The Ford Excursion SUV is a heavy duty, full size sport utility vehicle produced by the Ford Motor Company from 2000 through 2005 for the North American market and through 2006 for Mexico. Based on the heavy-duty, full-size Ford Super Duty line of trucks, the Excursion was Ford’s largest SUV in its lineup during the tenure of its production. It competed mainly against the lighter duty Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL 1500 and 2500 models.
The Ford Excursion was introduced in 1999 as a 2000 model-year vehicle. It was described as the “biggest sport utility on the planet.” Sales were initially good, peaking in the 2000 model year with over 50,000 sales. Designed for buyers with super-sized interior cargo and towing needs, the Excursion’s “gargantuan proportions came at a price” making driving and parking it into major challenges. As gasoline prices rose, the sales declined. Within a few years, buyers began “reeling in the SUV monster: demand is so low that Ford cut Excursion production.” Industry insiders expected Ford to stop producing the Excursion, but sales continued through the 2005 model year, for which it received a minor facelift.
The last Excursion was produced on September 30, 2005, at Ford’s Louisville plant, although the last Excursions were sold as 2006 models for the Mexican market. Production of the Excursion was canceled to focus on Super Duty pickup trucks.[