The 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid has been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the government agency responsible for such tests, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are particularly impressed with the results. NHTSA awarded the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid a perfect five stars for occupant protection in every impact category, including both driver and passenger side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not yet had a chance to rate the Yukon or the Yukon Hybrid.
Surviving a crash is important, but equal attention is spent on avoiding a crash altogether. As a result, the 2009 Yukon Hybrid has a host of safety features. Forbes Autos says that the GMC Yukon Hybrid 2009 features "GM's StabiliTrak stability control system" and notes the side-curtain airbags "remain inflated for several seconds to protect passengers in the event of a rollover." Edmunds reviewers add that the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid's "standard safety equipment includes full-length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction control, OnStar and a rearview camera."
Considering the size of the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid, visibility from behind the wheel is excellent. While visibility directly to the rear is impeded by the size of the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid, Kelley Blue Book says that a "rearview camera system" helps make backing up and parallel parking maneuvers more manageable. Reviewers at AutoWeek attribute this to "a seating position above the fray."