North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Expedition VS 2018 GMC Yukon Near Calhoun, GA

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2018 Ford Expedition

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2018 GMC Yukon

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Expedition 4x4’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Yukon doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Expedition (except XLT) offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Yukon only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Expedition’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Yukon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Expedition and the Yukon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Expedition’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Yukon’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 79 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Expedition have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Yukon.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 6 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 20 more horsepower (375 vs. 355) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 383) than the Yukon’s standard 5.3 V8. The Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 460) than the Yukon Denali’s standard 6.2 V8. The Expedition Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 460) than the Yukon Denali’s standard 6.2 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Expedition gets better fuel mileage than the Yukon:







3.5 twin turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto




14 city/23 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto


3.5 twin turbo V6 (375 HP)/10-spd. Auto

17 city/22 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto



14 city/22 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Expedition’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Yukon doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Expedition has larger standard tires than the Yukon (275/65R18 vs. 265/65R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Expedition has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The GMC Yukon has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Expedition has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Expedition flat and controlled during cornering. The Yukon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Expedition’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Yukon doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the Yukon (122.5 inches vs. 116 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Yukon (9.8 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition has 1.4 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room, 11.3 inches more third row legroom, 2.1 inches more third row hip room and 1.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Yukon.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Expedition’s middle and third row seats recline. The Yukon’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the Yukon.




Behind Third Seat

19.3 cubic feet

15.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.5 cubic feet

51.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

104.6 cubic feet

94.7 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the Expedition the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Yukon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior PIN entry system. The Yukon doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Expedition (except XLT)’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Yukon doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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