The tank-like stature and dimensions of full-size, body-on-frame SUVs like the 2009 GMC Yukon Denali tend to give them an aura of safety, and in this case, it's well deserved. Not only does the Yukon Denali 2009 lineup ace its impact tests, but the Yukon Denali also comes loaded with safety features.
The IIHS has not yet had a chance to crash test the 2009 GMC Yukon Denali, but the federal government has conducted its full battery of tests on the Yukon Denali and given it the stamp of approval. The Yukon Denali 2009 lineup earned a perfect five-star rating in both frontal impact tests, as well as both side impact tests. Unfortunately, as is the case with most tall SUVs, the 2009 GMC Yukon Denali earned just three out of five stars in the rollover risk category. While the three-star rating is poor, it is hardly unusual and shouldn't be considered a deal breaker.
The 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and Yukon Denali 2009 XL both come with a lengthy list of safety features, according to TheCarConnection.com's research. Road & Track reviewers report that "GM's Side Blind Zone Alert monitoring system is a new option," and Cars.com adds that "a rearview camera system that's integrated into the rearview mirror, rear parking assist and rain-sensing wipers" are all available. Kelley Blue Book recommends springing for the rearview camera, advising that "vehicles this big benefit the most from rearview cameras that let the driver see what's lurking behind the back bumper." While the newly available optional features are appealing, the Yukon Denali is no slouch in terms of standard safety features. Edmunds observes that "antilock disc brakes, stability control, OnStar communications, front-seat side impact airbags and full-length head curtain airbags with rollover sensor are standard on all Yukons." Last but not least, Cars.com reminds potential GMC Yukon Denali owners that a "tire pressure monitoring system" comes standard.
As noted earlier, visibility can be a sore spot on large SUVs like the GMC Yukon Denali. Despite the reputation that some have for blind spots, ConsumerGuide says that, when driving the GMC Yukon Denali, "visibility is unobstructed by headrests or roof pillars," although the "body's tall flanks block the driver's view of small nearby objects, making the optional rearview camera worth considering."