Other options include upgrades to the sound system, leather seating, heated front seats, Safety Canopy airbag system, adjustable pedals, power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system, trailer towing package, the nifty heated windshield and numerous other convenience and trim features. Unless you really need the extra towing capacity, we would still recommend the comparo-winning and dynamically more satisfying Ridgeline. I tested a model with a moonroof, though, which tends to reduce headroom. Despite these qualities, I'm a bit baffled by vehicles like the Sport Trac. Also playing a significant role is the independent rear suspension, a benefit borrowed from the Explorer, so that on the road the ride is smooth, even and comfortable, and off-road the wheels stay in contact with the surface and keep things going. Had Lotus followed that logic, it would have called the Lotus Exige the Elise Luxury Roc, since you could have driven it to a swanky restaurant while avoiding rocks along the way.
When properly equipped, two-wheel-drive V-6 Sport Tracs can pull 5,310 pounds, while V-8 versions can tow up to 6,800 pounds. . And then there are the annoying door releases that are as difficult to find as the door pulls. The new Explorer platform increases structural rigidity 444 percent, Ford says, over last year's Sport Trac. A large V-shaped chrome grille incorporates part of the front bumper; I think it looks remarkably similar to the one on the Volkswagen Passat, but that's just my take.
The first Explorer Sport Trac, based on the Ford Explorer of the late 1990s, was born to a world nearly bereft of compact four-door pickup trucks. What's more, it feels manageable the first time you get behind the wheel. There's practically no fuel economy penalty incurred by opting for the more powerful and expensive V-8. Explorer Sport Trac in the Market Since the Sport Trac was last offered for 2005, the midsize crew cab pickup segment has become more competitive, with the introduction of the Ridgeline. All-around visibility is mostly good, but the tall tailgate restricts rear views; a rearview camera would be welcome, but only rear parking sensors are offered. So Ford is rolling out a second-generation 2007 Sport Trac in the hope that it will compete more successfully in a world now replete with fresher four-door pickups.
Side curtain airbags and power adjustable pedals, which make it easier for shorter drivers to be properly distanced from the steering wheel, are optional. Aluminum wheels that measure 16 inches in diameter are , but 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels are available. That said, I did like driving the Sport Trac. It's larger than its predecessor yet surprisingly maneuverable in tight spaces. The V-8 drives a six-speed automatic transmission, and they make a very good pair; the automatic willingly when more power was needed for passing and I was able to control how many gears the transmission downshifted by how far I depressed the accelerator pedal. Ford Explorer Sport Trac Engines 4.
However, its small bed isn't terribly useful, and there should be more interior room in a vehicle this big. The history on the Sport Trac is that it sells for just slightly under invoice, but since the 2007 version is a completely new model it may take a while to establish firmer pricing. A large V-shaped chrome grille incorporates part of the front bumper; I think it looks remarkably similar to the one on the Volkswagen Passat, but that's just my take. Send Mike an Hide full review. The Sport Trac's maximum towing capacities are comparable to the competition, which includes the Honda Ridgeline and crew cab versions of the Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.
We did get used to the 292 horses provided by the optional 4. Interior space is unchanged from the Explorer's, and if you've ever sat in a Honda Ridgeline, the Sport Trac will feel a bit cramped. Cloth front bucket seats are standard and two-tone cloth or leather front buckets are optional. Most of the engineering effort seems to have been directed toward the four-foot bed that is good for carrying 1430 pounds. That said, I did like driving the Sport Trac. Heated front seats are also available, but they only include one intensity level; they're either on or off. One gripe: The odd door-pull handles are not at all intuitive even as to where they are, let alone how they work, and some interior designer needs to be sat down in the corner and made to wear a dunce cap.
The steering system is responsive and there wasn't any play in the wheel. On the good side, there's an optional heated windshield, and rubber floor coverings make it easier to clean out the mud. Fine marketing choices aside, in 2000 the segment had only two other competitors — the Dodge Dakota Quad Cab and the Nissan Frontier crew cab. The 2007 Ford Sport Trac is the second generation of a vehicle that started a sub-trend: A truck, with sport-utility characteristics, four doors and a rather short cargo bed, and an assortment of ingenious features to enhance the anticipated active lifestyles of its intended buyers. From behind the wheel, the difference is apparent immediately as the truck is quieter now and feels sturdier and unflappable over lousy roads. Ford says the Sport Trac's styling is inspired in part by the F-150 full-size pickup truck. The Inside With oversized controls and squared-off designs, the Sport Trac's interior has an industrial quality to it.
On balance, the Sport Trac's interior accommodations and cargo versatility are so appealing that every new owner will probably just love the thing. Though there are undoubtedly better places to test. The shiny pieces look nice, but I'd rather have a brushed treatment; on sunny days, the pieces can reflect sunlight into the driver's eyes. Ride quality is better than any vehicle deserves to have; it's firm, but the four-wheel uncommon for a pickup truck effectively damps most bumps and holes in the road, though some large ones can make the structure shudder slightly. But since then the Explorer has grown up, both in size and sophistication, and so has the Sport Trac. My test vehicle didn't have this windshield, but Cars.
Maximum towing capacities dip slightly for four-wheel-drive Sport Tracs. All- are standard, but brake pedal feel leaves a lot to be desired; stepping on the pedal feels like sinking your foot into a pile of thick clay. While High and Low modes are primarily intended for driving in severe weather or off-road, Auto is suitable for everyday conditions. Control Trac has three modes — Auto, High and Low — that are selected via buttons on the lower portion of the dashboard. It's also available with V-8 power for the first time, and these models get gas mileage that's as good as or better than the previous-generation V- 6 Sport Trac. Much of my test vehicle's dashboard was appointed with black plastic, but the pieces had a variety of graining and there were some large gaps between the panels.