Each model of this pickup truck comes in a two-door and four-door configuration. The Ford Explorer Sport Trac is largely inspired by the Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle and is part-sport utility vehicle and part-pickup truck. It combines the passenger carrying capacity of a sport utility vehicle with the cargo carrying capacity of a truck by placing the front end of a sport utility vehicle with the bed of a truck.
All four 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac models run on a four-liter, V-6 engine enabled with fuel-flex and five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive capability. A fuel-flex engine runs on a blend of methanol/ethanol gasoline. However, it can run on regular gas when this blend is unavailable. This blended gasoline is greener, and a flex fuel engine is supposed to benefit the environment without the inconveniences of other vehicles powered by either electricity or other alternative fuels.
But this particular engine has poor fuel economy. Even though all models have the same fuel economy, there is some debate over exactly how poor it is. A transmission with overdrive means that the gears turn over faster and achieve a greater number of revolutions per minute than those without overdrive. The engines have a horsepower of 210 and 240 lb-ft of torque. Plus a maximum towing capacity of 5300 pounds is standard. Models come with rear and four-wheel drive.
Body Styles: two-door crew cab pickup truck, four-door extended cab pickup truck
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6 fuel-flex
Transmissions: five-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Ford Sport Trac XLT Premium, Ford Sport Trac XLS, Ford Sport Trac XLT, Ford Sport Trac Adrenaline
2005 sees few changes to the Ford Explorer Sport Trac. A moon roof is now available on the XLT model. All models now include Sirius satellite radio and are MP3 capable. The last change is that two new exterior colors are available.
One exterior change for 2005 is that a moon roof is now available for the XLT extended cab model. The other exterior update is that bright red and dark stone can now be chosen as colors. The payload bay measures to 4.2 feet. But consumer can add a tubular steel cargo cage that will extend the bed by 22 inches. The bed itself is made out of sheet-molded composite material that resists dents and scratches. Another optional item is a hard tonneau cover that protects the cargo and locks. It is a traditional truck bed and is connected to a sport utility front. To create this combination of vehicles the Ford Explorer's frame was stretched by 15 inches overall. The dimensions are as follows: 205.9 inches long by 70.5 inches high by 71.8 inches wide. The payload bay sits on a 129.5-inch wheelbase. And all models have a lot of the exterior features of a traditional Ford Explorer. But there are exceptions like the front flared fenders. All models also have running boards to help one climb into the cab.
2005 interior updates come in the form of entertainment. Each model now has a Sirius satellite radio and is MP3 capable. Like most pickup trucks, the crew cab models are designed to seat three and extended cab model are supposed to seat five. In the lower end models, the seat coverings are made of cloth. The higher-end models have seat coverings made of leather. Also, the higher-end models feature power lumbar support and heated front seats. In the extended cab models, the seats up front are low-backed bucket seats and the back has a bench that is a 60/40 split. The floors are made of rugged composite rubber that can simply be hosed off and wiped clean.
Performance & Handling
The performance and handling of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac is very similar to a sport utility vehicle. The drive and maneuvering are pretty smooth, simple, and easy. However, drivers may feel the shifting that takes place automatically when speed increases. The crew cab models can go from zero to 60 mph in 8.76 seconds. The extended cab models offer slightly faster acceleration and can do the same in 8.28 seconds.
All models have anti-lock brakes and a BeltMinder system as standard. Extended cabs also provide child safety measures for rear seats.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Sport Trac V-6: 13/19 mpg city/highway
- Combination sport utility vehicle and truck
- Green flex-fuel engine
- Transmission with overdrive
- Spacious front and back seats
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Difficulty entering and exiting
A good combination of sport utility vehicle and truck.
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