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Hybrid technology is a wonderful thing because it improves fuel economy and significantly reduces emissions at the same time. Originally only available for modern hatchbacks and midsize sedans, the GMC Yukon Hybrid represented a radically different application for a gasoline electric powertrain. With a significant increase in fuel efficiency compared to a typical large Ute - and, of course, reduced emissions - the "green" Yukon has sacrificed serious off-road capability. But that "sacrifice" would have as much impact on the typical SUV owner as a blackout would have on the Amish.
Of course, at over $50,000 new, this all-purpose SUV didn't come cheap. Even with its significant fuel savings, the hybrid was a questionable economic choice over the regular Yukon. It made even less sense compared to GM's large eight-passenger crossovers, which offered more interior space with only a small fuel economy deficit. But if your goal is to own a traditional truck SUV while minimizing fuel consumption, it might be worth considering a used Yukon Hybrid.
Used GMC Yukon Hybrid Models
The GMC Yukon Hybrid debuted in 2008 and was produced until 2013. This truck-based full-size SUV utilized a gasoline-electric powertrain to achieve a combined EPA fuel economy estimate of 21 mpg in combined driving, thanks almost entirely to its fuel economy in town vastly improved. The hybrid's combined fuel economy rating was approximately 5 mpg higher than the combined rating for the non-hybrid Yukon from the same period.
Rather than sacrifice power, GMC equipped the Yukon Hybrid with a beefy 6.0-liter gasoline V8 that, combined with the additional boost from the two electric motors, produced up to 332 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. This Yukon was a full "two-mode" hybrid and had the ability to reach 30 miles per hour on electric power alone. hence the efficiency in city traffic.
The Yukon's hybrid system included a new dual-mode transmission design. In normal driving, the transmission would function as a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission). When driving requirements increased, for example when towing, the transmission was changed to a more robust four-speed automatic transmission. This unique gearing duo also allowed the 4WD Yukon to have a low range downshift, an unusual feature for a hybrid SUV. It also had a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds when properly equipped.
The hybrid system's extra weight was offset somewhat by lighter body panels and slimmer front seats. Additionally, a low front spoiler that would look better on a Corvette contributed to aerodynamic efficiency but compromised the Yukon Hybrid's approach angle. However, since most SUVs don't really go off-road, this isn't essentially an issue.
Otherwise, the GMC Yukon Hybrid was similar to a regular Yukon, meaning it could seat up to eight passengers and offer nearly 109 cubic feet of cargo space. But to get that seat, you'd have to physically remove the cumbersome 50/50 split seats in the third row. That task isn't necessary in most other SUVs (including GMC's Acadia crossover), where the third-row seats fold neatly into the floor and are more comfortable to carry.
Changes over the years have been limited. However, buyers should note that Bluetooth was added in 2009, a USB audio port debuted the following year, and front side airbags weren't available until 2012.
In our reviews of the GMC Yukon Hybrid, we found that it drives a lot like a regular Yukon. Acceleration is on par, and highway overtaking performance is even better than the related 5.3-liter V8-equipped Tahoe. The main disadvantages concern the price and absolute fuel consumption. When new, the hybrid version costs a lot more than a similarly equipped regular Yukon. And the vehicle's combined fuel economy rating, while a huge improvement, is still not what most people would consider "good" fuel economy in the absolute sense. Overall, we think those who don't need massive towing capacity would be better served with the considerably less expensive - but equally spacious and nearly as fuel-efficient - GMC Acadia.
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VonAshley Abarra-April 13 - 12:57 p.m.
I just bought it from a used car dealership and about a week after I fell in love with my vehicle when using the headlights it locks up and the dashboard message says "Power Steering Locked" "Check Hybrid System". Having been towed twice, seen by GMC, promises broken from dealer it was purchased from, couldn't be angrier at what could be causing this. It only goes out and shakes when the headlights are on. Come to find out that these are not factory headlights and each one is missing a bulb. Would that throw the system out? Can anyone help. I love my truck, but it needs to be reliable and safe, and right now it's neither.
new hybrid 2008-2008 GMC Yukon-Hybrid
VonJakob K-September 23rd - 3:43 am(Video) 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid Review - Kelley Blue Book
What a vehicle to say the least and fun to drive. I can manipulate the truck so that it only runs electrically in the neighborhood. Or "stealth vibes" as we called it. I loved the truck! I own 8 new suburbs. I can recommend the vehicle unreservedly, to say the least.
Stay in the GMC Truckin-2008 GMC Yukon-Hybrid
VonMade in the United States-August 29 - 2:30 p.m.
This is an awesome truck that has all the commonly discussed "green mods" for trucks: aerodynamic design, lightweight engine/body panels, hybrid powertrain. The result was a total mileage of around 23mpg in a 2WD truck that is fun to drive and easy to operate. Highly recommended for anyone who needs and appreciates big trucks. There is simply nothing else that compares in its size/weight class.
Good car but with some flaws-2008 GMC Yukon-Hybrid
VonRJ-June 20th - 6:26 am
I bought this truck new on New Years Eve 2008. After 7 months and 12,000 miles I am a little disappointed with the mileage. It was only about 17 MPG. I have a lead foot but my wife doesn't and she is the main driver. Don't see other reviewers getting 20+. Had to go to dealer twice for brake issues. Warranty covered, but still annoying. The interior is well designed, but the materials look very cheap. The driver's seat offers plenty of legroom and headroom, but the seating comfort leaves much to be desired on long journeys. Overall very happy with it. It has a really smooth ride even at 75-85mph. With the 3rd row of seats open, the luggage compartment is spacious. It is not possible to use NAV without the radio on.
Great truck and mileage after recall-2008 GMC Yukon-Hybrid
Vonmwells-June 19th - 4:16pm
I love this truck because it can idle while having no carbon footprint. The truck had low gas mileage but after the transmission recall it gets what it likes. I love the fact that it gets to about 20 miles per gallon and I have a lead foot. Wondering if GM will credit me for the fuel cost of their mistake?
All that is advertised-2008 GMC Yukon-Hybrid
VonQUENTIN-March 9th - 3:10pm(Video) GMC Yukon 5.3L Vs 6.0L Vs 6.2L!
We recently purchased our Yukon Hybrid as a demo model, so we got a great deal (GM Certified Used - 41,000 miles left bumper-to-bumper warranty). I averaged 23.7 mpg 400 miles home from the dealer and did 65-70 mph on highways. I am now averaging 24.5 mpg combined city/highway in my area. The hybrid system and instant economy indicator really encourage you to drive light, and I've never been light on my feet before. It's very easy to drive - the hybrid system is virtually seamless in transition and the V8/V4 cylinder deactivation system works very well. As an added bonus, you can sneak up on your friends and neighbors like a big golf cart at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
Hybrid Big Moes Yukon-2008 GMC Yukon-Hybrid
VonGrande Seg-November 17th - 11:20pm
I own a paper recycling business and my customer base is very environmentally conscious. My new Yukon Hybrid fits perfectly with our corporate image. I now own 2 Cadillac Escalades averaging 12mpg. I've averaged 21.7mpg in my new Yukon Hybrid over the last 3000 miles. I love my vehicle! The car cost me $20,000 less than my Escalade and is quieter and handles better. I plan to purchase two more for my company once the Escalades leases expire. Great job by GM!
great vehicle!-2008 GMC Yukon-Hybrid
VonLeben1-July 22nd - 10:30pm
I've had my Yukon Hybrid for a year and a half now, and in that time I've discovered a new level of sophistication. I used to have Range Rovers that are very good but just don't offer the same level of performance. I had a recall for a minor issue but other than that it has never missed a beat in 19,000 miles. Fuel economy seems to average around 20 mpg, mostly around town, but this vehicle's carbon footprint is much lower than my last few, which is why I bought it. At traffic lights with the engine off, the other hybrids usually run... enough said. You must learn to change your driving style to get the most out of this vehicle.
so disappointed-2009 GMC Yukon-Hybrid
Vonalex170-June 4th - 10:06 pm
Bought the 09 Yukon new thinking the hybrid would save me some money on gas, well it didn't perform nearly as it was proclaimed. It looked cheaply built. The detachable 3rd row was so heavy it was nearly unusable that it took two people to reinstall it.
My Yukon is always in the shop!-2008 GMC Yukon-Hybrid
Vonahurley-April 28 - 4:30 p.m.(Video) Top 5 Problems GMC Yukon SUV 3rd Generation 2007-14
The actuators that move the door locks burn out one after another. I'm on my fifth replacement. I'll contact a lawyer when the next one burns out.