The Ford Excursion was created at the height of the large sport utility vehicle craze in North America. Based on the than newly-introduced Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck design, the 2000 Ford Excursion was one of largest sport utility vehicles on the market. Shortly after its debut, the up to 77.2-inch tall stature of the large sport utility vehicle was noted being too tall to clear entrances to some garages.
Boasting heavy-duty capacity and power, the 2000 Excursion was powered by a standard 5.4-liter V-8 gasoline engine generating 255 horsepower. A 310-horsepower V-10 engine and a 7.3-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel producing up to 525 pound-feet of torque. Available with a two-wheel or four-wheel drivetrain, the 2000 Excursion could tow up to 10,000 pounds. Inside, seating for up to nine occupants was coupled with standard features such as a CD player, power mirrors, cruise control and air conditioning. Limited models of the Ford Excursion included leather seats while an Eddie Bauer version of the sport utility vehicle joined the line-up in 2003.
In 2004, the turbo diesel powerplant choice became a more potent 6.0-liter Power Stroke engine mated to a five-speed Torqshift automatic transmission. Depending on the engine and drivetrain, maximum towing capacity was rated at 11,000 pounds on the later models of the vehicle. While lower gasoline prices at the time of the large sport utility vehicle’s release allowed the Ford Excursion to obtain popularity early, raising prices for fuel eventually eroded sales. The Ford Excursion was dropped in 2005 and was replaced by a longer-wheelbase version of the Expedition.