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Pros & Cons

  • Cavernous interior
  • Good fuel economy for a large SUV
  • Third-row seats don’t fold flat into the floor

New for 2009

  • New six-speed automatic transmission became available
  • 6.2-liter V8 received a power boost
  • Bluetooth added as standard equipment




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.8 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2009 GMC Yukon Overview

When it was new, reviewers said the 2009 GMC Yukon offered good handling and a comfortable ride. Strong safety scores mean it is a good choice for families, and the Yukon’s good fuel economy ratings will likely appeal to many shoppers. The Yukon comes in regular-wheelbase or long- wheelbase Yukon XL configurations, and a heavy-duty variant of the latter is also available.

A range of V8 engines can be found under the Yukon’s hood. When equipped with the available 5.3-liter V8, the Yukon gets an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg city/highway with either two- or four-wheel drive, which is typical for the class. Reviewers said this engine makes the Yukon feel fairly quick on its feet. Inside, the base Yukon has 108.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity, while the larger Yukon XL can hold up to 137.4 cubic feet, which is among the best in the class. The heavy-duty Yukon XL can tow up to 9,600 pounds, which is more than most used large SUVs. Towing capacities of other Yukon variants are slightly less.

While reviewers said the Yukon’s interior is generally comfortable and well-made, they disliked that the third-row seats must be removed in order to expand cargo capacity. Some competitors’ third rows simply fold into the floor. That aside, the Yukon comes fairly well-equipped with standard features like a power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth. Features like navigation and leather upholstery were optional. If you’re looking for true luxury, look for the Denali trim, which could be described as a Cadillac Escalade in GMC sheet metal. The Yukon changed very little since 2007, so you may be able to save some money by shopping for an older model.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Yukon, be sure to check out the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban is basically Chevrolet’s version of the Yukon XL, and thus it shares the same mechanical components. It too has a heavy-duty variant that is good for towing. The Suburban got higher marks for its interior than the Yukon. Another drawback is that the Suburban doesn’t have a luxury Denali trim like the GMC.

If you’re looking at the Yukon, you might also like the 2009 Ford Expedition. The Expedition has a roomy interior, and reviewers liked that its optional third row folds flat into the floor, making it more versatile than the Yukon. Keep in mind that reviewers said the Expedition didn’t handle as well as the Yukon. 

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