2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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12 reviews
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Available Price Range $9,427-$20,991 Trims10 Combined MPG 16-17 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Our Take

The Explorer Sport Trac SUV/pickup crossover expanded Ford's Explorer lineup and brought a fresh face to the company's best-selling SUV when it debuted for 2001. It got larger dimensions,... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Mushy brake pedal feel
  • Could use a rearview camera
  • Low rear-seat cushion
  • Lack of cargo room in cabin

Notable Features

  • V-6 or V-8
  • Stability system with RSC
  • Optional heated windshield
  • Optional power adjustable pedals


Our Expert Reviews

Ford introduced the Explorer Sport Trac as a 2001 model, targeting consumers who placed more value on having two genuine, adult-sized rows of seating, less value on a big bed. To build the Sport Trac, Ford took the Explorer SUV platform, lengthened it 15 inches, added a 4-foot pickup bed, and a whole new category of vehicle was created for the company.Fast-forward to the 2007 model year, and th... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

Based on 12 reviews

Just the right size with the right power

by Sam from Houston, TX on January 2, 2008

I traded a larger Ford truck for a 2008 Sport Trac Limited 2WD V8. I could not be more happy. What a joy to drive. Parks so easily, almost like a compact car. Very zippy with the small V8 and around 1... Read Full Review

10 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited 4.0L

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NHTSA Ratings

Based on Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited 4.0L

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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