Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Part pickup, part SUV, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac was a unique vehicle that was originally introduced in 2001. The first generation of the Explorer Sport Trac was produced until 2005. At that time, the vehicle underwent revitalization and was reintroduced in 2007. Although the second generation of the Explorer Sport Trac offered several improvements over the first, model was nonetheless discontinued in 2010.

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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Origins

The Explorer Sport Trac could essentially be regarded as a Ford Explorer with a pickup truck bed in place of the rear door and cargo area. The vehicle was launched with the intention of providing the interior comfort of an SUV along with the cargo-hauling capabilities of a pickup truck.

While early models of the Explorer Sport Trac are considered to be lacking in power, performance, and technology, second generation versions of the vehicle are much better, with added power, better handling, and increased capacity for cargo. If Ford’s intent was to build a vehicle that could be utilized as both an SUV and a pickup truck, than the Explorer Sport Trac could be regarded as a success. Yet despite this, Ford opted to cease production of the Explorer Sport Trac in 2010.

Reviews of the Explorer Sport Trac indicate that it offered even-acceleration, pleasant handling and had no major faults.

About the Ford Explorer Sport Trac

The final year of production for the Ford Explorer Sport Trac was in 2010. Like all second-generation versions of the Explorer Sport Trac, the 2010 model was mounted on an extended Explorer platform and offered the interior space of a regular Ford Explorer along with the cargo capacity of a modest-sized pickup truck. Thanks to its independent rear suspension, the 2010 Explorer Sport Trac offered good drivability and handling capability. The vehicle was also available with front or four-wheel drive and could be equipped with either a V-6 or a V-8 engine.

In its final year of production, the Explorer Sport Trac was available in XLT and Limited trim levels. Despite being the base model, the XLT was fairly well-equipped. Standard features included 16-inch allow wheels, foglights, power accessories, power-sliding rear windows, air conditioning, leather-bound steering wheel, and audio systems that were equipped with CD players, satellite radio, and auxiliary audio jacks.

The Limited edition rode on 18-inch alloys and boasted additional features such as color-keyed bumpers, heated side mirrors, leather seats, front seat heating, power driver seat, a Ford Sync multimedia interface, and an improved sound system with a six-CD changer, and subwoofer. The Limited was also available with an Adrenalin package that included 20-inch alloys, as well as extra interior- and exterior-styling details.

There were other extras available depending on the model, which included V-8 engines, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, sunroofs, and a voice-operated navigation system with Sirius Travel Link.

The standard engine for the 2010 Explorer Sport Trac was a 4.0-liter V-6 that was capable of generating 210 horsepower. The Limited edition also had the option of a 4.6-liter V-8 that was rated at 292 hp. The 4.0-liter was mated to a five-speed automatic transmission while the 4.6-liter came with a six-speed automatic. Both models were available as either two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The Adrenalin package model featured a full-time all-wheel drive system.

Safety features for the 2010 Explorer Sport Trac included antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, rollover protection, trailer sway control, front side-impact, and side curtain airbags.

But despite its many impressive features, the 2010 Explorer Fast Trac’s interior is often criticized for appearing dated and utilizing poor quality materials. But thankfully, the vehicle impressed experts with its drivability as it provided a smooth ride and a cabin that had a modern makeover.

Ford Explorer Sport Trac Evolution

Early models of the Explorer Sport Trac date from between 2001 and 2005. Explorer Sport Tracs from this period are equipped with 4.0-liter V-6 engines. However, these models are generally regarded as being inferior to models belonging to the second generation of the Explorer Sport Trac. This is mainly due to the fact that earlier models offer poor handling, limited off-road capabilities, and weren’t up to much when it came to towing and hauling.

The second generation, which was introduced in 2007, represented a substantial improvement over the first. Models dating from 2007 through 2009 offer many of the same features as the 2010 model. This generation of the Explorer Sport Trac was capable of accommodating five passengers and shared many fundamentals with the Ford Explorer SUV. The main differences were that the Explorer was 17-inches longer and, of course, featured a four-foot pickup bed in the rear.

Upgrades and improvements between 2007 and 2010 were minor. Ford added the Sync system in 2008 and the option of a navigation system for 2009.

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