2013 GMC Yukon XL

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Key Specs

of the 2013 GMC Yukon XL. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG:
    12 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    352-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    4x2
  • Seating:
    7-9 Seats
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fuel economy with 5.3-liter V-8
  • Power with 6.2-liter V-8
  • Roominess
  • Luxurious Denali edition

The Bad

  • Indistinct from Chevrolet Suburban at lower trim levels
  • Unwieldy dimensions

Notable Features of the 2013 GMC Yukon XL

  • 20 inches longer than standard Yukon
  • Choice of three V-8 engines with cylinder deactivation
  • Seats up to nine
  • Available 4WD
  • Light- or heavy-duty versions

2013 GMC Yukon XL Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

GMC's Yukon XL is the brand's flagship SUV, available in half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) versions and a top-of-the-line Denali trim. The Yukon XL offers seating for up to nine people and is available with a choice of V-8 engines that feature fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology that shuts down four cylinders under light loads. The Yukon XL is closely related to its GM cousin, the Chevrolet Suburban. Both compete against the Ford Expedition EL.
New for 2013
The Yukon XL now offers engine braking on grades without having to use the Tow/Haul mode.
Exterior
The Yukon XL has integrated running boards, and Denali versions have a number of features that distinguish them from other models, including a chrome honeycomb grille and 20-inch wheels.

The Yukon XL measures about 20 inches longer than the regular Yukon, at 222.4 inches long, with a width of 79.1 inches. Exterior features include:

  • Standard power heated side mirrors
  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 20- and 22-inch wheels optional
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional power-retractable running boards
  • Optional power sunroof

Interior
High-quality fixtures include flush-mounted controls, low-gloss materials and chrome instrument surrounds. For maximum seating capacity, the Yukon XL can have three rows of seats to accommodate up to nine occupants. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Standard satellite radio
  • Standard Bose stereo 
  • Cloth or leathe...
Vehicle Overview

GMC's Yukon XL is the brand's flagship SUV, available in half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) versions and a top-of-the-line Denali trim. The Yukon XL offers seating for up to nine people and is available with a choice of V-8 engines that feature fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology that shuts down four cylinders under light loads. The Yukon XL is closely related to its GM cousin, the Chevrolet Suburban. Both compete against the Ford Expedition EL.
New for 2013
The Yukon XL now offers engine braking on grades without having to use the Tow/Haul mode.
Exterior
The Yukon XL has integrated running boards, and Denali versions have a number of features that distinguish them from other models, including a chrome honeycomb grille and 20-inch wheels.

The Yukon XL measures about 20 inches longer than the regular Yukon, at 222.4 inches long, with a width of 79.1 inches. Exterior features include:

  • Standard power heated side mirrors
  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 20- and 22-inch wheels optional
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional power-retractable running boards
  • Optional power sunroof

Interior
High-quality fixtures include flush-mounted controls, low-gloss materials and chrome instrument surrounds. For maximum seating capacity, the Yukon XL can have three rows of seats to accommodate up to nine occupants. Interior features include:

  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Standard satellite radio
  • Standard Bose stereo 
  • Cloth or leather-appointed seats
  • Available integrated backup camera in rearview mirror
  • Available heated/cooled front seats
  • Available DVD entertainment system

Under the Hood
The Yukon XL is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. The Yukon XL Denali can have a permanent all-wheel-drive system that's distinct from the available part-time four-wheel drive on regular models.

An available integrated trailer brake controller option provides proper brake-force signaling to a trailer's brake systems. A heavy-duty Trailering Package is also available. Yukon XL 2500 models replace the five-link coil-spring rear suspension with heavy-duty multileaf springs. A hydraulic brake booster in the 2500 model supplements the braking system with additional pressure.

When properly equipped, the 2500 model can tow up to 9,600 pounds; 1500 models can tow a maximum of 8,100 pounds. Mechanical features include:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Flex-fuel 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque and fuel-saving cylinder deactivation (1500)
  • Flex-fuel 352-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 382 pounds-feet of torque (2500)
  • Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque (1500)
  • Optional load-leveling rear suspension
  • Optional Off-Road Suspension Package

Safety
Safety options include a blind spot warning system and rear parking sensors. Standard safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control 
  • Recovery hooks

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great used car in great shape.

by Jeff M from Charlotte, NC on September 29, 2018

Very roomy and comfortable. Plenty of let room in the back for adults and kids. Lots of power for towing and hauling and s very smooth ride. Read full review

(5.0)

This car looks like a Presidential fleet car

by Pamalamb from Denton on September 19, 2018

This vehicle is a perfect car for kids. Lots of room and storage with 2 DVD monitors. Long trips no problem. Very comfortable with a lot of upgrade. Heated seat and STEERING wheel for those cold ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 GMC Yukon XL currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 GMC Yukon XL has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by GMC
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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