2004 GMC Yukon XL 1500

  • 2004 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Base Utility

    Base Utility

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    • ENGINE
      5.3L V8
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  • 2004 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali Utility

    Denali Utility

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V8
    • MSRP
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2004 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Review

A powerful engine and plenty of interior space, but priced a little higher than similarly equipped competitors.

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The 2004 GMC Yukon XL 1500 represents part of a series of full-size, four-door SUVs nearly identical to Chevrolet’s Suburban line, except for the high-end Denali from the 1500 size. The Yukon comes in three sizes: 1500, 2500, and 3500 which mark the half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one-ton versions respectively.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8 flex fuel, six-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLT 4x2, GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLT 4x4, GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 4x2, GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLE 4x4, GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali 4x4

What's New

For 2004 the GMC Yukon XL 1500 receives Hydroboost and a tire pressure monitor.


The 2004 GMC Yukon 1500 has a large body almost identical to the half-ton Suburban outside of the front GMC logo. The Denali shows a number of exterior upgrades, including a more attractive grille area and other details. Some of the exterior features include standard heated door mirrors, standard turn signal indicators on the mirrors of the Denali (optional on other models), a standard trailer hitch on the Denali (optional on other models), optional skid plates on the SLE and SLT, and standard power door mirrors on all models. Fully automatic headlights, fog lights, and rear window wipers provide standard features, and all models have alloy wheels.


The Yukon 1500 has three rows of seats which can be configured several different ways. All versions, except the Denali, come with three three-seat benches. The Denali comes with two front bucket seats and the back has two rows of bench seats to accommodate eight. The Denali replaces the middle bench seat for two more bucket seats for an addition cost for a seating capacity of seven. The other two trims have the option of switching out the front and middle rows for bucket seats as well. All Yukon 1500s can remove the rear and middle seats for additional cargo space. With these rows removed the Yukon XL has a cargo capacity of 131.6 cubic feet. With all seats in place the Yukon XL has 46 cubic feet in the back.

The 2004 GMC Yukon XL 1500 includes a range of optional and standard features. Standard features on all models include air-conditioning, power front windows, keyless remote entry, tilt steering, an auto-dimming rear window, fully automatic headlights, front fog lights, a rear window defroster, outside temperature display, a low tire pressure warning system, a power driver’s seat, a leather steering wheel, and a CD and cassette player.

Additional standard features for the Denali include steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, rear audio controls, automatic temperature control, an emergency communication system, adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, and a trip computer. Options for the Denali only include a remote CD player and a navigation system.

Performance & Handling

The base Yukon XL 1500 contains a 5.3-liter V-8 with 295 hp that uses either regular gas or flex fuel. The Denali gets a 325-hp, six-liter V-8. All models use a four-speed automatic transmission. The Denali has permanent four-wheel drive. Other trims come standard with rear drive and optional Autotrac four-wheel drive which turns on automatically when it senses slippage. All models have a standard front-wheel independent suspension and touring suspension. Auto-leveling suspension is optional on the SLT, standard on the Denali, and unavailable on the SLE.

Both of the engine options for the 2004 GMC Yukon XL 1500 accelerate well for a full-size SUV, especially the Denali. They provide a comfortable ride in most driving situations but can be difficult to maneuver in traffic and more difficult to park in tight spots. Steering feels comfortable and all models feel easy to drive despite the awkwardness of maneuvering.


Standard safety features on all of the 2004 GMC Yukon XL 1500 trims include dual front-impact airbags with a passenger-sensing occupant airbag, ABS brakes, an engine immobilizer, and a panic alarm and security system. Stability control, dual-front side-impact airbags and traction control come standard on the Denali and remain optional on other models.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Yukon XL 1500: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Interior space
  • Feel of steering
  • Easy to drive
  • Luxury features of Denali

You Won't Like

  • Maneuvering in traffic
  • Rear visibility
  • Getting in and out
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Priced higher than most competitors

Sum Up

A powerful engine and plenty of interior space, but priced a little higher than similarly equipped competitors.

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