2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Cargo-carrying versatility
  • Spacious interior
  • Interior storage facilities
  • Comfortable, cushiony seats

The Bad

  • Small pickup bed
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Obsolete basic design
  • Excessive size
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features of the 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

  • Pickup-style 4-foot cargo bed
  • Five-passenger capacity
  • Optional Safety Canopy
  • Bold exterior styling
  • Proven V-6 powertrain

2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Over the past few years, two-in-one vehicles have captured considerable attention. Ford's Explorer Sport Trac, which debuted for the 2001 model year, combines the attributes of a sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck. It's proved to be surprisingly popular, though sales tapered off after some time in the company's lineup.

The Explorer Sport Trac is essentially a previous-generation, four-door, five-passenger Explorer with an open, 4-foot pickup-style cargo box added at the rear. Ford targets buyers who need an SUV that might actually get dirty by going off-road, hauling mountain bikes and other lifestyle accessories, or carrying lumber and gardening supplies. General Motors used this concept as the basis for the Cadillac Escalade EXT and Chevrolet Avalanche.

Four trim levels are available: XLS, XLT, XLT Premium and Adrenalin. The Adrenalin edition features a 510-watt Pioneer sound system, side step bars and chrome wheels. For 2005, a moonroof is available for the XLT edition. During the 2005 model year, all audio systems will gain MP3 and Sirius Satellite Radio capability.


Exterior
To create the Sport Trac, developers first stretched the Explorer's frame by 15 inches. They also incorporated more aggressive styling elements than the regular four-door Explorer exhibits, such as flared rear fenders. Built on a 125.9-inch wheelbase, the Explorer Sport Trac measures 205.9 inches long overall, 71.8 inches wide and 70.5 inches tall.

The rear cargo b...
Vehicle Overview
Over the past few years, two-in-one vehicles have captured considerable attention. Ford's Explorer Sport Trac, which debuted for the 2001 model year, combines the attributes of a sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck. It's proved to be surprisingly popular, though sales tapered off after some time in the company's lineup.

The Explorer Sport Trac is essentially a previous-generation, four-door, five-passenger Explorer with an open, 4-foot pickup-style cargo box added at the rear. Ford targets buyers who need an SUV that might actually get dirty by going off-road, hauling mountain bikes and other lifestyle accessories, or carrying lumber and gardening supplies. General Motors used this concept as the basis for the Cadillac Escalade EXT and Chevrolet Avalanche.

Four trim levels are available: XLS, XLT, XLT Premium and Adrenalin. The Adrenalin edition features a 510-watt Pioneer sound system, side step bars and chrome wheels. For 2005, a moonroof is available for the XLT edition. During the 2005 model year, all audio systems will gain MP3 and Sirius Satellite Radio capability.


Exterior
To create the Sport Trac, developers first stretched the Explorer's frame by 15 inches. They also incorporated more aggressive styling elements than the regular four-door Explorer exhibits, such as flared rear fenders. Built on a 125.9-inch wheelbase, the Explorer Sport Trac measures 205.9 inches long overall, 71.8 inches wide and 70.5 inches tall.

The rear cargo bed is made of sheet-molded composite, which is a heavy-duty plastic that resists rust and dents. An optional, tubular steel cargo cage can extend the load area by 22 inches. Another option is a lockable hard tonneau cover that protects cargo contents.


Interior
Like Explorers predating 2002, the Sport Trac seats five people on cloth-upholstered low-back bucket seats up front and a 60/40-split folding rear bench. Power lumbar support and leather-trimmed heated front seats are available for higher-end models. The floor is covered with washable composite rubber that can be hosed down if it gets dirty.

Under the Hood
A 4.0-liter V-6 develops 205 horsepower and 242 pounds-feet of torque and teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. Either rear-wheel drive or ControlTrac II full-time four-wheel drive is available. When properly equipped, an Explorer Sport Trac can tow 5,300 pounds.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available, but a Safety Canopy side curtain-type airbag system can be installed.

Driving Impressions
What first seemed like a gimmick � combining two different types of vehicles � turned out to have a fair amount of practical value. Even so, some people may ask: If you want a pickup truck, why not buy one?

This rig is big. Even with the assistance of the tough-looking running boards, climbing aboard can be a challenge for shorter folks. There's plenty of space in the front seat; the backseat is comparably spacious, but passengers may have to duck down slightly when entering.

Handling and performance are standard-issue SUV qualities. The Explorer Sport Trac is fairly easy to drive and maneuver. Acceleration is fairly energetic from a standstill, but automatic-transmission shifts are quite noticeable.



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What Drivers Are Saying

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(4.4)
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(4.6)
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(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Great second vehicle!

by Shelby B. from Cincinnati, OH on February 27, 2018

This car meets my needs for a second vehicle to transport my dogs and for weekend getaways! It drives great and feels safe and reliable unlike other used cars I test drove. Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable truck I?ve owned

by Dorsey sport track from Orlando Florida 32806 on February 8, 2018

Yes I love it drives very good and is comfortable driving about one of the best trucks I?ve had haven?t taken it on any long trips yet but plan to when I saw the truck I fell in love with it, it ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Explorer Sport Trac received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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