layout thoughtful. The 10-way power adjustable seats are comfortable and everything is right at your fingertips." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "You'll find generously padded door panels and armrests, including the one topping the deep storage bin in the wide center console. The dash is no longer shared with the pickup trucks, and the broad, plain expanse of the previous model has been junked in favor of a richer design with soft-touch surfaces separated by metal and wood trim." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "Slide into the Yukon, and you're treated to a new dashboard that curves and bulges in all the right ways and places the central LCD in a high position where it's easy to read. The controls are conveniently arrayed, and there's extensive use of wood trim, soft plastics, and attractive stitching." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "Materials are of a high quality, and the gauge cluster's crisp graphics are a snap to read day or night." -- Edmunds (2015)


The 2016 Yukon has seats for eight riders in three rows, though an optional front-row bench seat increases capacity to nine. Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard, while leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel and automatic power-retractable assist steps are optional. Reviewers agree the front seats are supportive and comfortable, while the second row is supportive and roomy. The third row, they add, is easy to get into thanks to the large rear doors. The third row in standard-wheelbase models, according to test drivers, is only large enough for children – a common complaint about three-row SUVs. The Yukon's noise-reduction materials keep the cabin quiet, critics report, but they note some drivers may not be able to find a good driving position due to the lack of a telescoping steering wheel in the base model.

  • In terms of seating, the front seats are comfortable and reasonably supportive. The lack of a telescoping steering wheel on the SLE model will make it harder for some folks to get an ideal driving position, however. … The third-row seat is fine for small children, but its low mounting to the floor means taller teenagers and adults will likely find their knees pushed up uncomfortably toward the roof." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "… the driver's seat is exceptionally comfortable. The same is true for the second row, which can come with either a bench or a pair of captain's chairs. The third row is best for kids in a standard Yukon, but the XL manages grownups thanks to extra legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • All versions of the new Yukon benefit from larger rear doors, which make it easier to get into the second and third rows of seats. Those seats have been redesigned to make them slightly more comfortable and spacious, although adults consigned to the third row still won't find much happiness during a long drive." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "Across the board, thicker glass and triple door seals mute wind noise, and redesigned second-row doors are larger, so both kids and adults can clamber aboard more easily." -- Popular Mechanics (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 GMC Yukon comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, satellite radio, HD Radio, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and an 8-inch touch screen. Optional features include a power sunroof, proximity key, push-button start, a wireless smartphone charging pad, navigation, a Blu-Ray rear-seat entertainment system, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, a head-up display and a safety alert driver's seat.

The infotainment system is straightforward and simple to use, according to critics, though some think it responds too slowly to touch inputs. They add the touch screen's large size makes it easy to find the on-screen buttons and menus. Reviewers report the physical buttons controlling climate and audio settings are logically arranged and easy to reach.

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  • "As for high tech, the Yukon can be equipped with the MyLink infotainment system that includes a fantastic 8-in viewing screen with some of the most intuitive and user-friendly graphics." -- AutoTrader
  • "From the driver's seat, audio and climate controls are within easy reach. The former consist of tuning and volume knobs with station selection being controlled through the touch screen. As in most such arrangements, this can make some simple procedures a multi-step affair, but we generally found the system to be fairly easy to use and logical in operation." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • The large, central infotainment display is intuitive to navigate and its graphics/pictograms are simple and easily interpreted. Unfortunately, IntelliLink can sometimes be slow to respond to your touch inputs." -- Edmunds (2015)


The 2016 Yukon has less overall cargo room than most competitors, with 15.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 51.7 behind the second row and 94.7 with both rear rows folded. The Yukon XL, however, has one of the largest overall cargo capacities in the class, with 39.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 121.1 cubic feet behind the first row. A hands-free power liftgate and power-folding second- and third-row seats are optional. Reviewers like the power-folding seats, but add that the cargo floor's height, which is nearly three feet above the ground, may make it difficult to load items. Critics report there are useful small-item storage spaces in the cargo floor.

  • Power folding of the third- and second-row seats is a new feature, as the third row is no longer removable; instead, it folds flat to the cargo floor. To make that possible, however, the cargo floor had to be raised by roughly six inches, resulting in somewhat diminished luggage capacity." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "… instead of those awful removable third row seats in the outgoing models, both models offer fold-flat third rows that drop electrically with the touch of a button. The floor, however, is not actually flat, but close enough for storage purposes. There is also a cargo-management system under the floor in the back to that can keep small things hidden from prying eyes. It can be removed for additional cargo space." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • Given the very cumbersome nature of the previous-generation Yukon's third-row seat removal procedure (not to mention their attractiveness to ‘smash-and-grab’ thieves), we're happy to see GM has finally integrated the third row firmly into the truck's floor. But the downside to those stow-away seats is the consequentially high (36 inches) cargo floor height, which makes it harder for shorter owners to load strollers or bigger shopping hauls." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Behind the third row, capacity drops from 17 to 15 cubic feet. However, there is some additional storage space for small items such as cameras and shoes beneath the raised floor." -- Car and Driver (2015)

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