2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Consumer Review: Good Mileage, Great Truck

2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Crew Cab - Consumer Review

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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.

Best Features

Power 3-position back window, bed extender cage (a must-have option), decent mileage for a truck, roomy interior, rubber floor for cleaning.

Worst Features

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.
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