I don't suppose you'd believe that was a typo, would you? In 1999 Honda was anxious to prove that they could build a big car, so they offered a low-cost tow option which meant something. See picture below.
One of the many faults I have been correctly accused of having is that I treat zeroes as if they mean nothing. Maybe that's it.
29.7 mpg: I didn't believe it either, but I have checked many times on the Portland to Seattle run and it usually hovers around 28.4 mpg. This time I had the living traveling scared out of me by the high gas prices and I determined to stay at the speed limit and limit my running around to the ethnic food stores in Ballard. Checked and double checked, came out the same. I have another run tomorrow to try it again. The 15.7 mpg was towing the Burro
back and forth across the country, an accurate average.
I should think the Excursion would be a very fine tow vehicle, but I had another consideration: When going to fiberglass meets or other gatherings I usually practice my singing ("Cumbaya" etc.) on the road. I needed something with truly cathedral-like size. As Gina knows, there is no substitute for a REALLY LARGE interior for excellent acoustics. With a 3 to 4 second reverb time with the middle seats out the Ody is clearly on top of the list.