Wonderful new technology is not only redefining the modern car, but also improving the environment. Hybrid technology has made great progress in the past decade as these vehicles improve fuel mileage and vastly lower emissions. At first, these modern advancements were only accessible on a couple of vehicles in the small and mid-size car segment. However, today the same innovations are now available on larger sedans and compact sport utility vehicles. The Yukon Hybrid model is one of the first vehicles in its segment to combine the use of this technology. Drivers agree that the cabin is virtually silent, which is almost eerie for a vehicle of this size. Some also say that you feel like you are driving a super-sized Prius, but not in a good way. It's simply a little awkward to some.
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The 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid takes advantage of both the gasoline engine and an electric power train to achieve a collective EPA fuel rating of approximately 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The GMC Yukon's hybrid system makes use of a new transmission prototype that was designed together with BMW and Chrysler. The 6.0-liter V-8 engine is paired up with two 60-kilowatt electric motors and an n electrically variable transmission. It delivers 320 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque, which is more than what the majority of the population expects a hybrid to be capable of Since the hybrid system increases the weight, GMC took measures to minimize overall weight by incorporating thinner front seats and lightweight body panels. The aerodynamic efficiency is improved at highway speeds by the low-slung front air dam.
In reality, the Yukon Hybrid is very similar to a normal Yukon, with a seating capacity of 8 passengers, and offering a load space of nearly 109 cubic feet. Be warned though, it you need that cargo space where the rear seat is, you will need to remove and store it completely, because it is not folding down the way you would it would. It is also able to tow up to 6,000 pounds, when properly equipped, and comes loaded with a high quality sound system, navigation system, and leather seating. Extra options include a sunroof and a rear-seat DVD system. It offers agile and smooth handling, a quiet freeway ride, and overwhelming acceleration due to the hybrid power train.
When tested by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, it received great reviews on frontal-offset and side impact tests, however it was only marginal in roof-strength tests.