Used 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Crew Cab

2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
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$3,990 - $6,950
2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac


  • Unique combination of cargo bed and regular SUV, strong V6, optional cargo items improve versatility.


  • Can't offer the true cargo-hauling ability of a pickup, can't offer the true family utility of an SUV.
Ford Explorer Sport Trac years

Used 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Crew Cab for Sale

Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2001 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5M)
108,250 miles
Used 2001
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
The Automotive Company
8.1 mi away
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2001 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5M)
100,809 miles
Used 2001
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Lucky Line Motors
52.5 mi away
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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After business hours please contact Tamim at (540) 287-5112Brand new on our lot, we have a GORGEOUS, 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac! This Ford is green, sitting on alloy wheels with GREAT tread left on the tires, and is matched inside with a CLEAN gray leather interior! Powered by a 4.0L V6 motor, paired with a SMOOTH automatic transmission, and is equipped with a fully selectable 4WD system ready for any terrain or harsh weather conditions! LOADED with tons of great features, like the power windows, power locks, power steering, power mirrors, power driver seat, and that's just getting started! Premium surround sound speaker system with AM/FM radio, CD player, and even has a built in 6 disc CD changer! With so many great features, and so many more to see, you DO NOT want to miss out on a deal this fantastic! So hurry and call, or stop by TODAY to schedule your test drive before you miss your chance to own this BEAUTIFUL, 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac!
Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2001 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5M)
170,969 miles
Used 2001
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Kip Killmon Ford
75.1 mi away
Est.Loan: $142/mo
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An interesting hybrid of SUV and crew-cab pickup, the Sport Trac is comfortable and functional.

vehicle overview

Just when you thought the SUV market couldn't get any bigger, along comes the Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Not quite a pickup truck, not quite an SUV, the Sport Trac takes elements from both to create a whole new type of Ford vehicle.

Marketed as a truck for people with active lifestyles, the 2001 Explorer Sport Trac is based on the Explorer platform. From the C-pillar forward, the Sport Trac is a five-passenger SUV. Rearward of the C-pillar, there's a one-piece, all-composite cargo area. Made of durable sheet-molding composite, it has molded-in texture and a mar-resistant low-gloss coating. The cargo area is normally 4 feet in length, but an optional cargo keeper expands the utility of the cargo area. This U-shaped tubular device hinges on the interior sides of the cargo area and rests on the cargo floor. When flipped out over Explorer Sport Trac's tailgate, it extends the cargo area length to almost 6 feet.

There's also an optional two-piece foldable and lockable hard tonneau cover to provide protection for items contained in the cargo area. It comes with a removable divider that increases storage flexibility for the cargo area.

All Explorer Sport Trac models are equipped with Ford's proven 4.0-liter V6 engine. This single-overhead cam motor, which produces 206 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 238 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm, is linked to an electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is optional. All models can tow up to 5,300 pounds.

Explorer Sport Trac shares its basic front and rear suspension geometry with the existing redesigned four-door Ford Explorer. However, Ford says the Sport Trac's bushings, spring rates, shock valving and stabilizer bars have been modified for improved ride, handling and noise/vibration/harshness performance.

All Explorer Sport Trac models come with a standard four-wheel antilock braking system. The system controls the front wheels independently and the rear wheels in tandem to improve vehicle control under heavy braking in most operating conditions. The system includes dynamic rear proportioning to help optimize stopping performance under varying vehicle load conditions.

While you can look forward to more manufacturers entering this unique niche, the Sport Trac's main competitors at this point are the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab and Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. The Nissan and Dodge vehicles are based off pickup trucks, but both are similar in that they compromise between the true truck and SUV abilities. What does this mean? If you want to haul stuff around, buy a Ford F-150 with a full-size bed. It works better. If you want to haul a family around, buy an Explorer. It works better. But if you need both, the Sport Trac compromise between pickup and sport-ute might suit you.

2001 Highlights

The Sport Trac is an offshoot of the SUV. Basically, Ford has grafted a small cargo bed to the back of a heavily revised Ford Explorer.

Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

my sport trac 2001
I purchased my Sport Trac used, it had 36,000 miles when i got it. It has over a hundred thousand now. I have had it for about 6 years and I love it.I have hauled everything I needed to haul on it.I have the roll down window, I just stick lumber right through the window if it is too long for the bed.I have had very little repair over the years and it still looks and runs great. I love the body style and it is a rugged little truck.I look forward to at least 6 more years with it.My truck is an automatic, this site did not give me the option to pick auto trans.
This is a real Ford truck
Solid reliability. All the known bugs with the vehicle have been eradicated (tranny 2-3 flare, PCV vacuum hose...etc) I have a programmer for mine that reprogrammed the tranny. A little searching on the 'net will help you fix any problem, for ANY vehicle. There are a few whiners on here who have taken one problem and turned it into a complaint forum. One or two problems do not make a bad vehicle! If you have vibrations, try checking your wheel balance! A leaking tranny is NOT a common problem, I suggest you take care of your vehicle a little better. I've had this truck for a number of years and I haul a 25' camper with it. Never had any major issues with it. Engine runs smoothly @ 100K
190,000 miles later
tTansmission took me to 168,000 miles. Vehicle brought home garage doors lumber, tvs, bicycles, well you get the picture. Son now has it at school. Not a rattle or a hitch except the lousy gas mileage. Love this thing want 400,000 out of it. Very little maintenance
Transmission problems
Frank Grimes,09/17/2006
The SportTrac is a decent vehicle and served me well over a five year period. The truck's versatility and mix of luxury and ruggedness allowed it to handle most situations well. The windshield is prone to cracking when operating the defrosters in cold weather. There are a few sensors that have a tendency to fail. However, my biggest issue with the truck came at 95,000 miles when the automatic transmission ceased to function. The truck was well maintained, so the failure was quite a surprise. After much research, and expense, I found that this was common among these trucks. The automatic transmission has design flaws. Beware the blinking "O/D Off" light of death.
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Features & Specs

15 city / 19 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
205 hp @ 5250 rpm
14 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
205 hp @ 5250 rpm
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It wasn't all that long ago when the basic definitions of a sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck were vastly different. Oh, sure - Many of today's SUVs are based on truck platforms, and most of those share some parts and even styling with their pickup brethren. But this year -- thanks to new offerings such as Ford's 2001 Explorer Sport Trac -- never before have the lines between SUV and pickup been so blurry.

As far as Ford is concerned, its vision for the new Sport Trac is perfectly clear. Company officials call it the first sport utility vehicle with an open cargo area for added hauling flexibility. So just how, you ask, can Ford claim to be the first in this truck/SUV segment -- when both Nissan and Dodge got their four-door trucks on the market before Ford?

Simple: The 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac isn't a pickup with an SUV-sized interior; it's an SUV with a small pickup bed. That may sound like a matter of semantics, but it's actually an important distinction. Ford built it as an SUV that can act like a pickup, not a pickup that tries to act like an SUV -- so the higher-quality interior, quieter cabin and smoother ride that SUVs enjoy over sister trucks are already part of the deal.

The Sport Trac is based off the Explorer SUV and not the Ranger compact truck. Yes, it's true that Explorer and Ranger share a basic platform, but the more robust underpinnings of the bigger and heavier Explorer SUV was the starting point for the Sport Trac. The 2000 Frontier Crew Cab and 2000 Dakota Quad Cab, on the other hand, are still pickups - albeit fitted with bigger cabs and smaller cargo beds. Ford sees that as giving the Sport Trac a competitive advantage over Nissan and Dodge, even though building off a sport-utility instead of a pickup truck carries some initial cost penalties.

"The new Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a sport utility vehicle for people who live the SUV lifestyle," explained Ford Division president Jim O'Connor. "They like the comfort and interior space of an SUV, but there are days they wish they had more cargo room to haul a muddy mountain bike or to pick up a load of topsoil for the yard. But these people would never own a pickup truck -- they just don't need one. Sport Trac is the perfect answer to balance the needs of these customers."

Ford apparently didn't think there would be much interest in this new truck from the millions of people (like you) who use the Internet to research new vehicle purchases. The company's product launch manager (an ex-buff-book editor) must have been leaning more to the old-fashioned print media when it came to invitations to the Sport Trac's press introduction. But thanks to some savvy insiders, we were able to borrow a pre-production unit to log some real-world seat time in a loaded-up 4x4 model.

After a week behind the wheel in Detroit, we can tell you that the single, most-often heard response we encountered when out-and-about in the Sport Trac was: "I want one!"

It's likely that people who don't understand the need for a vehicle that offers the load versatility of a pickup bed with the people-hauling ability of a four-door SUV are folks who have never juggled pickup truck ownership with the needs of a growing family. For those of you who have, you'll be pleased to know that this vehicle offers many surprises. It also offers several features that Ford claims as innovative "firsts":

It's the first vehicle to be built with a fully composite cargo area.

It's the first truck or SUV to offer a factory power up-down back window.

It's the first vehicle to offer a factory cargo cage that increases cargo area length.

It's also the first to offer a lockable, hard tonneau from the factory.

First in segment to include a weatherproof 12-volt powerpoint in the open cargo area.

And it's the first with a standard center console that includes a removable soft-pack.

More importantly, we think the Explorer Sport Trac is also the first of these so-called SUV/pickup truck "hybrids" to deliver a styling theme with its own, unique look rather than merely adding doors to a small truck. And in the SUV market, image counts.

The Sport Trac uses what Ford calls a "power-dome" hood that is shared with the new Explorer Sport and next-generation Ranger. Up front, a pewter-colored honeycomb grille is flanked by bold, vertical air intakes, much like on the Super Duty trucks. And the upper portion of the front bumper is color-keyed to the sheet metal, with the lower portion of the fascia molded in a steel-gray accent color. Integrated fog lamps are optional, while a pair of black tow hooks are standard on the 4x4 and can be ordered for the 4x2 version. Flared front fenders add to the overall athletic theme.

Aggressive-looking black roof rails are standard on Sport Trac and, when fitted with optional cross bars (available through Ford dealerships), the rack has a load capacity of 100 pounds. Also available as a factory-installed option are step bars that run the length of the cab for easier entry/exit to the cabin.

Out back is an industry-first - the all-composite cargo box. Made of Sheet Molded Composite (SMC) plastic, the box is lightweight (20-percent lighter than steel), impact-resistant and will never rust. Its 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space means you can haul a ton of groceries (made goof-proof by use of an available plastic cargo-area divider) or luggage for the whole family (but opt for the lockable two-piece hard tonneau cover).

You can also make easy work of about six sets of golf clubs or a few mountain bikes - and for more space just drop the tailgate down and lock the available stainless-steel cargo cage into place. (The cage adds 22.6 inches of added cargo room beyond the 50-inch cargo bed.) The Sport Trac can even carry the obligatory 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood.

Located in the open rear cargo area is a 12-volt power point that allows customers to run such items as power tools, refrigerators or stereos from the rear of the vehicle - which makes the Sport Trac more user-friendly for camping and other outdoor activities. And there are no less than 10 cargo hooks -- six on the outside rail and four on the inside of the cargo area -- that can be employed to keep goods in place.

Inside, comfortable seating for up to five adults comes covered in easy-to-clean twill fabric or optional leather. Instead of carpeting, textured composite rubber covers the floors, topped off with Berber carpet floor mats with embossed Sport Trac logos. White-faced gauges and titanium accents dress up the freshened instrument panel, and the center console features a removable soft pack that doubles as a sport-bag.

An AM/FM stereo and single-CD player with four premium speakers is standard equipment, while an 80-watt AM/FM unit with six-disc, in-dash CD player is available as an option. Our test mule was equipped with the Leather Comfort Group ($1,495), which includes six-way power leather buckets with driver's lumbar, and a rear-seat console with independent climate/audio controls, two headphone jacks and two cupholders.

Behind the 60/40 rear seats are two hidden bins; the one on the passenger side holds the jack, while the driver-side bin can hold tools or any other small items that you might need to be kept out of view. And both seatbacks can be folded flat should additional cargo space be needed instead of the extra seating capacity.

Beyond nifty looks and features, perhaps the most surprising (and seldom discussed) aspect of the new Explorer Sport Trac is its ride and handling - vastly improved from any Explorer model we've driven.

The secret is a longer wheelbase and a stiffer frame. Explorer Sport Trac is based on the four-door Explorer frame, only lengthened 14.25 inches for a wheelbase of 125.9 inches. To compensate for the extra length, engineers added thicker side rails, new gussets on all longitudinal beams and a new tubular crossmember to beef up overall rigidity.

The end result is a frame that has 40 percent more lateral stiffness, meaning tighter, more responsive handling. Ride is smoother and firmer, and steering feels more direct and connected than ever before - one of our biggest gripes with Explorer 4x4's. And by replacing the rubber body mounts with new urethane mounts, engine vibration and road harshness are better isolated from the cabin, meaning a quieter environment inside.

Front suspension is still an independent short- and long-arm affair with a torsion bar, and two-stage variable rate leaf springs control the rear axle - but you'll have to wait for the next-generation Explorer to get the independent rear suspension system. The good news is that the Sport Trac's suspension has been retuned for more control and a surprising amount of road feel.

Brakes have been beefed up, too. The front rotors are now 12-inch units, and big, 11-inch drums are used in back. ABS is standard. Fifteen-inch P235/75 all-season Firestones are standard on the 4x2, and P235/75-15 all-terrain tires come on the 4x4. Our Sport Trac wore the optional P255/70R rubber on 16-inch cast-aluminum five-spoke wheels as part of the premium Sport Group, which added the fog lamps, tow hooks and side step bars.

Towing capacity tops the needed 5,000-pound mark on both 4x2 and 4x4 models, and hauling-happy buyers can opt for a payload package to push payload to 1,500 pounds. Power comes from Ford's SOHC 4.0-liter V6, which makes 205 horses and 240 foot-pounds of torque. While we'd prefer a small V8, the 4.0 moves the 4400-pound Sport Trac around quite nicely. For now, an electronically controlled five-speed automatic is the only transmission, but a five-speed manual box should be available by spring. Four-wheel-drive models feature a shift-on-the-fly transfer case and automatic locking hubs.

Built alongside the four-door Explorer and the new 2001 Explorer Sport at Ford's Louisville, Ky., assembly plant, the Sport Trac carries a base price of $23,050 for the 4x2 and $25,820 for the 4x4. Our optioned-out test unit stickered at a whopping $29,120 - a big chunk of change in anybody's book. But with this truck's styling, versatility and features, we think Ford will find quite a few takers even at that price.

There are folks who like the comfort, safety and image of SUVs but desire something a little sportier. And if their needs occasionally include hauling dirty stuff such as wood, gardening supplies, shrubs or fishing gear, but a small pickup just won't carry the gang in style, the Sport Trac may be just the ticket. If hauling and doing work is your primary concern and interior comfort and ride come second, then go for a crew cab truck.

Ford admits that the idea behind the 2001 Explorer Sport Trac traces back to the Adrenalin concept truck that was introduced in 1996, so this idea isn't a new one. Company officials say that due to the overwhelmingly positive reaction to that show truck, the decision was made to bring a production version to market. And with Sport Trac now in the lineup, Ford truck buyers have an even greater chance of choosing a vehicle that best fits their lifestyle.

We just wonder why - in today's truck-crazed marketplace - it took Ford nearly four years to put an image-leading product like Sport Trac on the road. After all, sales leadership comes from striking when the iron is hot. Ford can only hope that the iron stays hot enough to make the Sport Trac a clear-cut sales success.

Specifications and Performance
2001 Ford Explorer Sport TracSpecifications:
Model Year: 2001
Make: Ford
Model: Explorer Sport Trac
Style: 4WD
Base Price: $25,845
Price as Tested: $29,035
Drive Type: 4WD
Transmission Type: 5A
Displacement (liters): 4.0
Engine Type: V6
Valve Train: SOHC 2 valves per cylinder
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 205 @ 5,250
Torque (lb-feet @ rpm): 240 @ 3750
Redline (rpm): 6250
Curb Weight (lbs): 4400
Sticker EPA (mpg): 15 City 19 Highway
Edmunds Observed (mpg): 14.4
Test Conditions:
Temp (deg Fahrenheit): 72
Humidity: 81%
Elevation (ft): 85
Barometer (bars): 29.98
Wind: 3 mph W
Track Performance:
0 - 60 Acceleration (sec): 9.8
1/4 Mile (sec @ mph): 17.4 @ 79.5
60 - 0 Braking (ft): 130
200 ft. Skidpad (g's): 0.70
600 ft. Slalom (mph): 56.2
Acceleration Comments:
Gauges look cheap, but the color layout is attractive with white-faced gagues, red needles, and gray surrounds. No redline marking like other Ford products. Shifts come at 5,500 rpm, but limiter comes on at 6,500 rpm. There's little wheelspin off the line, even in 2WD mode. Brake torque to 2,500 rpm.
Braking Comments:
Feels strong for an SUV. Pedal effort is above average. Lots of skidding. Straight line stability is very good. Very consistent. Very little pulsation, but also very little feedback. ABS noise does not intrude into the cabin much.
Skidpad Comments:
Moderate body roll and tire howl. Feels slow throughout. Tires break before any significant speed is built. Moderate to heavy understeer. Little throttle or steering input is required. Takes a good set. Easy to drive, but again, quite slow.
Slalom Comments:
Very slow steering. Difficult to drive in 2WD mode, as tail will come around quickly. Must use a shuffle steering technique to get enough input to negotiate course effectively. Constant handwork is required here to refrain from hitting cones. Best times were achieved in 4WD mode, where the tail was kept in better control.
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