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2009 GMC Yukon XL

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$7,037 — $19,725 USED
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Sport Utility
7-9 Seats
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.8) 9 reviews

The Good

  • Fuel economy with 5.3-liter V-8
  • Power with 6.2-liter V-8
  • Roominess
  • Luxurious Denali edition
  • Standard stability system

The Bad

  • Indistinct from Chevrolet Suburban at lower trim levels
  • Unwieldy dimensions

What to Know

about the 2009 GMC Yukon XL
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • V-8 with cylinder deactivation
  • Available 6.2-liter V-8 (Denali)
  • Seats up to nine
  • Available 4WD

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2009 GMC Yukon XL Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
GMC’s Yukon XL is the brand’s flagship sport utility vehicle that’s available in base half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) versions and a top-of-the-line Denali trim. The Yukon XL is available with a choice of V-8 engines, some of which feature fuel-management systems that deactivate four cylinders during low-load situations. The Yukon XL is closely related to its GM cousin the Chevrolet Suburban; the only other extra-long full-size SUV is the Ford Expedition EL.

New for 2009
The GMC Yukon XL now has a standard six-speed automatic transmission, an integrated brake controller and heavy-duty trailering options.

Exterior
The Yukon XL has integrated running boards, and Denali models have a number of features that distinguish them from other models, including a chrome grille and 20-inch wheels.

The Yukon XL measures about 20 inches longer than the regular Yukon, at 222.4 inches long, with a width of 79.1 inches. Its dimensions are nearly identical to the Expedition EL.

Exterior features include:

  • Standard power and heated side mirrors
  • Standard 16-inch wheels (2500), 17-inch wheels (1500), 20-inch wheels (Denali)
  • Chrome honeycomb grille (Denali)
  • Optional power liftgate (standard on Denali)
  • Available power-operated, retractable running boards

Interior
High-quality fixtures include flush-mounted controls, low-gloss materials and chrome instrument surrounds. For maximum seating capacity, the Yukon XL can have three rows of seats to acco...

Vehicle Overview
GMC’s Yukon XL is the brand’s flagship sport utility vehicle that’s available in base half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) versions and a top-of-the-line Denali trim. The Yukon XL is available with a choice of V-8 engines, some of which feature fuel-management systems that deactivate four cylinders during low-load situations. The Yukon XL is closely related to its GM cousin the Chevrolet Suburban; the only other extra-long full-size SUV is the Ford Expedition EL.

New for 2009
The GMC Yukon XL now has a standard six-speed automatic transmission, an integrated brake controller and heavy-duty trailering options.

Exterior
The Yukon XL has integrated running boards, and Denali models have a number of features that distinguish them from other models, including a chrome grille and 20-inch wheels.

The Yukon XL measures about 20 inches longer than the regular Yukon, at 222.4 inches long, with a width of 79.1 inches. Its dimensions are nearly identical to the Expedition EL.

Exterior features include:

  • Standard power and heated side mirrors
  • Standard 16-inch wheels (2500), 17-inch wheels (1500), 20-inch wheels (Denali)
  • Chrome honeycomb grille (Denali)
  • Optional power liftgate (standard on Denali)
  • Available power-operated, retractable running boards

Interior
High-quality fixtures include flush-mounted controls, low-gloss materials and chrome instrument surrounds. For maximum seating capacity, the Yukon XL can have three rows of seats to accommodate up to nine occupants. Cargo volume measures 45.8 cubic feet behind the third row. With the third row removed and the second row folded — made easier by an available power-folding feature — cargo volume is 137.4 cubic feet; that’s compared to the Expedition EL’s 130.8 cubic feet.

Interior options include:

  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant controls
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio with real-time traffic and route advisements
  • Available cloth, vinyl or leather-appointed seats
  • Newly available integrated rear camera in rearview mirror
  • Newly available heated/cooled seats (Denali models)
  • Newly available third-row DVD system

Under the Hood
The Yukon XL is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. The Yukon Denali can have a permanent all-wheel-drive system that’s distinct from the available part-time four-wheel drive on the regular Yukon.

For 2009, there is an integrated brake controller option, which provides proper brake force signaling to a trailer’s brake systems, and a heavy-duty trailering package. Yukon XL 2500 models replace the five-link coil-spring suspension for heavy-duty multileaf springs. 2500 models also come with a hydraulic brake booster that supplements the braking system with additional pressure. When properly equipped, the 2500 model can tow up to 9,600 pounds; 1500 models can tow a maximum of 8,100 pounds.

Powertrain features include:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering
  • Flex-fuel 310-horsepower, 5.3-liter aluminum-block V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque and cylinder deactivation (1500)
  • Flex-fuel 310-hp, 5.3-liter iron-block V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque and available cylinder deactivation (1500)
  • 352-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 382 pounds-feet of torque and variable-valve timing (2500)
  • 366-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 367 pounds-feet of torque, variable-valve timing and cylinder deactivation (1500)
  • Flex-fuel 403-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque
  • Optional variable load-leveling suspension
  • Available fuel-saving 3.08:1 axel ratio

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

Standard safety features include:

  • Front dual-stage airbags with passenger-sensing system
  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
  • Seat-mounted thorax airbags
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes (with hydroboost on 2500 models)
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • OnStar with one year of Directions & Connections plan, which provides voice-guided directions, automatic crash response and Bluetooth hands-free calling

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(5.0)

Plush and AAA

by GMCsatisfied from Doylestown, PA on September 21, 2019

This vehicle is plush, rides great, and sits high where we can see everything around us. Sits 7 extremely comfortable with plenty of room for luggage. Extremely good in bad weather too. Great vehicle ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great family ride!!!

by M. Samson from Fairbanks AK on January 17, 2019

I bough this truck for my wife and our 4 kids it is the first truck shes owned she loves it. Its everything we need and want in a vehicle. We live in alaska were it can drop to 40 below zero and the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 GMC Yukon XL currently has 2 recalls


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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 XL 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.

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