Built by the Ford Motor Company, the Ford Excursion is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV). Its size catered to drivers interested in vehicles featuring towing capabilities as well as a large cargo area.
First available in 1999, the Ford Excursion line grew in popularity, starting with its 2000 model. Eventually, average consumers veered away from gas-guzzling vehicles as gas prices increased. However, the Ford Excursion continued to do well with buyers interested in super-sized trucks. Ford sales more than doubled in 2000, but steadily decreased ever year afterwards. By 2005, the last of its series hit the market in the United States. After a rebranding by Ford, the 2005 Ford Excursion continued in Mexico as its 2006 model.
Since 2002 and up until 2013, the American Red Cross used a modified version of the Ford Excursion as an Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV) in disaster locations to assist in relief efforts throughout the United States. Although still in use, the American Red Cross is replacing the Ford Excursion with models that are more efficient.
The Ford Excursion is a four-door SUV with two rear cargo doors. It is available with four- or five-speed automatic transmissions and with rear- or four-wheel drive capacity. The vehicle’s curb weight for a gas vehicle is 7,230 pounds while its turbo diesel version weighs in at 7,725. Both vehicles’ cabs feature an eight-foot bed for plenty of cargo space.