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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 2003 GMC Yukon XL

  • One of our favorite SUVs thanks to strong engines, functionality and features.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Huge interior space, strong V8-engine lineup, Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system, extensive list of available features.

  • Cons

    Some cheap interior materials considering the price, questionable build quality.

  • What's New for 2003

    The Yukon XL gains numerous functional enhancements for 2003. The Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system is now available on 3/4-ton models for increased maneuverability and better stability when towing, while 1/2-ton versions now offer the Stabilitrak stability control system. Also this year, buyers get a choice of two new optional exterior mirrors: a multifunction power fold-away version with puddle lamps and integrated turn signal lights or extended camper mirrors that are also power foldable. The interior gets numerous upgrades that include tri-zone climate control, an enhanced driver-information center and a redesigned center console and instrument panel. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are now optional, as are second-row captain's chairs and power adjustable pedals. A revised lineup of entertainment options offers buyers a Bose audio system as well as XM Satellite Radio and a DVD-based entertainment system. Finally, for increased safety, the Yukon XL now features a standard front-passenger-sensing system, dual-stage airbags and three point seatbelts for all positions in the first and second rows.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Transmission trouble

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I have had my 2003 yukon xl 2wd for five and a half years.I bought it used with 22000 miles on it.It now has 103000 miles. At 65000 miles the transmission went out,a $2200 repair. At 77000 miles the instrument cluster lost gauge function one by one,this is a recalled issue up to 75000miles. The dealer wanted $800 to repair it.I purchased a used repaired one on ebay for $150. At 90000 miles the transmission went out again,another $1800 for repair. The power window motor went out on passenger side,drivers side is now moving slowly,so if I do it myself $300 repair. It seats 9,handles mountian roads great,but repair costs has lost my faith in GM. Save up for repair costs,you may need it.




03 yukon xl

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

Rides very well. 5.3 is slightly lacking in power, but good enough to tow a 3000 lb boat. Only problem has been tire wear due to previous owner not rotating tires. According to our tire dealer, these wear tires very quickly if not rotated every 6k miles. My wife gets 18 mpg on the highway and 15 in town. I get 16.5 on the highway. Overall, very satisfied.




A monday yuke

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

Must have been built on a Monday. Battery dead on third day. The two front wheel caps weren't aligned with the wheels. Hung a coat on rear coat hook, and it pulled out of the ceiling. Check master cylinder, and check stabilitrack messages. All within first 1500 miles. Engine makes a soft rattling noise like a bearing is off, but fortunately, the GMC service person assures me GMC designs the engines to make rattling noises, so guess I'll turn up the XM radio and relax. Except for the disturbing noise that can only be heard by me, GMC has fixed everything else under warranty. It's not that it's a lemon. I actually like the thing. I'm just disappointed with initial quality control.




Best choice for family travel

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

We love our Yukon XL. This is our fourth one. We've owned a '99, '01, '03 Yukon, and this one - the XL. Traded the shorty two months later for the longer wheel base. It has a smooth, quiet ride. Dependable. It feels safe on the freeways, and handles very well for large vehicle. I wish there was a way to get better "in town" gas mileage - avg 14 mpg. Highway gets 20 mpg. It pulled our RV with little effort - never knew it was there! We love the large cargo area. It hauls luggage, bikes, and anything else you need. I highly recommend SLT model - all the bells and whistles are fantastic.




We love our yukon xl

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

This is a great vehicle. We upgraded from the shorter older bodystyle Tahoe. I have 3 girls and it is a peice of mind that my family is riding in safety. I love the all the gizmos and gadgets like heated seats/steering controls and Onstar. I love how the Radio stations are set to each driver! My wife drives is most of the time and I know my family is ALWAYS safe! Don't skimp on the Envoy XL if you have a family of 4 or more, pricewise, you are not far from the Yukon XL, Get It !




The yukon experience

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE Rwd 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

The Yukon xl is an awesome vehichle. It has power yet looks awesome and rides like a dream. I hauled three kids and a wife pulling a sixteen foot flatbed from mccomb ms. to mobile alabama last weekend and it was an awesome tripin the yukon xl.



Full 2003 GMC Yukon XL Review

What's New for 2003

The Yukon XL gains numerous functional enhancements for 2003. The Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system is now available on 3/4-ton models for increased maneuverability and better stability when towing, while 1/2-ton versions now offer the Stabilitrak stability control system. Also this year, buyers get a choice of two new optional exterior mirrors: a multifunction power fold-away version with puddle lamps and integrated turn signal lights or extended camper mirrors that are also power foldable. The interior gets numerous upgrades that include tri-zone climate control, an enhanced driver-information center and a redesigned center console and instrument panel. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are now optional, as are second-row captain's chairs and power adjustable pedals. A revised lineup of entertainment options offers buyers a Bose audio system as well as XM Satellite Radio and a DVD-based entertainment system. Finally, for increased safety, the Yukon XL now features a standard front-passenger-sensing system, dual-stage airbags and three point seatbelts for all positions in the first and second rows.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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