Good Mileage, Great Truck
By TN Truck on
2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Rwd 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
This truck does it all! Looks great,
interior is fine for carting around 5
adults, and the plastic bed means you
need not worry about scratching up your
paint. Mileage in the 18-20 mpg rane
(mixed driving) is achievable if you
keep your foot out of it -- tops in its
class. Recently got 23 mpg on a trip
to Alabama (interstate, 70 mph). 4.0
V6 is powerful enough to pull this 2+
ton truck, and get you in and out of
traffic smartly. Base CD player is
adequate... but Pioneer system for $200
more would have been better. A
comfortable compromise between
commuter vehicle, SUV, yet can function
as a truck when you need it, which fits
in a garage.
Power 3-position back window, bed
extender cage (a must-have option),
decent mileage for a truck, roomy
interior, rubber floor for cleaning.
Cheesy 'go anywhere' console bag and
lack of compass/temp mirror on base
models are proof that Ford really
cheaped out on these; Daytime lights,
or auto on/off lights should be
standard for this price range.
Suspension is a little rough over RR
tracks, but hey... it's a truck.