2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500

  • 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Base Utility

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      5.3L V8
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  • 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali Utility

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      6.0L V8
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2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Review

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The GMC Yukon XL 1500 is the new name for the Suburban, since it retired in 2000, and early GMC Suburban owners may recognize the familiarity. This rugged, durable, and capable SUV is also long lasting and has been popular since debuting in 1936. Anyone needing a heavy-duty hauler, tower, or passenger-carrier should find the 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 a perfect fit.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon XL1500 SLE, GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali

What's New

The 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 gets a new transmission, the 4L85, while the earlier 4L80 gets an upgrade on inner parts. Meanwhile, all gas engines get starters that are more efficient.


The 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 is a rugged, four-door SUV that has a commanding presence on the road. The exterior design portrays strength and toughness, and standard features in the SLE include trailer wiring, a trailer hitch, engine hour meter, one rear wiper, and roof rack. Also included are privacy glass, a matching full-size spare tire, rear liftgate door, variable intermittent wipers, chrome finish bumpers, a rear defogger, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Denali adds bigger alloy 17-inch wheels and a transmission fluid cooler, and the elegant body paint colors include Garnet Red Metallic, Summit White, Pewter Metallic, Polo Green Metallic, and Onyx Black.


The 2002 Yukon XL 1500 is loaded with features. Some of the interior aspects that are standard include height-adjustable seats, lumbar support for the passenger and driver’s seat, remote power locks, power mirrors, premium cloth seats, and heated mirrors. It also includes cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning, cargo net, rear ventilation ducts, center storage console, front door pockets, retained accessory power, power steering, tilt steering wheel, interior air filtration, rear and front reading lights, and leather steering wheel. The Denali adds a trip computer, leather seats, and loads of wood trim throughout the cabin. The SLE has a nine-speaker AM/FM stereo with a single CD player, while the Denali has an eleven-speaker system that has a six-disc CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 is powered by a 5.3-liter V-8 that produces 285 horsepower with 325 lb-ft torque. A new heavy-duty transmission is available, which is a 4L85 four-speed that comes standard with the 8.1-liter engines. The stronger, four-speed 4L80 is standard on models with the six-liter engines. A five-link, rear coil-spring setup and an independent front suspension torsion bar situate inside to give the driver the most satisfying ride possible. The three-quarter-tons have the exact setup, with the addition of two-stage leaf springs to retain heavy load capacity with an added trailering package that will let it tow heavier loads. The package includes retuned shocks and higher-rate springs.


The 2002 GMC Yukon XL 1500 has numerous safety features that include an anti-theft system, anti-lock brake system, dual side airbags, rear child safety door locks, fog lights, and an engine immobilizer. The NHTSA rated the XL four stars for front crash testing, as well as for passenger and driver protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Yukon XL 1500 Base SLE: 13/17 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali: 10/14 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-8 engine
  • Unbeatable interior space
  • Available feature list widespread

You Won't Like

  • Interior finish concerns
  • Similarity to Suburban

Sum Up

One of the biggest and best.

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