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2000 GMC Yukon Review
One of the better SUVs on the market.
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The 2000 GMC Yukon is completely redesigned for the 2000 model year. It was a popular vehicle for many reasons. The body is large and able to accommodate a lot of passengers. Features are great, even though the safety options are lacking a little bit. Also, the new engines and stiffer chassis make this great to drive. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the boring design and cheap interior plastic features.
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon SLE four-wheel drive, GMC Yukon SLT
The 2000 GMC Yukon is completely redesigned for the season. It is now based on the Sierra pickup and boasts new engines, a stiffer chassis for better handling, and unfortunately, less interior cargo space.
The 2000 GMC Yukon’s body is based off the Sierra pickup and because of it, has a pick-up like silhouette. It's available as a four-door SUV that measures 199 inches long and is an inch shorter than the previous model. The width and the height are about two inches larger, making the SUV sturdier on the road. Speaking of sturdier, the chassis is a lot stiffer, which aids in handling.
The 2000 GMC Yukon comes with a choice of an aluminum liftgate or double swinging doors for cargo load in and load out. Some exterior features include a roof rack, optional moon roof, chrome bumpers, heated mirrors, and power operated mirrors.
The interior of the 2000 GMC Yukon is larger than in previous years and is able to carry up to nine passengers when properly configured. The front, middle, and rear seating can hold three passengers; however, bucket seats are available for the front and center aisles, cutting the passenger capacity down to seven.
Although the 2000 GMC Yukon has larger room for passengers, there is less cargo space available. Even with the second and third row seating removed, which GMC has made easier with rolling wheels, cargo area is still cut down by 10 cubic feet. One disappointing feature is the cheap plastic materials. While all the other bits and bobs scream passenger luxury, the sea of cheap plastic materials can have consumers seriously considering getting the upper-class Denali limited edition, even with its hefty price tag.
The 2000 GMC Yukon is equipped with standard features such as keyless entry, lighted entry system, an overhead console, tachometer, cloth seating, front split bench seating, power driver’s seat, power passenger’s seat, power steering, remote trunk release, tilt steering wheel, leather steering wheel trim, power windows, privacy glass, power door locks, an auto-dim rear view mirror, and an AM/FM CD audio system. Optional features include an upgraded audio system, leather seating, universal garage door opener, power moonroof, optional third row seating, bucket seating, a rear heater, and automatic climate control.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 GMC Yukon comes equipped with two engines choices; the base model comes with a 4.8-liter, V-8 engine that produces 275 horsepower, while a bigger, 5.3-liter displacement V-8 is available that produces 285 horsepower. Both engine models utilize a four-speed automatic transmission.
The 2000 GMC Yukon is available as a two- or four-wheel drive model. The four-wheel-drive models have an available AutoTrac system that engages the four-wheel drive in certain driving situations automatically. The chassis is much stiffer this year, which aids in keeping the ride smooth and comfortable. Steering is a breeze with speed proportional power steering, which adjusts the tension in the steering wheel according to how fast consumers are driving. An offroad suspension package that is more forgiving in bumpy situations and a towing package that allows consumers to drag up to 8,800 pounds is also available.
The GMC Yukon comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lamps, driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, and front side airbags. The NHTSA gave four out of five stars for driver and passenger safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Better drivetrains for 2000
- Larger interior
- New third-row seating
You Won't Like
- Ho-hum styling
- Cheap interior materials
One of the better SUVs on the market.
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