This full-sized SUV's virtues include its impressive trailer-towing capability and smooth, quiet ride. All three V8 engines feel strong, and the automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Two-wheel-drive models are available with traction control, while four-wheel-drive models have a selectable system with a low range. Handling is commendable for a vehicle of this size.
Alerts
There are 6 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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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.
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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).
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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).
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Owner Reports

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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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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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.
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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, available until 2006. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available in 2007, standard from 2008.
Model Summary
This full-sized SUV's virtues include its impressive trailer-towing capability and smooth, quiet ride. All three V8 engines feel strong, and the automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Two-wheel-drive models are available with traction control, while four-wheel-drive models have a selectable system with a low range. Handling is commendable for a vehicle of this size. The cabin is quiet, and an available third-row seat stretches passenger capacity to eight or nine (with front buckets or a front bench, respectively). Depending on the point of sale, the 5.3-liter engine now either meets Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) standards or can use cleaner-burning ethanol-content fuels. The top-priced Denali model offers a 6.0-liter V8, full-time AWD, active suspension damping, and a long list of luxury features, making it an alternative to the Cadillac Escalade.
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
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.8-liter V8 (275 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (285 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (320 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2002 GMC Yukon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Lost all temp controls,"

Anonymous, DE (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 4.7-L V8)

"Froze up for a second time and broke belt and tensioner"

Anonymous, (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

"Had to be replaced after failing to cool"

Anonymous, MS (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 4.7-L V8)

"Compressor froze up"

Anonymous, HI (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

"The Air Conditioner Compressor locked up at 145000 miles. At this mileage, you can pretty much expect all vehicles to develop expensive troubles. Time to look around for a new or newer Yukon or Tahoe."

Anonymous, MD (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Replacement compressor only lasted 13 months."

Lois R., HI (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"Refrigerant leak - unknown origin including dye injection. The 4th refill (for unknown reason) did not leak and works currently. Also environmental air exits floor then dash then defrost UNCOMMANDED by operator. Cost $600 to repair. Otherwise GREAT CAR FOR OVER 200,000 miles!"

Anonymous M., CA (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 4.7-L V8)

"Air control vents stuck"

Anonymous, NV (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)

"A/C blows heat. Heat blows heat. Nothing works to cool the car."

Robert M., CO (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Evaporator

"Rear evaporator inop. Too expensive to replace. Re routed lines to remove rear system from compressor"

Anonymous, FL (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"The air conditioner quit working last fall. I am assuming that it is due to a refrigerant leak. Will know for sure when I take it in to the garage next month"

Anonymous, MD (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-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

"side door molding starting to kinda roll up on the corners and seems to be coming aloose"

Anonymous, MS (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Adhesive on accents is separating"

Anonymous, AR (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"wide trim on this model became extremely brittle and started breaking off. Had trim removed and Yukon looks like a new vehicle,l"

Anonymous, LA (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 4.7-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Lens on interior door light has come off"

Anonymous, AR (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint is absolutely popping off this car, especially where the air goes over the hood and front of the top. Of course, this car is very old and has lived a hard life, but I wish the paint had lasted better"

Nancy T., NC (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 5.3-L V8)

"Clear coat disappearing"

Anonymous, CA (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Rust

"out side mirror spring system failed rust around the passenger side doors by the windows"

Anonymous, MI (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Have to have drivers door adjusted on a regular basis"

Anonymous, LA (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 4.7-L V8)
Locks and latches

"automatic lock on drivers door not working unable to repair unless take to dealer/repair shop"

R R., TX (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Mirrors

"Driver's side mirror turned a copper color over 3/4 of it and had a partial double vision"

Ronald S., CA (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 6.0-L V8)

"Side mirror surface degraded became cloudy. Side mirror position switch failed"

Lois R., HI (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Seat belts

"They don't retract as well as they used to"

Nancy T., NC (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"tail gate latch stopped working"

Charles U., NY (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Windows

"Driver side window regulator failed and had to be replaced"

Lois R., HI (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"pistons locking up"

Anonymous, MD (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Needed new brake pads"

Anonymous, NV (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 4.7-L V8)
Parking brake

"The wire connecting the parking brake pedal to the parking brake split. Unable to release the parking brake, Vehicle required towing"

Anonymous, WA (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"front brake line rusted through causing loss of braking. Brake lines had to be replaced"

Charles U., NY (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)

"Brake lines rusted out causing inability to brake"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 GMC Yukon)
Rotors

"Experienced squeaking on the brakes. Replaced pads and rotors"

Anonymous, CA (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Replaced due to wear"

Robert F., NC (2002 GMC Yukon 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

Gauges

"lights come on for no reason and go off also"

Steve W., CA (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"On occasion heat will not turn on when asked"

Anonymous, (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 6.0-L V8)
Horn

"At this advanced age the horn is constantly blowing fuses. Again, an annoyance more than anything"

Richard V., NJ (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Interior lights

"same as before"

Steve W., CA (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"The interior lights are constantly going out. Whereas in my Mercedes and other foreign manufactured cars I have experience with, it does not seem to be a problem"

Richard V., NJ (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure monitor not working. Everyday I get ready to go to work, one tire is deflated and it doesn't register. However, I have had to stop and put air in the tire everyday. There was no hold in the tire"

Anonymous, KS (2002 GMC Yukon Denali)
Warning lights

"Tow light caused engine not to start."

Robert M., CO (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

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

Ball joints

"Replaced"

Anonymous, NV (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"Pump cooler leak"

Anonymous, HI (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering to the left OK, no power steering to the right"

Anonymous, DE (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 4.7-L V8)
Tie rods

"They simply were worn and causing loose steering"

Anonymous, CA (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Engine started shaking at idle and in 1st/2nd gear. CEL illuminated a few days later (cylinder misfire). Need spark plugs and replacement of wired that corroded."

Anonymous, (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Replaced wiring. Car fails to start/run"

Anonymous, FL (2002 GMC Yukon 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

"fuel pump failed, not unexpected with 116000 miles, cost more than I expected to have it replaced"

Randy W., AZ (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

"Alcohol gas wrecks fuel pumps"

Anonymous, GA (2002 GMC Yukon Denali)

"Fuel pump quit and had to be replaced. This is a costly proceedure"

Van T., ON (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Replaced the water pump"

Robert F., NC (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"A seal on the right front wheel of the front drive member of the all-wheel drive failed allowing the gear oil/fluid to escape"

Bill L., AR (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)
Wind noise

"Weather stripping loose on one door"

R R., TX (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"I had to replace the transmission for the 2nd time since this vehicle was new. However, considering the miles on it, I was not surprised"

David S., FL (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 6.0-L V8)

"with no warning, the vehicle jerked once as I was driving down the road. When I stopped the car at an intersection it wouldn't move again. It would run but not move. Had to have the vehicle towed and transmission removed and rebuilt"

Anonymous, MO (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)

"transmission went out in first couple of years. Was replaced under warranty, then no problems since."

Anonymous, LA (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 4.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Slow leak due to seal wear"

Anonymous, TX (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 5.3-L V8)

"Needs oil seals. Not bad for a vehicle with 208000 miles"

Anonymous, NC (2002 GMC Yukon SLT 4.7-L V8)

"Motor oil leaks at a rate of 1 - 2 quarts per 3000 miles. It does not leak out or onto the ground. GMC dealers say this is common in Yukons after 100k miles."

Anonymous, CA (2002 GMC Yukon)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

Differential

"Seriously worn and whining. Can be expected to go out at any time. To date keeps driving with no issue other than noise and the feeling we can't rely on it."

Anonymous, CA (2002 GMC Yukon)
Driveshaft or axle

"front axel replaced"

Van T., ON (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"when transmission worms up there is a hard shift to higher gears"

Anonymous, AR (2002 GMC Yukon SLE 5.3-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"The rubber/metal Transmission fluid cooler lines that channel the transmission fluid into the radiator for cooling and back to the transmission began to leak and had to be replaced"

Bill L., AR (2002 GMC Yukon Denali 6.0-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

Speakers

"No sound from the speakers in the doors or in the rear"

Anonymous, KS (2002 GMC Yukon Denali)

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

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