The word Yukon is almost synonymous with vast untamed wilderness. But step inside a GMC Yukon and you might find a cramped cabin, especially in the third row of seats. But step over to the Ford Expedition and you'll find a spacious cabin that will keep every one of its eight passengers happy. In this comparison guide, we'll see what makes the 2018 Ford Expedition stand out from the GMC Yukon.
Seating: 2018 Ford Expedition
We led with the seating, so you know exactly what you're getting inside each of these full-size sport utility vehicles. Inside the 2018 Ford Expedition, there are eight seats on three rows. The beauty of the Expedition's cabin layout is that the third row of passengers have almost the same amount of leg room as those on the front and second row. Biggest bonus? The back row is also easy to access. That's not the norm for any three-row vehicle, in our experience. You can switch out the second row for optional bucket seats, dropping the total passenger number to seven.
By comparison, the third row on the GMC Yukon is so restrictive, we don't recommend them for anyone but children or pets. The Ford Expedition boasts 40 inches of leg room in back but the GMC Yukon offers only 24, almost half that. You can pay for a longer wheelbase, extending the leg room in back, but that comes with a bigger price tag you may or may not want to pay. Still, the front seats are spacious and supportive. It's hard to justify getting three rows of seats if you're not planning to use them all. Might as well get a smaller, two-row SUV.
Cargo: 2018 Ford Expedition
Continuing with the theme of wide open spaces, the 2018 Ford Expedition has a huge cargo area. Behind the back seat, we're talking 20.9 cubic feet, enough for 14 pieces of carry-on luggage. Flip all the seats down and you're looking at a cavernous 104.6 cubes, enough to haul lamps, furniture, or even lumber.
The 2018 GMC Yukon shaves those numbers. The Yukon offers only 15.3 cubic feet behind the third row. And it's only 94.7 cubes maximum. You can upgrade to the XL trim for more cargo space, but again there's the higher price point.
Driving: 2018 Ford Expedition
This is where the Ford Expedition really starts to pull away from its rival in this race. Despite being a massive SUV, the Expedition's strong engine moves it with ease. That's thanks to a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 375 horsepower or 400 horsepower in the Platinum trim. It's a bit truck-like in maneuverability, but absorbs shocks pretty well and is pretty nimble for its class.
On the other hand, the GMC Yukon seems to be overworked. The Yukon boasts a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine but it seems reluctant to knuckle down and move the Yukon along. The base engine has a dull throttle. And you'll definitely feel the bumps in the right. A lot of these problems are mitigated by stepping up to the Denali trim level, which is a trend for this GMC. Pay more to get what the Expedition offers up front.
For our money, we prefer the 2018 Ford Expedition. This three-row SUV is truly cavernous inside but drives like it isn't.