2002 GMC Yukon XL

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Key Specs

of the 2002 GMC Yukon XL. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Sport Utility
  • Engine:
    315-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    4x2
  • Seating:
    8-9 Seats
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2002 GMC Yukon XL Overview

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Vehicle Overview
Based on General Motors’ full-size Silverado pickup truck but measuring 20 inches longer, the Yukon XL is the king-size version of the GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle. The Chevrolet Suburban, which differs little in structure, is the corporate twin of the Yukon XL.

Like the shorter Yukon, the XL comes in regular and plush Denali trims. GMC aims at a more upscale audience with the Denali luxury edition, which includes standard leather upholstery, GM’s OnStar communication system and a premium sound system.

A 6.0-liter or 8.1-liter V-8 engine is available only on the XL 2500 version, but the XL 1500 comes with a standard 5.3-liter V-8 and four-speed-automatic transmission. Yukon XLs with the 8.1-liter V-8 get a new heavy-duty automatic transmission for 2002, and the 5.3-liter V-8 gains upgraded Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) status. LATCH child-safety seat tethers are new this year.



Exterior
Stretching to 219 inches long overall — which is 7 inches shorter than the behemoth Ford Excursion — the Yukon XL rides a 130-inch wheelbase and has four side doors. The Yukon XL measures 219.3 inches from stem to stern and can extend to 77.1 inches high and 79.8 inches wide, depending on the model. Buyers get a choice of an aluminum liftgate or dual swing-out cargo doors.



Interior
All Yukon XL models have three rows of seats; the SLE seats nine occupants, while the SLT holds only eight. The difference lies in a three-place front bench for the SLE instead ...
Vehicle Overview
Based on General Motors’ full-size Silverado pickup truck but measuring 20 inches longer, the Yukon XL is the king-size version of the GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle. The Chevrolet Suburban, which differs little in structure, is the corporate twin of the Yukon XL.

Like the shorter Yukon, the XL comes in regular and plush Denali trims. GMC aims at a more upscale audience with the Denali luxury edition, which includes standard leather upholstery, GM’s OnStar communication system and a premium sound system.

A 6.0-liter or 8.1-liter V-8 engine is available only on the XL 2500 version, but the XL 1500 comes with a standard 5.3-liter V-8 and four-speed-automatic transmission. Yukon XLs with the 8.1-liter V-8 get a new heavy-duty automatic transmission for 2002, and the 5.3-liter V-8 gains upgraded Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) status. LATCH child-safety seat tethers are new this year.



Exterior
Stretching to 219 inches long overall — which is 7 inches shorter than the behemoth Ford Excursion — the Yukon XL rides a 130-inch wheelbase and has four side doors. The Yukon XL measures 219.3 inches from stem to stern and can extend to 77.1 inches high and 79.8 inches wide, depending on the model. Buyers get a choice of an aluminum liftgate or dual swing-out cargo doors.



Interior
All Yukon XL models have three rows of seats; the SLE seats nine occupants, while the SLT holds only eight. The difference lies in a three-place front bench for the SLE instead of the SLT’s twin front buckets. Both have three-place middle and rear benches that fold down and can be removed.

Front bucket seats are optional on the SLE, while two middle bucket seats are optional on the SLT. Cargo volume is 46 cubic feet behind the rear seat or 138.4 cubic feet with the middle and rear seats removed.



Under the Hood
The base engine for half-ton models is a 285-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8. A 6.0-liter V-8 that develops 320 hp is standard on three-quarter-ton models, while a 340-hp, 8.1-liter V-8 is optional. The Denali gets a 325-hp version of the 6.0-liter engine.

All engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Yukon XL Denali has permanently engaged all-wheel drive, while other Yukon XL models are available with rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive, which engages automatically when additional traction is needed. With the 8.1-liter V-8 engine, the Yukon XL can tow up to 12,000 pounds. Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard.

 
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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best vehicle we have ever owned, ever!

by Jstolze from Leesburg, Ga. on April 13, 2018

Our Yukon has been all over Ga, Fl, Al, Tn, for our sons baseball games and speed skating races and our daughters cheerleading competitions. Also, throughout the same states and across to Missouri, ... Read full review

(5.0)

Incredibly reliable. I love this truck.

by MPS from St. Paul, MN on October 23, 2017

The 2002 GMC Yukon XL is a fantastic SUV. Even after 16 years and more then 200k miles, I still love this truck. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2002 GMC Yukon XL currently has 3 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Yukon XL received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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