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GMC Yukon XL Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.3 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 285 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/17 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

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Bad apple

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I bought my 2002 Yukon XL(1500 2WD) brand new. By 30k miles my transmission went out, Steering wheels went clunk. My computer chip went bad not once but twice leaving the AC and heater running at full blast throughout the day/night until killing the battery. Between 30-45k the transmission had to be completely replaced. The GMC warranty folks just wanted me to agree on a warranty to wash their hands. I asked about all these problems and they were like never heard of anything like this before. After reading some of your viewers posts I see otherwise. I now have 81000 miles on it now and the tranny seal is leaking and the warranty is over. You already know how I feel.




Best suv on the market

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

This is the best SUV on the market. Extremely reliable and confortable to drive. Purchase new in 2002 and now the odometer reads 97,000 miles. The average gas mileage is 16mpg (city and highway combined). The only mechanical problem was the steering that started to make a "clunk" noise at about 40K. Took to the dealer who repaired for about $400. Now at 97K the noise is back. Other than that no complaints. Excellent SUV, reliable and confortable to drive.




Better than i could have

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

My husband and I bought our Yukon XL last summer. We have 5 kids and are expecting our 6th in September. We upgraded from a minivan and we were so excited about having what we would call a luxury vehicle to cruise around in. Our vehicle came fully loaded and we just can't say enough about it. We have never had to do any major repairs on it expect for replacing the original alternator just this past month. I love the leather seats and the roominess. We are going to purchase a 4th row for the cargo area to accommodate our growing family. I can't say enough about this vehicle. We are going to drive, drive, drive ours until it falls apart. Even with the gas prices, it is well worth it!




2002

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I like to drive it. The power is not enough because when I want to pass people sometimes I have trouble passing them when they hit the pedal. Overall, I'm very satisfied.




Gmc yukon xl review

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I bought it new and during three years I've had only one major repair out of warranty (power steering box). After 65,000 miles it still rides great and is in excellent shape inside and out (other than normal minor paint scratches and dings). The build quality is excellent and the car is holding up very well. I have previously traded my car every three years when I get tired of them, but I want to keep my Yukon XL until the wheels fall off.




Poor performance

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Vehicle: 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 2WD 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

car needs its third time in shop for same problem of low power or skipping engine. Replaced fuel pump twice and now feels like a lemon.



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

  • 13
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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