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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, frontal and side impacts; three stars, rollover rating
antiskid system, tire-pressure monitor, and daytime running lights
New safety options include a blind-zone alert system
Safety features and good crash-test scores are highlights of the 2010 Yukon lineup.
The Yukon gets five-star ratings from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) in both front and side-impact crash tests, though it earns only a three-star rollover rating. To help make up for that, its StabiliTrak stability control system includes rollover mitigation. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has not yet tested the big GM utes.
Standard safety equipment includes dual front, side, and curtain airbags; traction and stability control; OnStar; and tire pressure monitors. ConsumerGuide also mentions the Yukon is fitted with "daytime running lights." Cars.com explains the rollover prevention system "senses when the vehicle is likely to tip, then triggers the stability system in an attempt to prevent it."
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. Also optional on the base Yukon and Yukon XL are rear parking sensors and power-adjustable pedals, which are standard on Denali editions.
Visibility can be an issue with a vehicle of this size. Kelley Blue Book recommends springing for the rearview camera, advising, "vehicles this big benefit the most from rearview cameras that let the driver see what's lurking behind the back bumper." ConsumerGuide says "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."
With good crash-test scores and a long list of safety features, the 2010 Yukon ranks near the top of the safety charts.