2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid

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2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid

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2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid review: Our expert's take

By Emily Hansen


As a former full-size-SUV owner, I know that driving a big vehicle is really about hauling people. But owning a Yukon Hybrid is more than that – it’s also about hauling gear, being comfortable on long trips and doing it all with a dash of green, earth-loving sassiness.

This green behemoth has spacious seating for seven and hauls a boat or pop-up camper with its 6,200-pound towing capacity. The Yukon Hybrid and its sister SUV, the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, are two-mode hybrids. Don’t glaze over yet – this means they can run on a battery-powered engine – up to a point – in city driving and a powerful V-8 engine during highway cruising.

Keeping the Yukon in battery mode became a game for my family – thrilling since the ABC road sign game gets old. While paying close attention to my driving I got close to 22 mpg in a mix of city and highway driving; otherwise my mileage averaged between 20 and 21 mpg. It was much harder for me to change my driving habits than I would have imagined. I had trouble adjusting to other drivers’ snooty impatience when I would slowly move away from a stop sign to stay in battery mode. Hybrid or not, I will have to make some adjustments to my lifestyle to up my fuel economy numbers.

In my day-to-day grocery-getting life, I loved that when my kids sat in the Yukon they weren’t even close to touching each other. I could easily fit three booster seats across the middle row (three five-point harness child-safety seats would also fit, depending upon their dimensions) and the kids were able to buckle their seat belts without any problems.

I did feel a little uneasy about the nickel-metal hydride battery, which sits directly below the second-row seats. A GM engineer assured me it’s safe, but the idea of my kids sitting on top of a giant battery makes me feel about as comfortable as someone building an elementary school next to a power station.

If a family wants to maintain a lifestyle that includes moving kids, stuff and trailers, and occasionally going off the beaten path, then getting 20 mpg in the Yukon Hybrid is a lot more appealing than 15 mpg in its non-hybrid sister – that’s a 25 percent gain in fuel economy. But if high gas prices are making you consider a hybrid, I suggest stepping outside your SUV comfort zone altogether and broadening your hybrid horizons.

*For more information on the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid and its safety features, visit Cars.com. With questions or comments regarding this review, write to editor@motherproof.com.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS

Latch Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 7

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Galore

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample-Galore

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Great

Fun Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove On): Good Times

Specs

2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid

Base price: $50,045

Price as tested: $50,045

Engine: 332-hp, 6.0-liter V-8

Fuel: 21/22 mpg

Length: 202.0″

Width: 79″

Ground Clearance: 9.5″

Turning Radius: 19.5 ft.

Cargo space: 16.9/60.3/108.9 cu. ft.

NHTSA Crash-Test Ratings

Frontal Impact

Driver’s side: 5 stars

Passenger’s side: 5 stars

Side Impact

Front occupant: 5 stars

Rear occupant: 5 stars

Rollover resistance: 3 stars

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 3.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Great price and a great deal.

Fully loaded and safe and quiet SUV. I've been looking for Hybrid SUV for a couple of months now. I was glad to found such a wonderful deal.

5.0

Love this Yukon!

I love this Yukon! The third road seating is perfect for my family. It's not big but big enough! LOVE LOVE LIVE IT

2.6

Most unreliable truck I've owned

The truck has had major engine problems before 100k miles and after. Hybrid battery went out just past 100k miles and cost $3,000. With recommended premium gas and synthetic oil, not much savings in gas cost/consumption.

See all 8 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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Compare the competitors

2010

Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid

$50,720

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2006

Buick Terraza

$27,250

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2007

GMC Yukon

$34,675

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