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2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid Review

The 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid has great fuel economy for a large SUV, and it can still tow trailers and haul plenty of cargo. In addition to better fuel economy, the Yukon Hybrid also comes better equipped than most 2011 large SUVs.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior with loads of standard features
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Third-row seat doesn’t fold flat




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid Overview

When it was new, reviewers said the Yukon Hybrid provided a reasonable boost in fuel economy over its gas-only counterpart without sacrificing much utility. The Yukon Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 20/23 mpg city/highway. This falls short of other hybrid SUVs, but those vehicles also can’t tow up to 6,200 pounds like the Yukon Hybrid can. Just be mindful that a used Yukon Hybrid might cost more than the gas-only Yukon, which could offset the money you save at the pump. 

The eight-seat 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid comes with either rear- or four-wheel drive and is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine and a pair of electric motors. Reviewers generally said the Yukon Hybrid has plenty of power for accelerating and cruising. A major critic complaint when it was new is that the third row must be removed to expand cargo space. Some competitors, like the 2011 Ford Expedition, offer third rows that simply fold flat. Maximum cargo capacity with the second row folded and the third row removed is 108.9 cubic feet.

Reviewers said the standard leather-trimmed seats in the Yukon Hybrid are comfortable and that the interior is well-appointed. Standard features are abundant, and include tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a Bose stereo, navigation, satellite radio and a USB port. A Denali trim adds even more standard luxury goodies like cooled seats, larger wheels and a dynamic suspension that automatically adjusts to changes in the road to maximize comfort. The Yukon Hybrid saw few changes since it debuted in 2008, so you may be able to save money by getting an older model.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re shopping for a Yukon Hybrid, check out the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid as well. The two are very similar, though reviewers showered more praise on the Yukon Hybrid. The Tahoe Hybrid does not have a luxurious counterpart to the GMC’s Denali trim, but by searching for both models, you’ll increase your chances of finding a good model with low mileage at the right price.

Another SUV to consider is the gas-only 2011 GMC Yukon. Its fuel economy isn’t as good as the Yukon Hybrid’s, but at 15/21 mpg city/highway, its fuel economy is still among the best in the class. With the available front bench seat, the gas-only Yukon can seat up to nine. It can also tow a bit more, and because it lacks the expensive hybrid components, it may also cost less.

Compare the Yukon Hybrid to the Tahoe Hybrid and Yukon »

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