2002 GMC Yukon

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      6.0L V8
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2002 GMC Yukon Review

Easy driving comfort in SUV form.

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The 2002 GMC Yukon has a roomy interior with ample space for seven occupants. Strong V-8 engines provide lots of power. It's versatile and appeals to families with active lifestyles with two trim levels available: base SLE or upper-level Denali. The SLE comes with a 4.8-liter V-8, alloy wheels, rear and front air-conditioning, and darkly tinted glass. Despite a full-scale status, it provides a nice highway ride while staying manageable in tight quarters. If seeking a versatile SUV, it will be hard to beat.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Yukon SLE, GMC Yukon Denali

What's New

The GMC Yukon upgrades include an efficient starter, durable gear housing, and child seat anchors in 2002. Otherwise, few changes came about as the Yukon heads into another year.


The 2002 GMC Yukon is much like the Tahoe except for the prominent GMC badge, which is the front grille. The four-door SUV measures 198.8 inches and rides a 116-inch wheelbase. The exterior features on both models include privacy glass, variable intermittent wipers, a roof rack, a rear defogger, engine hour meter, chrome finish bumpers, trailer wiring, and rear liftgate door. It adds a trailer hitch to its equipment list and has 17-inch alloy wheels. Several exterior body paint colors are available for further outer enhancement.


The 2002 GMC Yukon has seating for up to nine passengers, and as little as five passengers, depending on the model and configuration combination. In the front is either a three-place bench seat or bucket seats; meanwhile, all models have a middle three-place bench, and the rear holds another three-place bench in standard models. The third seat is also an option for cargo models. The middle and rear benches are removable or can fold down, while the cargo increases without the seats intact. Overall, cargo capacity is 104.6 cubic feet.

The 2002 GMC Yukon features lumbar support for front seats, height-adjustable seats, and cloth seating inside both models. Standard interior features include folding center armrest with storage, power doors, power windows, power locks, cruise control, front door pockets, power steering, interior air filtration, and leather steering wheel. Both Yukon models also have electrochromatic rearview mirrors, illuminating dual vanity mirrors, low fuel warning, eternal temperature display, and a nine-speaker AM/FM radio with single in-dash CD-player.

The 2002 GMC Denali model adds heated passenger seats, leather seating, reclining rear seats, and steering wheel audio controls. There is simulated wood trim on doors, dash, and center console, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A universal remote transmitter is also included for opening garage doors and setting security systems. It gets an eleven-speaker six-CD player with one subwoofer and separate rear audio controls.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 GMC Yukon is powered by a standard 4.8-liter V-8 that generates 275 horsepower. An optional 5.3-liter V-8 engine is available, and the Denali has a six-liter V-8 that produces 320 hp. It comes with a four-wheel-drive automatically engaging system or a rear-drive system. All models come with an automatic four-speed transmission. Handling and performance is fair, but it's as expected in an automobile of this stature. Moreover, towing capacity is 7800 pounds when properly equipped.


The 2002 GMC Yukon is equipped with standard features such as anti-lock brakes, side airbags, child seat anchors, height-adjustable headrests, child safety locks, and anti-theft system.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Yukon SLE: 13/18 mpg city/highway
GMC Yukon Denali: 10/14 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior
  • Numerous standard features
  • Powerful V-8

You Won't Like

  • Similarity to Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Interior finish concerns

Sum Up

Easy driving comfort in SUV form.

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