The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has released their fuel-economy ratings for the new GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe vehicles for 2008 that will be utilizing GM’s new 2-Mode Hybrid System. Through GM’s own research it was determined that the dual-electric motor system within their large SUV’s reached a 40% increase in fuel-savings compared to their gasoline powered counterparts. Well the EPA’s rating system has verified that claim granting the Yukon and Tahoe 2WD Hybrid a 21-mpg rating and the 4WD Hybrid a 20-mpg rating.
These government ratings and hybrid advancement confirmation should bode well for GM and its efforts to sell their new 2-Mode Hybrid vehicles. Other GM vehicles that will or already are sharing in the new technology are the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra Crew Cab (both full size pick-ups). Hopefully the new 2-Mode technology will findÂ a welcoming market and success in sales will lead to future, smaller models sharing in the technology. As it stands now a 2-Mode Yukon with 21-mpg is not far from the average Crossover or smaller SUV’s highway rating of 24-mpg.
GM has yet to release their final pricing for the GMC Yukon or Chevy Tahoe with their 2-Mode Hybrid system but analyst in the industry are predicting it to be in the mid-$40,000 range. For someone already shopping in the Yukon/Tahoe market that does not seem to be an outlandish figure.Â
There have been some prior opinions voiced here when the 2007 Chevy Tahoe 2-Mode Hybrid was named the Green Car of the Year at the 2007 LA Auto Show that a 20-mpg should never be considered Green. However, considering that my own current daily driver, which is a small sporty convertible, only achieves 22-mpg it seems that I must adjust my thinking a bit further. While further improvements in fuel consumption for all vehicles, along with cleaner engine technologies, should be the goal in all mainstream automobiles it should be recognized by even the Meanest-Greenest advocate that those technologies take a lot of time and research before they are implimented.
So tell us… How does 21-mpg in a GMC Yukon sound to you?