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Review: 2008 GMC Yukon 2WD

General Motors’ Bob Lutz hybrid vehicles third on his fossil fuel addiction program. After making more efficient and investing in but before producing plug-in cars and, eventually, cell vehicles, Lutz to see GM move into hybrids. this plan in mind, we to spend a few days with a GMC Yukon Hybrid.

Though we tested the almost identical Tahoe Hybrid. also in form, we decided to take look as we anticipate the upcoming Yukon XFE. or Xtra Economy.

Both the Yukon and its cousin are assembled in Arlington,

GM wasn’t content with sticking a hybrid powertrain in the Yukon four-door full-size SUV The payoff would have only moderately improved economy. Instead, GM took an look at modifying everything might potentially drag efficiency.

The result is a Yukon a unique fascia, a clean and high rolling-resistance tires, other changes.

Briefly, the XFE will combine some of the tips learned on the Hybrid in a cheaper, two-wheel-drive-only package this fall.

What’s it up

Dodge and Chrysler are releasing versions of the Durango and Aspen fall, though neither is as roomy inside as the Yukon. are also older designs to 2004, whereas the Yukon was refreshed for 2007.

The Yukon Hybrid also with the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Bluetec. which returns and 17/23 mpg city/highway, even the GL320 Bluetec uses more expensive diesel The Mercedes is only available four-wheel-drive, whereas the Yukon is in both two- and four-wheel-drive.

of course, there’s the nearly Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, stickers for about $500 than the Yukon.

Any breakthroughs?

there’s something unique the hood (and hidden the middle row of seats). The Yukon features a two-mode hybrid composed of a 6.0-liter V8 engine cylinder deactivation, an electric and a continuously variable automatic It’s pretty standard fare, though the cylinder from non-hybrid versions of powertrain carry over the Hybrid.

The Yukon (and was the first V8 hybrid SUV available to

Aerodynamically, there’s nothing though GM’s engineers did do a good job making a brick slippery — the hybrids feature the lowest coefficient of of any full-size SUV at 0.349. The aerodynamic also bring down the noise just a touch on the

How does it look?

GM says customers want people to they’re in a hybrid. We won’t the motives of the hybrid buyers but we will question the taste of HYBRID stickers on both of the vehicle and on the windshield and rear Our Amana Refrigerator White Summit White) test might appeal to a NASCAR with all of its stickers, but it looks tacky to the rest of us.

Fortunately, just stickers and thus can be in a matter of seconds. As if the stickers enough, each side of the gets a pair of raised Hybrid badges on the fenders and

The Yukon Hybrid gets a front fascia with a prominent chrome grille. The bumper stretches down much further than in the model, significantly inhibiting any off pretensions this SUV might ever had (even though was a two-wheel-drive example, the four-wheel-drive also feature the elongated bumper). This is, of course, all in the name of decreasing wind

The running boards are also integrated into the body a pair of plastic sail designed to help this box the wind and the roof rack is Styling is subjective, of course, but we the Tahoe Hybrid’s more front end is cleaner and more

Unlike the Tahoe, the Yukon black-painted D-pillars. Curiously, vehicles get the same 18 inch wheel design (albeit unique center caps) to low rolling-resistance 265/65 Bridgestone H/T 684II tires. The wheel and combination is the same size standard on the upscale, non-hybrid Denali as well as the new improved-economy XFE and it’s a step up from the 17 on the standard Yukon.

First confirm standard Yukon inside. The overall theme is but upscale and comfortable thanks to faux (though fairly wood trim and light tan upholstery.

GM’s line-wide system is standard and, in the it contains a separate screen for hybrid information and a trip GMC also includes a standard camera that displays the navigation screen — a feature in cumbersome SUVs this one.

In the instrument the tachometer drops off below 0 RPM Auto Stop mode the gas engine is off. A green gauges takes the place of the voltmeter. The gauge doesn’t measure anything; it simply the driver an idea how efficient driving the Yukon.

We had a hard time getting it to into the more efficient end of its unless we were coasting, so we weren’t too good at economically the skinny pedal.

The Hybrid’s packs store beneath the row of seats, though third row is no more difficult than in the model. Otherwise, the Hybrid is a Yukon SLT inside with few missing other than back rests and a power

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But does it go?

With an extra 20 of torque on tap, the Hybrid up for the additional weight of the batteries a regular Yukon. Unless you at the gauges, there’s no indication driving a hybrid. Unlike Escape Hybrid (and versions of the Mercury Mariner and Tribute) SUV, the transition electric and gas power is virtually There’s no whine under acceleration or when the brakes are and the electric air conditioning operates the regardless of which motor is the power, all issues that the Ford triplets.

Kudos to GM for what we’d consider to be the seamless hybrid on the road.

In driving, there’s simply no difference between the Yukon and a standard gas-only model. The indication you’re saving is when the tachometer needle below 0 RPM into Auto to indicate that the electric is supplying all the power. We were to get up to about 28 miles per hour just the electric motor especially light application of the

Handling-wise, it’s pretty the same as the standard Yukon. The has electric power steering than hydraulic, but in a big SUV, it makes a noticeable difference in of drivability. In fact, with the (admittedly minor) fuel of electric power steering, we quite sure why GM doesn’t go ahead and put it on all their large Unlike in cars (Pontiac G6 to mind), putting electric steering in a cumbersome SUV wouldn’t road feel.

If GM thinks reliable enough for the hybrids, why not it across the line?

We averaged 18 mpg in the city — a fairly number for such a big SUV, hardly one that would the price hike for the electric On the highway, we barely managed mpg over a 100-mile run, no better than a non-Hybrid

Why you would buy it:

You have a need for a big SUV and you a lot of time driving in urban where the hybrid will use fuel.

Why you wouldn’t:

Since that above describes roughly one in 100 who buy SUVs, you’re probably off saving your money and with the standard Yukon. we know that our arguments dissuade thousands of suburbanites by the Yukon’s mass and interior — and those huge stickers.

We certainly applaud GM for to market a no compromises Hybrid and we that they’ll continue to some of their fuel-saving gleaned from this and apply them to other — even those not motivated like the upcoming XFE

2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid 2WD price: $50,045, as tested: Options as tested: Rear-seat DVD $1,295; Power sunroof,

Words and photos by Andrew .

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