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I am possibly considering buying a GM product. This goes against my tradition of buying all Fords in the past, but the Excursion is getting some mileage on it and with a young family, it does not need to be front line with 150k on it. So I went looking. To my disappointment, Ford dropped the Excursion in '05. I do not trust used vehichles so the Excursion option is gone:(:mad:

I really didn't like the Suburban when I got the Excursion back in '03 but the new one is supposed to be a lot better. How does it compare to the Excursion? Any personal experienses and or info will be appreciated and thanks!

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My family and I took a GM-owned company Suburban on a 5500 mile vacation. It was the best vehicle that we could have gotten. We were only gone for 13 days so we spent a lot of time in it. There is tons of room front and rear. There is an ungodly amount of cargo room if you fold up the third row. We had an LTZ so it was pretty decked out, but the 5300 still got 17.5 MPG on the trip. That is almost all highway though. It handles really well for the size of vehicle and the seats are very comfortable. I think that it is far superior to anything else its size.

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Have you looked at the Expedition EL? I know it's not as tough as an Excursion (it's 1/2 ton based, when the Excursion is 3/4 ton based).....how ever if you're not doing any serious towing it might work for you.

Personally having spent a lot of time in 2008 Suburbans and Expeditions, I really prefer the Suburbans. Keep in mind I haven't sampled a 2500 Suburban though. Again I don't know how heavy duty you need to go with your purchase. I was shocked the Suburban felt as quick/strong (even with its 5.3 V8 and 4AT as the standard Expedition with 5.4 and 6AT). Neither is as quick or strong as my Armada though....but I do like the GMT-900's a lot! ;)
 

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My family and I took a GM-owned company Suburban on a 5500 mile vacation. It was the best vehicle that we could have gotten. We were only gone for 13 days so we spent a lot of time in it. There is tons of room front and rear. There is an ungodly amount of cargo room if you fold up the third row. We had an LTZ so it was pretty decked out, but the 5300 still got 17.5 MPG on the trip. That is almost all highway though. It handles really well for the size of vehicle and the seats are very comfortable. I think that it is far superior to anything else its size.

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I have looked inside of it and it just does not seem as big. Does anybody have any official dimensions to compare the Escursion and Suburban interiors?
 

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All of these vehicles are suitably large, I mean you can use them as a vacation home :lmao: Passenger space is pretty unimpressive, if you want real space go get a Sprinter :D
A jokester are you? Well, FYI we use the Excursion to pull the vacation home to various spots throughout the course of the year and therefor need its towing capacity. See if a Sprinter van can pull what I need it to pull.;)
 

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I have looked inside of it and it just does not seem as big. Does anybody have any official dimensions to compare the Escursion and Suburban interiors?
Are you talking about passenger room or cargo room? passenger room mostly
 

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Interior Dimensions 2003 Ford Excursion
Headroom
1st Row 41.0
2nd Row 41.1
3rd Row 38.6
Shoulder room
1st Row 68.3
2nd Row 67.0
3rd Row 64.9
Hip room
1st Row 67.5
2nd Row 66.9
3rd Row 52.5
Legroom
1st Row 42.3
2nd Row 40.5
3rd Row 39.0

Interior Dimensions 2009 Chevy Suburban 2500
Headroom
1st Row 41.1
2nd Row 38.5
3rd Row 38.1
Shoulder room
1st Row 65.3
2nd Row 65.2
3rd Row 64.7
Hip room
1st Row 64.4
2nd Row 61.8
3rd Row 49.4
Legroom
1st Row 41.3
2nd Row 39.5
3rd Row 34.9

Without a doubt the Excursion is bigger than the newer Suburban.
 

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Are you talking about passenger room or cargo room? passenger room mostly

Just as I expected. The Suburban is smaller in every category. This is my biggest fear, getting a vehichle that is too small. I will have to carry the family to the dealer and try it out, but I am seriously disappointed that neither GM or Ford have maintained an Excursion sized vehichle:(
 

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The Tow rating is a disappointment as my Excursion tows 4000 pounds more then the new Suburban according to the above link! Why dosen't Chevy make a diesel in the Suburban?

What is the difference in fuel consumption?
 

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The Tow rating is a disappointment as my Excursion tows 4000 pounds more then the new Suburban according to the above link! Why dosen't Chevy make a diesel in the Suburban?

What is the difference in fuel consumption?
I concur, why the hell is the D-Max at least not an option in the Sub?
 

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Just as I expected. The Suburban is smaller in every category. This is my biggest fear, getting a vehichle that is too small. I will have to carry the family to the dealer and try it out, but I am seriously disappointed that neither GM or Ford have maintained an Excursion sized vehichle:(
The Expedition EL has more interior space than the Excursion by every dimension except third-row shoulder room.

Don't know if the link will work, but if it doesn't, I'd advise building your own comparison.

http://www.cars.com/go/compare/trimCompare.jsp?acodes=USB80FOS311A0,USB30FOS011A0


The numbers aren't everything, of course. Definitely try to fit in the family before buying something. But the Expedition EL is definitely the size of the Excursion.
 

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The Tow rating is a disappointment as my Excursion tows 4000 pounds more then the new Suburban according to the above link! Why dosen't Chevy make a diesel in the Suburban?

What is the difference in fuel consumption?
So the question is: How heavy is your travel-trailer/horse-trailer/boat?

I am assuming your Excursion is a diesel?
 

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Sprinter is rated to tow 5k lbs if I recall correctly
 

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If you're patient, wait for MY2011, when Ford will have a 4.4L diesel available in the Expedition.

I never thought I'd see the day when an Expedition EL/Suburban weren't big enough.
 
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