I just finished driving an '04 Ford Excursion over 2000 miles. I think I got to know the big suv in that time.
I will start with the things I do not like about the '04 Excursion, note that these may have changes on future models. Unlike most vehicles I have driven lately, this Excursion did not have an adjustable height shoulder strap for the seat belts. This bothers me as I am tall. In fact after about the first 1000 miles I had a rather large bruise on my left shoulder from the slight pressure of the seat belt. My shoulder is still tender, three weeks later. The second issue I have with the suv is gas mileage. I was pulling a heavy 17 foot trailer and consistently got between 10 and 11 miles per gallon. I don't know what it would get on the open road without the trailer but this made for frequent stops.
That's all I have against the suv. It was otherwise a great vehicle. Often times, I did not notice the trailer behind me even in windy conditions. Now the trailer is a double axle which adds some to stability but the suv pulled it like a champ. It did lug a little on steep hills but if I put my foot into it, it would down shift and go to work.
The radio has buttons in the right places to reach while driving. The temperature control buttons were also easily accessed by the driver and easy to understand. The keyless entry would have worked, had I know the code, when I locked the keys in it once. Fortunately I had a spare in the trailer which had a combination lock for entry. The A/C was cold and kept pumping cold air even while going up hills. I kept a watchful eye on the temperature gauge and it never got above half way to the danger zone.
The suv is big, I think it is taller and wider than a Chevy Suburban but about the same length. I am accustomed to the size as my first car, a '76 Pontiac Catalina, seemed much longer. If you need a big vehicle to haul a lot of stuff or people, this gets my vote.
Great scenery in a great vehicle.