2013 GMC Yukon Hybrid Performance
This performance review was written when the 2013 GMC Yukon Hybrid was new.
Reviewers say the Yukon Hybrid is fairly powerful, but because of its size, it takes time to get up to speed. Critics also note that its ponderous handling falls well short of crossover SUVs and its limited maneuverability detract from its overall performance.
- "Apart from its powertrain, the Yukon Hybrid is functionally little different from a standard Yukon, meaning you still get a powerful V8, the ability to transport up to eight people and a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds." -- Edmunds (2012)
Acceleration and Power
The Yukon Hybrid’s powertrain consists of a 6.0-liter V8 gasoline engine, a pair of electric motors and an electrically variable transmission (EVT). The V8 engine and electric motors combine to make a total of 332 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. At an EPA-estimated 20/23 mpg city/highway with either rear- or four-wheel drive, the Yukon Hybrid edges most other large SUVs’ fuel economy. It can also tow up to 6,200 pounds. Additionally, the Yukon Hybrid can drive up to 30 mph on electric power before switching to gas.
One reviewer says the Hybrid Yukon performs much like its gas-powered siblings, saying that the hybrid powertrain makes transitions seamlessly. Another critic says that the Yukon Hybrid is powerful, but is also heavy and slow. The same test driver notes that the transmission is slow to shift at times.
- "The Yukon Hybrid behaves much like its conventional siblings. The electric-to-gas transition is almost completely transparent.” -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "While the Hybrid is the most powerful Yukon available, it's also the heaviest, so don't expect particularly brisk acceleration. Also, the transmission can hesitate when you ask for full power." -- Edmunds (2012)
Handling and Braking
Critics aren’t impressed with the Yukon Hybrid’s handling, saying it lags behind most crossovers, but this is a common complaint in the class. One reviewer says the Yukon Hybrid holds its own against the competition though. It has rear-wheel drive standard and four-wheel drive is available. While reviewers don’t comment on the Yukon Hybrid’s regenerative brakes, reviewers call the mechanically-identical Tahoe Hybrid’s brakes spongy.
- "You won't mistake these big trucks for cars (or even crossovers for that matter), but they hold their own against the few other rivals in this class." -- Consumer Guide
- "Handling is about what you'd expect: safe but ponderous. Most crossovers are notably more carlike from behind the wheel." -- Edmunds (2012)