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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 11/15 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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Great s u v

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

love my Denali i am approaching 167K i only replaced the fuel pump this year i had it for 7 years, i put new tires 3 years ago




3 strikes and now what?

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

I loved my truck and for a house full of boys it is great. But why have we replaced the fuel pump system 3 times and now it has failed AGAIN? 1st in July 2008, then again in January 2009, then again in July 2009 and now just shy of a year it goes out again!




A great vehicle with over

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

I have over 100k miles and still have yet to have the first problem. The tires last to about 50k miles, it tows like a mule and rides very comfortably. It still idles like it was new; you can't tell it's running. GM did a good job with this machine!




Gm maintains its un-reliable reputation

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

Four years is all I could tolerate with this beast. Yes, it has tons of room and a lot of nice luxury features. However, regular major breakdowns and frustratingly fragile parts has me switching to Ford for my future vehicles. The transmission has had two major failures and another one is eminent. Fuel pump, water pump, various electrical glitches also frustrate. We bought it used but 60,000 miles later I'll probably have to give it away...




A real suv that can

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

I am approaching 140k miles on my Denali. It's a great truck with a great motor and trans with 0 issues to date. Is it perfect? No. Yes, you'll do wheel hubs anywhere from 40k onward. Big deal, I don't fret about a bearing. All vehicles have these types of issues. Right now, toyota can't seem to get a gas pedal to work. The steering column rattle I had replaced under a GM pilot part program. Same with my diesel truck. It's been flawless since. GM large SUV's and trucks share the same parts and platforms. People forget how much this truck really weighs and what it can do and that wearing parts don't last forever.




Nightmare for life

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD 4dr SUV (6.0L 8cyl 4A)

We bought this vehicle new trading in a great Tahoe. I have owned everything from a Rover to Benz and this has been the worst ever!!! Every part of the driveline has been replaced and it has never been offroad. The electronics are a joke. Memory seats that don't work to a radio that won't turn off. Replacement of the instrament cluster (which GM now recog. as a known issue). Steering shaft problems (known issue to GM). You name it. NEVER AGAIN!



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.

Talk About The 2003 Yukon XL

Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 11
  • cty
/
  • 15
  • highway
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