Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2005 Ford Excursion VS 2005 Hummer H2 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2005 Ford Excursion

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2005 Hummer H2

Safety Comparison

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To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Excursion have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Hummer H2 doesn’t offer pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Ford Excursion are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Hummer H2 doesn’t offer height adjustable front seat belts.

The Excursion (except XLS) offers an optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The H2 doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the Excursion and the H2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four wheel antilock brakes and available four wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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The Excursion comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Hummer doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the H2.

The Excursion’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the H2’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 23 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hummer dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Excursion’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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In the Ford Excursion, the optional 6.0 turbo V8 diesel has a gear driven camshaft to prevent engine damage from a broken camshaft belt or chain. Gears don’t exert side forces against the camshaft that can wear the cam bearings. The engine in the Hummer all use chain driven camshafts.

The Excursion with gas engines has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The H2 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

The Excursion 4x4 has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the H2’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

The Excursion’s reliability is better than the H2’s. In Consumer Reports, the Excursion’s reliability is 30% better.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2004 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Hummer vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 23rd in initial quality. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hummer is ranked 37th.

Engine Comparison

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The Excursion’s optional 6.8 SOHC V10 produces 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (425 vs. 365) than the H2’s 6.0 V8 (Denali).

The Excursion’s 6.0 turbo V8 diesel produces 205 lbs.-ft. more torque (570 vs. 365) than the H2’s 6.0 V8 (Denali).

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Excursion V10 is faster than the Hummer H2:

Excursion

H2

Zero to 30 MPH

3.3 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10.1 sec

10.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

10.3 sec

11.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Excursion’s engines produce their peak torque and horsepower at lower RPM’s than the H2:

Horsepower

Torque

Excursion 5.4 SOHC V8

4500 RPM

2500 RPM

Excursion 6.8 SOHC V10

4250 RPM

3250 RPM

H2 6.0 V8 (Denali)

5200 RPM

4000 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Excursion has 12 gallons more fuel capacity than the H2 (44 vs. 32 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Excursion’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the H2:

Excursion

H2

Front Rotors

13.03 inches

12.79 inches

The Excursion’s brakes have 11% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the H2 (509.29 vs. 460.6 square inches), so the Excursion has more braking power available.

The Excursion stops much shorter than the H2:

Excursion

H2

70 to 0 MPH

231 feet

244 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

155.68 feet

162.59 feet

Four Wheeler

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The front suspension of the Excursion 4x2 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the H2, which uses torsion bars in front. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Excursion’s wheelbase is 1 foot, 2.4 inches longer than on the H2 (137.1 vs. 122.7 inches).

The Excursion’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.7% to 50.3%) than the H2’s (54.3% to 45.7%). This gives the Excursion more stable handling and braking.

The Excursion Limited 4x4 handles at .68 G’s, while the H2 pulls only .62 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Excursion Limited 4x4 goes through Motor Trend’s slalom faster than the H2 (52.4 vs. 52.2 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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For excellent aerodynamics, the Excursion has standard flush composite headlights. The H2 has recessed headlights which spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Excursion Limited 4x4 is quieter than the H2:

Excursion

H2

At idle

48 dB

49 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

72 dB

70 MPH Coasting

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Excursion has standard seating for 9 passengers; the H2 can only carry up to 6.

The Excursion has 44 cubic feet more passenger volume than the H2 (191 vs. 147).

The Excursion has .5 inches more front headroom, 4.5 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, 4.9 inches more rear hip room, .7 inches more rear shoulder room, 11.7 inches more third row legroom, 22.2 inches more third row hip room and 23.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the H2.

For the ultimate in rear passenger comfort, the Excursion’s standard rear seats recline. The H2 doesn’t offer reclining rear seats.

The front step up height for the Excursion is 3.3 inches lower than the H2 (23” vs. 26.25”). The Excursion’s rear step up height is 4.8 inches lower than the H2’s (23” vs. 27.75”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Excursion’s cargo area provides more volume than the H2.

Excursion

H2

Max Cargo Volume

146.4 cubic feet

86.6 cubic feet

The Excursion’s cargo area is larger than the H2’s in every dimension:

Excursion

H2

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

38.5”/64”/100.9”

9.5”/43.5”/70.25”

Min Width

52.2”

46”

Height

43”

41”

Ergonomics Comparison

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Excursion offers a power adjustable foot pedal set. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining pedal contact. The H2 doesn’t offer adjustable foot pedals.

The Excursion Limited’s standard speed sensitive intermittent wipers speed up as the car does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The H2’s intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Excursion offers available cornering lights to illuminate around corners. The H2 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Excursion has standard secondary sun visors that block glare from two directions simultaneously. The H2 doesn’t offer any similar feature.

The Excursion’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The H2’s cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Excursion owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Excursion will cost $2710 to $2995 less than the H2 over a five year period.

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