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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
interior is eerie quiet when accelerating and braking
snug third row seating
Car and Driver
Lighter, thinner seats that actually add 1.5-inches of second-row passenger knee room
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid doesn’t compromise on quality or usable space in this SUV package.
The interior of the GMC Yukon Hybrid 2009 can be configured to seat seven or eight passengers. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com indicate that passenger room in both the front and middle rows is exceptional, and Kelley Blue Book praises the new "lighter, thinner seats" on the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid, which "actually add 1.5-inches of second-row passenger knee room." However, Car and Driver points out that the GMC Yukon Hybrid 2009 has "snug third row seating" that's best reserved for children.
The rearmost row of seats is a source of complaints, as it doesn’t fold flat into the floor and is difficult to remove. Forbes Autos says the third row "can't be folded flat into the floor like seats offered by the competition" and "must be removed manually, which can be quite a chore." The task is magnified by the fact that "the two seats weigh slightly less than a Geo," according to Edmunds reviewers. Despite the complaints, no other hybrid can come close to the cargo capacity of the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid. Edmunds claims that the "maximum cargo capacity is a whopping 109 cubic feet with the folding second row down—much more than any other hybrid offers."
In terms of interior quality, it is obvious that GM ups the ante, and the GMC Yukon Hybrid 2009 is an example of its renewed focus on quality and design. Other reviewers agree and rave about the quality of the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid. Edmunds declares that the "newest Yukon boasts attractive, high-quality materials and tight panel gaps." Forbes Autos reviewers concur, adding the "GMC Yukon Hybrid's handsome interior includes a two-tone instrument panel" and "chrome trim" that contribute to the upscale materials feel.
Quality and design are important, but so is ride experience. GM focuses a lot of attention on wind and road noise to excellent results. Edmunds says that the cabin is "eerie quiet when accelerating and braking," thanks to the fact that the gas engine shuts off and the electric takes over. Forbes Autos also notes that the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid features "a fully boxed frame for stout structural rigidity with reduced noise."
The 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid is a high-quality SUV that offers loads of usable cargo space.