This extended-length version of the Yukon is a sibling of the Chevrolet Suburban. It can tow a heavy trailer and swallow more cargo than most minivans, with room for up to nine occupants. The cabin is quiet, but the low third-row seat is uncomfortable. Handling is cumbersome, and the steering is vague. The 5.3-liter V8 is adequate and returned 14 mpg overall.
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    There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

    Road Test Results

    Performance
    Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
    NA
    0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
    Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
    NA
    Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
    NA
    Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
    NA
    Comfort / Convenience
    Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
    NA
    Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
    NA
    Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
    NA
    Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
    NA
    Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
    NA
    Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
    NA
    Fuel Economy & Emissions
    Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
    NA
    CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
    CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
    CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
    Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
    Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
    Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

    Owner Reports

    Worse Better
    Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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    2003
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    2020
    NA
    2021
    NA
    Reliability Trouble Spots
    Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
    Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
    Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
    Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
    Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
    Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
    Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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    Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
    Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
    Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
    Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
    Safety Equipment
    ABS standard. Side air bags standard from 2000-2002. ESC standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2008. FCW and AEB standard from 2021.
    Model Summary
    This extended-length version of the Yukon is a sibling of the Chevrolet Suburban. It can tow a heavy trailer and swallow more cargo than most minivans, with room for up to nine occupants. The cabin is quiet, but the low third-row seat is uncomfortable. Handling is cumbersome, and the steering is vague. The 5.3-liter V8 is adequate and returned 14 mpg overall. Four-wheel-drive models have a selectable full-time system that can remain engaged at all times. Side and curtain air bags are standard.
    Seating
    3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
    Drive Wheels
    4WD, AWD, Rear
    Warranty
    Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

    In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

    Read more about extended warranties
    Body Styles
    4-door SUV
    Transmissions Available
    • 6-speed Automatic
    Engines Available
    • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)
    • 6-liter V8 (352 hp)
    • 6.2-liter V8 (403 hp)

    Owner Reported Trouble Spots

    The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 GMC Yukon XL owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

    Suspension

    Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

    What Owners Say

    Electronic or air suspension

    "Airbags failed, and suspension mounts"

    Anonymous, TX (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Erratic messaging indicates a problem with suspension but dealer unable to isolate issue"

    Robert F., OH (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Power steering pumps and hoses

    "Had to replace power steering pump and hoses."

    Anonymous, (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

    "I consider a worn sway bar linkage normal after 140,000 miles"

    Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Wheel bearings

    "Did't know I had a problem until routing maintenance discovered this. I got a second opinion to confirm it and then had both of the front bearings, housings replaced."

    Anonymous, GA (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Had to replace two wheel bearings this year"

    Anonymous, ME (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "Slight noise starting from front wheel bearings. Replaced them out of caution because I am a believer in preventive maintenance. I have 140,000 miles on the vehicle and plan to put that much again on it."

    Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    Electric System

    Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

    What Owners Say

    Body control module

    "Buss fuses keep going out"

    Anonymous, CO (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Exterior lights (other than headlights)

    "Back up lights driver side"

    Anonymous, AZ (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Headlights

    "Low power of bulb"

    Anonymous, AZ (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)
    Remote engine starter

    "Works sometime"

    Anonymous, SC (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLE 5.3-L V8)
    Warning lights

    "In past 2 month have had to have the Blower module for heat/ac vents replaced, the fuel pump, and furl pump control module"

    Anonymous, CO (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    Engine Minor

    Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Engine mounts

    "Both Engine Mounts broke right as we crossed the 100k powertrain warranty period. But the car is only 3 years old"

    Craig A., TX (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Oil leaks

    "Transfer case seal leaked under warranty. It took three times to repair. The shop honored the last two fixes out of warranty since it was not fixed right the first time. Great GMC shop, Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas"

    Brian P., TX (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT)

    "Engine began leaking oil. Spent $800 to fix numerous leaks."

    Anonymous, GA (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    Fuel System

    Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

    What Owners Say

    Fuel pump

    "Vehicle shut off 2-3 times while driving. And then would not start. Had to have vehicle towed to dealership where they replaced something related to the fuel pump or related electrical component"

    Anonymous, CO (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

    "From bad fuel"

    Anonymous, NC (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    "sensor for oxegon and exhaust pressure are on constantly now and my tire gauge light is on constantly as the computer is messed up and will cost over a grand to fix for tire pressure so my mechanic says ignore the o2 thing and the exhaust pressure thing come on and off and per mechanic are not a problem just annoying. The yukon is my 3rd in a row this one is the worst but they are the best for the size but i am getting pissed at this truck and seriously considering moving to a foreign quad cab truck but need the hauling room for people too so kind of stuck"

    Anonymous, WI (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.2-L V8)

    Engine Major

    Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

    What Owners Say

    Engine rebuild or replacement

    "The engine burned oil & it melted down"

    Anonymous, NY (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali)

    "After starting the engine rattled and made loud noises. A piston broke, so I replaced the engine."

    Anonymous, MO (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Head gasket

    "Threw a gasket / piston at 125k and had to spend 3 k to get engine rebuilt my mechanic said this is common on yukon / tahoe i think its bullshit but this is the only vehicle big enough and rides good enough for my work"

    Anonymous, WI (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 6.2-L V8)

    Paint/Trim

    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

    What Owners Say

    Loose exterior trim or moldings

    "The moling on the top of the Yukon by the luggage rack came unglued"

    Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT)
    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

    "Clear coat has failed. Will have to be stripped to bare metal and repainted."

    Anonymous, TN (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)

    "The trim on the door panels has developed a rusty appearance on the very top"

    Robert S., CA (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    Brakes

    Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

    What Owners Say

    Calipers

    "one of the rear calipers became frozen"

    Anonymous, IL (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali 6.2-L V8)
    Normal routine brake wear

    "Dealer told me they needed to be replaced. I wasn't experiencing any noticeable problems with them, but I trust my dealer & the vehicle had over 100,000 miles at the time."

    Anonymous, KS (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    Transmission Major

    Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

    What Owners Say

    Transmission rebuild or replacement

    "Noticed transmission fluid leak. Seal replaced by dealer. Next week while in a remote location, back road, 2' snow, 26F, tranny gave out completely. Utilized ONSTAR for wrecker"

    David B., FL (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    "The transmission went out while under warranty. Towed to nearest dealer who took a month to rebuild it. We were 1000 miles from home. Rented a van to go home. Took a jet back to pick it up. Even though repair was covered I had over $1000 in expenses"

    David B., FL (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    In-car Electronics

    CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

    What Owners Say

    Display screen goes blank

    "the screen has gone blank. i shut car off & restarted later. screen returned. I did the same when it froze up & it cam back on. I have also had a brake system light go on & off. I asked dealer repair shop to replace the complete system, but they would not. They said a re-set was enough. I have read that this is an ongoing issue with these cars."

    Anonymous, AR (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    Climate System

    Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

    What Owners Say

    Automatic climate control

    "The temp not resonding to changes made on the cimate control. Whether its cold or hot air, a change in the opposite direction will sometimes not happen and you have to make vey large adjustments then trm it back when it finally does respond"

    Daniel C., NJ (2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT 5.3-L V8)

    Body Hardware

    Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

    What Owners Say

    Locks and latches

    "Had to replace passenger door handle after it become inoperable"

    Anonymous, LA (2013 GMC Yukon XL Denali Unsure)

    Transmission Minor

    Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

    Power Equipment

    Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

    Engine Cooling

    Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

    Drive System

    Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

    Body Integrity

    Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

    Exhaust

    Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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