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2001 GMC Yukon Review
Big performance, big luxury.
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The 2001 GMC Yukon has come a long way from the days when air-conditioning was not always a standard feature. A redesign in 2000 allowed it to retain the strong performance, while retaining a level of luxury that was normally only available on the higher end models. The lower-price SLE with only standard equipment is a luxurious, comfortable sport utility vehicle (SUV). The higher-end Denali adds even more luxury features to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of passengers. Rounded out with a plethora of safety features, it's closer to a higher-end passenger car in terms of standard equipment than an average SUV.
The 2001 GMC Yukon gets luxury that has a greater emphasis, but the automaker has not neglected performance in the process. All three engine options offer a powerful ride. With solid handling and a four-wheel-drive system, the Yukon puts its power to good use, allowing it to ably maneuver on roadways or off road.
Engines: 4.8-liter eight-cylinder, 5.3-liter eight-cylinder, 6.0-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: GMC Yukon SLE, GMC Yukon Denali
The 2001 GMC Yukon does not have any significant changes since the extensive redesign in 2000. The SLT model is replaced by the Denali, an upscale version that comes with a standard six-liter, eight-cylinder engine.
The 2001 GMC Yukon is 198.5 inches long and has a wheelbase of 116 inches, which makes it a larger-sized SUV. Standard features include chrome bumpers and trailer wiring.
The 2001 GMC Yukon is spacious and luxurious on the inside. Even the SLE comes with power seats, power heated mirrors, power locks, one-touch power windows, cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning, air filtration, AM/FM radio, and a CD player as standard equipment. The higher-end Denali adds to that standard equipment list with leather seating, a heated driver’s seat, trip computer, Bose audio speakers, and dual-zone audio.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 GMC Yukon is a solid performing vehicle across the board. The 4.8-liter, eight-cylinder base engine gives it decent acceleration on roadways and allows it to get through difficult terrain off road. The 5.3-liter, eight-cylinder and six-liter, eight-cylinder engines further improve upon this. Four-wheel drive gives good traction in less ideal conditions, and when equipped, it offers the option of an Off Road Drive package that adds skid plates and an air filter to further improve off-road performance. Maneuverability is the Yukon’s weakest point. While it is not a difficult vehicle to handle, it might feel a little sluggish to drivers coming from smaller, more agile vehicles. However, SUV drivers should not notice a great difference compared to similar-sized vehicles.
The 2001 GMC Yukon comes equipped with dual-front airbags, side-curtain airbags, child safety seat anchors, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and an engine mobilize as standard equipment. Traction control is available as an optional feature.
EPA Fuel Economy
GMC Yukon 4.8-liter, four-wheel drive: 12/16 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon 5.3-liter, two-wheel drive: 13/16 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon 5.3-liter, four-wheel drive: 12/15 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon 6.0-liter, four-wheel drive: 11/15 mpg city/highway
- Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes
- Four-wheel drive option
- Powerful eight-cylinder engine
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