The GMC Yukon sees a host of changes for the 2009 model year most notably the addition of a six speed automatic transmission on models powered by the 5.3 and 6 liter engines. This makes for a small increase and fuel economy on my 4-wheel drive tester with a 5.3 liter V8 the highway number increases from 19MPG last year to 20 of this year. The combined rating remains the same at 16.
This engine is also flex-fuel capable but filling the tank with E85 would drop your combined mileage to 12. Other changes include the addition of a third row seat on all models, the most updated version of OnStar, Bluetooth, XM with nav traffic and available heavy duty trailering package in integrated brake controller, a fuel saving lower rear axle ratio on two wheel drive 5.3 liter models and available rear view camera, new 20 inch chrome wheels and some new color choices.
My tester carries an MSRP at $45,500 and then at tested price of $50,735. Those still reminiscent of the big truck based SUV days. The Yukon showcases GM’s mastery of engineering there large rigs to drive as car like as possible. With luxury features, Truesport U capabilities and government officials stature. The GMC Yukon can be the right fit for those whose needs transcend what most of today’s Crossovers can offer.