2009 GMC Yukon

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Key Specs

of the 2009 GMC Yukon base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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
2009 GMC Yukon exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2009 GMC Yukon

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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


Interio...
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



2009 Yukon Video

Cars.com's Dave Thomas takes a look at the 2008 GMC Yukon. It competes with the Chrysler Aspen and Ford Expedition.

Latest 2009 Yukon Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Reliable Family SUV

by Dallasmt from Dallas on May 9, 2018

GREATNESS this SUV is in great condition and low mileage plus with 3rd row seating the entire family can go on the trip at a great price way below market value Read full review

(5.0)

comfortable, dependable, stylish

by jackie61385 from Brea on April 24, 2018

This car has met all of my needs with the third row seating it is easy to transport large groups and the captains chairs in the second row ensure everyone is comfortable. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 GMC Yukon currently has 3 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 GMC Yukon SLE1 w/3SA

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by GMC

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Yukon received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker