If you're looking to buy a big SUV, consider the Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon XL. These models are 2023 best-sellers, with the Ford Expedition edging out the Yukon XL as America's most popular SUV. But which one should you choose? To help you decide, we've put together this comparison of their key features:

Design & Style

  • Exterior Design

The Ford Expedition is a hulking beast, but not as much so as its GMC Yukon XL counterpart. Both vehicles look like they were designed for driving through the desert. The front grille of the Ford Expedition has some chrome trim and vertical bars, which break up its otherwise boxy appearance. The grille on the GMC Yukon XL looks more like two massive strips that meet at the center to form an upside-down V shape.

The hoods of these SUVs are very clean-looking; there are no vents or anything else that would distract from their basic shapes. Both vehicles have large headlights set back into their fenders, with LEDs running across all four corners of each headlight assembly, adding extra illumination and giving both SUVs a futuristic look that seems appropriate for off-roading adventures.

  • Interior Design

The 2023 Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon XL offer similar interior designs. Both have big, comfortable seats, nice materials, and storage space. The Expedition has two rows of rear-facing jump seats that boost its seating capacity from eight to 10 passengers; the Yukon XL does not offer a third row but does provide storage space under each of its front seats for items you want to keep out of sight (like children's toys).

The Expedition's cabin feels slightly more modern than the Yukon XL's, thanks in part to its curved dashboard that wraps around the driver. Both vehicles are modern enough to be comfortable while driving long distances or taking trips with friends and family.

Technology & Safety

The Ford Expedition has a leg up on its competitor in the tech and safety department. The 2023 model year Yukon XL doesn't offer infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. However, it supports standard wireless charging for all mobile phones with wireless charging built-in. Both vehicles have similar parking sensors, but only the GMC Yukon XL has blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard features.

Both vehicles also come with automatic emergency braking (AEB) as part of their standard equipment packages; however, Ford offers additional types of AEB that can detect pedestrians and cyclists and warn you before you hit either one!


The 2023 Ford Expedition comes with a 3.5L V6 engine that produces up to 380 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, while the 2023 GMC Yukon XL sports a 5.3L V8 engine that can generate up to 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The difference in power output is significant, but the difference in fuel economy is even more so: the Ford gets 15 miles per gallon city/21 mpg highway/17 mpg combined; meanwhile, the Yukon XL has an EPA rating of 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway/18 mpg combined!

The Bottom Line

When it comes down to it, the Ford Expedition is a better overall choice than the GMC Yukon XL. The Expedition offers far more interior space, a smoother ride and better fuel economy. It also has an impressive array of technology features and safety options that give it an edge over its competition. If you're looking for a large SUV with plenty of cargo room and a comfortable ride, then consider checking out the 2023 Ford Expedition!

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