2009 GMC Yukon

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$37,705

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2009 GMC Yukon

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior quality
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Smooth ride
  • Highway passing power
  • Safety features
  • Gas mileage for its size

The bad:

  • 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

6 trims

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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 review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

2.6

Always in the shop

Worst vehicle I've ever owned, only had 109,000 miles - junk. Repair, 2 weeks later check engine light came on - again, different problem, fix, 2 weeks later check engine light on again, different problem. Fix and repeat. If you want to make your mechanic rich buy a GMC Yukon, thank God I had an extended warranty -won't ever think about a GMC again - love my Jeep Grand Cherokee, 46,000 trouble free miles!!!

5.0

Denali

This truck definitely meets all my needs. I have plenty of room, drives great , all the options fully loaded, with a great sound system.

5.0

Best truck ever

This car has the best look. I was surprised with the look of the car. Took it for a test drive and fell in love with the car. Great family vechile. My daughter loves it everyday she is surprised.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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