The 2000 Chevrolet Suburban: reigning champion and a top big-SUV seller.
Now, the ones more likely to be striking it rich are automakers selling the world's two largest SUVs: the 2000 Ford Excursion and the new 2000 Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban is a 65-year-old fixture in the world of American sport-utes, while the Excursion is a newcomer and represents the first time the Suburban has had a serious competitor.
So, when General Motors Corp.'s Chevrolet division decided to introduce the new Suburban here, it seemed the perfect place to take a new Excursion for a back-to-back test.
The 2000 Ford Excursion: large and in charge of the super-SUV segment.
The Excursion we tried was a four-wheel-drive XLT, which comes standard with the 6.8-liter V-10 engine. It had a base price of $37,785, including destination and delivery. A slightly more luxurious model, the four-wheel-drive Limited, has a base price of $40,880 (all prices include destination and delivery).
The 2000 Suburban we tried was a 1500 LT model with the 5.3-liter V-8 and four-wheel drive. Other than looks, it is identical to the GMC Yukon XL. Our Suburban, with the highest trim level, had a base price of $40,721 and a trailering package ($285), which brought the total to $41,006. A slightly less luxurious four-wheel-drive model, the LS, has a base price of $36,760.