With the launch of GM's full-size SUVs with the Two-Mode hybrid system less than two months away, a lot of questions about the vehicles work have already been answered. However, two big questions have remained unanswered: the official mileage numbers from the EPA and the price. We still don't know how much GM is going to charge for the Tahoe and Yukon hybrids. But the official mileage numbers are being announced by GM at the Texas State Fair.
According to the revised EPA procedures for 2008, they will get 21 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. That compares to 14/20 for the conventional models with the 5.3L V-8 and two-wheel-drive. The four wheel drive hybrids get 20/20 ratings compared to the conventional models 11/14 mpg ratings. Those city numbers compare quite favorably to non-hybrid mid-sized sedans like the Toyota Camry and Pontiac G6 with a four cylinder engine. The Camry is rated at 21 mpg and the G6 is 22 mpg. Of course the sedans are rated at 31 and 30mpg on the highway, but if you actually need a big vehicle, these sure look good. Of course the price could put a real damper on the whole situation so we'll have to see how that goes.
[Source: Automotive News - Sub. req'd]