This model is one of the most unique from Fords large line of trucks and SUVs. The Explorer Sports track takes out the extra cargo space in the back and then replaces it with a small truck bed. This very unique design brings a whole new concept to the trucking industry and enters the sports utility vehicle with a whole new way of thinking about what SUVs and crossovers can be.
The Ford Explorer Sports Trac is a equivalent to the F-150 SVT Lightning which this new design was originally intended for. As part of the redesign for the Explorer Sports Trac this vehicle also gained a V-8 engine that is an upgrade option for those looking for more power in their Sports Trac. The bed on this crossover/SUV mixture offers 4 foot of exterior storage and this is enough to make it more than usable. If you require a larger bed you will have to look at full size truck models, but the Explorer Sports Trac makes since for a lot of buyers who only need a small amount of bed and still want more interior seating.
Engines: 4.0L V-6, 4.6L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic
Models: XLT, Limited, Adrenalin
The only change for the Explorer Sport Trac for 2010 is the addition of Trailer Sway Control and MyKey as standard features.
All Sport Tracs come with a short 49.6-inch bed. XLT models come with 16-inch wheels, Limited models with 18s. Adrenalins get 20-inch wheels and a distinct black crosshatch grille with a sporty front fascia.
The five-passenger Sport Trac offers a mere 36.9 inches of leg room for rear-seat passengers and less than 40 inches of head room for either row. Interior options include a 190-watt stereo and a navigation system.
The Explorer Sport Trac’s 4.0-liter V-6 makes just 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque and comes with a 5-speed automatic. The optional 4.6-liter V-8 makes a more respectable 292 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque and comes with a 6-speed automatic. Sport Trac V-6 models can pull up to 5,280 pounds, V-8 models up to 7,160 pounds.
The Sport Trac comes standard with six airbags, including side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats. Other safety features include standard traction and roll stability control, trailer sway control, and seatbelt pretensioners.
V-6 RWD: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
V-6 4WD: 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway
V-8 RWD: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway
V-8 4WD: 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway
- Truck-like capability
- It has a truck bed
- Underpowered V-6 engine
- Poor fuel economy
- The bed is tiny
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