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2009 GMC Yukon

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Engine Engine 5.3LV-8
MPG MPG 15 City / 21 Hwy
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2009 Yukon Overview

Faced with rising gas prices and eco-protests, the market for full-size SUVs has seen better times.GMC answered the call for better fuel economy with the 2008 Yukon Hybrid and XFE models.These deliver among the best in class city and highway EPA ratings respectively.

The entire GMC Yukon lineup was completely redesigned for 2007 and added the Hybrid and XFE in 2008, with 2009 seeing more extensive applications of the six-speed automatic transmission, and integrated trailer brake controller, and minor packaging, cosmetic and electronic updates.The Yukon shares the same basic platform used for Chevy Avalanche, Suburban and Silverado 1500, and Tahoe. Yukon offers power, space, and towing capacity.It can haul large loads of gear, it can survive repeated pounding over rugged terrain, it can pull trailers, all while transporting four in luxurious comfort.

Inside, the Yukon features a simple, elegant dash that hints at aspirations for entry-luxury status.The Yukon has three-row seating standard and can be configured for two to nine occupants.Seating in the first and second rows has plenty of room, but the third row is best left for kids and has to be removed for maximum cargo space.

Engine choices are all V8s.The popular 5.3-liter V8 engines (310-320 hp) provide plenty of power and have a system that shuts down half the cylinders under light loads to improve fuel economy.The Denali model's 6.2-liter V8 generates 403 horsepower, making it one of the more powerful offerings in the class.

The Hybrid powertrain features a 6.0-liter V8 boosted by two electric motors for truck performance and respectable fuel economy.

Maximum tow capacity ranges from 8500 pounds (Denali 2WD) to 6000 (Hybrid Yukon 4WD); subtract roughly 1500 pounds for passengers and cargo.

Ride and handling characteristics are typical of large SUVs.The Yukon leans in turns and is not agile.The ride quality, on the other hand, is commendable, even with the Denali's available 20-inch polished wheels that add a touch of high fashion trendiness.

4WD models use Autotrac, a system that can be engaged on dry pavement and also includes low-range gearing.It comes in handy for rugged terrain, launch ramps, and winter weather but does not repeal the laws of physics as some owners believe.

For those who need a real four-wheel drive with cargo space and towing capacity the Yukon is a competitive choice.Those who don't tow might be better served by a larger crossover like the GMC Acadia.

In addition to the Tahoe, the Yukon is in the same class as the Chrysler Aspen, Dodge Durango, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, Nissan Armada, and Toyota Sequoia.Those in need of mileage should put the Hybrid on their shopping list alongside the Aspen/Durango Hybrid, Lexus RX hybrid, and the diesel versions of the BMW X5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, VW Touareg and Mercedes ML and GL that provide hybrid-like city economy and superior highway economy.
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2009 Yukon Overview

Faced with rising gas prices and eco-protests, the market for full-size SUVs has seen better times.GMC answered the call for better fuel economy with the 2008 Yukon Hybrid and XFE models.These deliver among the best in class city and highway EPA ratings respectively.

The entire GMC Yukon lineup was completely redesigned for 2007 and added the Hybrid and XFE in 2008, with 2009 seeing more extensive applications of the six-speed automatic transmission, and integrated trailer brake controller, and minor packaging, cosmetic and electronic updates.The Yukon shares the same basic platform used for Chevy Avalanche, Suburban and Silverado 1500, and Tahoe. Yukon offers power, space, and towing capacity.It can haul large loads of gear, it can survive repeated pounding over rugged terrain, it can pull trailers, all while transporting four in luxurious comfort.

Inside, the Yukon features a simple, elegant dash that hints at aspirations for entry-luxury status.The Yukon has three-row seating standard and can be configured for two to nine occupants.Seating in the first and second rows has plenty of room, but the third row is best left for kids and has to be removed for maximum cargo space.

Engine choices are all V8s.The popular 5.3-liter V8 engines (310-320 hp) provide plenty of power and have a system that shuts down half the cylinders under light loads to improve fuel economy.The Denali model's 6.2-liter V8 generates 403 horsepower, making it one of the more powerful offerings in the class.

The Hybrid powertrain features a 6.0-liter V8 boosted by two electric motors for truck performance and respectable fuel economy.

Maximum tow capacity ranges from 8500 pounds (Denali 2WD) to 6000 (Hybrid Yukon 4WD); subtract roughly 1500 pounds for passengers and cargo.

Ride and handling characteristics are typical of large SUVs.The Yukon leans in turns and is not agile.The ride quality, on the other hand, is commendable, even with the Denali's available 20-inch polished wheels that add a touch of high fashion trendiness.

4WD models use Autotrac, a system that can be engaged on dry pavement and also includes low-range gearing.It comes in handy for rugged terrain, launch ramps, and winter weather but does not repeal the laws of physics as some owners believe.

For those who need a real four-wheel drive with cargo space and towing capacity the Yukon is a competitive choice.Those who don't tow might be better served by a larger crossover like the GMC Acadia.

In addition to the Tahoe, the Yukon is in the same class as the Chrysler Aspen, Dodge Durango, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, Nissan Armada, and Toyota Sequoia.Those in need of mileage should put the Hybrid on their shopping list alongside the Aspen/Durango Hybrid, Lexus RX hybrid, and the diesel versions of the BMW X5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, VW Touareg and Mercedes ML and GL that provide hybrid-like city economy and superior highway economy.Hide Full Review