Chevrolet Tahoe, Yukon SUVs Rank Among 10 Least Reliable Cars by Consumer Reports

GM LogoThey were designed to have the best of both worlds, beauty and brawn. However, owners of the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon luxury SUVs have been disappointed when it comes to reliability, according to Consumer Reports.

Indeed, the Chevrolet Tahoe, named after the beautiful Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Utah is attractive for its class. Meanwhile, the GMC Yukon, whose name was inspired by the beautiful, but rugged Canadian mountain range, also gets high marks in the looks department. In fact, owners pay roughly $60,000 for these fancy  2015 and 2016 trucks that offer features such as third-row seats and infotainment control systems.

The General Motors Company, parent of Chevrolet, created the GMC Yukon model SUV in 1992 and the Chevrolet Tahoe in 1995. The vehicles replaced the Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy models.

These full-size SUV’s are popular among families for their three rows of seats, but owners complain there is not enough leg room and it’s difficult to get in and out of the back rows.

This month Consumer Reports included both models on its 2016 list of Most Unreliable Cars. The top complaints involved steering vibrations, power equipment and electronic malfunctions.

Other auto industry reviews have pointed out noise issues such as the unexplainable wind buffeting and steering vibration in the 2016 Yukon, according to It apparently sounds like the windows are cracked when they are not.


The MyLink touch-screen infotainment system also has a downside. Among the complaints are the Bluetooth interferes with receiving texts and takes over the phone preventing it from being operated.

The electronics in the 2016 models is lethargic at best. Response to voice commands for things such as the door locks is painfully slow. Using the steering wheel controls to change channels on the radio is also slower than should be expected for this luxury SUV.


Some owners have complained that the SUV has to rev up pretty high before it will shift gears making it a rough ride for occupants.

According to a review by Edmunds, the 2016 Tahoe was described as cramped and bumpy with poor pedal responsiveness and a ride similar to a truck.

GMC Tahoe and Yukon Safety Issues

A 2015 GMC Yukon caught fire during a test drive taken in Anaheim, California back on March 23, 2014. The vehicle became engulfed in flames and was destroyed in about 15 minutes. The cause was determined to be an oil leak and engine malfunction. Five days later, GM coincidentally recalled the Tahoe and Yukon to fix a transmission oil cooler line that was not properly seated in its fitting. The problem reportedly caused the vehicle to stop and the oil cooling line would rupture resulting in fire.

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Are you are the owner of a late-model Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon that is still under the original factory warranty and are having problems or a safety concern? Have you made at least four attempts to get your vehicle repaired at an authorized repair facility for the same problems?  Do you want the manufacturer to buy back your lemon? If this applies to you, give us a call now and speak with our qualified lemon law attorney.

Our California Lemon Law Firm can explain how this works and protect your legal rights in a free consultation at 800-235-6801. Johnson Attorneys Group has handled cases for unsatisfied Chevrolet owners and we have extensive experience with lemon law.

There is no cost for you to speak with the attorney and if we represent you and get you a settlement or a buy back, the manufacturer will separately pay our attorney fees as required under lemon law statutes.

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