The Ford Excursion was a full-size SUV sold by the Ford Motor Company from 2000 until 2005. The vehicle was based on the Ford Super Duty pickup truck platform and inherited many of its mechanical components and drive train choices. The Excursion competed with the Chevrolet Suburban and Yukon XL. With third-row seating, the Excursion was capable of accommodating up to nine people in relative comfort. The optional Powerstroke diesel V8 was a popular choice for towing large RVs and trailers.
Excursion engine choices included a 5.4-liter, Triton V8, producing 255 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque, and a 6.8-liter, Triton V10 engine delivering 310 horsepower and 425 pound feet of torque. A diesel option with a 6-liter Powerstroke V8 engine produced 325 horsepower and 560 pound feet of torque. Drivers looking for the increased towing capacity of the F350 Super Duty Excursion liked the Powerstroke diesel engine. Ford offered both 4-speed and 5-speed automatic transmission options. The 2-wheel drive Excursions used a Sterling 10.5 rear axle, while 4-wheel drive variants used a NV273 transfer case and Dana 50 front axle.
Both Ford and Dodge were noticeably absent in the full-size SUV market, allowing the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL to hold a monopoly on the segment. Ford designed the Excursion to not only compete with the Suburban and Yukon XL, but also exceed them in both interior and exterior dimensions. Reviewers universally panned the Excursion for its large size that was too big for many consumers' garages. Some also criticized the Excursion for its poor fuel economy, but with a gross vehicle weight rating of over 8500 pounds, the Excursion was exempt from Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) regulations and EPA fuel economy estimates. Ford sold the full-size SUV until 2005, when the automaker replaced the Excursion with an extended-length version of the smaller Expedition.
Trims for the Excursion included the base XLS, mid-level XLT, upscale Eddie Bauer Edition, and the top-of-the-line Limited. Options included adjustable foot pedals, CD and DVD player, heated front seats with memory function and leather upholstery. A unique standard feature on the Excursion was an under-bumper roll bar, otherwise known as the Blocker Beam". This design prevented smaller vehicles from sliding underneath the Excursion in the event of an accident.
The Excursion was not only the largest vehicle in its class, it was also one of the most expensive. Base retail prices started out at $38,000, with the Limited trim package starting at over $43,000. Cash rebates and other incentives reduced the price somewhat below MSRP. Many variants of the Ford Super Duty pickup truck were similarly priced, making the Excursion a good deal for those who could do without the pickup bed offered by the Super Duties, in exchange for increased interior cargo room and third-row seating.
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