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Big and burly SUVs aren't known for their "green" cred. Indeed, a luxury SUV like the GMC Yukon Denali may not look like the ideal vehicle to use when your destination is a Greenpeace meeting. But hey, a hybrid powertrain is available, and that can only help boost fuel economy.
Of course, mass is the enemy of fuel economy, so even a hybrid powertrain can only help so much. That said, there is a lot more to the Yukon Denali Hybrid than just what's under the hood.
Of course, what's under that hood can't be ignored--the hybrid powertrain combines a 6.0-liter V-8 with an electric motor to pump out 332 horsepower. That motor is mated to a 2-Mode continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT), and with the available 4-wheel drive system, the Denali Hybrid is rated at 20 mpg both city and highway.
Extra fuel-economy doesn't come cheap. Neither does luxury or size--the Yukon Denali Hybrid starts at $61,080. That starting price includes heated and cooled leather front seats with 12-way power adjustments, heated second-row seat cushions, a third-row seat that holds three passengers (bringing the total passenger capacity to seven), a remote start, 22-inch wheels, a rear parking-assist system, a triple-zone air climate control system, power-adjustable pedals, a touch-screen navigation system, a rear-view camera, a wireless cell phone link, satellite radio, an uplevel audio system, and other luxury goodies. Available safety features include ABS, curtain side airbags for all seating rows, an antiskid system, and traction control.
Options on our tester included a rear-seat entertainment system, a power sunroof, a blind-spot monitoring system, and a "red jewel tintcoat." All told, the options totaled $3,185. Add in the $950 destination fee, and the total as-tested price was $65,215.