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#45 of 46 Re: Price Premium....Compare Closely [gagrice]
Mar 14, 2009 (6:40 pm)
I expect it to do what a non hybrid will do off and on road. The hybrids from GM give up about a third of the towing capacity. Not sure what would happen crossing a stream or driving up a sandy wash. I know Lexus says off roading the RX400h is a no no.
Yes, the Yukon towing capacity drops from 8200 to 6000 lbs by going hybrid.
The electric motor may be geared wrong to help with towing.
The RX400h is a crossover vehicle, so I wouldn't expect it to be to handle rough situations.
#46 of 46 Re: Price Premium....Compare Closely [mellowguy]
Mar 14, 2009 (7:32 pm)
Here is the reality of the GM hybrid Yukon. I can buy a Mercedes GL320 CDI with more torque, better towing, superior handling, 25% better highway mileage, more luxury features for about the same price. I have a friend with the Mercedes that goes from Portland to San Diego average 75 MPH much of the trip and gets a consistent 27.9 MPG. That is over 700 miles on a tank of fuel. This is proven Mercedes technology vs trial and error GM hybrid technology. I am leaning toward the ML320 CDI that beat out the RX400h in a cross US mileage contest. It easily gets 30 MPG out on the highway. That is about 750 miles between fuel stops. 33% less fuel is what conservation and being green is all about.