Ford Excursion Origins
If a driver finds the need to transport a basketball team, or tow more than five tons of weight, this vehicle can do it. Built during a time of ""cheap money"" and ""bling,"" with very little concern for the practical, the Excursion certainly represents a specific place and mentality all while being able to move a two-bedroom bungalow.
Parking the Excursion is like trying to get a camel through the eye of the needle. Maneuvering in tight places, or anywhere other than an open prairie ranch field, can be challenging to say the least. Fuel economy is dismal at best, and really the word ""economy"" should not even be used in the same sentence as the name Excursion.
Ultimately, rising gas prices and some semblance of consumer practicality destroyed sales of Ford’s flagship SUV and the brand discontinued the model. Both the new and used markets offer wiser and better full-size SUV options that should be considered over the Excursion. If one really needs to haul a 72-foot three-mast schooner, transport the whole team without a bus, or win a head-on collision with a charging rhino, then it’s hard to top the mighty Excursion.About the Ford Excursion
Over the course of its short production run, the Excursion came with four different trim packages: XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer, and top-of-the-line Limited. At various stages of production, Ford added or removed certain options.
The XLT and Limited both contain a standard 5.4-liter V-8 with 255 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Other options include a 310-horsepower, 6.8-liter V-10 and a 235-horsepower, 7.3-liter turbodiesel V-8. The 7.3-liter turbodiesel later increased to 250 horsepower. Then the 7.3-liter turbodiesel phased out to make way for a 325-horsepower, 6.0-liter turbodiesel V-8 with more torque and cleaner emissions.
All engines pair with a four-speed automatic transmission except for the 6.0-liter turbodiesel, which uses a five-speed automatic. Wheels, tires, suspension, and just about everything else, match the model’s huge size.
Base models are surprisingly utilitarian with a dashboard borrowed from the Super Duty pickup. Moving up to higher trim packages adds to the design. Although it never really became luxurious or stylish, some packages have design additions that look decent enough.
As the biggie of the Ford lineup, the Excursion does not leave much out in the way of comfort or features. Base models come generously appointed with above-average amenities such as a rear air-conditioner, cruise control, full power accessories, and a CD player. Other trim levels add rear audio controls, a premium audio system, power-adjustable pedals, and heated front seats. Even more options can be added, including an in-dash six-disc CD changer and a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system.
With room for nine passengers, or eight with captain’s front chairs, the Excursion still manages 146 cubic feet of cargo capacity—not as much as a van, but still a lot of space.
As one would expect with an SUV of such massive size and power, something must be sacrificed. That something is maneuverability, parking, and ride quality. Getting into a parallel spot flanked by two other vehicles should be a professional driver’s test. Getting around the side streets in a city could be more difficult than taking a pet elephant on a walk in Manhattan. The ride is rough like a school bus. Someone used to a sedan, sports car, or compact cannot just hop into and start whipping about town in one of these. This beast mandates that a driver get used to the peculiarities it presents. Challenges include not being able to see behind you, not fitting in places, and a bit more work than most drivers are used to putting into a trip.Ford Excursion Evolution
The versions of this giant from 2000 to 2005 can be used to define ""vehicle blind spot."" Ford started with the F-250 super duty truck platform and then added just about everything. It comes with either two-wheel or four-wheel drive.
Most SUV experts recommend buying a used Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon XL instead of this model. But if you need the biggest, consensus opinion is to get a 2004 or 2005 model with the optional 6.0-liter turbodiesel.