2005 Ford Excursion

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Ford Excursion. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Abundant interior capacity
  • Diesel-engine durability
  • Unabashedly trucklike experience
  • Optional adjustable pedals

The Bad

  • Clumsy maneuverability
  • Dreadful fuel economy
  • Sluggish performance
  • Noise
  • Ride quality

Notable Features of the 2005 Ford Excursion

  • Three engine choices
  • Ample cargo volume
  • Nine-passenger seating
  • Available DVD entertainment system
  • Available 4WD

2005 Ford Excursion Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Shoppers looking for the largest sport utility vehicle in any showroom can still turn to Ford. The Excursion measures nearly 19 feet long � that's 21 inches longer than the company's full-size Expedition and more than 7 inches longer than its next closest rivals, the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL.

Bigger isn't necessarily better, and sales of mammoth SUVs have tapered off. Ford had suggested that the massive Excursion might be dropped during 2004. But it earned a reprieve and continues into 2005 with new jeweled headlights, a fresh grille and bumper, and revised wheel choices.

Excursions come in XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited trim levels and can be equipped with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The abundantly equipped Eddie Bauer model joined the Excursion lineup for 2003, when a new 6.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine that generates 325 horsepower and 560 pounds-feet of torque also became available. The diesel engine teams with a five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. A 5.4-liter V-8 or a 6.8-liter V-10 gasoline engine can also power the Excursion.


Exterior
Traditional and oversized SUV styling cues include four side doors. Ford claims the Excursion's back doors are wider than those on the Suburban; this allows easier access to the middle and rear seats. The rear door features a tri-panel arrangement, which has a window on top that flips up and twin doors below that open to the sides.

Aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires. The ...
Vehicle Overview
Shoppers looking for the largest sport utility vehicle in any showroom can still turn to Ford. The Excursion measures nearly 19 feet long � that's 21 inches longer than the company's full-size Expedition and more than 7 inches longer than its next closest rivals, the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL.

Bigger isn't necessarily better, and sales of mammoth SUVs have tapered off. Ford had suggested that the massive Excursion might be dropped during 2004. But it earned a reprieve and continues into 2005 with new jeweled headlights, a fresh grille and bumper, and revised wheel choices.

Excursions come in XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited trim levels and can be equipped with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The abundantly equipped Eddie Bauer model joined the Excursion lineup for 2003, when a new 6.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine that generates 325 horsepower and 560 pounds-feet of torque also became available. The diesel engine teams with a five-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. A 5.4-liter V-8 or a 6.8-liter V-10 gasoline engine can also power the Excursion.


Exterior
Traditional and oversized SUV styling cues include four side doors. Ford claims the Excursion's back doors are wider than those on the Suburban; this allows easier access to the middle and rear seats. The rear door features a tri-panel arrangement, which has a window on top that flips up and twin doors below that open to the sides.

Aluminum wheels hold 16-inch tires. The Excursion rides a 137-inch wheelbase, stretches 226.4 inches long overall and has an 8.5-inch ground clearance. Lighted running boards are available.


Interior
The Excursion has a nine-passenger capacity, plus 48 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seat. Split bench seats in the second row tip and fold forward to allow easier access to the third row. The rear bench is removable and rolls on built-in wheels. Cargo volume grows to 146 cubic feet with the rear seat removed and the middle bench folded; that space can carry a 4-by-8-foot plywood sheet. Wireless headphones are included with an optional DVD entertainment system.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available. A 255-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 is standard on rear-drive models. A 310-hp, 6.8-liter V-10 that delivers 425 pounds-feet of torque is standard in four-wheel-drive models and optional in 4x2s. Both of these engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The 325-hp Power Stroke 6.0-liter diesel V-8 mates with a five-speed-automatic transmission. Towing capacity is as high as 11,000 pounds with the V-10 and diesel engines.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available. A reverse-sensing system can be installed.

Driving Impressions
Drive an Excursion, and you're in a truck, period. Expect the typical engine and transmission drone found in trucks, coupled with ride quality that bears little resemblance to a passenger car. The Power Stroke diesel engine performs admirably, but it enhances the sensation of being in a full-fledged truck. The diesel-powered version manages to climb some steep grades but at a leisurely pace.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great reliable truck!

by Cubs1979 from Canyon Lake, TX on May 29, 2018

My Excursion has never failed me. Through thousands of highway miles, to the river and the lake, this truck has been a lifesaver and it has never complained! Read full review

(5.0)

Great truck

by Cubs1979 from Canyon Lake, TX on April 18, 2018

Seats 8, good ac, very reliable and dependable. I will by another when this one dies!!! I travel at least 100 miles per day and this truck is always ready for the ride! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Ford Excursion currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Ford Excursion has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Excursion received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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