I am in the process of choosing which used SUV would work best for my family. We are deciding between a used Expedition or Excursion. My wife and I have 4 children, age 14 to 3, so space is the number one issue. We also plan to tow a travel trailer (yet to be bought but will probably be about 6,000 lbs.). Most of the traveling will be local but we want to have the ability to pull the trailer around the country.
I would be interested in anyone'e opinion about which would be the better vehicle?
Thanks so much.
Both are fine vehicles. I've had four Expeditions with the latest being an '07 Limited EL. The only engine available now in the Expedition is the 5.4l. It's a good engine but if I intended to do a lot of towing I think I'd want an Excursion with either the V10 or diesel. If you decide to go with an Expedition try to find an EL. The longer wheelbase makes for a better ride and more stable vehicle.
The '07 and newer Expedition with the HD Towing Package is rated at 9000 pounds towing and rides like a town car. I'm sure an old Excursion can be equipped to tow more, but my only experience with that vehicle puts the ride into the old F150 category.
I don't do it routinely, but 8 adults will fit in my '07 Expedition. Certainly easy for two adjust and 4 kids.
The '07 6-speed transmission seems designed to tow a trailer without stress. The old 4-speed will have the engine running very fast.
Our trailer is 5000 pounds. Strongly recommend the '07 and later HD towing package. Better cooling for the engine and transmission and all the wiring is at the back of the truck. Look for the round "Bargman" connector on the passenger side of the hitch receiver. Ain't there? Keep looking.