2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid Overview
Proving that hybrid technology comes in many shapes and sizes, the 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid full-size SUV gives you the utility of a large SUV along with the fuel benefits of a hybrid.
The 2011 Yukon Hybrid gets a few exterior tweaks that separate it from normal Yukons in order to make the Yukon Hybrid more aerodynamic. It gets a modified bumper, low-rolling-resistance tires, and a grille with extra horizontal openings, and these changes help to increase the Yukon Hybrid’s bottom line fuel economy.
Under the hood, the Yukon Hybrid utilizes a two-mode hybrid system. In addition to the 332-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 there are two electric motors which are each powered by a 300-volt battery pack. One of those motors is used to power the Yukon Hybrid during city driving and the other is reserved for use during highway driving. The Yukon Hybrid’s engine also takes advantage of cylinder-deactivation technology, which shuts down engine cylinders when they aren’t needed which saves fuel. This system helps the Yukon Hybrid to achieve fuel economy marks of 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, representing a 50 percent improvement in terms of city mpg. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is available as an option.
Inside, the 2011 Yukon Hybrid comes with seating for up to 8 passengers and is very well equipped in normal or upscale Denali trim. There are a lot of standard features, including tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a Bose audio system, Bluetooth® connectivity, navigation system, and a household-style power outlet. A hybrid power flow display, which gives you information regarding the battery and efficiency statistics, is also standard. Jumping up to the Denali trim adds cooled front seats, a power tilt steering wheel, and an upgraded stereo. A DVD entertainment system is also available to keep rear passengers entertained on long trips.
Safety features include a full complement of airbags, rear parking assist, and electronic stability control with traction control. 2011 brings GM’s OnStar 9.0 system, which offers many helpful features and improved voice recognition, as well as redesigned second-row headrests.
The 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid lets you get to the great outdoors, and leaves you with enough fuel to make it back.