2000 GMC Yukon XL 2500

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2000 GMC Yukon XL 2500 Review

Redesigned with more power and size for the entire family.

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Overall, drivers are very receptive to the improvements made in the 2000 GMC Yukon XL 2500 inspired by previous models of the Chevrolet Suburban. The increased power and cabin room in the Yukon XL makes it an ideal choice for taking the boat or family out for a weekend trip. It’s slightly too large to be a capable off-roading vehicle but the Yukon XL is equipped to handle light excursions or long trips. The improved suspension provides a smooth ride, and there are many large families and blue-collar workers that believe several of the benefits provided by the Yukon XL outweigh the poor mileage of this heavy-duty SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size SUV
Engines: 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLE, GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLT

What's New

The entire Yukon XL brand was a new release for the 2000 year. This heavy-duty SUV is a comprehensive redesign of the Chevrolet Suburban offered the year before. GMC’s main focus for the Yukon XL was mainly comfort upgrades and mechanical upgrades. New items include a surround-sound system with nine speakers, a subwoofer, and a CD player; a center console with four cup holders; a storage compartment that can lock; and an array of driver gauges. The coil-spring rear suspension and Autoride damping suspension system in this vehicle are new as well.


Overall, the exterior design of the 2000 Yukon XL 2500 is quite similar to the Chevrolet Suburban. These vehicles can come equipped with rear and side steps, roof rails, heat-reflective glass, trailer towing preparation, and daytime running lights. This heavy-duty SUV has body side molding, front and rear body-colored bumpers, luxury trim, and tinted glass on the outside. The 2000 Yukon XL 25000 also has halogen bulb headlights and body-colored heated mirrors on the doors. One of the criticisms of the Yukon XL is its conservative exterior design.


There is more interior space available in the 2000 Yukon XL than previous SUVs. The increased height of the SUV provides more legroom and headroom for passengers inside. There are three rows of seats available for up to nine passengers in this heavy-duty SUV. There is even more space available when the third-row seat or one of its halves is folded down or removed from the vehicle. A 4x8 sheet of plywood can fit in the back of this SUV once the third-row seat and second-row seat have been removed. There is mostly plastic molding for the interior of the base SLE. GMC focuses on making the seating more comfortable for the 2000 Yukon XL models as well.

Performance & Handling

The heavy-duty Yukon XL features a 6.0-liter, Vortec, V-8 engine that has an output of around 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. This is the perfect vehicle for towing the boat or hosting a family outing at the state park, beach, or camp site. The 6.0-liter engine for the Yukon XL has a maximum towing capacity of 10,500 pounds. The 2000 Yukon XL models have the option for four-wheel drive that is accompanied by AutoTrac, an internal system that sends power to the rear wheels once it detects slippage. The Yukon XL also has the optional feature of Autoride suspension, an internal system that adjusts the shocks in order to optimize damping. The smoother ride provided by the redesigned suspension is one of the improvements in the 2000 Yukon XL 2500.


The 2000 GMC Yukon XL 2500 receives four stars for driver and passenger front safety from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. This full-size SUV comes equipped with front side airbags, fog lights, driver and passenger front airbags, daytime running lights, and four-wheel ABS. GMC also redesigns the frame in order to help improve driver and passenger safety. The body and chassis of the SUV is 23 percent stiffer and the suspension modifications improve responsiveness and handling in the 2000 Yukon XL, as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Yukon XL 2500, 6.0-liter V-8: 13/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Provides ample space for nine people
  • Leather interior and DVD options
  • Exceptional power and size in this 4x4 SUV
  • Ideal SUV for family outings and towing

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Larger size makes it harder to maneuver the SUV in tight spots
  • Too big to be an effective off-road vehicle

Sum Up

Redesigned with more power and size for the entire family.

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