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in 2009 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,624 - $33,818
Original MSRP: $37,705 - $55,935
MPG: 14 City / 19 Hwy
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2009 GMC Yukon Interior

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The GMC Yukon has a comfortable and inviting interior for up to nine people, which features the kind of upscale materials buyers may associate with luxury vehicles.

  •  +The Yukon "immediately impresses with the classy ambience of the interior -- which looks pretty well put together, too." -- Motor Trend
  • "Attractive interior with quality materials." -- Edmunds

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Seating

The majority of reviewers found the seating available in the 2009 GMC Yukon comfortable. The Yukon, depending on the trim level or options selected, can seat anywhere from seven to nine people. The first row of seats is available as a three-person bench or two captain's chairs, as is the second row. The third row seat is removable, and generally seen by reviewers as uncomfortable and suitable only for kids.

  • "Bench or buckets, the front seats are supportive. There's ample headroom and legroom, though the cramped center position on the bench should be for emergency use only." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Yukon's second row is just as good as the first," -- Automotive.com

Interior features

Because of its size and comfort, the Yukon already treats passengers well, but by adding optional entertainment features, passengers can be kept even happier. An available DVD player for the rear seats is a reviewer favorite.

  • "Sound from the upgraded Bose system was adequate, but felt unnatural and seemed to come from far ahead of the dash despite numerous adjustments to the audio settings . . . The navigation system "actually got us lost on our way home from an out-of-town trip and never correctly found the street address we were headed to, despite displaying it as a known address." -- Cars.com
  • "All gauges are large but some testers find the markings too indistinct for best legibility. Yukon's optional navigation system absorbs, but doesn't complicate, audio functions. The cabin has few soft-touch panels, but materials are generally solid to the touch and assembled with care to create a high-quality ambiance, even on SLE versions. Denalis get added dress-up touches, but most of that model's interior panels are still hard plastic." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

A problem with the third row seat, common to all SUVs that have them, is how it negatively impacts cargo capacity. With the third row in place, the Yukon has a mere 16.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Removing the third row seats brings the capacity up to 60.3 cubic feet, and folding the second row brings it to 180.9 cubic feet.

  • "Those [cargo] numbers probably sound high until you take a Toyota Sienna and compare." -- Automotive.com
  • "Third-row seats are fairly easy to remove, thanks to new tracks placed on the floor, but only if you're capable of lifting something like a 40-pound suitcase." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear-most seat is removable in two 50-pound sections, but for anyone that's grown accustomed to the convenience of a fold-flat third row, this could be the Yukon's deal-breaker." -- Kelley Blue Book