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2009 GMC Yukon XL

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Rear-wheel drive



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

10 trims

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Notable features

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • V-8 with cylinder deactivation
  • Available 6.2-liter V-8 (Denali)
  • Seats up to nine
  • Available 4WD

2009 GMC Yukon XL review: Our expert's take

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.

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

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

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.4
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Most recent consumer reviews


Yukon Xl

Don't know just got it yesterday. bought it with no fuel and needing an oil change apparently. Fuel cap broken in half. could barely get it out with my fingers to put fuel in it just miles from dealer.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Exterior 3.0
  • Reliability 3.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Towing
  • Does recommend this car
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Exactly what I was looking for.

This vehicle has everything I was looking for in a SUV for my family. Room, Captain chairs, Entertainment system, Bluetooth connection, CD player, Gaming console

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Transporting family
  • Does recommend this car
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Plush and AAA

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 !

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Transporting family
  • Does recommend this car
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Based on the 2009 GMC Yukon XL base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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