If you want an epic road-trip cruiser, a big SUV makes a great choice. And there still hasn’t been a bigger SUV than the Ford Excursion, even if today’s Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL come very close.
This 2001 Ford Excursion has racked up over half a million miles hitting every state in the Continental U.S. and much of Canada. That’s a pretty impressive feat, especially considering how much fuel it has almost certainly used in that time.
The Excursion was so big that Ford didn’t even have to run it through the Environmental Protection Agency’s fuel-economy tests, so we won’t know for certain. This one is a 4-wheel-drive example with 7.3-liter turbodiesel power, meaning it left the factory with 250 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque. Properly-equipped, it could tow around 10,000 pounds.
The Excursion made waves when it was new for its sheer size. It was essentially an SUV version of the automaker’s Super Duty trucks, which were hard workers generally best suited to heavy haulers and commercial users. For the Excursion, Ford added an SUV body with a unique tailgate and called it a family cruiser. Hey, if you need the space, it’s hard to beat.
Ford offered the Excursion in XLT and Limited trims, the latter of which added standard leather seats and a trip computer, but not too many other luxuries. This Excursion features the optional rear parking sensors and heated seats, which would have pushed its list price to around $47,000 when new.
Given there was nothing like the Excursion at the time — and really nothing since, at least until General Motors slotted a turbodiesel into its latest Suburban and Yukon XL — it’s no surprise that these big Fords have held their value. This one is on offer for $18,000, which is on the low side given its condition. Find a Ford Excursion for sale