The 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid (Base MSRP: $51,145 to $53,950) is one of few full-size SUVs that can be ordered with a hybrid powertrain. The Yukon Hybrid's strengths are passenger space and towing capacity; it can seat up to eight and tow more than three tons. The hybrid powertrain gives the Yukon Hybrid admirable fuel efficiency for a full-size SUV, particularly in city/local driving, but many conventionally powered crossovers offer nearly as much seating, get better mileage and cost less. The GMC Yukon Hybrid shares almost all of its components, including its hybrid powertrain, with its cross-brand General Motors siblings, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (Base MSRP: $51,145 to $53,950) and the more luxurious, vastly more expensive 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid (Base MSRP: $74,135 to $88,435).
The 2011 GMC Yukon has not changed significantly over the last few years See our full report on the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid (LINK) for a more detailed analysis of this large hybrid SUV.
As with the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid and the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, the Environmental Protection Agency rates the 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid at 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway/21 mpg combined. Good numbers for the size but not impressive compared to a variety of other SUVs, hybrid and otherwise.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Yukon Hybrid an overall safety rating of 4 stars out of 5. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not tested the Yukon Hybrid. Standard safety equipment includes front airbags, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control and antilock brakes.
ConsumerReports.org has road tested the 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid and ranks it against a large number of other SUVs. ConsumerReports.org's reliability information sets it apart from other outlets, as it's gleaned from an annual subscriber survey.
Review: SUVs, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Edmunds.com thinks that while the GMC Yukon Hybrid has its bright spots, it would make more sense for most consumers to consider lighter-duty crossovers and SUVs. Such alternatives would be cheaper and, in most cases, get equal or superior fuel economy.
Review: 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid, Editors of Edmunds.com
The 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid gets an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5 in crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Front-crash protection gets a perfect 5-star score, but rollover resistance is given a lower 3-star score. Side-impact protection is not rated.
Review: 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The GMC Yukon Hybrid's numbers are good for a big, heavy, truck-derived SUV, but they're nothing special compared to a number of practical crossovers. The GMC Yukon Hybrid posts an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway/21 mpg combined.
Review: 2011 Hybrid Vehicles, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
The 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid carries over unchanged yet again, as has been the case the last couple of years. See our full report on the 2009 Yukon Hybrid for a complete analysis of that model.
Review: 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid, Editors of ConsumerSearch, Dec. 2008