For the consumer seeking a huge sport utility vehicle (SUV), look no further than the Ford Excursion. This SUV is just short of 19 feet long, which is 21 inches longer than the full-size Expedition and seven inches longer than the Chevrolet Suburban. Due to the economy and gas prices, it was rumored that 2004 might be the Excursion’s last year, but it got a reprieve for at least another year. It is available in an assortment of models including the XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited models. Also available is a choice of rear or four-wheel drive and three engine sizes including a diesel engine.
Body Styles: four-door full-size sport utility vehicle
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10, 6.0-liter diesel V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Ford Excursion XLS, Ford Excursion XLT, Ford Excursion Eddie Bauer, Ford Excursion Limited
For 2005, the Excursion gets an improved grille and bumper, new headlights, upgraded wheels, and numerous exterior colors. Also, new is a V-8 engine that in addition to increased horsepower with improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.
The cargo doors split halfway up with a glass hatch that lifts up and below are half Dutch type doors. These can be opened even when consumers have a trailer attached and can be swung open almost 180 degrees for easy access. In addition, this type of door gives better rear visibility when driving.
One of the standard features is a Class IV receiver hitch that prevents smaller cars from going underneath the rear bumper. For the same purpose, a blocker beam is designed for the front bumper.
The measurements of this massive vehicle are 79.9-inch width, 77.4-inch height, 226.4-inch length, 7.4-inch ground clearance, and 137.1-inch wheelbase.
The Excursion comes with an adequately designed interior. The dash is nicely designed and appealing with all the controls laid out well and easy to reach and operate.
All seats are comfortable from the front seats all the way back to the third row. They all offer plenty of leg, head, and elbowroom. It seats six occupants with 48 cubic feet left over for cargo. Removing the third row bench seat allows seating for five people comfortably with over 100 cubic feet cargo area left. Removing the third row could not be easier. It is just a matter of flipping the seatback forward, yanking a bar at the top, and pulling the seat toward the rear, and it easily glides along on rollers. If a huge amount of cargo space is needed, this SUV can be taken down to a two seater providing an immense amount of room. The cargo floor is even large enough for at least two people to sleep.
The interior is loaded with standard features such as front and rear climate controls, heated power mirrors, power windows and locks, and keypad entrance. In addition is remote keyless entry, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel, and plenty of cup holders on all rows. Additional convenience features included are cruise control, overhead console with storage, front and rear reading lights, and 12-volt outlets in the front, rear, and cargo areas.
Optional features in the Eddie Bauer include heated front seats, radio and climate controls mounted on the steering wheel, memory driver seat and pedal, universal garage-door opener, and an AM/FM radio with in-dash six-disc CD changer.
Performance & Handling
The V-8 does a decent job even considering the heavy weight of the vehicle, but the optional V-10 engine can propel the Excursion at high rates of speed and has no problem passing other vehicles. At speeds over 90 mph the ride remains smooth.
The five-speed transmission comes exclusively with the Diesel engine, which offers a Tow Haul Package that when activated, minimizes shifts, and maximizes available torque automatically.
The four-wheel drive handles well on corners and has good grip even on dirt roads. This model comes standard with all terrain tires that are respectable on muddy roads. The all-season tires that come with the two-wheel drive are quiet and smooth when towing long distances.
The Excursion is nicely equipped with standard safety features including a four-wheel anti-lock braking system with ventilated discs, remote anti-theft alarm system, electronic brake-force distribution, and engine immobilizer. In addition are auto delay and dusk sensing headlights, child seat anchors, and rear door child safety locks.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Excursion: 13/18 mpg city/highway
- Substantial passenger and cargo space
- Impressive towing ability
- Diesel engine available
You Won't Like
- Massive size
- Poor fuel economy
- High price
A necessity for a huge interior space and heavy towing capacity.
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