Greene Ford Compares 2013 Ford Expedition EL VS 2013 GMC Yukon Near Cumming, GA

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2013 Ford Expedition EL

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2013 GMC Yukon

Safety Comparison

The Expedition XLT/Limited/King Ranch has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Expedition Limited/King Ranch in front of the vehicle. The Yukon doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Expedition and the Yukon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Expedition is safer than the GMC Yukon:





4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Compression

118 lbs.

154 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

356/474 lbs.

442/562 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Expedition is safer than the GMC Yukon:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

63 G’s

72 G’s

Hip Force

153 lbs.

334 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Expedition is 1.6% to 4.8% less likely to roll over than the Yukon.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 74 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

The Ford Expedition’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Yukon’s 6.0 V8 hybrid and 6.2 V8 engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Expedition’s reliability will be 10% better than the Yukon.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition first among large crossover/suvs in their 2012 Initial Quality Study. The Yukon was rated second.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 335) than the Yukon’s standard 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Expedition is faster than the GMC Yukon:


Yukon V8

Yukon Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.5 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.3 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.9 MPH

85.7 MPH

87.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Yukon Denali requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Expedition has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Yukon Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (28 vs. 24.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Expedition has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Yukon’s standard fuel tank (28 vs. 26 gallons).

The Expedition has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Yukon doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Expedition’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Yukon:



Front Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

The Expedition stops shorter than the Yukon:



60 to 0 MPH

139 feet

147 feet

Motor Trend

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 gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Yukon’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Expedition has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Yukon doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Yukon (119 inches vs. 116 inches).

The Expedition King Ranch 4x4 handles at .68 G’s, while the Yukon Hybrid pulls only .65 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition has .6 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more third row headroom, 12.1 inches more third row legroom and 1.1 inches more third row hip room than the Yukon.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

16.9 cubic feet

The Expedition has a standard third row seat, which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly, without having to lift, carry or store heavy seats, like in the Yukon.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Expedition’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Yukon’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the exterior keypad. The Yukon doesn’t offer an exterior keypad 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’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Yukon’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Expedition’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Expedition allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Yukon doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Expedition will be $2799 to $5473 less than for the GMC Yukon.

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