2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Review

An Explorer and a truck in one.

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Overview

The 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac focuses more on style and comfort and less on off roading. Despite the name, the Explorer Sport Trac does not have much in common with the Explorer Sport. The addition of a truck bed does give it some added utility over a normal SUV body. However, it does not have enough payload to be a likely replacement option for even light-duty pickups. The focus on interior amenities is maintained. Many SUVs are very sparse with amenities, but even the stock Explorer Sport Trac has enough to rival the average mid-price passenger vehicle.

The unique 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac limits the appeal to drivers since it does not offer the diversity or performance of the standard Explorer or Explorer Sport. However, it does offer a large interior for passengers with a truck bed built on. It can be used for some very light cargo hauling and carry bulky items that would not fit inside an SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Explorer Sport Trac

What's New

The 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a brand new model based on the Ford Explorer design.

Exterior

The 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a hybridized design based on an SUV and a pickup truck. The front half of the vehicle looks similar to the other Explorer lines. However, rather than being a full SUV, the Explorer Sport Trac has a four-door crew cab. The rear of the vehicle is a truck bed rather than interior space. Measuring 205.9 inches in total length, it is about 10 inches longer than the four-door Ford Explorer. Standard equipment includes trailer wiring, privacy glass, and a roof rack.

Interior

The 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac retains the comfort focus that distinguishes the Explorer from much of its competition. Standard equipment includes power locks, power mirrors, power windows, front console, AM/FM radio, CD player Mast audio, and air-conditioning. Since the Explorer Sport Trac only has one model, it does not have the same range of interior options as the regular Explorer. Despite the dissimilarities between the Explorer Sport and Explorer Sport Trac, the two vehicles have essentially the same list of standard features.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac has decent handling and performance compared to most pickup trucks but does not quite handle as well as the actual Explorer. The six-cylinder engine provides good acceleration, pretty much on the same level as the regular Explorer. However, the maximum payload is 1260 pounds, which is fairly unimpressive, even for a light-duty pickup truck. The main reason the Explorer Sport Trac does not perform as well as the regular Explorer is the longer length. It also doesn't turn as quickly. As a pure pickup truck, it would be considered to have good turning, but it is not quite as impressive as the model it is originally based on.

Safety

The 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac has dual-front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, child safety seat anchors, and an engine immobilizer as standard equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Explorer Sport Trac: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Good safety performance
  • Unusual design combination makes it unique

You Won't Like

  • Lacks \power and hauling capacity
  • Lacks interior space

Sum Up

An Explorer and a truck in one.

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