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2009 GMC Yukon XL 1500

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2009 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Review

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Essentially mechanically identical to Chevrolet's Suburban, the 2009 GMC Yukon XL rides on General Motors' full-size SUV platform. Half-ton 1500 and heavy-duty 2500-series models are available, with rear- or four-wheel drive. The standard engine size is a 5.3-liter V8, available in either gasoline or flex-fuel versions (the latter can operate on E85), with 6.0-liter V8s optional. Or, buyers may step all the way up to an extravagant Yukon Denali with its class-leading 403-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, all-wheel drive and upgraded level of features and luxury appointments.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you frequently need to carry plenty of cargo along with a sizable group of passengers, the full-size 2009 GMC Yukon XL is one of the few available choices. Yukon XLs are loaded with equipment, but the sticker price rises rapidly if you select a few options – or move all the way up to the plush, top-of-the-line Denali.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like to breeze past gas stations without worrying about what it's costing you to get down the road, a Yukon XL won't bring smiles – despite the new multi-displacement system that improves fuel economy.

What's New for 2009

Content levels increase across the board with a new six-speed transmission standard on all trims. New options include Bluetooth hands-free communication, a rear back-up camera with rearview-mirror view screen and a third-row DVD system. Exclusive to the Denali are optional heated and cooled seats and the Side Blind Zone Alert system.

Driving the Yukon XL 1500

Driving Impressions The Yukon XL – especially in Denali form – is a refined, if flamboyantly oversized, family and cargo hauler. The six-speed automatic transmission, now standard on all XLs, responds with...

less harshness than the old four-speed and with less-noticeable delays. We also noticed a richer exhaust note from the 6.2-liter V8 than the 5.3-liter engine. Despite energetic start-off acceleration, it's not quite as vibrant when passing. Ride quality in the Denali is hardly truck-like at all, and it feels secure in curves. Expressways are the Denali's strong point, where an appealing ride blends with excellent stability and easy control.

Active Fuel Management Technology
Don't expect gas-mileage miracles from the new cylinder-deactivation system, but, when dealing with heavy vehicles, even a modest fuel-economy improvement is worth the effort.

Autoride Suspension
Available real-time damping lets a Yukon XL cross the line from acceptable ride comfort into a tempting – perhaps even delightful – road experience. You won't forget you're in a truck, but an Autoride-equipped Yukon XL promises more pleasant hours on long hauls.

2009 GMC Yukon XL 1500 Details
2009 GMC Yukon XL 1500 photo Interior

With space for up to nine occupants, depending upon the seating configurations for the individual rows, the 2009 GMC Yukon XL delivers great passenger comfort in a spacious interior. A lower-positioned instrument panel helps add leg space, front seats have fore-and-aft and recline travel and second-row seats recline, as well. There is ample second-row leg and knee room, third-row headroom and second- and third-row shoulder room. The third-row seats fold, but not flush into the floor as on the Ford Expedition. The spilt third-row-seat sections are removable, but can prove awkward and heavy. The Yukon's glove boxes are huge, and available power fold-and-tumble second-row seats ease third-row access.

Exterior

The Yukon XL boasts wraparound front and rear fascias and integrated running boards. GMC claims this is the most aerodynamic Yukon to date, helped by a sleek 57-degree windshield angle. The XL's 130.0-inch wheelbase and 222.4-inch overall length compare to 116.0 and 202.0 inches, respectively, for regular-size Yukons. Wide tracks enhance stability. Doors extend over the rocker panels and larger headlamps deliver improved lighting spread. The XL Denali gets chrome accents, a distinctive honeycomb grille, unique headlamps with etched GMC logos, clear-lens taillamps and 18-inch polished wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The SLE includes Stabilitrak, head-curtain airbags, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear air conditioning, XM Satellite Radio, heated power mirrors, roof rails, side steps, 5.3-liter V8, a six-speed automatic transmission and rear privacy glass. SLT versions have leather appointments and front bucket seats, remote engine start and a cargo cover. The XL Denali includes Autoride suspension, the 6.2-liter V8, a power liftgate, power release second-row fold-and-tumble bucket seats, power-adjustable pedals, heated windshield washers, an auto-dimming inside mirror, RainSense wipers, remote start, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, a six-CD changer, Bose 10-speaker Centerpoint Surround Sound audio, "Nuance" leather-covered seats, heated first- and second-row captain's chairs and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with genuine wood accents. All Yukon XL models have GM's OnStar 8.0 which is now Bluetooth-compatible.

Optional Equipment

Some tempting extras are available for the Yukon XL, including a power liftgate, sunroof, remote starting system, navigation system, DVD entertainment and heated steering wheel. Heated seats are offered for the first and second rows. Other options include power-retractable articulating assist steps (running boards), 20-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, a rearview camera system and Autoride, GM's real-time damping suspension. Exclusive to the Denali trim are heated and cooled front seats, Side Blind Zone Alert system and a power-tilt steering wheel.

Under the Hood

The Yukon XL 1500 has a standard iron-block 5.3-liter V8 that produces 310 horsepower, and a 6.0-liter V8 is optional. Yukon XL Denali models have a 6.2-liter V8 that generates 403 horsepower. In the heavy-duty 2500 series, an iron-block 6.0-liter V8 with variable valve timing makes 352 horsepower. With the exception of the 2500's iron-block 6.0-liter engine, all XL V8s operate with Active Fuel Management technology, and the 5.3-liter V8 is available with E85 compatibility.

5.3-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD)

5.3-liter V8 Flex Fuel
310 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 10/15 (2WD, E85), 11/14 (4WD, E85), 14/20 (2WD, gasoline), 14/19 (4WD, gasoline)

6.0-liter V8
366 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
376 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD); 12/17 (4WD)

6.0-liter V8
352 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
382 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD), 12/17 (4WD)

6.2-liter V8
403 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
417 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/19

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2009 GMC Yukon XL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 420 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great vehicle

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Very comfortable vehicle. Lots of power, but I still am able to get 14 mpg in town and up to 18 mpg on the road."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best SUV I have ever owned

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfort, reliability, safety, luxury,easy to drive"

Cons: "gas mileage and premium unleaded"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the most comfortable and reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I was the second owner and bought it with just under 50,000 miles on it. We took it to Colorado for a family vacation and couldn't slide on the ice, even when we wanted to. It is so safe and comfortable for our whole family of 5. We pulled our 26 foot boat with it and have had it packed to the top and it still has plenty of power. It handles and turns like a smaller vehicle and was a great learner car for my Daughter, since she just got her license. The only downside is the gas mileage and that is takes premium unleaded fuel."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Rides the smoothest of any SUV

By on Friday, October 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Smooth ride and design"

Cons: "my 3rd row seats weren't power folded"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned 3 Yukon Denali's. I owned a Ford Expedition and a Lincoln Navigator before the three Denali's and they don't hold a candle to it. The ride is so smooth and I am getting a fourth Denali except this one will be the XL."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great truck for large families on the go!

By on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Big, comfortable, loaded with extras, looks great."

Cons: "looks like you're part of a Secret Service detail"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Enjoy driving your family around in style!

"2008 Yukón XL with all the bells & whistles. This is a phenomenal car for large families that are always on the go. It comes complete with 4 buckets seats, and a 3rd row that comfortably seats 3 more, DVD, Navigation, Black on Black with chrome grill, alloy wheels, looks and drives great."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Enjoy driving your family around in style!

Best Vehicle I've Ever Owned

By on Saturday, September 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable, luxurious, peppy, fun 2 drive,reliabl"

Cons: "gas mileage, lack of functional cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I want every car that I own from now on to be a GMC Yukon Denali. It has been the most reliable car I've owned. It handles great and I feel extremely safe driving in it. It is also incredibly comfortable. I'm a heated seat junkie and love how there are separate options for just back heaters and for back and seat heaters. The car also has a lot of power and tows my boat easily. The only thing Im not crazy about is that gas mileage, but it only does marginally worse than my Acadia did for so much extra power and room. The trunk is very small with the 3rd row seats in, but the seats are easy to remove and put back in."

21 people out of 42 found this review helpful

Very best vehicle ever!

By on Saturday, September 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, room inside, dependability,"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I adore this vehicle. It is so comfortable to travel in . I like all the room it has. I love the way it handles on the road. I love the power - not so crazy about the MPGs, but if I want the power it's the price I pay."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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