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2009 GMC Yukon

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2009 GMC Yukon Review

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With seating for up to nine people, substantial towing capacity and aspirational appeal, GM's biggest family haulers have in the past accounted for more than 60 percent of full-size SUV sales. GMC's version, the 2009 Yukon, bridges the gap between its Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade siblings with a lineup that includes a base model priced similarly to the Tahoe, as well as a distinctive Denali model that can approach Escalade prices when fully loaded. While the faithful Yukon continues to serve millions of families well, the impressive 2009 Yukon all but antiquates the previous generation, which seems light years apart in styling, quality and interior materials.

You'll Like This Car If...

Even if you don't need its maximum seating or towing capacities, the 2009 GMC Yukon shines on enough levels to satisfy the needs and tastes of almost any full-size SUV buyer. That it also has some of the category's best fuel mileage is a definite plus, as is the optional hybrid model.

You May Not Like This Car If...

nlike the Ford Expedition, Dodge Durango and Nissan Armada, none of GM's full-size SUVs feature a fold-flat third-row seat. The rear-most seat is removable in two 50-pound sections, but for anyone that's grown accustomed to the convenience of a fold-flat third row, this could be the Yukon's deal-breaker.

What's New for 2009

Content levels increase across the board with a new six-speed transmission standard on 5.3-liter models. The third-row seat option is now standard on all Yukons, as is OnStar 8.0. New options include Bluetooth hands-free communication, a rear back-up camera with rearview-mirror view screen and a third-row DVD entertainment system. Exclusive to the Denali are optional heated and cooled seats and the Side Blind Zone Alert system.

Driving the Yukon

Driving Impressions With a stiff, fully-boxed frame, revised suspension and greatly improved steering and braking characteristics, the 2009 GMC Yukon is by far the best handling full-size SUV ever to wear a...

GMC badge. It responds with confidence to both the driver and the road while also providing more accurate feedback. Crisp and alert around town (for a tall SUV weighing well over 2.5 tons, of course), comfortable and stable on the highway, the latest Yukon provides the driver a level of confidence unapproached by its predecessors – an experience good enough to qualify GMC's newest full-size SUV as one of the category's best.
Favorite Features

Power Fold-and-Flip Second Row
Accessing the third row is made easier with power fold-and-flip second-row seats that can also be activated by the driver or front passenger via roof-mounted switches.

Rearview Camera
Vehicles this big benefit the most from rearview cameras that let the driver see what's lurking behind the back bumper.

2009 GMC Yukon Details
2009 GMC Yukon photo Interior

The 2009 GMC Yukon's interior can be configured with any number of seating positions from six to nine, with each row available in two- or three-passenger layouts. Other seating options include leather, first-row heated seats and power fold-and-flip second-row seats (all standard on the Denali). Getting past the seats, the Yukon's passenger cabin is so attractive, comfortable and refined as to make the previous-generation's cabin feel downright old-fashioned. Where lower-cost materials still exist, they aren't as conspicuous as in the past. Again, the vehicle's weakest link in some people's eyes will be the lack of a fold-flat rear seat.

Exterior

The 2009 GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe are most differentiated up front, with each sporting its own grille, hood, fascia and headlights. The variation continues down the sides and to the back with unique trim, wheels and taillamps. Yukon Denali models are further distinguished by a signature perforated grille, modified headlights and taillamps, revised front and rear fascias, distinctive 18-inch wheels (with unique 20-inchers available), chrome-accented side moldings and unique side steps.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base Yukon features a four-speed automatic transmission, two-wheel drive and a 4.8-liter V8 engine. Other standard features include manual dual-zone air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power heated mirrors, eight-speaker AM/FM/CD-MP3 sound system with auxiliary audio input, OnStar, cruise control, Driver Information Center, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and outside temperature display, height-adjustable leather steering wheel and a cloth interior featuring a 40/20/40-split bench up front (with power driver's portion), a 60/40-split bench in the middle row and a third-row seat. Outside, a base Yukon is equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels and a tow package. Standard safety equipment includes driver and front-passenger airbags, three-row head-curtain airbags, electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, tire-pressure-monitoring system and Antilock Braking System (ABS).

Optional Equipment

Yukon powertrain options include a traditional 5.3-liter V8, a Flex-Fuel 5.3-liter V8 capable of running on gasoline and/or E85 ethanol, plus a four-wheel-drive system. The Yukon Denali's exclusive powertrain consists of a 6.2-liter V8, six-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel-drive system. Optional equipment that's standard on Denali includes a power liftgate, power fold-and-flip second-row seats, ultrasonic rear parking assist (standard on SLT), power-adjustable pedals, upgraded audio system, automatic climate control, active damping system and power-folding exterior mirrors. Optional even on Denali are a rearview camera, power-retractable side steps, navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 20-inch wheels, heated and cooled front seats, power-adjustable steering column and a power sunroof.

Under the Hood

The Yukon powertrain lineup consists of four V8 engines, four- and six-speed automatic transmissions (the latter with tap-up/tap-down gear selection), plus two-, four- and all-wheel drive. A Flex-Fuel version of the 5.3-liter V8 performs almost identically to the gasoline-only 5.3-liter engine but will also run on E85 ethanol – a "biofuel" produced in part using renewable materials like corn. Both 5.3-liter engines feature cylinder-deactivation technology that imperceptibly "turns off" four cylinders under light loads and helps the Yukon achieve what GM claims to be the best fuel economy in the category. Maximum towing capacity on four-wheel-drive models is 8,200 pounds.

4.8-liter V8
295 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
305 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19

5.3-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 14/20 (4WD)

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

6.2-liter V8
403 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
417 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/19 (gasoline, 2WD), 10/14 (E85, 2WD), 12/19(gasoline, 4WD), 9/14 (E85, 4WD)

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2009 GMC Yukon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 395 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

I love my Yukon XL and looking for a new one.

By on Saturday, March 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 230,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "None"

Cons: "A little more power pulling boats."

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

"I have had only minor problems out of this Yukon XL, and would continue to drive it, but I need to trade it while it has a little value."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

This is a beautiful vehicle. I need a smaller car

By on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beautiful car and great to drive."

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

"My 2007 GMC Denali is opal black with chrome 26" wheels and black interior. The engine was rebuilt by the GMC dealer under warranty at 91,000 miles. It is a well-handling car and is beautiful. I get it waxed once a month."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Unbelievable vehicle.

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Amazing. This truck has over 113000 miles on it and has been to the dealership one time - to do recommended maintenance at 100000 miles. Other than that I have only done oil changes and replaced the tires. That it!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great high end comfort and stability

By on Saturday, March 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Safe and rugged"

Cons: "High cost"

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

"Comfortable vehicle with the ability to hall family to all destinations including unsaved off roads for outdoor excitement"

Love this truck

By on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 10.0
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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: "Roomy, reliable, smooth, quiet"

Cons: "Can't think of one"

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

"I've owned this truck since Sept. 2007. Outside of regular maintenance, I've only had to replace the fuel sensor and change the battery twice. This has been an extremely reliable truck. I take it on all road trips and it is a smooth, quiet ride with all the space you need for your luggage and any additional items you need to keep 3 kids busy. I also use it to tow a 20ft boat. It can pull the boat out of the water with ease and without the tires spinning. I can't think of anything that I do not like about my truck."

first car I love

By on Saturday, March 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,500

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "pleasure to drive, carries anything"

Cons: "pricey, some transmission glitches"

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

"I had an Escalade for a month trying to secure financing. When I discovered I had to come up with a significant down payment I reluctantly returned the car. Then I found my Yukon. It came with a premium package - all the features I loved about the Escalade, minus a couple of things of course. And while I thought I liked the Escalade, I love my Yukon. A dream to drive, reliable in all weather conditions (drove through snow storm w/o chains or 4x4), passenger comfort, fits everything I want to carry, and it just looks great. After 30 years of owning a variety of SUV's (mostly Ford), this is the first vehicle I love."

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