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2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid Review

Heavy Duty Hybrid

A three-quarter front view of a red 2009 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid

In short: A fuel-saving full-size SUV.

With the new Yukon Denali Hybrid, the GMC brand—best known for its fuel-thirsty fleet of trucks and SUVs—puts on its best eco-friendly face to deliver a full-size sport ute that provides excellent towing and cargo capacity while still remaining (sort of) fuel-efficient. However, in the world of GMC, going "green" is still a relative term—fitted with a 6.0-liter, 332-horsepower V8 engine, the Yukon Denali is one hybrid that isn't afraid to flex a little muscle.

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Warranty/Service: Five-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty;
eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid component warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $61,080 / As tested: $65,215

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, 4-wheel drive, 8-passenger, 4-door hybrid SUV

Engine: 6.0-liter Vortec V8 engine with active fuel management
Horsepower: 332 hp @ 5,100 rpm
Torque: 367 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm
Transmission: 2-mode hybrid automatic with 4 fixed gears

Curb weight:
5,936 lbs
Wheelbase: 116 in
Length/Width/Height: 202/79/76.9 in
Turning circle: 39 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS

Suspension: front coil-over-shock with stabilizer bar; rear multi-link with coil springs; magnetic ride control
Traction: Stabilitrak electronic stability control with traction control; proactive roll avoidance

EPA City:
21 mpg
EPA Highway: 22 mpg

Safety:
driver and front passenger dual-stage front airbags with passenger sensing system; 3-row head curtain side airbags; rollover sensor

 

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