2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Burly acceleration when needed
  • City gas mileage
  • Smooth brakes for a hybrid
  • Interior quality
  • Towing capacity
  • Ride quality

The Bad

  • Steep price
  • Third row hard to access
  • Seats don't fold flat
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope

Notable Features of the 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid

  • Denali trim available
  • Combines electric motors with 332-hp V-8
  • Can cruise on electric power up to 30 mph
  • 6,200-pound towing capacity
  • Seats up to eight

2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Though gas mileage ratings for GM's full-size SUVs are impressive among their competitive set, they aren't likely to bring smiles to anyone at the pump; their combined ratings still linger in the teens. The Yukon Hybrid changes that, to a degree. Along with its twin, the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, the Yukon Hybrid promises an improvement in overall gas mileage. The Yukon Hybrid is only available with a short wheelbase, but it comes with either rear- or four-wheel drive. It seats eight.

New for 2012
The Yukon Hybrid gets a revised touch-screen navigation radio that includes a USB port and the ability to record broadcast audio.

Exterior
GM says the Yukon Hybrid's exterior changes are intended to make the SUV more aerodynamic compared with the gas-powered Yukon.

A modified bumper drops the regular Yukon's fog lights for some chunky bodywork and two small portals. There are horizontal grille slats and lower side cladding. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Denali has 22-inch wheels
  • Assist steps
  • Heated power mirrors (auto-dimming on driver's side)
  • Low-rolling-resistance tires

Interior
The Yukon Hybrid has room for up to eight people in three rows of seats. Leather upholstery is standard, and the front seats are fitted with seat heaters. Optional items include a sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system. All Yukon Hybrids include an efficiency gauge that gives feedback on your driving style. Standard interior features include:...

Vehicle Overview

Though gas mileage ratings for GM's full-size SUVs are impressive among their competitive set, they aren't likely to bring smiles to anyone at the pump; their combined ratings still linger in the teens. The Yukon Hybrid changes that, to a degree. Along with its twin, the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, the Yukon Hybrid promises an improvement in overall gas mileage. The Yukon Hybrid is only available with a short wheelbase, but it comes with either rear- or four-wheel drive. It seats eight.

New for 2012
The Yukon Hybrid gets a revised touch-screen navigation radio that includes a USB port and the ability to record broadcast audio.

Exterior
GM says the Yukon Hybrid's exterior changes are intended to make the SUV more aerodynamic compared with the gas-powered Yukon.

A modified bumper drops the regular Yukon's fog lights for some chunky bodywork and two small portals. There are horizontal grille slats and lower side cladding. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Denali has 22-inch wheels
  • Assist steps
  • Heated power mirrors (auto-dimming on driver's side)
  • Low-rolling-resistance tires

Interior
The Yukon Hybrid has room for up to eight people in three rows of seats. Leather upholstery is standard, and the front seats are fitted with seat heaters. Optional items include a sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system. All Yukon Hybrids include an efficiency gauge that gives feedback on your driving style. Standard interior features include:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Bose stereo
  • Navigation system

Under the Hood
The Yukon Hybrid uses a two-mode hybrid system. The system augments the SUV's V-8 engine with two electric motors, both powered by a 300-volt battery pack. A cylinder-deactivation system cuts power to four of the eight cylinders during low-stress situations, such as downhill coasting, and regenerative braking is used to recharge the battery. When properly equipped, the rear-wheel-drive Yukon Hybrid can tow 6,200 pounds, and the four-wheel-drive version can tow 6,000 pounds. Mechanical features include:

  • 332-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 with cylinder deactivation that generates 367 pounds-feet of torque
  • Two-mode continuous electric ratio hybrid transmission with four fixed gears
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Electrically driven power steering
  • Electrically driven air conditioning cools cabin even with the engine off

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with roll-mitigation technology
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Backup camera

 


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What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Good family vechile

by October Hill Farm from Fort Edward Ny on January 3, 2018

Roomy with our being a monster... easy to drive and use .... love The luxury and dependability..... Read full review

(5.0)

I LOVE THIS CAR!!!

by momof3 from Virginia on July 16, 2013

The Yukon Hybrid meets every possible expectation for comfort, luxury, safety, drivability and to top it all off, this vehicle gets great gas mileage for its enormous size. I have owned my Yukon ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by GMC
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

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 warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Yukon Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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