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?