Go Big and Go Green With the 2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid
If you're in the market for an eight-seater SUV that earns more than 20 mpg combined, then that likely means you're interested in the 2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid. While certainly not as fuel efficient as its hybrid sedan cousins, this eco-conscious land yacht does a great job of bringing green engine technology to those who also need ample interior cabin space and towing capacity. Keep reading to learn the mpgs, engine specs and available features on the 2010 Yukon Hybrid.
GMC Yukon Hybrid MPGs and Performance
The 2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid earns 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Compared to the traditional gas Yukon, that equates to a 23 percent increase in fuel savings. As the most fuel-efficient large SUV for the year, the Yukon hybrid doesn't sacrifice much in the way of engine performance. The 6.0-liter engine offers true V8 performance and feels nearly identical to the non-hybrid version of the GMC vehicle.
Performance of the gas/electric motor combo equates to 332 horsepower and 367 lb-ft. of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) serves to further improve gas mileage. For additional utility, you can also opt for four-wheel drive, which reduces combined mileage by one mpg. Maximum towing capacity for the new Yukon hybrid is 6,000 lbs.
2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid Styling
The GMC Yukon Hybrid exudes the same bold, aggressive styling as the rest of the GMC brand. Outside, the GMC stands tall with angular corners and a formidable frame. Inside, the Yukon pampers with ample seating and a bevy of standard amenities. While the slightly cramped 3rd-row seat might be best reserved for the kiddoes, the rest of the interior seating delivers ample support and comfort.
Compared to the mechanically similar Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, the Yukon comes with bolstered interior features. Standard amenities include Bluetooth, satellite radio, DVD-based GPS navigation and a rearview camera. As with many other hybrids, the Yukon also comes with a hybrid-economy gauge that helps the driver learn how to optimize fuel efficiency.
With a total of 109 cubic feet of storage space, the Yukon hybrid offers more interior volume than any other hybrid. However, to access all that real estate, GMC requires you to manually remove the rear seating. Ideally, a fold-flat feature would make things much easier.
2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid Safety
The Yukon earns high marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), earning a top-rated five stars in virtually every crash test category. Standard safety features include six airbags, stability control and anti-lock brakes.
2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid Price Comparison
The new Yukon Hybrid starts around $51,000. Compared to the non-hybrid Yukon, that equates to a $13,000 premium in MSRP. Clearly, this is a big boost in ticket price, which may be a deal breaker for many buyers. Still, if you're looking to reduce your carbon footprint while maintaining the ability to tow a boat, then the Yukon hybrid makes plenty of sense.
Those interested in the 2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid will also want to take a look at the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. Outfitted with the same engine, this less-luxurious hybrid SUV will save you a few thousand dollars at the dealership. Or, for even more opulence, you might consider test-driving a Cadillac Escalade Hybrid ($73,000 base MSRP). If all of these are too rich for your blood, then you'll have to either forfeit hybrid technology or interior cabin space.