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2002 Ford Excursion Review

Simply too much for many people.

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If you have a need to be the biggest on the road, the 2002 Ford Excursion may be the right choice for you. It proves secure, attractive, and offers lots of features, but it also hogs gas and presents a challenge to drive.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10 diesel, 7.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Excursion XLT, Ford Excursion XLT Premium, Ford Excursion Limited, Ford Excursion Limited Ultimate diesel: Ford Excursion XLT, Ford Excursion XLT Premium, Ford Excursion Limited, Ford Excursion Limited Ultimate

What's New

Ford makes a variety of changes to the 2002 Excursion. Overall, the series receives crystalline headlights for the model year. Skid plates leave the list of options. For the XLT, an auto-lock system joins the list of features, as well as third-row child seat tethers along with the BeltMinder system. Other changes to the XLT include a power front-passenger seat and power-adjustable pedals. Both the XLT and the Limited get a rear-seat DVD-based entertainment system late in the model year. The Limited receives optional memory seats and pedals, climate and audio controls on the steering wheel, and second-row captain’s chairs. Additionally, the Limited offers automatic climate control and a chrome side strip.


The first word that comes to mind for the 2002 Ford Excursion is big. It serves as the largest SUV in Ford’s stable and it certainly makes an impression. The 2002 Excursion looks big, rugged, and imposing. The front end and the grille of the SUV appear distinctive and look much like the front end of the Ford line of trucks. This feature adds to its rugged appeal and impressive demeanor. The front fenders seem rather bulbous over the tire wells. Ford offers the Excursion in several colors. The options for both trim levels remain the same. Some of the more popular choices include Black, Aspen Green Metallic, and True Blue Metallic.


The 2002 Ford Excursion offers a well-designed cabin. It includes captain’s chairs with cloth upholstery for the lower trim levels and leather upholstery in the upper trim level. The higher trim level has six-way power chairs with height adjustment. The rear seat folds to allow for more storage space and accommodate awkward cargo. Power accessories include door locks and windows. Convenience marks an important part of the Excursion’s design and cruise control comes standard as well as air-conditioning. Cup holders sit in the front and rear of the cabin. The front console offers interior storage space along with the front seatback storage and front door pockets. The overhead console also features convenient storage. Access to the rear seat proves easy and convenient as well. The upper trim levels also offer a tilt-adjustable, leather-clad steering wheel. The instrument dash comes complete with a compass, a clock, and external temperature display. For listening entertainment, the Excursion uses an 80-watt audio system with six speakers and a CD playing, AM/FM stereo.

Performance & Handling

The Excursion line offers intense powertrains. They have to be. These vehicles weigh more than two times the amount of a standard Honda Accord. With the 2002 Ford Excursion’s size and weight, any driver has to be as space conscious as possible and drive accordingly with safety in mind.


Proper safety features mark a tradition for Ford and the 2002 Excursion has plenty to make the driver and passengers feel secure. This SUV comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and child seat anchors. It also includes front airbags as well as an engine immobilizer. The front and rear of the cabin come equipped with height-adjustable headrests. These headrests limit the damage to the head and neck in the event of an accident. Electronic brake force distribution provides standard equipment for the 2002 Ford Excursion as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Excursion: N/A

You'll Like

  • Carries lots of cargo
  • Underpinnings can take a lot of strain and abuse
  • Keeps the family safe and secure

You Won't Like

  • Don’t expect to put it in the garage
  • Terrible fuel economy
  • Difficult to park
  • Just can’t beat the Suburban
  • Acts like a loaded UHaul

Sum Up

Simply too much for many people.

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