#3: 2013 GMC K2500 Yukon XL
- MPG: 12
- Engine type: gasoline
- Car type: four-wheel drive, SUV
- Fuel cost per year: $4,650
- Sticker price/base model: $45,395
The Yukon is another good example of a car for which fuel efficiency is sacrificed for power and size. The Yukon XL has a maximum payload of up to 2,400 lbs. and a conventional trailer towing capacity of up to 9,600 lbs. GMC is confident that drivers of this vehicle will be able to take large quantities of virtually anything with them on their travels. On the other hand, ConsumerReports.org gave the Yukon a poor rating for the owner costs category, which measured depreciation, interest, sales tax, insurance, fuel, maintenance and repair costs to determine the expense of the vehicle over a five-year period. Attempting to preserve hauling power against Americans’ growing demand for fuel economy, GMC has worked hard to promote the Yukon’s advanced fuel management technology. One function, for example, deactivates four of the eight cylinders when maximum torque is unnecessary, increasing efficiency. The small print, however, reveals that this modest effort to mitigate wastefulness is only present in the Yukon XL half-ton.