The Excursion has a rugged look, with bodyside cladding and chrome bumpers. For XLT, chrome steel wheels and platinum bodyside cladding are standard. Standard on Limited models are fog lamps that improve visibility in inclement weather. The new crystalline halogen headlamps provide excellent nighttime visibility.
Numerous design elements emphasize convience. While most SUVs offer either a liftgate or liftglass rear cargo door, Excursion combines both designs into its Tri-Panel Door System. The door has a separate lift-glass for convenient small-parcel loading and lightweight twin swing-out composite doors with no center pillar to impede vision.
The roof rack holds up to 200 pounds, giving extra cargo-carrying capability.
Excursion's size makes it the perfect fit for customers who carry a lot of people and cargo. It will seat up to nine adults, with best-in-class interior volume and interior space.
Power adjustable accelerator and brake pedals are available on all Excursion Limited models, for driver comfort. An overhead console includes auxiliary air conditioning controls, courtesy lights and space for a garage door opener and sunglasses. A mini rear overhead console incorporates duplicate controls for the auxiliary air conditioning. A cargo net attaches to four rear cargo tie-down hooks to help secure small items. A floor console, which is standard on the Limited and optional on the XLT, includes dual cup holders for front and rear passengers, a forward-mounted note-pad clip and a rear-mounted pen-pencil tray.
An auxiliary power point is located on the rear of the floor console and has four outlets (five on Limited models) enabling the use of laptop computers or other 12-volt devices.
A six-disc, in-dash CD player is available on all models. A Rear Seat Entertainment System, including a DVD player and outputs for games and headphones, is optional on the XLT Premium and Limited.
Excursion's three engines are tuned to deliver high peak power, with high torque at low rpm for acceleration and towing.
Excursion can tow up to 11,000 pounds when properly equipped.
The 5.4L SOHC Triton V-8 engine is standard on 4x2 models.
The 6.8L SOHC Triton V-10 engine is standard on the 4x4 and optional on 4x2 models.
The 7.3L Power Stroke™ turbo diesel V-8 engine is optional on all models.
Excursion's 4R100 four-speed automatic transmission also improves towing, especially on hilly terrain. Rather than a simple switch to reprogram shifting patterns, its automatic tow-haul feature employs a computer module to help adjust transmission shift patterns for hills, changes in altitude or when towing heavy loads.
A switch on the shift lever locks out the overdrive fourth gear to obtain third-gear braking in downgrades. The transmission also has a standard auxiliary cooler for heavy-duty use.
The standard 44-gallon fuel tank delivers impressive range.
Ride and Handling
Excursion's optional Pulse Vacuum Hublock electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system is activated by a convenient dash-mounted selector switch and allows total disengagement of the front wheels. With no shift delay and a virtually silent operation, Excursion can also be shifted in or out of four-wheel drive at up to 55 mph.
Excursion's Twin I-beam front suspension provides greater steering control and less ride harshness for 4x2 models. The Monobeam and leaf spring front suspension reduce road vibrations and improve durability for 4x4 models.
The rear suspension has been modified for durability, performance and outstanding vehicle dynamics.
Body-mount isolators help to improve overall ride comfort. Fully boxed transmission crossmembers help to reduce noise, vibration and harshness reaching the passenger compartment.
The body-on-frame construction enhances structural rigidity.
Excursion has a Reverse Sensing System, which beeps increasingly more quickly as the vehicle reverses toward an obstacle, is optional on XLT and standard on Limited.
Safety and Security
The 2002 Excursion offers BlockerBeam front bumper underride protection for crash compatibility with smaller vehicles. Engineered crumple zones help dissipate impact forces in a frontal collision.
Second-generation driver and front passenger airbags add protection in a frontal collision. Steel side door beams help to protect passengers from intrusion in certain side impacts.
Other safety features include three-point safety belts in all outboard seating positions, child-safety seat tether anchors in the rear seats, and the Beltminder™ system to encourage safety belt use by the driver.
The remote keyless entry system contributes to a feeling of security by allowing doors to be locked and unlocked remotely. The key fob button also activates interior lights.