The Ford Excursion is one of the largest sport utility vehicles (SUV) on the market. With high power and a large number of comfort amenities, the Excursion is predominately oriented towards being a passenger vehicle. However, the powerful engine allows is to easily double as a cargo hauler or to tow large payloads. The Excursion is designed based on the Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck, so this performance is not surprising. However, it also means the Ford Excursion does handle very much like a full-size pickup truck.
The Ford Excursion is a capable vehicle, but it is definitely a niche selection. Even significantly smaller SUVs have more than enough cargo and passenger capacity to satisfy the needs of most drivers. These smaller vehicles are also frequently cheaper, easier to drive, and have better performance and handling than the Ford Excursion. It's for drivers that need to comfortably carry nine passengers, the extra cargo space, or the extra payload. The large size outdoes almost every other SUV on the market, but the negative aspects of the Excursion are not worthwhile to deal with if drivers are not going to take advantage of the benefits in the process.
Body Styles: sport utility vehicle (SUV)
Engines: 6.8-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Excursion XLT, Ford Excursion Limited
A six-disc CD changer is now available as an optional feature. The standard equipment and options list for both 2001 Ford Excursion models have received a few more minor items. The power of the optional 7.3-liter eight-cylinder diesel engine is increased to 250 horsepower.
The Ford Excursion is a massive SUV and larger than most other vehicles on the road, including many SUVs and pickup trucks. It measures 226.7 inches long, 79.9 inches wide, and 77.2 inches tall. Standard equipment include skid plates, steel wheels, chrome bumpers, a roof rack, trailer hitch, trailer wiring, and step running boards.
One of the main selling points is the massive interior of the Ford Excursion. It is capable of seating up to nine passengers quite comfortably. In addition, the Excursion actually has a pretty robust set of standard features. Standard equipment includes power locks, power windows, power mirrors, cruise control, cargo net, rear parking sensors, dual-zone air-conditioning, leather trim steering wheel, electrochromatic mirrors, AM/FM radio, and a CD player. The Ford Excursion provides a lot of comfort and room for passengers, even beyond what many other SUVs provide.
Performance & Handling
Performance and handling are weak points for the Ford Excursion. Beyond an impressive maximum payload of 2185 pounds, the Excursion does not have much to offer. Acceleration is adequate thanks to the powerful engine, but it is not overly impressive, even for a vehicle its size. It does not turn too quickly, which can make it cumbersome. The massive size of the vehicle also makes it difficult to handle. Overall, the Ford Excursion is very good in terms of power but not very agile.
The Ford Excursion has dual-front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, engine immobilizer, and child seat anchors as standard equipment.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Excursion: 11/15 mpg city/highway
- Lots of towing capacity
- Massive interior
You Won't Like
- Horrible fuel economy
- Better alternatives on the market
- Too large for some garages
- High price tag
A massive SUV with massive power.
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