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Bankrate's 2008 Car Guide
Going green
Saving cash while saving the planet is great but is it cost-effective and the right move for you?
Green is beautiful
Number of hybrid choices soar

More hybrid choices
Cadillac Escalade Lexus RX 400h
Chevrolet Malibu Mazda Tribute
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Nissan Altima
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon Saturn Aura
Chrysler Aspen/Dodge Durango Saturn Vue/ Vue 2 Mode Hybrid
Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Toyota Camry
Honda Civic Toyota Highlander
Lexus GS 450h Toyota Prius
Lexus LS 600h L
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon Hybrid will join its GM counterpart, the Chevrolet Tahoe, which was already available with a gas-electric drive, on showroom floors for the 2009 model year.

Both SUVs employ a powertrain tandem consisting of a 6.0-liter, eight-cylinder gasoline engine and a 300-volt electric motor to deliver 20-plus miles per gallon fuel efficiency. They use GM's Active Fuel Management system, which allows half of the engine to idle when cruising, converting the eight-cylinder engine into a four-cylinder for better highway mileage.

The gasoline engine shuts down when the vehicles come to a stop, and the electric motor is capable of solo speeds of up to 30 mph.

The eight-passenger SUV siblings are EPA rated at 21 in the city and 22 on the highway.

Able to tow 6,200 pounds, both are also available in four-wheel drive.

-- Posted: Aug. 4, 2008
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