2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Versatile cargo bed
  • More maneuverable than most crew cab compact pickups
  • Loaded with safety features
  • Comfortable ride from four-wheel-independent suspension
  • High crash-test ratings
  • Aggressive towing numbers

The Bad

  • Not much ground clearance for offroad use
  • Heavy
  • No bare-bones model to lower price
  • Ford didn't let SVT tune the Adrenalin package
  • High liftover height in cargo bed

Notable Features of the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

  • Trailer-sway control added
  • Voice-activated navigation system available
  • Available Sirius Travel Link

2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
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 crewcab 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 offroad capability for on-road handling ability — that's only matched by the Ridgeline.


New for 2009
The Explorer Sport Trac gets a standard trailer-sway control system and satellite radio. It also receives a new standard SOS-Post Crash Alert System, which unlocks the doors and activates the horn and emergency flashers when airbags are deployed.

Exterior
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. It's 210.2 inches long and 73.7 inches wide, which is similar to its competitors.
  • Available 16-, 17-, 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Standard power rear sliding window
  • Keyless entry system with keypad standard on Limited
  • Heated mirrors standard on Limited
  • Automatic headlamps standard on Limited
  • Optional moonroof


Interior
Dashboard components mimic the Explorer: A tall center stack has radio con...
Vehicle Overview
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 crewcab 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 offroad capability for on-road handling ability — that's only matched by the Ridgeline.


New for 2009
The Explorer Sport Trac gets a standard trailer-sway control system and satellite radio. It also receives a new standard SOS-Post Crash Alert System, which unlocks the doors and activates the horn and emergency flashers when airbags are deployed.

Exterior
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. It's 210.2 inches long and 73.7 inches wide, which is similar to its competitors.
  • Available 16-, 17-, 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Standard power rear sliding window
  • Keyless entry system with keypad standard on Limited
  • Heated mirrors standard on Limited
  • Automatic headlamps standard on Limited
  • Optional moonroof


Interior
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. The bed's cargo volume is 37.5 cubic feet, which is more than the Frontier, equal to the Dakota and less than the Ridgeline.
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
  • Standard power windows and locks
  • Optional Sync system (standard on Limited)
  • Optional DVD navigation system on Limited


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-speed (V-6) or six-speed automatic (V-8) transmission
  • Available 4x2 and 4x4 driveline options for both engines


Safety
Trailer-sway control works with the standard 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
  • Standard SOS-Post Crash Alert System
  • Optional reverse sensing system
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

works for everything and very comfortable

by elias EJ on October 13, 2017

this vehicle works for everything for work and the family the right choice for all your needs it is reliable and very easy and cheap to fix.. but you wont need to fix it often cause its very though ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best truck I?ve ever had!

by Russell t. from Rayne, la. on October 11, 2017

This truck was everything I needed in a truck. Four doors, great looks, great ride, low maintenance, and good gas mileage. I will purchase another one enjoy it just as much! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4.0L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
marginal
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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