• (4.9) 14 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,115–$9,779
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 13-17
  • Engine: 320-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 6-9
2002 GMC Yukon

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Vehicle Overview
GMC’s full-size sport utility vehicle is closely related to the Chevrolet Tahoe and is based on General Motors’ full-size pickup trucks. Both the Yukon and Tahoe were redesigned for 2000, and they compete against full-size SUVs such as the Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator and Toyota Land Cruiser. GMC sells a larger version as the Yukon XL, which is comparable to the Chevrolet Suburban.

A fancier Denali edition joined the 2001 lineup and is equipped with permanently engaged four-wheel drive, leather upholstery and specific front-end styling. Standard Denali equipment includes a monochrome exterior color scheme, front and rear air conditioning, 11-speaker Bose audio, two-tone leather upholstery, GM’s OnStar communication system and a heavy-duty towing package. For 2002, the Yukon’s 5.3-liter V-8 engine gains upgraded Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) status, and LATCH child-safety seat tethers are new.

Differences between the Yukon and Tahoe are found mainly in the grille, with the prominent GMC badge on the Yukon. Slotted between the new midsize Envoy and the king-size Yukon XL, the four-door version measures 198.8 inches long overall with a 116-inch wheelbase. The Yukon is 78.8 inches wide and more than 76 inches tall.

Interior seating accommodates as few as five to as many as nine passengers. Up front, there’s a choice of two buckets or a three-place bench, which depends on the model. A three-place middle bench goes into all models, and a three-place rear bench is standard or optional. Middle and rear seats fold down or can be removed, with the help of built-in wheels. Cargo volume is 105 cubic feet with the middle and rear seats removed.

Under the Hood
The base engine is a 275-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8, and a 285-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 is optional. The Denali model gets a 320-hp, 6.0-liter V-8. The Yukon comes with either rear-wheel drive or an automatically engaging four-wheel-drive system called Autotrac. The Denali has permanently engaged all-wheel drive, and computer-controlled shock absorbers change their stiffness based on driving conditions. All engines work with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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