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STYLING | 8 out of 10
the Yukon XL sports sleeker styling and better-integrated lower body panels than the prior generation
cabin certainly looks luxurious, with its wood-tone and metallic accents
a two-tone interior is crafted with high-quality materials
The 2009 GMC Yukon looks good inside and out—and TheCarConnection.com notes that the styling seems to have been engineered to justify the hefty price tag of the vehicle.
The GMC Yukon comes in two lengths, a regular version and the 2009 GMC Yukon XL, which Car and Driver says is "GMC's version of the Chevy Suburban."
The Yukon's exterior styling was redone for 2007, and the 2009 version is largely unchanged. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com suggest that this is a very good thing, since reviewers love the styling. Car and Driver sums it up perfectly, declaring the 2009 GMC Yukon and other "GMC big boys deliver style" that they deem "tough to top." Edmunds reviewers report that when "dressed in black, the Yukon's clean, slab-sided body gives the impression that it's something the Secret Service would use, which is actually true." Cars.com adds that "the Yukon XL sports sleeker styling and better-integrated lower body panels than the prior generation," and the "fenders, fog lights and lower side cladding are integrated into the body to create a more continuous appearance than the previous Yukon XL's pieced-together look."
The interior is also fabulous on the GMC Yukon 2009. Cars.com reviewers mention that "a lower dashboard with a traditional instrument panel hump replaces the boxy dash" from the previous generation of Yukon. Edmunds lavishes perhaps the greatest praise of the interior, reporting that the GMC Yukon 2009 "cabin certainly looks luxurious, with its wood-tone and metallic accents and padded door inserts." ForbesAutos loves the look of the two-tone interior and notes that it is “crafted with high-quality materials," and that the "instrument panel is positioned lower for easier visibility, particularly for shorter drivers."
ConsumerGuide also states that the "optional navigation system absorbs, but doesn't complicate, audio functions." Overall, the reviewer appreciates the "large" gauges on the 2009 GMC Yukon lineup but is disappointed that the markings can be "too indistinct for best legibility."
Nearly everyone agrees that the 2009 GMC Yukon is nicely styled, but it's not as flashy as the Cadillac Escalade.