The Ford Maverick and GMC Yukon XL are two popular SUVs. They're both known for their spacious designs, which is why they're perfect for families who need to haul a lot of people or cargo. While they both have similar features, there are some differences between them that you should be aware of before making your decision.

Design & Style

  • Exterior Design

The exterior design of the 2023 Ford Maverick and GMC Yukon XL are similar in many ways. Both have a body-on-frame design with a front engine, and rear wheel drive layout. The size difference between these two vehicles is minimal; however, the Maverick has a wheelbase that is longer than its counterpart in the GMC Yukon XL.

The "twin chrome pony" emblem on both cars gives them an athletic look that's especially useful for offroad driving (especially if you're going through mud). Another notable feature is the quad rectangular exhaust pipes on either side of each vehicle's rear bumper.

  • Interior Design

The 2023 Ford Maverick and the 2023 GMC Yukon XL are both large SUVs but offer very different interior designs. The Maverick's cabin is stylish and modern, while the Yukon XL's feels dated.

The first thing you notice when climbing into either of these vehicles is how much room there is. Both have plenty of space for passengers to spread out, with ample legroom in the front and back seats and cargo storage in the rear seating area. However, we prefer the layout in the Ford because it makes more use of its large footprint by providing a variety of seating configurations—from bench seat to captains chairs—and options such as folding-down rear seats that can boost cargo volume from 59 cubic feet up to 97 cubic feet (with all seats folded).

Technology & Safety

Ford is using the new SYNC 4 infotainment system in the 2023 Maverick. This system allows you to connect your smartphone with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and offers many features. You can get multiple USB ports, remote engine start, voice command capabilities, and more from SYNC 4.

GMC's infotainment system on the 2023 Yukon XL is called CUE2, which includes Apple Carplay, Android Auto support, and satellite radio. It has an 8-inch touchscreen display and supports both physical buttons or touchscreens for control options depending on where you are in the car (for example: if you're parked but still want access to some functions). There are also plenty of USB ports, along with a 12-volt power outlet so everyone can charge their devices while on long road trips!


The 2023 Ford Maverick is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 162 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque. The EPA rates the Maverick at 21 mpg city, 28 highway, and 24 combined, which are not great numbers for a midsize SUV with AWD.

The 2023 GMC Yukon XL produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque from its 5.3L V8 engine—the same powertrain used in GM's fullsize pickup trucks (but here they call it "midgrade"). It's paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that comes standard on all models except Denali trim levels where you'll find 10 speeds instead (more on that later). The EPA rates this full-size SUV at 15/20 mpg city/highway for rear-wheel drive models, 17/22 mpg for four-wheel drive versions, and 16/21 mpg combined across all trims and configurations available today

The Bottom Line

You're looking for a functional, spacious, and comfortable vehicle. You want it to be able to tow your trailer without breaking a sweat and provide you with some of the luxuries you expect as a passenger. The 2023 Ford Ranger does all this while offering an excellent driving experience.

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