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UPDATED: Sep 3, 2019

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The GMC Yukon Hybrid combines the best characteristics of a full-size truck SUV with better fuel efficiency than many sedans and crossovers.

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Before you do, why not read on to get a better idea about the GMC Yukon Hybrid’s pricing, safety equipment and insurance costs.

The Price of Hybrid Technology

Introduced in 2008, the GMC Yukon Hybrid has EPA fuel efficiency estimates as high as 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, a 40 percent improvement over conventional large SUVs.

Ads for the Yukon Hybrid highlight the fact that its city mpg rating is better than that of a V6 Toyota Camry or Honda Accord — very impressive for an eight-seater with a full chassis and nearly 6000 pounds of curb weight!

As for price, most reviewers complain about the extra cost for the hybrid powertrain and question whether it is worth paying for.

With a starting price of $51,610, so the reasoning goes, the Yukon Hybrid is almost $13,000 more than the starting price for the base conventional Yukon SLE.

However, if you own, or are thinking of buying, a Yukon Hybrid, you may have noticed that it has more standard features than the base conventional Yukon, such as rear parking assist, remote start, a rearview camera and various power controls.

Thus, the Yukon Hybrid is really more comparable to the upscale Yukon SLT, which has a starting price of $44,460. This means the premium for hybrid technology is closer to $7000, a figure many buyers would be more willing to consider for a greener SUV.

For the upscale Denali and Denali Hybrids, the price difference is even less at $5,275.

Price aside, the Yukon Hybrid is well-liked by the automobile press, who generally appreciate its sleek interior and comfortable ride, as well as its powerful combination of a 6.0-liter V8 gas engine and twin electric motors that together serve up 332 horsepower.

The V8 engine has the ability to shut down four cylinders when not needed, and the engine is a true hybrid in the sense that it can run exclusively on electric power at lower speeds.

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Safety Features and Crash Evaluations

The GMC Yukon Hybrid comes fully equipped with the same safety features as other Yukon models, including GM’s StabiliTrac system for enhancing stability in unsafe driving conditions, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, a comprehensive system of six airbags, LATCH child safety seat fittings, tire pressure monitoring and OnStar safety and crash notification services.

In addition, the Yukon Hybrid comes standard with remote start, a radar-based rear parking assist feature and a rearview camera. The upscale Yukon Denali Hybrid trim adds to this an optional side blind zone alert.

These features, together with the GMC Yukon Hybrid’s ample size, make it a reassuring vehicle to drive. However, it’s important to remember that any large SUV will have an increased tendency to roll over if you suddenly decide to corner it as though it’s a road-gripping sports car!

By respecting your GMC Yukon Hybrid’s capabilities and limitations, you’ll optimize a safe driving experience.

In crash evaluations performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this increased tendency to rollover was the only small downside to an otherwise top rating for the GMC Yukon Hybrid. The 2011 model received an overall grade of four out of five stars, with five for front impact and three for rollover. The NHTSA did not rate side impact for the 2011 Yukon Hybrid, but, in conventional 2011 Yukon models, side impact gets five stars, so it is reasonable to assume a similar rating for the Hybrid. For 2008 through 2010 model years, Yukon Hybrid results were similar to 2011, with five stars for front and side impact but only three for rollover.

How much is car insurance for the GMC Yukon Hybrid?

In addition to the added sticker price for hybrid technology, many hybrid vehicles cost more to insure than their conventional counterparts.

Although higher repair costs for hybrid technology is an obvious factor, another is the fact that upscale hybrids feature other expensive items to repair as well.

Reviewers and commentators also mention a third consideration, which is that, surprisingly, hybrid owners are statistically riskier drivers. Although this tendency seem focused on small-hybrid car drivers, it may affect all hybrid rates.

One reviewer speculated that hybrid drivers may have a tendency to use the added fuel efficiency to drive at higher speeds rather than to save money at normal speeds.

Given these considerations, how cheap is a GMC Yukon Hybrid to insure? Estimates range on average from around $1650 per year to nearly $2000 per year depending on trim level.

As expected, these prices are approximately 20 the 30 percent higher than for conventional gas-ethanol or gas-only Yukons. Depending on where you live, you may pay much more or less than the national average.

Some states such as Louisiana average well above $2400 per year to insure a GMC Yukon Hybrid, while others such as South Carolina and Vermont have average annual costs closer to $1000 for the same insurance.

Some other considerations that affect your unique insurance costs include your marital status, which in the case of a married couple often leads to multi-policy discounts for home and car insurance.

Your credit history, gender, age, driving record, and annual mileage are also typical factors insurance companies consider in determining the rate you will be charged for your policy.

Don’t hesitate to do your homework and compare quotes from a number of different insurers, because strong competition in the insurance industry can bring cheaper rates for consumers.

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