How do I Compare a Ford Excursion Vs. a Ford Expedition?

by Ann Frederick

While smaller vehicles offer lower prices and better fuel efficiency, many shoppers are still in the market for a big vehicle that can tow their boat and haul around a big cast of characters. Two supersized sport utility vehicles available to shoppers are the Ford Excursion and Ford Expedition. Comparing these SUVs reveals some key differences car buyers should know.

Examine availability. Ford was still making the Expedition in 2010, but it stopped production of the Excursion in 2005. So, shoppers will only have used vehicles to choose from if they want to consider the Ford Excursion.

Check seating capacities. Both vehicles offer third row seating. The Excursion has seating capacity for up to nine passengers, while the Ford Expedition comfortably seats eight.

Evaluate engines. The 2010 Ford Expedition boasts a V-8 engine, which was also standard on the Excursion, but some Excursions have an optional V-10 engine.

Consider features. Since it hasn't been manufactured for years, innovations like rear view cameras, navigation systems and wireless phone technology are not likely to be built-in to an Excursion.

Measure it. Comparing the head, hip and shoulder room of the two vehicles shows the phased-out Excursion is a winner in all categories. View the Expedition dimensions on the Ford website and compare them to the 2005 Excursion measurements available on sites like Motortrend.com, Cars.com, or Edmunds.com.

Price it. Use a car-focused search engine to locate and price used Excursions. In August 2010, a 2005 Excursion Limited with about 61,000 miles was on the market for $31,000. An Expedition made the same year that had 53,000 miles was offered for $22,000.

About the Author

Ann Frederick has been a professional writer since 1993. She began her career as a television news producer and then transitioned into public relations, working for local, state and federal government agencies. Her professional awards include a silver ADDY. Frederick holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Florida State University.

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