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2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid Review

The 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid has large SUV capability but uses a bit less gasoline. Its fuel economy won’t resonate with true hybrid aficionados, but for those who still need the ability to carry eight people and tow trailers, the Yukon Hybrid makes a strong case for itself. 

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Many standard features
  • Third row doesn’t fold flat




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid Overview

When it was new, reviewers praised the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid for achieving superior fuel economy to the gas-only Yukon, while giving up little in terms of capability. EPA mileage estimates for the Yukon Hybrid are 21/22 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive and 20/20 with available four-wheel drive, which are great ratings for a large SUV. Keep in mind that because of its hybrid components and wealth of standard features, the Yukon may cost more than a used gas-only Yukon.

Under the hood are a 6.0-liter V8 and a pair of electric motors. Reviewers said this powertrain provides plenty of power, and that the transition between electric and gasoline power is fairly transparent. Towing capacity is 6,200 pounds, which is a bit less than what most in the class can tow, but still far more than a hybrid SUV, like the 2009 Lexus RX Hybrid, can tow. The Yukon Hybrid can haul up to 108.9 cubic feet of cargo, but like its gas-only counterpart, reviewers complained about the bulky third-row seats that must be removed to take advantage of that space.

Standard features are abundant in the eight-seat Yukon Hybrid, and include Bluetooth, heated leather seats, a Bose sound system, navigation, a backup camera, satellite radio and tri-zone climate control. A Denali trim level is available, which elevates the Yukon Hybrid to a luxury level that closely rivals the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. The Yukon Hybrid saw no major changes since it was introduced in 2008, so including that model year in your search may help you save some money.

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Other Cars to Consider

If like the Yukon Hybrid, you might also like the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. The Tahoe Hybrid is very similar to its GMC counterpart, though reviewers bestowed more praise on the Tahoe Hybrid’s interior and the Yukon Hybrid’s performance. 

Another vehicle to consider is the gas-only 2009 GMC Yukon. It can tow significantly more than the hybrid model, and it also seats one additional person with an available front bench seat. Though its fuel economy isn’t as good as the Yukon Hybrid’s, it may be less expensive as it doesn’t have any costly hybrid components.

Compare the Yukon Hybrid to the Tahoe Hybrid and Yukon »

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