2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
After researching the options for replacement of our 2005 Ranger, settled on a new Sport Trac. We wanted the flexibility of four doors, room for five, a cargo bed and four wheel drive. Initially leaned towards an F150, but the smaller Sport Trac made more sense. Only thing comparable is the Honda Ridgeline, but the reviews we read didn't show it to be superior. Plus, the Honda is more expensive and we weren't taken by the boxy styling. We ordered the Sport Trac in February and took delivery in April. The wait was worth it to get the exact color and options we wanted. Proven to be a very good decision. Vehicle's "Swiss Army knife" flexibility is great.
Good highway mileage of 20 mpg on 1,500 mile trip. The V6 is smooth and quiet with plenty of power. Excellent ride. Solid, quiet, comfortable interior. Cargo box is perfect for large items. Composite material and tonneau cover keep it clean and scratch-free. Great list of standard features.
With the 2011 Explorer launch, production of the Sport Trac ends. If Ford was still building these, I'd recommend an upgrade to the gauges. The fuel and engine temp gauges are both hard to read, and too small. I would also make carpet an option, although I like the soft rubber flooring.
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