Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon hybrids off to a slow start

GM’s Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid were introduced back in January; but consumers have been quite slow to embrace the two large-size hybrid SUVs. GM sold about 1,100 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon hybrids since January, well behind the pace of GM’s goal of 12,000 sales a year.

“To this point, the G.M. hybrids aren”t getting any traction at all,” Mike Omotoso, a senior manager with the research firm J. D. Power & Associates, told The New York Times.

How do the GMC Yukon Hybrid and Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid compare to their gasoline-only counterparts? According to GM, the GMC Yukon gas-only version gets 14/20mpg (city/highway). The GMC Yukon Hybrid, on the other hand, gets 21/22mpg (for the 2wd model). But for that extra mileage, you’ll have to spend some extra money.

For example, the base GMC Yukon starts at an MSRP of $36,245 while the hybrid model starts at $50,945. The base Chevrolet Tahoe LS starts at $35,530, while the hybrid variant starts at $50,490.

So unless you’re Paris Hilton, you’re probably not going to cash out close to $$15,000 extra for a hybrid version of these two large-SUVs.

GM will also introduce the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid later this summer. GM says it will get an increase of 50 percent in its fuel-economy, making the combined fuel-economy go up from 12mpg to 18mpg.

Source: The New York Times