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in 2012 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $34,306 - $45,693
Original MSRP: $52,470 - $63,130
MPG: 20 City / 23 Hwy
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2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid Interior

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Slotted between the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid in price, the 2012 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 cheap materials and dislike that some features, like a telescoping steering wheel, aren’t standard on a vehicle that costs so much. On the whole, however, many reviewers seem pleased with the interior.

  • “Pros: Handsome cabin with solid build quality.” -- Edmunds

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Seating                                                        

The 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid can seat up to eight people in three rows of seats, with standard leather-trimmed upholstery. The Yukon Denali Hybrid’s front bucket seats are nice, with 12-way power adjustments and two-stage heating. Denali models also come standard with heated second-row seats.

Though test drivers say the GMC Yukon Hybrid’s first- and second-row seats are comfortable, many complain about the third-row seat, reporting that it is too cramped and low for adult use. That’s a common problem with most truck-based SUVs, but reviewers say the Toyota Sequoia has a more adult-sized third row.

  • "Adult-comfortable 2nd row. … Automatic-folding seats spring forward to ease access to the 3rd row, though passage is still tight, and the seats must be manually restored to their upright position. Low-to-floor 3rd-row cushion forces knees-up discomfort for anyone larger than toddler size.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “Lows: Snug 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 a hybrid-economy gauge that lets drivers see how "green" their driving habits are. The Yukon Denali Hybrid adds features like an upgraded Bose sound system and better sound insulation. More than one test driver is surprised by the unavailability of a telescoping steering wheel on a vehicle like the Yukon Denali Hybrid, which costs almost $60,000.

  • "All gauges are large but some testers find the markings too indistinct for best legibility. Yukon's … navigation system absorbs, but doesn't complicate, audio functions.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The newest Yukon boasts attractive, high-quality materials and tight panel gaps while maintaining a simple control layout. Even the standard navigation system is easy to use.” -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2012 Yukon Hybrid can hold up to 108.9 cubic feet of cargo, but that huge capacity isn’t without its drawbacks. Though there’s still a vast 60.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row, there’s just a meager 16.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row of seats. And, like the rest of GM’s full-size SUVs, the Yukon Hybrid doesn’t offer fold-flat third-row seats, so owners have to remove the heavy back row in order to maximize cargo space. By contrast, competitors like the Ford Expedition offer third-row seats that fold flat into the floor.

  • "Spacious with two rows of seats. Second-row seats fold forward to expand cargo volume. There's no abundance of storage room behind the 3rd row. The folded 3rd-row seat backs rest well above the load floor, complicating loading of large items. Those seats unlatch easily, but are heavy and cumbersome to remove.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 50/50-split third-row seats don't fold flat into the floor, however; they must be removed manually to free up maximum cargo space, and each seat weighs more than 60 pounds.” -- Edmunds

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