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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
antiskid system, tire-pressure monitor, and daytime running lights
Five stars, front and side impacts; three stars, rollover rating
Yukon comes fully equipped with dual-stage front air bags
Experts at TheCarConnection.com are pleased to note that the 2009 GMC Yukon does well in terms of safety.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet tested the GMC Yukon 2009. After conducting its full battery of crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards the GMC Yukon 2009 a perfect five-star rating for all impact protections. That includes five-star ratings for GMC Yukon 2009 driver and passenger protection during front impacts, as well as five stars for occupant protection during impacts on either side. The only blemish on the GMC Yukon 2009 safety record comes in the rollover category, where NHTSA gives the Yukon three out of a possible five stars—the lowest score typically awarded. While this score is somewhat disappointing, truck-based SUVs like the Yukon rarely fare well in rollover testing.
The 2009 GMC Yukon also offers an impressive range of safety features. ConsumerGuide also mentions that all 2009 GMC Yukon models come standard with an "antiskid system," a "tire-pressure monitor," and "daytime running lights." Other standard safety features on the 2009 GMC Yukon Denali XL include "dual-stage front air bags" and "side-curtain airbags," along with "rear park assist" and "OnStar, GM's hands-free, in-vehicle communications assistance program," according to J.D. Power. ForbesAutos reviewers say that "stability control is standard," and it now "incorporates rollover mitigation technology that can deploy the vehicle's head-curtain airbags before a crash occurs." Cars.com further notes that the GMC Yukon 2009 rollover prevention system "senses when the vehicle is likely to tip, then triggers the stability system in an attempt to prevent it." 2009 brings an optional Side Blind Zone Alert feature.
Driver visibility is better in the 2009 GMC Yukon than in previous models. For tight parking situations, the 2009 GMC Yukon XL Denali offers "rear park assist" as a standard feature; a "rearview camera" can be equipped as well, according to Edmunds. ForbesAutos reviewers are pleased to find that the "instrument panel is positioned lower for easier visibility, particularly for shorter drivers," and other reviewers mention the impressive visibility.
The 2009 GMC Yukon lives up to its secure, imposing image.