2000 Ford Excursion Payload Capacity | What You Need To Know!

The payload capacity for the 2000 Ford Excursion differed, depending on a couple of different factors, which makes sense, since those factors contributed to the overall weight of the vehicle. Let's take a look at what I found!

What Is Payload Capacity?

Payload capacity is a term that basically refers to the maximum weight that a vehicle, in our case a 2000 Excursion, can safely carry. This includes the weight of all the passengers in the vehicle, along with any cargo that might be in or on the vehicle, too. This would also include any aftermarket accessories that were added to the vehicle.

It's an important specification, especially if you plan on towing with your Excursion, and is set by the vehicle manufacturer.

How Do We Get The Payload Ratings For Our Excursion?

To calculate the payload capacity of our Excursion, we only need two things: the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and the curb weight. Once we have these two specifications, some simple math will give us the payload capacity. 

This is done by subtracting the curb weight (which is the weight of the vehicle without passengers or cargo) from the GVWR, and the resulting figure is the payload capacity (indicating how much weight the vehicle can safely carry in terms of passengers and cargo).

Payload Capacity = (GVWR) - (Curb Weight)

2000 Ford Excursion Payload Capacities:

2000 Ford Excursion Payload Capacity Chart

The payload capacity for the 2000 Ford Excursions varied for each model and ranged between 1,510-1,950 pounds, depending on the engine you had equipped and whether you had a 2WD or 4WD model.

  • 5.4l Engine: For the 2000 Excursion models equipped with a 5.4L engine, the 2-wheel drive (2WD) versions have a payload capacity of 1,950 pounds, while the 4-wheel drive (4WD) models have a slightly reduced capacity of 1,810 pounds.

  • 6.8l  (V10) Engine: If you had the 6.8L engine, payload capacities for 2-wheel drive (2WD) variations offer up to 1,865 pounds and the 4-wheel drive (4WD) versions (with the same engine configuration) come with a marginally lower capacity of around 1,710 pounds.

  • 7.3l (Diesel) Engine: Models that are fitted with a 7.3L  (diesel) engine show different payload capacity figures than other models, with the 2-wheel drive (2WD) versions being rated for up to 1,660 pounds, whereas the 4-wheel drive (4WD) variants have a that lower capacity, limited to 1,510 pounds.

What You Need To Know About Your Excursion To Find Your Payload Rating...

To accurately calculate the payload capacity of your 2000 Ford Excursion, only two pieces of information are needed: 

  • The engine type 
  • Drive configuration of the model (2WD or 4WD)

The engine type affects the payload capacity because different engines have varying power outputs and weights. A more powerful engine can typically handle a greater payload due to its higher torque and horsepower, but will weigh more than a smaller engine. The engine's weight contributes to the vehicle's overall curb weight too, which is subtracted from the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) to determine the payload capacity in the first place, so they go hand-in-hand.

Similarly, the drive configuration (2WD or 4WD) plays a significant role too, mainly due to the added weight that is needed for the extra drivetrain components that a 4WD model has to have. Again, this increased weight can reduce the available payload capacity due to the additional weight, which leads us back to the whole curb weight and GVWR calculations.

Vehicle Add-ons: If you have any aftermarket add-ons or accessories mounted to the SUV, you will need to deduct the weight of these items from the GVWR specs too, as they take away from that and will also affect the payload capacity, as well. These can be things like an aftermarket bumper, a roof rack, a winch, a ladder, etc. The towing package that came standard with these vehicles did not need to be deducted because they were accounted for already.

* The information on this page came from the factory brochure that ford offered for these vehicles. I gathered the information and compiled it together, in an easy-to-read format.

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