2020 GMC Yukon Vs. 2020 Ford Expedition

By Justin Cupler | August 26th, 2020

Full-size SUVs like the 2020 GMC Yukon and the 2020 Ford Expedition have something to offer all the larger families in the Delray Beach area. Whether they need a tow vehicle, a family hauler, or something to haul your luggage to Boynton Beach, they can handle it all. Which is better for you, the 2020 Yukon or the 2020 Expedition? Find out below.

Exterior

The GMC Yukon went through its last redesign back in 2015, bringing in a sharp new front end with sweptback headlights. Though its front end took on a sharp new look, the rest of the 2020 Yukon’s body retained its upright body the model has long been known for. Beyond its upright shape, the Yukon also boasts a premium-looking Denali model with high-intensity-discharge headlights,  LED signature lighting, bright bodyside moldings, a unique grille, and 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels.

 

The fourth-generation Ford Expedition debuted in 2018 with a new, more luxurious appearance. In 2020, it gains a new King Ranch model that adds an exclusive two-tone paint job, unique badges, and special wheels on top of a slew of interior updates.

 

 

The Yukon and Expedition have two size options to fit various buyers’ needs. The GMC Yukon has its standard size and the XL model, and the Expedition has its regular size and the longer MAX body. The Yukon’s regular body is 6.1 inches shorter than the Expedition, but its XL model is 2.5 inches longer than the Expedition Max. In most other measurements, except width, the Yukon is smaller than the Expedition.

 

Measurement GMC Yukon Ford Expedition Difference
Length 203.9 to 224.4 inches 210 to 221.9 inches -6.1 to +2.5 inches
Width 80.5 inches 79.9 inches +0.6 inches
Height 74.4 inches 76.2 to 76.6 inches -1.6 to -1.8 inches
Wheelbase 116 to 130 inches 122.5 to 131.6 inches -1.6 to -6.5 inches
Ground Clearance 7.9 to 8 inches 9.7 to 9.8 inches -1.8 inches
Curb weight 5,379 to 5,846 pounds 5,368 to 5,794 pounds +11 to +52 pounds

 

Advantage: 2020 GMC Yukon

  •       Shorter regular-length model works better in traffic
  •       Striking frontend that stands out

Advantage: 2020 Ford Expedition

  •       More recent redesign
  •       Max model offers a roomy cabin in a smaller footprint

Interior

Inside, these truck-based SUVs boast truck-like cabins, but the Expedition’s dash takes it a step further with an upright instrument panel, chunky HVAC knobs, a thick steering wheel, and large heater vents. Though it has those truck-like looks, it also has plenty of premium goodies in its higher trims to look the part of a desirable SUV.

 

The 2020 Yukon also has a truck-based interior, but it has more shapeliness than the Expedition, giving it almost a sedan-like look. It also boasts some creative storage areas, including a PIN-protected cubby behind the standard 8-inch touchscreen.

 

 

In terms of standard interior features, the Yukon and Expedition are very similar. The Yukon’s standard goodies include an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen, a nine-speaker Bose AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM/HD Radio audio system, Bluetooth with audio streaming, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a 10-way power driver’s seat, a four-way power passenger’s seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 110-volt power outlet.

 

The Expedition’s list of standard interior equipment includes tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rear cargo-management system, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a rotary shifter, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Ford SYNC 3, SiriusXM, an 8-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more.

 

 

While the 2020 Yukon has more fun tech features than the 2020 Expedition, the latter has tons more standard safety goodies, including automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward-collision warning, hill-descent control, and hill-start assist.

 

Measurement GMC Yukon Ford Expedition Difference
Front headroom 42.8 inches 42 inches +0.8 inches
Front legroom 45.3 inches 43.9 inches +1.4 inches
Front shoulder room 64.8 inches 64.9 inches -0.1 inches
Front hip room 60.8 inches 62.2 inches -1.4 inches
Second-row headroom 38.7 to 39.1 inches 40 inches -1.3 to -0.9 inches
Second-row legroom 39 to 39.7 inches 41.5 to 42.6 inches -2.9 to -2.5 inches
Second-row shoulder room 65.1 inches 64.8 inches +0.3 inches
Second-row hip room 60.3 inches 62.6 inches -2.3 inches
Third-row headroom 38.1 to 38.5 inches 37.3 to 37.4 inches +0.8 to +1.1 inches
Third-row legroom 24.8 to 34.5 inches 36.1 to 40.9 inches -11.3 to -6.4 inches
Third-row shoulder room 62.6 inches 64.2 inches -1.6 inches
Third-row hip room 49.3 inches 51.4 inches -2.1 inches
Cargo room (behind third-row seats) 15.3 to 39.3 cubic feet 19.3 to 36 cubic feet -4 to +3.3 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind second-row seats) 51.7 to 76.7 cubic feet 57.5 to 79.6 cubic feet -5.8 to -2.9 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first-row seats) 94.7 to 121.1 cubic feet 104.6 to 121.5 cubic feet -10 to -0.4 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2020 GMC Yukon

  •       More features, less money
  •       Standard Bose premium audio
  •       Roomier front seat

Advantage: 2020 Ford Expedition

  •       Tons more cargo room
  •       Sharp-looking King Ranch trim
  •       Tons more cargo room
  •       Tons of standard advanced safety equipment

Performance

The 2020 GMC Yukon’s engine lineup includes a pair of V-8 engines, starting with a 5.3-liter V-8 unit that cranks out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission and has standard rear-wheel or optional four-wheel drive. With this engine and the proper towing equipment, the 5.3-liter-equipped Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds.

 

The 2020 GMC Yukon also has an available 6.2-liter V-8 that comes standard in the Denali grade. This unit cranks out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and pushes it through a 10-speed automatic transmission. With this engine, the Yukon is unexpectedly quick with a 6.1-second 0-to-60 time and can tow up to 8,400 pounds.

 

 

The Ford Expedition has just one engine, a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 that pounds out 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. This boosted V-6 runs its power through a 10-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive for a 6.9-second 0-to-60 time. With the proper towing package equipped, the Expedition can tow up to a 9,300-pound trailer, blowing away most of its competition.

 

 

GMC Yukon Ford Expedition Difference
Standard engine 5.3-liter V-8 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6
Horsepower 355 hp at 5,600 rpm 375 hp at 5,000 rpm -20 hp
Torque 383 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm 470 lb-ft at 2,250 rpm -87 lb-ft
Transmission 6-spd automatic 10-spd automatic
Driveline RWD (std) / 4WD (opt) RWD (std) / 4WD (opt)
0-60 time 6.9 seconds
Towing capacity 8,000 to 8,500 pounds 9,000 to 9,300 pounds -800 to -1,000 pounds
MPG City 14 to 15 mpg 16 to 17 mpg +2 mpg
MPG Highway 21 to 22 mpg 21 to 24 mpg +0 to +2 mpg
MPG Combined 16 to 18 mpg 18 to 20 mpg +2 mpg
Optional engine 6.2-liter V-8
Horsepower 420 hp at 5,600 rpm +45 hp
Torque 460 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm -10 lb-ft
Transmission 10-spd automatic
Driveline RWD (std) / 4WD (opt)
0-60 time 6.1 seconds -0.8 seconds
Towing capacity 7,900 to 8,400 pounds -900 to -1,100 pounds
MPG City 14 mpg +2 to +3 mpg
MPG Highway 22 to 23 mpg -1 to +1 mpg
MPG Combined 17 mpg +1 to +3 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 GMC Yukon

  •       Standard V-8 power
  •       Exciting acceleration with 6.2-liter engine
  •       Cozy magnetic ride control

Advantage: 2020 Ford Expedition

  •       Quick with standard engine
  •       Big-time torque
  •       Better fuel economy
  •       Top-notch towing capacity

Pricing and Features

The 2020 GMC Yukon is available in four trim levels – SLE, SLT Standard, SLT, and Denali – and their starting prices range from $50,895 to $67,995. Moving into the XL version, these starting prices range from $53,695 to $70,795.

The 2020 Ford Expedition’s trim levels include the XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum. Their starting prices range from $52,810 to 73,935. Opting for the extended-length MAX model drives the starting prices to $55,835 to $76,965.

2020 GMC Yukon Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SLE: $50,895

  •       5.3-liter V-8 engine
  •       Six-speed automatic transmission
  •       Premium smooth-ride suspension
  •       Tow/haul mode
  •       18-inch bright machined aluminum wheels
  •       2-inch trailering receiver
  •       Seven-wire electrical harness and sealed connector
  •       Auxiliary transmission cooler
  •       External engine oil cooler
  •       Black roof-mounted side rails
  •       Black assist steps
  •       Halogen projector-beam headlights
  •       Daytime running lights
  •       Fog lights
  •       Heated power outside mirrors
  •       Acoustic laminated glass
  •       Deep-tinted rear glass
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       Rear intermittent wipers
  •       GMC Infotainment System
  •       8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  •       Nine-speaker Bose AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM/HD Radio audio system
  •       Bluetooth with audio streaming
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       4G LTE Wi-Fi
  •       Premium cloth seating
  •       10-way power driver’s seat
  •       Four-way power passenger’s seat
  •       60/40 split-folding second-row seats
  •       60/40 split-folding third-row seats
  •       Front center console
  •       Carpeted floor mats
  •       Tilt steering wheel
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       4.2-inch driver information center
  •       Power windows with driver-side one-touch up/down and one-touch down on all others
  •       Power door locks
  •       Remote keyless entry
  •       Cruise control
  •       Tri-zone automatic climate control
  •       110-volt power outlet
  •       GMC Connected Access capable
  •       Theft-deterrent system
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       OnStar
  •       Front and rear parking sensors
  •       Rearview camera
  •       Teen Driver

SLT Standard: $56,095

  •       All SLE features, plus
  •       Leather-appointed, heated front seats
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Power-adjustable pedals
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Universal home remote
  •       Power liftgate
  •       Forward-collision warning
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Lane-departure warning
  •       Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  •       Safety-alert seat

SLT: $58,895

  •       All SLT Standard features, plus
  •       Keyless unlock and ignition
  •       Heated, power, auto-dimming side-view mirrors
  •       Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Heated steering wheel
  •       Power 60/40 split-folding third-row seat
  •       Power 60/40 split-folding second-row seats
  •       Heated outboard second-row seats
  •       Hands-free power liftgate
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert
  •       Lane-change alert
  •       Blind-zone alert

Denali: $67,995

  •       All SLT features, plus
  •       6.2-liter V-8 engine
  •       10-speed automatic transmission
  •       Magnetic ride control
  •       High-intensity-discharge headlights
  •       LED signature lighting
  •       Integrated trailer brake controller
  •       Bright bodyside moldings
  •       20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels
  •       Wireless charging pad
  •       8-inch color driver information center
  •       Navigation
  •       Power second-row bucket seats
  •       10-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround-sound system
  •       Active noise cancellation
  •       Head-up display

2020 Ford Expedition Key Features and Pricing by Trim

XLT: $52,810

  •       3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine
  •       10-speed automatic transmission
  •       Rear-wheel drive
  •       Class IV trailer hitch and wiring
  •       Acoustic-laminated windshield
  •       Active grille shutters
  •       Body-color front upper bumpers and Magnetic-painted lower bumpers
  •       Molded-in-silver rear bumper skid plate
  •       Molded-in-silver trailer-hitch cover
  •       Configurable daytime running lights
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Fog lights with black bezels
  •       Halogen headlights
  •       Power, heated mirrors with puddle lights and body-color caps
  •       Chrome five-bar grille with Magnetic-painted secondary bars
  •       Windshield wiper de-icers
  •       Tinted rear glass
  •       Black roof-rack side rails
  •       Black running boards
  •       Chrome liftgate applique
  •       18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels with Magnetic-Painted pockets
  •       Cargo bin
  •       Tri-zone automatic climate control
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirrors
  •       Cruise control
  •       Carpeted floor mats
  •       Rear cargo-management system
  •       Cloth seating
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat
  •       Two-way manual passenger’s seat
  •       40/20/40 split-folding second row
  •       60/40 power-folding third-row seats
  •       Rotary shifter
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Power windows with front one-touch-up/down
  •       Power door locks
  •       Cargo net
  •       Cargo cover
  •       4G LTE Wi-Fi
  •       Remotely start, lock, and unlock vehicle via app
  •       4.2-inch driver-information center
  •       Keyless entry
  •       Ford SYNC 3
  •       SiriusXM
  •       Enhanced voice recognition
  •       8-inch touchscreen
  •       Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       App Link
  •       Two front smart-charging USB port
  •       Two rear smart-charging USB ports
  •       Universal garage door opener
  •       Ford MyKey
  •       Perimeter alarm
  •       SOS post-crash safety alert
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Blind-spot monitoring
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  •       Forward-collision warning
  •       Rearview camera
  •       Hill-descent control
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       Reverse-sensing system

Limited: $63,345

  •       All XLT features, plus
  •       Chrome fog light bezels
  •       Chrome five-bar grille with Locus Silver secondary bars
  •       LED taillights
  •       Power-folding side-view mirrors with autofold and integrated turn signals
  •       Driver-side auto-dimming side-view mirrors
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       Bright roof-rack side bars with black ends
  •       Magnetic-painted power-deployable running boards with polished stainless accents
  •       20-inch Premium Dark Tarnish-painted wheels
  •       Ambient interior lighting
  •       Upgraded cloth floor mats
  •       Power-adjustable pedals with memory
  •       Leather front- and second-row seats
  •       Heated second-row seats
  •       Top-hide-leather-wrapped steering wheel with Dark Parchment Euro stitching
  •       One-touch up/down power second-row windows
  •       12-speaker B&O audio system
  •       HD Radio
  •       Forward parking sensors

King Ranch: $72,895

  •       All Limited features, plus
  •       22-inch six-spoke painted with Dark Tarnish-painted pockets and King Ranch center caps
  •       King Ranch exterior badges
  •       Body-color upper bumpers and Stone Gray-painted lower bumpers
  •       Stone Gray-painted bumper skid plate and hitch cover
  •       Stone Gray-painted grille mesh
  •       Stone Gray-painted roof-rack rails
  •       Stone Gray-painted power-deployable running boards
  •       Stone Gray-painted mirror caps
  •       Mesa Del Rio leather with Kingsville stitching
  •       360-degree camera
  •       Power-folding side-view mirror with auto-fold

Platinum: $73,935

  •       All Limited features, plus
  •       Body-color upper bumpers
  •       Satin-aluminum skid plates
  •       Satin-aluminum trailer hitch cover
  •       Body-color door handles with satin-aluminum inserts
  •       Bright-chrome four-bar grille with silver lining mesh
  •       Body-color power-deployable running boards with polished stainless accent
  •       Satin-chrome tailgate applique
  •       Real-wood accent on center console
  •       Upgraded front and rear floor mats
  •       Leather-wrapped door rollovers
  •       Leather-wrapped instrument panel topper
  •       Multicontour front seats with Active Motion
  •       Luxury leather-trimmed front- and second-row seats with perforated inserts and quilter bolsters
  •       Pecan front-row stitching
  •       Luxury vinyl third-row seating with perforated seat inserts and quilted bolsters
  •       Scuff plates with brushed aluminum inserts
  •       Wollsdorf leather-wrapped steering wheel with Pecan Euro stitching
  •       360-degree camera
  •       Inflatable rear seat belt
  •       Enhanced active noise control
  •       Advanced cargo manager

Who Should Buy the 2020 GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon offers more features for the money relative to the Expedition, making it a superior option to its Ford rival for buyers seeking the best value. It also boasts more front-seat room, making it an ideal choice for taller shoppers who need as much room as they can get. Also, those who prefer the steady power buildup that comes from a V-8 engine will find this only in the Yukon, as the Expedition has just a turbo V-6 engine.

Who Should Buy the 2020 Ford Expedition

Buyers who do a lot of towing and need to milk all the capacity they can will find what they need in the 2020 Expedition. Also families that do a lot of cargo hauling will appreciate the extra room in the Expedition, as will those who frequently use the third-row seats.

 

Is the 2020 GMC Yukon the full-size SUV you need? Head down to Delray Buick GMC serving the Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and Deerfield Beach areas today to test drive it and see how great it performs. Whether you need to haul a trailer to Deerfield beach, carpool a group of kiddos to school in Boca Raton, or just head to Boynton Beach for a little R&R, the 2020 GMC Yukon can handle it all. Can’t make it to our Delray Beach area GMC showroom for a test drive today? Navigate to our online inventory page, find a few in-stock GMC Yukon models that suit you, then schedule a test drive on your schedule.