Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Expedition EL VS 2017 GMC Yukon Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2017 Ford Expedition EL

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2017 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.

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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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:







5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

243 lbs.

372 lbs.

Neck Compression

22 lbs.

198 lbs.




5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

185 lbs.

199 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Expedition is safer than the GMC Yukon:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

64 G’s

107 G’s

Hip Force

127 lbs.

214 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

19 G’s

26 G’s


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

18 inches




Hip Force

854 lbs.

893 lbs.

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

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

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 144% better than the Yukon.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition third among large suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Yukon isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 10 more horsepower (365 vs. 355) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 383) than the Yukon’s standard 5.3 V8.

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 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Yukon (28 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

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.

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’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.9% to 50.1%) than the Yukon’s (52% to 48%). This gives the Expedition more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition has 1.1 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom, .2 inches more third row headroom, 12.9 inches more third row legroom and .9 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

15.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

108.3 cubic feet

94.7 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Expedition easier. The Expedition’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 34.8 inches, while the Yukon’s liftover is 35.9 inches.

The Expedition’s cargo area is larger than the Yukon’s in almost every dimension:




Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



The Expedition has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Yukon doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Yukon because it costs $180 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Yukon, including $249 less for a water pump, $498 less for an alternator, $107 less for front brake pads, $18 less for a starter, $119 less for fuel injection, $342 less for a fuel pump and $23 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Expedition, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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