While there is no shortage of fuel-efficient new cars on the road for 2010, the majority of these gas sippers are too small to accommodate the needs of many drivers. However, there are a few new hybrid SUVs and trucks out there that cater to those who require the added proportions and power for hauling kids or towing boats. Go green without compromising functionality by test-driving one of the top five largest hybrid new cars for 2010:
2010 GMC Yukon Hybrid
With seating for eight and a maximum cargo capacity of 109 cubic feet, vehicles don't get much more cavernous than the 2010 GMC Yukon. While the model's 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway pales in comparison to hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius, these figures are stellar compared to other full-size SUVs. In relation to the traditional GMC Yukon, the hybrid model delivers roughly a 50 percent increase in efficiency. Add in a hefty V-8 engine and the ability to tow 6,100 lbs., and it's clear the Yukon hybrid is one of the most capable gas-electrics on the road today.
While the idea of earning more than 20 mpg combined on a vehicle this size is enticing, the premium for going green detracts from the appeal of the Yukon. Base price for the hybrid model starts at nearly $52,000, which is about $14,000 more than the base MSRP of the traditional Yukon.
2010 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid
The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is the corporate cousin of the Yukon. Built on the same platform and outfitted with the same engine, performance is identical. Interior volume is the same as well, with room for eight and 109 cubic feet of cargo space. Compared to the GMC Yukon, the Chevrolet Tahoe is a bit more affordable - base price starts around $50,700. As a result, elegance and luxury are a bit more subdued for the Chevy model. However, functionality and fuel efficiency are equivalent, meaning that the Tahoe may help you save a few bucks if you've got your mind set on buying a full-size hybrid SUV.
2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
The Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is yet another full-size GM hybrid SUV. Serving as the upscale option in the lineup, the Escalade Hybrid comes with more luxury features and amenities than its Tahoe and Yukon corporate cousins. With a base price of $73,425, the Escalade Hybrid is far from cheap. However, for those with the added cash to burn, the Cadillac Escalade offers a great combination of functionality, flash and comfort. Along with the Tahoe and Yukon, the Escalade Hybrid outputs 332 horsepower and 367 lb-ft. of torque.
2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid
With a gross weight of 7,100 lbs., the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid weighs just as much as the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. Clearly not a fan of diversity, GM exports its V-8-electric powertrain a fourth time to give the Silverado a familiar 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. For those who don't need seating for eight (the Silverado seats six), Chevy's full-size truck may serve as a more affordable alternative to a full-size hybrid SUV. Base price for the hybrid truck starts around $38,000. Towing capacity remains the same at 6,100 lbs.
2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid
GM proves itself to be the go-to automaker for king-sized hybrid power with the GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid. The final quintuplet to house GM's hefty hybrid V-8 engine offers GMC elegance in a full-size truck body style. Compared to the traditional Sierra, the hybrid's 21 mpg combined is good enough to offer a 40 percent increase in fuel efficiency. If the near $39,000 starting MSRP doesn't scare you off, then chances are you'll find plenty to like about this incredibly capable and eco-friendly hybrid truck.