The 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid is either the first guilt-free full-size SUV or an example of unrestrained excess. The Yukon is big, with three rows of seating and a cliff-like front-end. And it uses one of the bigger engines available in the Yukon line, a 6-liter V-8. But it adds GM's new two-mode hybrid system to give it surprisingly good fuel economy. In city traffic, we're talking close to 20 mpg. Good thing it has hybrid labels around the body to fend off public rancor.
The cabin electronics are the same as GM has been offering on its bigger vehicles, with a touch-screen LCD and an easy-to-use tabbed interface for accessing navigation and audio functions. The Yukon Hybrid also gets a decent Bose stereo, but it relies on OnStar for hands-free calling.