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GMC Yukon Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.3 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 320 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2009 GMC Yukon

  • The 2009 GMC Yukon continues as a leading choice for a traditional large SUV thanks to its handsome styling, comfortable cabin and strong towing and hauling capabilities.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    High-quality fit and finish, handsome cabin, comfortable ride, smooth powertrains, seats up to nine passengers.

  • Cons

    Bulky third-row seat doesn't stow away or fold flat, soft suspension and steering calibrations result in imprecise handling.

  • What's New for 2009

    The 2009 GMC Yukon sports a number of upgrades. An XFE package debuts with aerodynamic enhancements and lightweight aluminum components that improve fuel economy. A third-row three-passenger 50/50-split bench seat and new aluminum wheels are standard on all models. Bluetooth phone connectivity becomes available, as does a rearview camera system that doesn't require the optional navigation system. This year's navigation system now has real-time traffic capability. Below deck, a new six-speed automatic is paired with both the 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8 engines, the latter of which gains 23 horsepower for 2009. Lastly, a heavy-duty trailering package and separate integrated brake controller are now available.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Love it!

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Vehicle: 2008 GMC Yukon

Best vehicle I have owned. Used to love to trade quite frequently, but not anymore. I love my Denali. Gas mileage isn't the greatest but it's a big SUV. What can you expect?




2 years with 2008 denali

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Vehicle: 2008 GMC Yukon

Best SUV I have owned yet. Last three SUV's were Tahoes and a Jeep Grand Cherokee. I am innpressed with the creature comforts. After driving, and towing with the 6.2 liter engine I would never go back to the 5.3 liter engine. My commute is mostly highway and I average 16.5 at 70 MPH. 10 MPG towing the boat. Two problems a sticky back door lock and non sticky gas door cover that keeps opening. I have not had the dealer look at them, as I have yet go back to the dealer with 38K miles in two years.




2008 denali awd

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Vehicle: 2008 GMC Yukon

We first test drove the yukon SLT to replace our 2005 Denali. We never used the rear DVD player or Navigation in our 2005 so we thought we would down grade to the regular Yukon. NOT! Had to go back to the Denali series because the regular yukon didnt compare to the comfort we were used too. So we purchased a 2008 Denali.




2008 denali problems

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Vehicle: 2008 GMC Yukon

I've had problems with the electrical systems (door locks, wipers, Navigation system,) and now worst of all the brakes. I went metal to metal on the rears after 33,000 miles. the calipers are failing to retract properly - thus Pads wearing out totally prematurely. Normally a car goes thru 3 sets of front pads to 1 set of rears. I've had my car serviced by dealerships only, thus far. When they rotate the tires, I ask them to check the brakes since the wheels are already off. Well At the time of last visit to the dealership, (22,363 miles) All was well-- now 11,000 miles later My right rear roter is shot on the inside only due to a defective caliper. What can I do about it????



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Best ride ever

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Vehicle: 2008 GMC Yukon

I traded in my 2006 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab b/c my family needed a more comfortable ride for long trips. We looked at the Avalanche but really no difference from the Sierra with cabin space and comfort. The Denali rides like a dream. My truck had the old 5.3L V8 and felt just a little under- powered. The Denali with the new 6.2L V8 has plenty of power from towing my boat to accelerating for passing on the interstate (or even accelerating on the interstate while pulling the boat!!) Average gas mileage for my driving style is the same as the Sierra but definitely sucks more gas in town. Very comfortable, quiet ride. I do miss having a "truck" but that's what utility trailers are for.




Great surburban

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Vehicle: 2008 GMC Yukon

Yes I said Surburban, because after 25 Chevrolets I traded up to a GMC- I liked the Styling better, This is a quantum leap in vehicle quality, styling and interor design. It's quiet, comfortable and roomy. The 5.3 with multi displacement is smmoth- can't even tell when its in 4 cyl mode. Remote start is a hit and the tri zone AC is a winner- everyone gets their temp selection



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Full 2009 GMC Yukon Review

What's New for 2009

The 2009 GMC Yukon sports a number of upgrades. An XFE package debuts with aerodynamic enhancements and lightweight aluminum components that improve fuel economy. A third-row three-passenger 50/50-split bench seat and new aluminum wheels are standard on all models. Bluetooth phone connectivity becomes available, as does a rearview camera system that doesn't require the optional navigation system. This year's navigation system now has real-time traffic capability. Below deck, a new six-speed automatic is paired with both the 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8 engines, the latter of which gains 23 horsepower for 2009. Lastly, a heavy-duty trailering package and separate integrated brake controller are now available.

Introduction

Redesigned three years ago, the GMC Yukon continues its strong appeal for 2009. Growing families and other serious truck shoppers who require a roomy and comfortable full-size SUV that can also pull or haul most anything they'd require will find much to like in the Yukon. Unlike lighter-duty car-based crossover utilities intended primarily for transporting passengers, GMC's Yukon (as well as its siblings, the Chevy Tahoe and extra-long Yukon XL variant) features a full truck frame ideally suited for towing heavy loads and hauling up to nine occupants and their stuff wherever road or trail beckons.

Since its overhaul, the GMC Yukon (and its Chevy Tahoe twin) has successfully addressed a previous shortcoming with dramatically improved cabin design, fit and finish. GM's standard full-size SUVs now compare favorably in terms of interior quality with rivals such as Ford's Expedition and Nissan's Armada.

Revisions for 2009 consist of a few features upgrades and several economy-related enhancements. All models feature a standard third-row seat, and a more flexible six-speed automatic transmission is now paired with the 5.3-liter V8 engine. A fuel-economy-minded XFE package debuts, as does a heavy-duty trailering package with integrated brake controller.

For those who want to stay connected and informed, there's the latest OnStar system with Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio with real-time traffic alerts. Safety advances include an available blind spot alert system on Denali models that uses radar sensors to signal traffic in your blind zones. There is also a new rearview camera system (available separately from the navigation system combination of the past) that uses a 3.5-inch screen inside the rearview mirror. The luxurious Denali model moves further upscale with premium amenities like a power-adjustable steering wheel, heated and cooled seats, and a more powerful 6.2-liter V8 with more than 400 horsepower and E85 FlexFuel capability.

If you truly need the versatility to haul around a large group or tow 8,000 pounds, it doesn't get much better than the nicely finished and versatile 2009 GMC Yukon. While not exactly nimble, it has reasonable maneuverability while providing all the space, comfort and capability that shoppers of large sport-utilities could hope for. But unless you need this workhorse's massive towing and hauling capabilities, you'd probably be better served by a more fuel-efficient and carlike large crossover, such as GMC's own Acadia or the Mazda CX-9.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The full-size 2009 GMC Yukon SUV offers seating arrangements for five to nine passengers, and is available in three primary trim levels: basic SLE, upscale SLT and the ultra-luxurious Denali. The base SLE1 is well outfitted with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power outside mirrors, a three-passenger 40/20/40-split bench front seat with built-in storage compartments, three-passenger second- and third-row seats, custom cloth trim, power driver seat, dual-zone air-conditioning, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, OnStar communications, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with satellite radio and MP3-compatible CD player. The SLE2 adds foglamps, a luggage rack, front bucket seats with power adjusters, floor console, auxiliary power outlets and rear audio controls.

For significantly more luxury, there is the SLT trim level: the SLT1 adds leather seating, triple-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle starter, rear parking assist, universal home remote, a six-disc CD changer with premium Bose sound and "Turn-by-Turn" navigation for the OnStar system. Even more convenience and comfort is found on the SLT2 with its power-folding turn signal mirrors, 10-way power/heated front seats and heated second-row captain's chairs. If you want all this plus more distinctive styling and amenities, the top-of-the-line Yukon Denali also features a unique grille and trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension with rear load-leveling, heated and cooled seats and a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel.

New for 2009 is the XFE package for 2WD SLE and SLT models with the 5.3-liter V8. The XFE sports aerodynamic enhancements, taller gearing and lightweight aluminum components that improve fuel economy by 1 mpg. Other option highlights include a navigation system with real-time traffic, rearview camera system (now available with or without navigation), power-folding second-row seats, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, power-retractable side steps, power rear liftgate, power sunroof, a variety of 20- and 22-inch wheels, heavy-duty trailering equipment and an integrated trailer brake controller.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2009 GMC Yukon uses three different V8 engines. Base two-wheel-drive Yukon SLEs are equipped with a 4.8-liter V8 with 295 hp and 305 pound-feet of torque. All other SLE and SLT models boast a 5.3-liter V8 with 320 horses and 335 lb-ft of torque, which is optional on the base model. This engine is fitted with GM's displacement-on-demand cylinder deactivation technology plus a fuel-saving standard 3.08 axle ratio. The base 4.8-liter V8 is backed by a four-speed automatic, while the other engines transmit power through a six-speed unit. Buyers can choose between two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions, and the 4WD system includes low-range gearing to enhance off-road capabilities.

The GMC Yukon Denali features a 6.2-liter V8 that makes 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with tap-up/tap-down shifting. Denali owners can choose between 2WD and AWD drivetrains.

Thanks partially to the availability of the XFE package for 2WD SLE and SLT models with the 5.3-liter V8, fuel economy is slightly above average for a full-size SUV. Overall estimates range from 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the XFE-equipped Yukons down to about 12 mpg city and 18-19 mpg highway with the Denali's larger V8. A properly equipped Yukon can tow from 8,200 to 8,500 pounds depending on model and engine specs.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, stability control, OnStar communications, front-seat side impact airbags and full-length head curtain airbags with rollover sensor are standard on all Yukons. A side blind zone alert warning system and rain-sensing wipers are available. In government crash tests, the 2009 GMC Yukon earned perfect five-star ratings in both frontal and side-impact tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The latest GMC Yukon boasts an attractive cabin whose high-quality materials and tight build tolerances place it among the class leaders. The control layout is simple and straightforward, and the available navigation system is also easy to use. Yukons can carry up to nine passengers, making it one of the most versatile utility vehicles in that regard.

At 109 cubic feet, the Yukon's maximum cargo capacity rivals that of the Ford Expedition and bests most other competitors. To take advantage of all that room, however, the bulky and heavy third-row seats must still be removed manually and stored outside the vehicle.

Driving Impressions

The 2009 GMC Yukon's ride is notably quiet, and it excels at highway cruising with a suspension calibration that smoothes bumps and rough pavement without feeling sloppy when pointed through corners. Its relatively compact 39-foot turning circle also makes it reasonably maneuverable in town. Still, the Yukon doesn't feel particularly nimble in traffic and also exhibits some vagueness in its steering. It feels right at home when towing a trailer, however, cruising effortlessly and easily maintaining speed up long grades.

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Talk About The 2009 Yukon

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lesgas1
lesgas1
01-20-2014
I have a 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid with 125k miles. I have been getting a warning that the oil pressure is low and to stop engine. When I check the oil there's plenty. I had it changed and the warning sto...


gmcustsvc
gmcustsvc
08-27-2014
@sandlappr said: I too have this oil consumption issue with my 2009 Yukon SLT with 52,000 miles. I first discovered the issue in the upper 30K mile range when it suddenly lost considerable power. ...


john1652
john1652
08-13-2010
and no problems. It is even better than my 2002 Yukon. Great ride and handling, gas mpg in city is over 19. At 50: 28mpg and at a steady 70: 25.4 Except for the Yukon I usually trade each 2 years so...



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