2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid Review
The Yukon is a full-size SUV that debuted in 1992. The luxury Denali trim was introduced in 1998. The second generation debuted in 2000, and in 2002 the Denali XL with an extended wheelbase was introduced. The third generation dawned in 2007. A hybrid model debuts for 2008, and is GM’s first full hybrid.
The BuyingAdvice Team Says:
The GMC Yukon Hybrid shows promise, in that it’s one of GM’s first true hybrids. On the other hand, it’s a shame to see it relegated to two of their least efficient models. Unfortunately, the hefty price premium of the Yukon Hybrid doesn’t offer much in the way of a mileage increase. For the price of the hybrid, you could buy a full-fledged luxury car. If you want better fuel economy, go with something smaller. If you want a comfortable, well-made SUV, stick with the regular Yukon.
The Yukon Hybrid is all-new for 2008. It features a 6.0-L V8 paired with two electric motors that provide both power and fuel economy. Only one trim is available, but it comes fully loaded.
What’s New For 2008:
What is the Predicted Reliability:
J.D. Power gives the Yukon 5 stars for dependability. Problems with the last generation included failed blower motors, faulty manual transmissions, suspension noise, and rough idling. It was recalled 14 times. Expect below average reliability. The basic warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 miles.
Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:
The Yukon Hybrid received perfect government crash test scores. IIHS results are not available. Anti-lock brakes, full side airbags, a rollover sensor, a backup camera, and stability and traction control come standard.
Pros and Cons:
+ Improved gas mileage
+ Smooth ride
- Benefit hardly justifies the cost
- Difficult third row
The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is very similar, but includes a standard third row for the same price. The Nissan Armada costs several thousand less and includes a CD changer, but can’t tow as much and gets up to 9 fewer miles in the city. The Toyota Sequoia Platinum has nearly 50 more hp and a CD changer, but costs a couple grand more, and gets up to 7 fewer miles to the gallon.
What Others Are Saying:
“Do the Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid SUV and mechanically identical GMC Yukon hybrid save fuel? Enough to justify their high prices? Has hybridization made them weenies? The answers after a week in a GMC Yukon rear-wheel-drive hybrid: Yes. Iffy. Not exactly.” – USA Today
“On my short drive, it was obvious that Bly and his peers – about 250 engineers from GM, Chrysler and BMW who have partnered to create this 2-mode hybrid system, in Troy, Mich. – have achieved a nice balance.” – The Mercury News
“Let’s get something out of the way right now: the Yukon Hybrid is over-priced…At that price point, GM’s gas – electric SUV competes against BMW’s enlarged X5, Audi’s Q7 carcoon and Lexus’ golf club friendly RX 400h (to name a few). Hybrid or no, the GMC Yukon’s not exactly what you’d call an upmarket machine. If The General had taken the hit and offered the Yukon Hybrid for the same price or less than its gasoline equivalent, it would be a far more compelling proposition.” – The Truth About Cars
Read more about the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid at the GMC manufacturer web site.