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GMC Yukon Hybrid

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The Good

The 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid benefits from understated but refined styling and a comfortable, well-designed interior. Even the GMC hybrid SUV has a powerful engine which provides pickup truck-like performance.

The Bad

The vehicle is bulky and heavy. Front seat headroom is less than optimal, and the third row seating is downright cramped.

The Bottom Line

If you need the capability of a pickup truck in a fuel-saving hybrid SUV, the 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid will meet your needs well. Otherwise, given its relatively steep manufacturers’ suggested retail price (MSRP), you may want to look closely into lighter, more responsive options.

Price

The 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid is available in four different trim packages. The base model is the 4x2, with the 4x4 being the next upgrade. You can also opt for the more refined Denali 4x2 or 4x4. The given price ranges are for the base model 4x2 to the Denali 4x4.

MSRP: $52,470 to $63,130

Average paid: $51,407 to $62,208

Performance

Acceleration and power

The GMC Yukon Hybrid’s acceleration is significantly hampered by its very heavy weight. While its V8 engine produces a respectable 332 horsepower, its responsiveness can feel very sluggish. However, it does post a respectable 0 to 60 acceleration time of 8.1 seconds.

The base 4x2 model has the highest payload and towing capacity, clocking in at 1,502 and 6,200 pounds respectively. The 4x4 models display diminished payload and towing capacities, but these figures still rank fairly high and are unlikely to ever pose a problem.

Handling and braking

On the whole, GMC Yukon Hybrid reviews report that the vehicle is pleasant to drive, with even and smooth acceleration that never feels like it’s thirsting for more power. While a manual transmission is available, the automatic transmission offers smooth, responsive, intuitive shifting that improves the overall driving experience. However, like most full-sized SUVs, steering feel a little unresponsive. On the whole, though, the vehicle corners well and can track winding roads with ease. It has a turning radius of 19.5 feet. The vehicle comes standard with anti-lock brakes, which are assisted by an automatic stability control system.

Interior

Seating

While the vehicle officially offers seating for eight passengers, the third row seats are very cramped and can’t be counted on to comfortably fit more than one adult. However, the leather seating finish does have a markedly luxurious feel, which seems as though it belongs in a vehicle of a higher class.

Front bucket seats are comfortable and generously sized, though headroom is a problem throughout the vehicle (and particularly so in the front). Power-adjusted seats are a standard feature on all four trim packages. Six-way adjustable front seating is standard; the second row seats are a split bench orientation, and both the second row and third row seats are collapsible.

Features

Standard interior features include auxiliary input jacks, rear seat audio controls, MP3 capability, DVD audio and steering wheel-mounted stereo and audio controls. A built-in voice-activated navigation system is available, and you can upgrade to include a rear-seat entertainment system if you’re going to be taking long trips with the kids. Bluetooth compatibility is also a standard feature on all four trim packages.

Cargo space

What the vehicle lacks in front headroom it more than makes up for in cargo capacity. With the second row and third row seats collapsed, you can generate a maximum of 108.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Standard luggage space measures in at 16.9 cubic feet.

Safety

In addition to anti-lock brakes, the 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid comes standard with electronic stability control, side curtain airbags for all passengers, and front- and side-impact airbags for the front two seating rows. The vehicle is also equipped with a built-in anti-theft security system, and General Motors’ revamped OnStar feature is available to greatly enhance the GMC Yukon Hybrid’s safety and security capabilities. However, as the vehicle is considered a luxury SUV, it is not subject to federal crash safety testing.

Specifications

The 2012 model displays very little variation from the 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid. Only minor changes to the four available trim packages have been added for the new model year. The Yukon GMC hybrid SUV also has minor stylistic deviations from the standard gasoline-powered models.

  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic with overdrive
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: V8
  • Engine Size: 6.0 L
  • Horsepower: 332 @ 5100
  • Torque: 367 @ 4100
  • GMC Yukon Hybrid MPG, City: 20 MPG
  • GMC Yukon Hybrid MPG, Highway: 23 MPG
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