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GMC Yukon XL Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.0 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 320 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 10/14 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 GMC Yukon XL

  • Not the biggest full-size SUV, but in terms of horsepower, functionality and features, easily the best.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Unmatched interior space, strong V8-engine lineup, extensive list of available features.

  • Cons

    Interior fit-and-finish concerns, still too similar to the Chevy Suburban.

  • What's New for 2002

    Three-quarter-ton models equipped with the 8100 V8 get the new 4L85 heavy-duty transmission, while the previous 4L80 version also gets upgraded with more durable internal parts. A more efficient starter and a stronger steering gear housing have also been added to all gas engines along with flexible fuel capability for the 5300 V8.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (16 total reviews)


Poor reliability - poor service

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

A few months after purchasing the SUV new started having transmission problems. Dealer was never able to diognose and fix the problems. I take it back to the dealer and sometimes they work on it but never succesfully. Also had to have both front wheel bearings replaced. I lost confidence on GM's quality of their presumably best products, the dealers ability to diagnose and repair correctly and in good faith.




Great suv

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

Traded in our 99 Suburban for this car. All I can say is that this is the best SUV on the market. You can comfortably drive all the way to Canada From Texas, or pull a good size trailer, or even pull someome out of a ditch. It does everything superbly. Itevens handles deer remarkably well. We hit one near San Angelo going 70 and the massive bumper stopped the deer from damaging much. All that suffered was the grill and turn signal. I would definitly buy one again.




Like a luxury sedan

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

The main feature of a Yukon Denali XL is its size, which is very comodious. We've taken trips of 400+ miles with six people and all their gear, including Christmas presents, and not filled the cargo area yet. The seats are comfortable with plenty of variation in lumbar and thigh support and lots of legroom. Other very surprising positives are the handling and ride, which are like a luxury passenger car.




Goodbye dodge durango...hello gmc yukon!

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

As a previous owner of a 99 Durango with all the toys. I found My 02 Denali XL to be more enjoyable to drive. The fuel milage was the same with the 6 liter Yukon as it was with my much smaller 5.2 liter Durango. The ride is super and I love my Yukon from the roomy trunk to the leather interior with the Bose audio system, all the way up to the 6 liter engine that pulls my ski boat with not even a wimper.




Very happy

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

No problems in 24k. Tows 5500lb trailer well. Very nimble handling for a large vehicle. Outstanding acceleration. Ride is excellent and comfortable. Tremendous difference in ride/handling from 96 & 99 Suburbans. Fuel economy 16-17hwy/12city.




End of model year has

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

Wish mine had the sunroof, but what sold me was the Zero Down, Zero Interest for 60 Months, and no payments for 90 days (2002 Yukon Models)...you can't beat that! Too bad GMC wasn't offering the same deal on 2003's, or I would have bought one of those instead. This model is rated at 12 city/15 hwy, so don't expect to save any money on your next fill up. Fortunately for me, I don't put a lot of miles on annually, so this was not a factor for me. Visibility is also excellent on this vehicle. Handling is supurb, unlike any large SUV I've driven before (had a Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD previously).



Full 2002 GMC Yukon XL Review

What's New for 2002

Three-quarter-ton models equipped with the 8100 V8 get the new 4L85 heavy-duty transmission, while the previous 4L80 version also gets upgraded with more durable internal parts. A more efficient starter and a stronger steering gear housing have also been added to all gas engines along with flexible fuel capability for the 5300 V8.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 10
  • cty
/
  • 14
  • highway
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