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GMC Yukon Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.8 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 285 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2006 GMC Yukon

  • With room for up to nine passengers, gutsy V8 engines and numerous passenger amenities, the 2006 GMC Yukon is a full-featured family SUV that's tough to beat.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong engines, roomy and versatile interior, rugged chassis, numerous available amenities.

  • Cons

    Spotty build quality, interior materials could be better.

  • What's New for 2006

    For 2006, the GMC Yukon receives additional standard equipment for all trim levels. Included in the update are OnStar, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and stability control.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Good buy / low resale

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Vehicle: 2006 GMC Yukon SL 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 4A)

The only complaint I have with this vehicle is the passenger seat. It squeaks while driving. I had the dealer take a look at it and they repaired it for a little and it is back. I have not had anyone over 230 lbs in this chair and it will do it with no load in the chair.




Great vehicle

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Vehicle: 2006 GMC Yukon SL 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 4A)

Our 2006 Chevy Tahoe is a great vehicle. It is roomy, rides comfortably, has plenty of performance. It is the best vehicle we have had. Even better than our 1999 Surburan, that's hard to beat.



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Full 2006 GMC Yukon Review

What's New for 2006

For 2006, the GMC Yukon receives additional standard equipment for all trim levels. Included in the update are OnStar, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and stability control.

Introduction

GMC is no newcomer to the sport-ute game; it rolled out its version of a full-size SUV more than 30 years ago. Its current model, the Yukon, debuted in 1992. Formerly known as the Jimmy, the Yukon was built to be a rough-and-ready, go-anywhere sort of ride. Back when it first emerged, GMC described it as a "rugged, multipurpose family vehicle that's at home on and off the road," and the manufacturer has always seen to it that the vehicle is sturdy enough to live up to this promise. The 2000 model year brought with it a complete redesign for the Yukon. Its decade-old platform was replaced with a new frame that was stronger and more rigid than previous designs; the Yukon also got two new V8 engines that provided it with more horsepower than ever before.

In 2001, the upscale Denali model was moved to the new platform and in the process picked up a 6.0-liter V8 as well as numerous other luxury amenities. The Yukon continues to give drivers more of what has made the vehicle a favorite with those seeking transportation that efficiently handles both on-road and off-road adventures. With a roomy and comfortable interior, it makes a great weekend-getaway machine. If you want a full-size SUV that can handle passengers and cargo as well as it does a backcountry road, the 2006 GMC Yukon should be on your short list.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The GMC Yukon comes in three trim levels -- SL, SLE and Denali. The base SL boasts standard features like tri-zone manual climate control, keyless entry, cruise control, a CD player and OnStar. The uplevel SLE model is similar but grants access to additional features like power front seats, leather upholstery, satellite radio and rear audio controls via an SLT option package. Top-of-the-line Denali models come standard with just about every feature available, although items like a DVD-based entertainment system, second-row captain's chairs and a sunroof are still optional.

Powertrains and Performance

The 4.8-liter V8, offering 285 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, is standard on two-wheel-drive Yukons. A larger 5.3-liter V8 with 295 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque is optional and comes standard on four-wheel-drive Yukons. The Yukon Denali, which has a standard all-wheel-drive system, is the most powerful version thanks to a 6.0-liter V8 rated at 335 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. All engines are connected to a standard four-speed automatic transmission. Properly equipped, the standard Yukon can tow up to 7,700 pounds, and the Yukon Denali can handle up to 8,100 pounds.

Safety

The Yukon has a tire-pressure monitoring system, dual-stage front airbags (with a passenger sensing system), stability control and four-wheel antilock disc brakes. Side airbags are standard on the Yukon Denali and optional on other trims. In NHTSA government crash testing, the GMC Yukon rated four out of a possible five stars for driver and front-passenger protection in frontal impacts.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside, the 2006 GMC Yukon offers comfortable seating and simple controls, but the quality of interior materials could stand improvement. Second-row bucket seats are available when you order leather upholstery, as is a DVD-based entertainment system. An optional 50/50-split third-row seat gives the Yukon nine-passenger seating capacity. With the third-row seats removed and the second-row seats folded forward, the Yukon offers 104 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Driving Impressions

Any one of the Yukon's V8 engines delivers ample power in most situations. Those who pull a trailer often would be wise to opt for the 5.3-liter engine, as it provides a substantial bump in torque despite only 10 additional horsepower compared to the 4.8-liter V8. For the ultimate in luxury and towing power, the Yukon Denali is the best of this bunch. The suspension delivers a stable, smooth ride, regardless of whether it travels on or off pavement, while the steering is light enough to maneuver the big sport-ute easily in tight situations.

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Talk About The 2006 Yukon

2006 GMC Yukon Discussions See all Started By

tlaff2
tlaff2
01-30-2007
Wondering if anyone is having the same problem I am. I have a 2006 Yukon Denali and, at times, am receiving a "damaged/scratched disc" message from the navigation system, even though the di...


mikesocal
mikesocal
12-29-2007
I have a 2006 Yukon XL Denali with the NAV and rear DVD entertainment system....


wiredman
wiredman
07-02-2008
On my 2003 Yukon XL it shows your "Average" fuel economy and Actual fuel economy. So of course when the gas pedal goes down, so does your miles to the gallon. My 2006 Yukon Denali XL has the...



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