For an automaker with a tradition of muscle and power, it seems very fitting that the 'biggest sport-utility on the planet' was manufactured by none other than Ford. The full-size sport utility vehicle dubbed as the Ford Excursion is bigger, wider, longer, and stronger than its major competitors from Chevrolet (the Suburban) and GMC (the Yukon XL). Although its presence was short-lived, the raw power of the Excursion continues to capture the interest of those with oversized transportation needs.
2000: Ford's giant powerhouse
Bringing the incredible power of a heavy-duty pickup truck to the sleek, comfortable body of an SUV resulted to the introduction of Ford's biggest SUV in 2000. Boasting of a whopping 11,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity and a spacious interior that can comfortably seat nine passengers, the Ford Excursion was built to cater to the toughest, heaviest towing and hauling needs.
The first Excursions offered three powerful engine choices to support its heavy-duty applications: a 5.4L 255 horsepower V8, a 6.8 310 horsepower V10, and a 7.8L 235 horsepower turbodiesel engine. The Excursion had a few engine changes including a 15 horsepower boost for the 7.8L turbodiesel and its eventual replacement with a 6.0L turbodiesel V8. Apart from the 6.0L turbodiesel-equipped Excursion that had a five-speed automatic transmission, all the other engines were paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The first Excursion was also available in two trim levels: the base XLT trim and the more luxurious Limited trim. However, a new Eddie Bauer trim was offered in 2003 to serve as the mid-range trim between the base and the Limited. In 2004, the XLS was added to serve as the base trim, with the XLT and Eddie Bauer trims being the middle ground between the base and the Limited trim.
Apart from an undisputed towing and cargo capacity, the Excursion also offered various perks such as standard fog lights, mirrors with built-in turn signals, power-adjustable brake and throttle pedals, an in-dash CD changer that can hold up to six CDs, a rear-seat video entertainment system, rear air-conditioning, and many more.
2005: The final Excursion
Although the Ford Excursion was top-of-the-line in terms of carrying capacity, this also means that it is a natural gas-guzzler. Unfortunately, it also came at a time when the spike in fuel prices meant that the market was looking for better fuel economy from its vehicles. This is why for 2005, Ford decided to discontinue the Excursion and shift its focus on its Super Duty line of pickup trucks.