3/4 Front Glamour 2013 GMC Yukon Hybrid

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Expert's Rating

3.5Good

MPG 20 City / 23 Highway
Pros
  • Controls easy to use
  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Many standard safety features
  • Good in-city fuel economy for large SUV
Cons
  • Third row somewhat cramped
  • Heavy
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The GMC Yukon debuted way back in 1992 as the replacement to the aging full-size GMC Jimmy SUV. The hybrid version of the Yukon debuted in the 2008 model year, giving the Yukon slightly better mpg and lower emissions, but it also added significant cost to this full-size SUV.

Introduction

For the 2013 model year, the GMC Yukon Hybrid is a carryover, sans the addition of the Champagne Silver Metallic exterior color. The hybrid-drive system in the 2013 Yukon Hybrid includes a 6.0-liter gasoline engine and electric motors to produce a total of 332 horsepower. The 6.0-liter engine actually runs as a V-4 engine until the extra power is needed, thus improving its fuel economy. This SUV is available in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, with both models getting 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. Not only is this SUV fuel efficient, but it can also tow up to 6,000 pounds and seat eight people.

The 2013 GMC Yukon Hybrid comes in a pair of trim levels: Base and Denali. The base model comes in with premium amenities expected of a sub-luxury SUV, like leather seating, premium audio and top-line wheels. The Denali trim level makes the Yukon hybrid competitive with true luxury SUVs with its perforated leather, top-level audio and chrome wheels.

The hybrid SUV realm is slowly growing, so there is a handful of competitors for the Yukon Hybrid. Leading the pack is its cousin, the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, which comes standard with the same driveline as the GMC Yukon, a 5,800-pound towing capacity and a 10-speaker Bose audio system. Next up is the 2013 Lexus RX 450h, which features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 295 horsepower, a continuously variable transmission and gets a base mpg of 30 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Lastly is the 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with AWD, a continuously variable transmission, and 28 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

Given the hybrid driveline, the Yukon has to compete with smaller SUVs that get significantly better gas mileage, but can the Yukon’s luxury and power outshine the competition?

Which Style To Buy?

2013 GMC Yukon Hybrid
Starting price
$43,877

2013 GMC Yukon Hybrid Base

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a sub-luxury SUV with decent fuel economy and tons of features.

The Yukon Hybrid Base is the bottom level for the Yukon Hybrid lineup, but it still comes with an array of features that can please just about any owner. On the outside, GMC includes standard 18-inch polished-aluminum wheels for added luxury daytime running lamps for extra safety, color-keyed front and rear fascias for a smooth look, and heated outside mirrors for those cold mornings. Inside the Yukon’s cabin, it includes a nine-speaker Bose audio system with a 7-inch LCD screen, 30 GB hard drive, USB port and AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sirius XM capabilities, cruise control, power leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and Universal Home Remote.

2013 GMC Yukon Hybrid
Starting price
$43,877

2013 GMC Yukon Hybrid Denali

Recommended for: Luxury SUV buyers that need to save a few dollars on fuel while not sacrificing performance.

The Yukon Hybrid Denali turns this hybrid SUV into a full-on luxury vehicle. On the outside, the Denali trim level adds in a signature honeycomb grille and a set of 22-inch chrome wheels for added luxury. Exterior convenience items include a power liftgate, remote start, rearview camera and ultrasonic rear parking assist. The luxury continues to the cabin with the addition of a Bose Centerpoint stereo with 10 speakers, power-adjustable pedals, auto-dimming rearview mirror, perforated leather seating, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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