• (4.7) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $11,865–$24,733
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15-18
  • Engine: 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-9
2009 GMC Yukon

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 GMC Yukon

What We Don't Like

  • Cramped third row
  • Poor reliability
  • Cheap-looking taillights
  • Less towing capacity than Toyota Sequoia
  • Third row doesn't fold flat
  • Cargo space behind third row

Notable Features

  • New six-speed automatic
  • More-powerful 6.2-liter V-8
  • Seats up to nine
  • Regular and heavy-duty models
  • Available backup camera
  • Available blind-spot warning system

2009 GMC Yukon Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The 2009 GMC Yukon is the middle child among GM's full-size SUVs. Based on price and equipment, the Yukon sits squarely between the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade. Four-wheel drive is available on the Yukon, as are seating configurations for up to nine occupants. Competitors include the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.

The Yukon Hybrid and Yukon XL are covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.


New for 2009
The 2009 Yukon receives increased power and fuel efficiency, with a new six-speed automatic transmission and an enhanced 6.2-liter V-8 that can run on E85. A third-row seat is standard on all models, and there is an optional rearview-mirror-integrated camera system.

Exterior
The Yukon has a one-piece grille and taller headlights than its sister Tahoe, with jewel-like bezels and a wider, lower air dam. The rest of the body features blocky fenders, long rear-quarter windows and a squared-off back end. The Yukon is also available in a higher-end Denali trim level. Denali models come with 20-inch wheels, chrome exterior moldings and a power-operated rear liftgate.

At 202 inches long and 79 inches wide, the Yukon is a bit shorter than the Expedition and Sequoia but about the same width.

Exterior features include:

  • Integrated running boards
  • Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard power, heated side mirrors
  • Optional 20-inch aluminum or chrome-plated aluminum wheels
  • Chrome grille (Denali edition)
  • Optional articulating running boards


Interior
The Yukon's dashboard has the same shape as its redesigned GM siblings. That's good news because the domed instrument panel, car-like dashboard and flush-mounted buttons are a vast improvement on the rectangular fixtures of previous Yukons.

This SUV has the ability to seat up to nine occupants when benches are placed in all three rows. Uplevel models replace first- and second-row benches with captain's chairs, lowering total seating capacity to seven. The second-row seats fold forward, either manually or via an available power mechanism. The third row is removable, but it doesn't fold flat to the floor as some competitors' seats do. New for 2009 is standard third-row seating on all models.

With both rows stashed away, maximum cargo volume is 108.9 cubic feet, which places the Yukon in between the Expedition and Sequoia.

Interior features include:
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio with real-time traffic and route advisements
  • Available cloth, vinyl or leather-appointed seats
  • Optional power fold-and-tumble second row
  • Newly available integrated rear camera in rearview mirror
  • Newly available heated/cooled seats (Denali models)


Under the Hood
The Yukon can be had with either rear- or four-wheel drive. The Yukon Denali can have an all-wheel-drive system that's distinct from the available part-time four-wheel drive on the regular Yukon.

New additions for 2009 include an integrated brake controller, which provides proper brake force signaling to a trailer's brake systems, and a heavy-duty trailering package that gives the Yukon a new maximum towing capacity. When properly equipped, the Yukon can now tow up to 8,500 pounds.

Powertrain features include:
  • 295-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 with 305 pounds-feet of torque
  • Flex-fuel 310-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque and an available cylinder-deactivation system
  • Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four-speed automatic (4.8-liter) or six-speed automatic (5.3- and 6.2-liter)
  • New fuel-saving 3.08:1 axle ratio
  • Optional variable load-leveling suspension
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering


Safety
New safety options include a blind-zone alert system, rear parking assist and a rearview camera system that's integrated into the rearview mirror.

Standard safety features include:
  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
  • Side-mounted thorax airbags
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability control with traction control
  • OnStar with one year of Directions & Connections plan, which provides voice-guided directions, automatic crash response and Bluetooth hands-free calling


Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 9 reviews

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Overall a very good buy

by ChristineR from on November 9, 2017

It’s such a smooth ride. I love allergies the extras. It’s really awesome. My only complaint, the third row seats are seriously heavy and one is difficult to put back in.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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