Used 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
- Unique combination of pickup truck and midsize SUV, strong V6, power-down rear glass improves versatility, comfortable seats front and rear, surprisingly good off-road capability.
- Can't offer the true cargo-hauling ability of a pickup, can't offer the true family utility of an SUV.
Used 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac for Sale
Edmunds' Expert Review
An interesting hybrid of SUV and crew-cab pickup, the Sport Trac is comfortable and functional.
Just when you thought the SUV market couldn't expand any further, along came the Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Not quite a pickup truck, not quite an SUV, the Sport Trac took elements from both to create a whole new type of Ford vehicle.
Marketed as a vehicle for people with active lifestyles, the Explorer Sport Trac is based on a stretched version of the previous-generation Explorer platform. From the C-pillar forward, the Sport Trac is essentially a five-passenger SUV. Rearward of the C-pillar, there's a one-piece composite cargo box. Made of durable sheet molding composite, it has molded-in texture and a mar-resistant low-gloss bed coating.
The cargo area is normally 4 feet in length, but an optional cargo keeper extends 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 the 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 engine, which produces 214 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 245 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm when linked to the available five-speed automatic transmission, is loud but punchy. Buyers who want the standard manual transmission will make do with slightly less power and twist. Two-wheel drive models can tow up to 5,260 pounds. Four-wheelers can manage 5,040 pounds.
Explorer Sport Trac shares its basic front and rear suspension geometry with the old 2001 four-door Ford Explorer. Not to worry; 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.
An Explorer Sport Trac can be loaded up with goodies, if you choose. Among the enticing items on the menu are leather seats, a power moonroof, snazzy alloy wheels, side step rails and a Pioneer six-disc in-dash CD changer.
In the final analysis, 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.
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Used 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Overview
The Used 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is offered in the following submodels: Explorer Sport Trac Crew Cab. Available styles include Value 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Value 2WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Choice 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Choice 2WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Premium 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Premium 2WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Value 2WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5M), and Value 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5M).
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- The Used 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Value is priced between $5,999 and$5,999 with odometer readings between 152391 and152391 miles.
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