2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500

  • 2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Base Utility

    Base Utility

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      5.3L V8
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  • 2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali Utility

    Denali Utility

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      6.0L V8
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2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Review

A roomy and powerful SUV.

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The 2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500 is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) and the twin to the Chevrolet Suburban. Production began in 1933 and from then through 1959, these were large-bodied wagons or carryall models with a front-engine rear-drive layout and later with four-wheel drive. It's now known for its roomy interior and its powerful and reliable powertrain. For 2001, GMC added the upscale Denali versions.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLT, GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE, GMC Yukon 1500 Denali

What's New

The 2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500 base and midrange models receive few changes; however, the upscale Denali versions were added to the lineup with such luxury features as standard leather upholstery, an upgraded sound system, and OnStar communication.


Though The 2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500 is the smallest of the XL lineup, it still boasts a bulky exterior with a total length of 219 inches. Exterior features include the choice of dual swing-out cargo doors or an aluminum liftgate, chrome grille, roof rack, heated door mirrors, tinted rear windows, rear defroster, and fog lights.


The 2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE models seat nine with three rows of three-seat bench seating. The SLT has two front bucket seats for eight total, and the Denali versions can be fitted with front and middle row bucket seats for seven. The Yukon XL has 46-cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 138.4 cubic feet total with the back and middle rows folded down.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500 gets a 285-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 or a 320-hp, 6.0-liter V-8. Both engines use a four-speed automatic with overdrive. The Denali version has permanent four-wheel drive and other models have optional rear drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive, which engages when extra traction is needed. Fully equipped the larger engine has a towing capacity of 12,000 pounds.


Standard safety features for the 2001 GMC Yukon XL 1500 include the required front-impact airbags, front side-impact airbags, and anti-lock brakes.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Yukon XL 1500: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine
  • Cargo space
  • Towing capacity
  • Available features
  • Standard features on the Denali versions

You Won't Like

  • Gas mileage
  • Bulky dimensions
  • Parking
  • Maneuvering urban traffic
  • Priced higher than competitors

Sum Up

A roomy and powerful SUV.

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