A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid

The GMC Yukon is about as big and powerful as any SUV can ever get. However, in the past, that also meant paying a large sum every time you hit the pump. GMC has addressed this problem with their 2012 Yukon by adding a hybrid version. You still get plenty of power and towing capacity, just without the same pump-shock you may be expecting.

Key Features

Obviously, the main and most important feature worth noting on the 2012 GMC Yukon Hybrid is its unique engine.

However, for a hybrid, especially one of this size, the Yukon also benefits from incredibly smooth brakes. This is all the more impressive when you get behind the wheel and feel just how powerful the acceleration from its V8 is.

Changes for 2012

On the STL versions of the 2012 Yukon Hybrids, you can get yours with a heated steering wheel (unless you go with the 2500 model). Heated front seats are now an option too.

If you opt for the XL models, then your passengers will get to enjoy a third-row screen for watching movies played from the DVD entertainment system you can add. Two huge additions are the hill start assist system and trailer sway control features. If you plan on towing a trailer with your hybrid, these are vital components to consider.

What We Like

We love that GMC took steps to make owning a Yukon more affordable by adding a hybrid engine to it. You’ll get roughly 20/23 mpg with this version.

Yet, you’re really not sacrificing much in the way of power. This is still a big, strong SUV that is great for towing or taking on challenging terrains.

What Concerns Us

We’re not huge fans of how difficult it is to actually reach the third row. The seats on this SUV don’t fold flat either, something we would’ve expected.

Available Models

There are only two types of these hybrids. Both have V8 engines with 6-liters and 332 horsepower. The difference between the Denali and the base model largely comes down to the interior features. If you want luxury, you want the Denali.

Major Recalls

Back in 2014, GMC issued a recall on their Yukons—some of which were hybrids—because lock actuators were getting stuck. This would trap the key and, if the vehicle was moving, it could cause an accident.

Common Issues

While there are no common issues regarding the 2012 Yukon Hybrid, this vehicle was discontinued because GMC simply decided to make all of their vehicles more fuel-efficient. This eventually resulted in the EcoTec engine, which can be found in 2015 Yukons.

Yukon Hybrid 2012 Interior


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