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in 2009 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $23,821 - $25,894
Original MSRP: $50,920 - $53,730
MPG: 21 City / 22 Hwy
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2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid Interior

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Slotted between the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid in price, the GMC Yukon Hybrid's interior is also in the middle when it comes to luxury. The Yukon Hybrid comes loaded with standard amenities and tech features, but a few reviewers complain of materials that don't justify the Yukon Hybrid's price tag. On the whole, however, many reviewers seem pleased with the interior.

  • "There's still seating for eight passengers, huge cargo-hauling capability and  . . .all the top-shelf electronics that help us find our way and entertain our passengers." -- AutoWeek
  • "Handsome cabin with solid build quality." -- Edmunds
  • "GM's new truck interiors may be far better than anything they've ever offered, boasting attractive chrome accents and a real woven headliner. But at $51k (base), the Yukon Hybrid's interior feels cheaper than a Las Vegas motel on a Tuesday afternoon." -- The Truth About Cars
  • "The audio and navigation interface is very well designed." -- CNET
  • "Well-designed and mighty luxurious." -- The Auto Channel

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Seating                                                        

Few reviewers mention the seating in the GMC Yukon Hybrid, and those that do don't always have nice things to say. Many reviewers complain about the third-row seat, reporting that it is too cramped and low to the ground for adult use. Since the seats don't get mentioned much by reviewers, you may want to read the interior review for the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid or the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, which have similar seats and seating positions, to see if the Yukon Hybrid is comfortable enough for you.

  • "Generous leather seats are comfortable and appear of excellent quality. Fit and finish are excellent as well and with all that full-size SUV room in there I felt like a potentate." -- The Auto Channel
  • "The seats are flat and unsupportive, and the optional third row seat is unusable for anyone but Hobbits." -- The Truth About Cars
  • "Snug second- and third-row seating." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Though not as luxurious and tech-heavy as the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, reviewers are pleased with the interior features offered by the GMC Yukon Hybrid. A DVD-based navigation system is standard, as is satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera and hybrid-economy gauge that lets drivers see how "green" they are driving.

  • "A backup camera comes standard and it's one of several luxury items-like leather heated seats and a navigation system-that lessen the blow of the Yukon Hybrid's $50,945 base price. And we love backup cameras when it comes time to hook up a trailer because they make the task an easy, one-person job." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "As is common with hybrids, a graphic display shows the power mode for the vehicle. More usefully, there is a small fuel-efficiency gauge that notes the 'sweet spot' between too heavy a foot on the accelerator and too much braking, so that by keeping the gauge's needle at 12 o'clock the vehicle is running at maximum economy. I found that this device made it much easier to drive in the most economical manner. It would be useful in all cars and trucks." -- New York Times
  • "The hybrid economy gauge is a message center that communicates to the driver on the efficiency of his or her driving style. It's like having a personal tutor instruct you on how to tread lightly and drive a little greener." -- Washington Times

Cargo

Like other large GM SUVs, the Yukon Hybrid has plenty of cargo space, especially compared to most hybrids. However, reviewers constantly complain that to access the space, the third-row seats must be manually removed -- and those seats are heavy. Competitors like the Ford Expedition offer third-row seats that fold flat into the floor.

  • "I have no trouble loading a chest of drawers, a dresser and the dresser's mirror in the rear cargo area of our Yukon. I pulled out the two third-row seats with a pull of a strap and a jerk on a sturdy handle. I must say, those are heavy buggers at 63.5 pounds apiece." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Third-row seats are removable, creating a massive cargo area." -- CNET
  • "Heavy third-row seats must be removed to open up cargo hold ... Since the two seats weigh slightly less than a Geo, you'd better have Stone Cold Steve Austin on standby to help remove them. Once they're out, though, maximum cargo capacity is a whopping 109 cubic feet with the folding second row down -- much more than any other hybrid offers." -- Edmunds

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