2013 GMC Yukon XL Reliability - Consumer Reports
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.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Yukon XL to be much less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on data from similar models from the GMC brand such as the Yukon which it shares powertrain and components.

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The 2013 GMC Yukon XL has been recalled 4 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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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Recalls
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AIR BAGS
Feb 05, 2021
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2014 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of AL, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, SC, TX, PR, AS, GU, the MP, and VI or "Zone A." Additionally GM is recalling certain 2011-2014 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, Yukon, Yukon XL and 2011-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of AZ, AR, DE, DC, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, and WV or "Zone B." Additionally, GM is recalling certain 2010-2014 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 2500, Sierra 3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL and 2010-2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of AK, CO, CT, ID, IA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, ND, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WY or "Zone C." These vehicles are equipped with non-desiccated passenger frontal inflators containing phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant. These inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate one, free of charge. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk are expected to be mailed beginning March 1, 2021. Second notification letters will be mailed once the remedy is available. Owner notification letters were mailed on May 11, 2021. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020; Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006; and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N212328800.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V054000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1778128
AIR BAGS
Feb 05, 2021
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500/3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500/3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." Additionally, GM is recalling certain 2010 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500/3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500/3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." Additionally, GM is recalling certain 2009 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500/3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500/3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or "Zone C."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate one, free of charge. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk are expected to be mailed beginning March 1, 2021. Second notification letters will be mailed once the remedy is available. Owner notification letters were mailed on May 11, 2021. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006; Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020; and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is N212328790.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V053000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 692526
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Oct 01, 2014
If the module experiences an electrical short, the vehicle could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module, free of charge. The recall began on December 26, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM¿s number for this recall is 14515.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V614000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 106307
POWER TRAIN, STEERING
Jan 02, 2013
As a result, the vehicle may shift from Park with the ignition key removed or the ignition key in the OFF position. The vehicle may also shift out of Park without application of the brake pedal while the key is off. Either of these scenarios may cause the vehicle to roll away after the driver has exited the vehicle, resulting in a possible vehicle crash and/or injury.
Summary:
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon, and Yukon XL vehicles, manufactured between November 7, 2012, through December 18, 2012, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect", and FMVSS No. 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention." The vehicles may have been built with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and replace the steering column as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on January 21, 2013. Chevrolet owners may call 1-800-630-2438. Cadillac owners may call 1-866-982-2339. GMC owners may call 1-866-996-9463.
For more information:
General Motors' number for this recall is 12331.Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 54686
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