What am I referring to, you say?
The GMC Yukon Hybrid. It even got its own special SuperBowl Ad. It's a beautiful-looking commercial, attention-getting, but definitely wrong for the SuperBowl. However, it's also pompous navel-gazing crap. Great, one of the biggest SUVs available is going to be a hybrid.
GM is also releasing a Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, which I will refer to in the rest of this post.
According to the commercial, estimated gas mileage is 21. CarandDriver Magazine has this to say:
By EPA measures, the hybrid Tahoe four-by-four is rated at 20 mpg city and highway. The standard Tahoe four-by-four’s ratings are 14 city and 19 highway. Our as-tested mileage for the hybrid was 19 mpg, way better than the 12 mpg we got with the regular Tahoe...It seats 6 or 7 people, and if you're the unfortunate sap who has to cart around 6-7 people, it may make sense. However, the Honda Odyssey also seats 6 or 7 people. Its EPA estimated fuel economy is... 21 mpg! About the same as the Tahoe Hybrid.
The base model Honda starts at $25,860. The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid price for the 2WD version starts at $50,490.
Some people may claim I am comparing apples to oranges, but SUVs are essentially sexier minivans. While they may have originally been designed for actual 'sport-utility', their off-road capabilities are doubtful. Minivans also don't have that nasty little habit of rollovers.
However, if you feel you are too cool for a minivan and too smart for a 'regular' car, by all means, pay for an abysmal 19 mpg and ugly stickers that scream 'I care- without really caring', then I hope you enjoy your purchase.
Full CarandDriver article here.