Unpopular Opinion: The Ford Excursion is actually the best SUV ever made
The Ford Excursion was a full-size SUV produced from September 1999 through January 2005 in the United States and Canada, as well as through September 2005 in Mexico. During its entire production, two gas engines were available: a standard 5.4-liter Triton V8 and an optional 6.8-liter V10, along with a diesel engine - a turbocharged 7.3-liter V8 during its first four model years and a turbocharged 6.0-liter V8 in its last three.. The Ford Excursion was marketed as a Class 2 (Heavy Duty) SUV as it was based on the F-250 Super Duty. However, compared to the Chevrolet Suburban 2500 and GMC Yukon XL 2500 twins, it looked and felt like a Class 3 SUV.
On top of that, the Ford Excursion is the truest SUV ever made, even in the era of rugged off-roaders like the Hummer H1, Land Rover Defender 110, Toyota Mega Cruiser, and Mercedes-Benz G-Class XXL. We need to talk about why it is the best - of literally any SUV ever made.
Today, of course, we have so-called Super-SUVs that accelerate as fast as Ferraris and other supercars from the 1990s and 2000s. The non-performance SUVs these days are full of soccer-mom reunions - and most modern SUVs really are extended-height hatchbacks and station wagons. Also, the Hummer H1 and other heavy-duty GM SUVs all didn't mix off-road capability, comfort and space all into one. That is what set the Ford Excursion apart from other SUVs. Compared to the GM offerings, Ford's Excursion felt like a van.
Contrary to popular belief, the Chevy Suburban 2500 and GMC Yukon XL 2500 were not based on the Silverado and Sierra HD. Instead, they carried underpinnings from the 1500 models (which in turn are just longer Tahoes and Yukons) with only the powertrains from the 2500HD-series trucks - but the worst part of all, no diesel was offered. In reality, GM's 2500-series SUVs were a 1500HD. Whereas, the Ford Excursion took purely the simplest task and dressed in accordance to SUV fashion - the whole truck was a Super Duty with a different name. Unlike the Suburban and Yukon XL, the Excursion was offered with a diesel engine option (7.3 Power Stroke from 2000-2003, and a 32-valve 6.0 from 2003-2005) and even a 5-speed automatic option in the later years!