The Explorer Sport Trac has a pickup bed in back where most SUVs would have an enclosed cargo area. The Explorer Sport Trac seats five and is available in XLT and Limited trim levels. Its competitors include crew cab pickups such as the Honda Ridgeline, Dodge Dakota quad cab and Nissan Frontier crew cab.
The Explorer Sport Trac adapts an independent rear suspension from the Explorer— a setup that usually trades off-road capability for on-road handling ability — that's only matched by the Ridgeline.
New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.
The Explorer Sport Trac wears the same slatted grille and scalloped headlights as the Explorer, but adds nearly 17 inches in length to accommodate a 4.5-foot pickup bed replete with side rails, tie-down hooks, a composite liner and three in-floor storage containers.
- Available 16-, 17-, 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels
- Standard power mirrors
- Standard power-sliding rear window
- Optional keypad entry
- Optional heated mirrors
- Optional automatic headlamps
- Optional moonroof
Dashboard components mimic the Explorer: A tall center stack has radio controls above the air vents and connects to a floor-mounted console box below. Front bucket seats and a second-row bench provide seating for up to five.
- Standard air conditioning
- Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
- Standard power windows and locks
- Optional Sync system
- Optional voice-activated navigation system
Under the Hood
Like the Ridgeline, the Explorer Sport Trac has an independent rear suspension, which is rare for a truck. When properly equipped, the rear-wheel-drive V-8-powered Explorer Sport Trac can tow up to 7,160 pounds.
- 210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 with 254 pounds-feet of torque
- 292-hp, 4.6-liter V-8 with 315 pounds-feet of torque
- Five- (V-6) or six-speed automatic (V-8)
- Available 4x2 and 4x4 driveline options for both engines
Standard trailer-sway control works with the stability system to either apply the brakes or adjust engine response to help keep the trailer in line. Other safety features include:
- Standard front side-impact airbags
- Standard side curtain airbags
- Standard electronic stability control
- Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
- Optional reverse sensing system
- Optional power-adjustable pedals