Ford Excursion Towing Specificationsby Christopher Jackson
Ford's Excursion debuted for the 2000 model year as the most visible and biggest SUV in Ford's truck lineup. The three-ton Excursion was based on the heavy-duty Super Duty truck chassis and dwarfed most passenger vehicles on the road. Its purpose in life was heavy-duty towing and hauling, and Ford equipped the big rig accordingly.
A choice of three engines was available, similar to the Super Duty lineup. A 5.4-liter V8 was the base engine, and a larger and more powerful 6.8-liter V10 was offered as a step up. Ford's 7.3-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 was also offered. The 5.4 V8 produced 255 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque, and the 6.8 V10 increased output to 310 horsepower and 425 foot-pounds of torque. The 7.3 liter produced 235 horsepower and 500 foot-pounds of torque; in 2001 the horsepower was increased to 250. In 2003, the Excursion received the smaller but more powerful 6.0-liter Power Stroke diesel to replace the 7.3. The 6.0 raised the bar to 325 horsepower and 560 foot-pounds of torque. Two- and four-wheel drive are available.
The Excursion was designed to work, and its capabilities were among the highest in the SUV class at the time. The 2004 models are typical; for this year the 5.4-liter, two-wheel drive models are rated to tow up to 7,600 lbs. while the four-wheel drives can tow up to 7,200. All versions of the 6.8 V10 and 6.0 Power Stroke diesel are rated to tow up to 11,000 lbs.
The Ford Excursion was produced from 2000 until 2005 with only detail changes. Sales hovered around or below 25,000 units a year for the entire production run.
- "2004 Product Information," Ford Motor Company, 2004
- Ford Media.com: 2000 Excursion Major Product Features
Christopher "Emmy" Jackson has been an automotive writer since 1999. His self-syndicated auto column appears weekly in print and online, and his work has appeared in "Grassroots Motorsports," "AutoWeek" and "African-Americans on Wheels." He is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with degrees in English and creative writing, and spends most of his free time reviewing new cars and working on new automotive projects.