2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Review

Comfortable and functional—a unique hybrid.

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Overview

The SUV craze has spawned some interesting designs and ideas. The 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac marks one of the most unique models available. A cross between a pickup truck and SUV, it combines the best of both without actually being able to deliver on either. It simply doesn’t have the towing capabilities of a truck and doesn’t offer the cabin space found in an SUV. It does however follow through on its promise to meet the sportsman’s needs with its offroad capabilities. For the right person, the Explorer Sport Trac could be a good choice.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck/SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Explorer Sport Trac Value, Ford Explorer Sport Trac Choice, Ford Explorer Sport Trac Premium

What's New

Only a few changes appear on the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The base version comes with either a manual or automatic transmission. The line sees more power from its tweaked 4.0-liter V-6. The options lists get modified and some external color choices join the lineup.

Exterior

Despite its unusual body design, the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac retains its characteristic good looks and rugged qualities. The front end and the grille of the Explorer Sport look distinctive and much like the front end of the Ford line of trucks. This feature adds to its rugged appeal and impressive demeanor. The front fenders seem rather bulbous over the tire wells. Ford offers this model in several color choices. Some of the more popular options include Silver Birch Metallic, Black, Aspen Green Metallic, and True Blue Metallic.

Interior

The 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac offers comfortable front seating. It uses front bucket seats with cloth upholstery. The upper trim levels have six-way power chairs with height adjustment. The split-folding rear seat allows for more storage space and accommodates awkward cargo. It comes equipped with power door locks and windows. Convenience marks an important part of the Explorer Sport Trac’s design and cruise control comes standard as well as air-conditioning. Cup holders sit in the front and rear of the cabin. The front console offers interior storage space along with the front seatback storage and front door pockets. The overhead console also features convenient storage. Access to the rear seat proves easy and convenient as well. The upper trim levels also offer a tilt-adjustable, leather-clad steering wheel. The instrument dash comes complete with a compass, a clock, and external temperature display. For listening entertainment, this SUV contains a 60-watt audio system with four speakers and a CD playing, AM/FM stereo.

Performance & Handling

The uniquely designed 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac certainly has some unique features. This hybrid doesn’t appeal to the diehard truck or SUV fan. It does however have some impressive features going for it in terms of handling and performance. Unlike its Explorer Sport sibling, the Trac seems more willing to go offroad. It does a remarkable job at handling all-terrain situations. This makes a good option for the outdoorsy type that needs plenty of performance on and off of the road.

Safety

Proper safety features have long been a tradition for Ford and the 2002 Explorer Sport Trac has plenty of make the driver and passengers feel secure. This SUV hybrid comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, front airbags, and an engine immobilizer. The front and rear of the cabin come equipped with height-adjustable headrests. These headrests limit the damage to the head and neck in the event of an accident. Electronic brake force distribution comes standard as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Explorer Sport Trac: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable seats
  • Off-road performance
  • Unique combo of midsize SUV and pickup
  • Impressive V-6 engine
  • Rear glass can be powered down

You Won't Like

  • Lacks towing and hauling capabilities of a pickup
  • Lacks the interior space of an SUV

Sum Up

Comfortable and functional—a unique hybrid.

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