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2009 GMC Yukon XL 2500

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2009 GMC Yukon XL 2500 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 2500

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 2500 Details
2009 GMC Yukon XL 2500 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 410 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

Absolutly great SUV until the engine lost #8 rod

By on Saturday, August 16, 2014

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great for travel and love the remote start."

Cons: "electgronic issues."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This SUV is great for travel. Only issue was on occasion it would not start. This happened 5 times. A lot of electronics were replaced. Then finally the Starter and solenoid were replaced. This only took 4 years to find. At 114000 miles the #8 rod went... $8300.00 later I had a GMC factory rebuilt 6.2 engine. We were in Southern California (Long Beach). the GMC dealer was great. We still had 2500 miles to go on our trip so that is why I opted for the rebuild instead of junking and buying something else and I did not want a California vehicle. So in 2 years maybe I can get more for an engine with 25K miles."

Nice luxury large suv but have had some problems

By on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Issues Rear differential replaced under warranty but still should this happen Speedometer and dash cluster replaced Rides like a delivery truck. Very bumpy..My wife and I have back problems..rides in this vehicle are painful Several replacements of wheel bearings..at least three of them ... ...I paid for some under warranty and did not realize it may have been covered. Door handles delaminates and or broke off door. This happened at 36000 miles and at 100000+ miles. Junk interior trims Pros Feel safe on road Engine has some balls Love rear auto life gate"

8 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Very good vehicle for my use.

By on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Trouble free car. Very happy with it. Looking at a smaller GMC due to grandchildren growing up and not spending as much time with us. If you have a need for more passenger room this is the car."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Very happy with my choice

By on Friday, July 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Easy to drive, 8 passenger, and very comfortable."

Cons: "Some paint coming off the front bumper."

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

"Bought my 2011 Yukon XLT in April of 2012. The first thing I did was check the mpg. I had traded in a 2006 Dodge Dakota V6. My Dodge got 19.8 MPG on my 1 hour trip to work. This Yukon V8 gets 18.9 MPG on the same trip. I was worried it was going to suck down the gas. But it doesn't. It probably has to do with the engine switching from V8 to V4 when cruising on the highway. 80 percent of my commute is highway. Just went to Florida with 4 people and a weeks worth (and probably more) worth of stuff. Went through the WV mountains and the Yukon still got 17.6 MPG on the trip. It's VERY comfortable especially on a trip. It is a huge vehicle... but even my wife finds it easy to drive and even easy to park. We bought it because our 5 passenger vehicles weren't large enough to carry myself, my wife, and our two children with a friend each. Now we can carry 8 passengers and everyone is comfortable. In the last 75,000 miles, I've only had to do oil changes and a set of tires. I got a great deal on it at only $34K at one year old with 23,000 miles. Very happy with the car and would buy another one if I could get a similar deal."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

delivered with NO factory defects. 48000 on oem ti

By on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great vehicle. comfort level excellent"

Cons: "large and needs some getting used to. wife loves i"

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

"10th yukon/suburban. If limited to only 1 vehicle, this would be it due to room, versatility and quality."

14 people out of 27 found this review helpful

GMC is one of my favorite vehicles

By on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great vehicle. Gets 23 MPG on the highway. Great i"

Cons: "No Cons"

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

"Purchased this vehicle while on vacation. This was an emergency purchase. My old vehicle conked out in Maine, on the way home to NJ."

23 people out of 38 found this review helpful

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