2013 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid – Review

2013 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid – Review
23 Aug 2013

GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid 300The GMC Yukon Denali is an ideal example of a full size SUV that is powerful, flashy and well-appointed to deliver utmost comfort, luxury and performance. With the hybrid version of the GMC Yukon Denali, the GMC extended its lineup of full size SUVs. For the 2013, the GMC Yukon Denali hybrid kept unchanged. The hybrid Yukon Denali is designed to deliver impressive fuel economy paired with decent and compelling towing capacity. Mechanically, the GMC Yukon Denali hybrid is identical to the Cadillac Escalade hybrid. This SUV is available in the regular and extended lengths to fit the requirements of different users.

Exterior

The 2013 GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid is offered in a single well-crafted trim.

The exterior styling and elegance of the Yukon Denali hybrid is head turning and is one of the powerful competitive advantages against its rivals. The car has four doors for easy enter and exit with pleasing styling elements. The Yukon Denali hybrid is in its fifth year and is still looking very appealing and handsome. The regular fog lights are eliminated because of the redesigned bumper and have a wider air intake to allow more air to move. The roof rails are also eliminated for more composed and firm ride, body shape got numerous sharper cuts, extended rear spoiler, tinted windows, rear park assist with rearview camera, power folding and heated side view mirror and the SUV sits on a set of 18 inch aero efficient cast aluminum wheels. The biggest attraction in the exterior of the Denali Yukon hybrid is its signature honeycomb chrome grille.

Interior

The inside of the Yukon Denali hybrid is quite roomy that accommodate up to 8 passengers. The seats are arranged in 3 rows whereas the 3rd row seats are 50/50 split folding and removable. Standard interior features include tri-zone automatic climate control, trip computer, auto dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, OnStar, remote engine start, Bluetooth, navigation system, nine Speaker BOSE audio system, a hybrid system display, MP3/CD player, satellite radio with real time traffic reporting and USB port.

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Safety

The GMC took great care in assigning some top notch and key safety equipment to the 2013 Yukon Denali hybrid and so standard safety features are antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, OnStar, traction control and rearview camera with rear park assist.

Under the Hood

The Yukon Denali hybrid 2013 gets power from a 6.0 liter V8 engine paired with a pair of 60 kilowatt electric motors that produces 379 horsepower out of which the 332 horsepower and 367 lbs. Ft. of torque is produced by the V8 alone. The EPA rated fuel economy is 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway and is available in both 2 wheel drive and four wheel drive configuration. Maximum towing capacity with 2WD is 6,200 pounds and with 4WD is 5,900 pounds.

Pricing and Availability

The GMC Yukon Denali hybrid 2013 has a base MSRP $41,760 and is available for sale.

Competition

The key competitors of the Yukon Denali hybrid full SUV are Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes Benz GL-Class, GMC Acadia, BMW X5, Ford  Flex and Mazda CX-9.

Pros

  • Strong and fuel efficient Drive-train
  • High towing capabilities
  • Excellent ride and responsive handling for such a big vehicle

Cons

  • Cramped third row
  • Pricey
  • Not very user oriented

The Verdict

The reviewers like the 2013 GMC Yukon Denali hybrid but it didn’t satisfy them in each and every aspect. The SUV is good for those who are not used to with some super luxurious and comfortable cars because inside the Yukon Denali hybrid there are lots of sub-par materials used. The SUV has really impressive driving dynamics towing capacity.

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Bilal Amjad

Bilal Amjad is a professional content writer and learning latest web trends. I love to drive cars and happy to write on cars related topics.