Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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Ford Sport Trac
1st-gen Ford Explorer Sport Trac
ManufacturerFord Motor Company
AssemblyLouisville, Kentucky, USA
ClassMid-size pickup truck
Body style(s)4-door pickup truck
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
ManualsService Manual
First generation
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Engine(s)4.0 L Cologne V6
Transmission(s)5-speed M5OD manual
5-speed 5R55E automatic
Wheelbase125.9 in (3198 mm)
Length205.9 in (5230 mm)
Width71.8 in (1824 mm)
Height70.5 in (1791 mm)
70.4 in (1788 mm) (2003 4WD)
70.1 in (1781 mm) (2001-02)
RelatedFord Explorer
Ford Ranger
Mazda B-Series
Mercury Mountaineer
Second generation
Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT
Engine(s)4.0 L Cologne V6
4.6 L 24-valve Modular V8
Transmission(s)5-speed 5R55E automatic
6-speed 6R automatic
Wheelbase130.5 in (3315 mm)
Length210.2 in (5339 mm)
Width73.7 in (1872 mm)
Height2009-: 71.6 in (1819 mm)
2007-08: 72.5 in (1842 mm)
Fuel capacity22.5 US gal (18.7 imp gal; 85 L) [1]
RelatedFord Explorer
Mercury Mountaineer
DesignerChelsia Lau

The Ford Sport Trac is a mid-size sport utility vehicle with a pickup truck bed sold mostly in North America. The Sport Trac is based on the Ford Explorer SUV and has been built by the Ford Motor Company since 2000. This pickup truck slots between the Ford Ranger and Ford F-Series in size, capability, and price. It competes with crew-cab mid-size pickups and crossovers, such as the Honda Ridgeline, and is a smaller competitor to the Chevrolet Avalanche. During the first year it sold in the US, the waiting list grew to over 3 months. It is also the first body-on-frame sport utility truck.

First generation (2001-2005)

The Explorer Sport Trac was introduced in 2000 as a 2001 model. It was built on a lengthened Explorer chassis, but with a small pickup bed behind the four normal SUV doors. To make up for the short box, a bed extender was available. The bed was made entirely of a plastic composite material, and a hard plastic tonneau cover was a common factory option. The pickup had a more rugged-appearing front end, which the 2-door Explorer Sport also received. For the 2003 model year, the "Explorer" badging was removed from the doors. The rugged look carried to the interior, where the only floor option was a full rubber covering. Carpet was not available. Instead of the usual sliding rear window found on most pickups, the Sport Trac had a power "Breezeway" window. The 4.0 L Cologne V6 producing 210 hp (157 kW) was the only engine option. This generation Sport Trac remained in production through June 2005, when the final 2005 model year vehicle rolled off the line.

Second generation (2007-present)

A new Sport Trac was released in early 2006 for the 2007 model year. It was based on the new, larger fourth generation Explorer. Unlike its predecessor, it features the 4.6 L 24-valve Modular V8 engine as an option. The second generation Sport Trac features an all-new reinforced frame and four-wheel independent suspension, compared to the first generation. To improve safety over previous models, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control has been added as standard features. The Sport Trac is currently available in only two trim levels (as opposed to the Explorer's four). There is no base model and no moderate luxury model, like with the Explorer. There is a mid-class model, the XLT, and a high-luxury model called the Limited. Both Limi and XLT are available on Explorer. Additional options include the SYNC system in a new 2008 package.

A special SVT version called the Sport Trac Adrenalin was planned for the 2007 model year, but was canceled[1]. However, the Adrenalin sub-model returned for 2008 as a sportier version of the Sport Trac featuring a black-out grille and trim.


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