The Yukon XL 2500 models changed their name from the Suburban in 2000. Since this name change, the Yukon has continued to enjoy success in the U.S. and is expected to be a best-seller in the crowded and competitive SUV segment.
The 2001 Yukon XL 2500 is one of the best full-size SUVs on the market. The three-quarter ton Yukon XL 2500 is in the middle of this lineup in terms of size. Its slightly lighter, half-ton sibling is known as the Yukon XL 1500, while the largest and most powerful of the three is the Yukon XL 3500. The Yukon XL 2500 seats up to nine passengers, with a choice of seating configurations. Towing capacity, when properly equipped, is an impressive 12,000 pounds, which is more than enough to take that boat down to the lake. While that is quite a heavy trailer to tow, the powerful Yukon XL 2500 can do it without trouble.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8, 8.1-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLE, GMC Yukon XL 2500 SLT
Models equipped with an 8.1-liter V-8 come with a new transmission, the 4L85. The earlier 4L80 is upgraded with new, higher-quality internal parts. All gasoline engines come equipped with new, more efficient starters and a better gear housing.
The 2001 Yukon XL 2500 comes in two trim levels, the SLE and the SLT. Both are four-door SUVs with a bold exterior design. Standard features include variable intermittent wipers, one rear wiper, a rear defogger, a roof rack, privacy glass, chrome-finish bumpers, a rear liftgate door, a trailer hitch, an engine hour meter, trailer wiring, and a matching, full-size spare tire. It comes with mounted 16-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires.
The Yukon XL 2500 comes with a nice list of standard features, such as power mirrors, power steering, power locks, cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning, front door pockets, retained accessory power, a leather steering wheel, premium cloth seats, rear ventilation ducts, a center storage console, tilt steering, and six-way power seats for both passenger and driver. Also included on the 2500 models are heated mirrors, remote door locks, and lumbar support for the passenger’s and driver’s seats.
The in-car entertainment consists of a nine-speaker system and an AM/FM, in-dash, single CD player stereo with speed-sensitive volume control.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 GMC Yukon XL 2500 has a choice of engines, while the 1500 model only has one option. Buyers can choose between an 8.1-liter V-8 producing 340 horsepower (hp) with 455 lb-ft of torque and a 6.0-liter V-8 producing 320 hp. The smaller half-ton model has the 5.3-liter V-8, which generates 285 hp with 325 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.
The suspension setup is excellent. With an independent front torsion bar and five-link rear setup with coil springs, it ensures a very fulfilling, high-quality ride. An optional trailer package will add higher-rate springs, along with retuned shocks made especially for hauling heavy loads.
As a family vehicle, the GMC Yukon XL 2500 has many standard safety features, including an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), dual front side-mounted airbags, rear child safety door locks, a remote anti-theft system, child seat anchors, and fog lights. The vehicle also comes with traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and an engine immobilizer.
EPA Fuel Economy
GMC Yukon XL 2500: N/A
- V-8 engine power
- Unmatched interior room
- Feature list is extensive
You Won't Like
- Interior finish concerns
- Resemblance to the old Suburban
Nothing better for hauling a pack of kids, a giant boat, and more.
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