2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Review
This review was written when the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac was new.
The Ford Explorer Sport Trac delivers good towing capacity and versatility, but can't match the fuel economy or value of other vehicles in its class.
According to most reviewers, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac is for buyers who need some - but not all -- of the capabilities of a truck. For outdoorsy types who haul more people than gear, the Sport Trac remains a good choice for its respectable performance and versatility.
Based on the Ford Explorer SUV, the Sport Trac replaces the SUV's covered cargo area with a short truck bed. However, the truck bed has a lockable, watertight tonneau, as well as an in-bed storage compartment.
The Ford Explorer Sport Trac has two available trims: the base XLT and the Limited. Both are available as a 4X2 or as a 4X4 and with your choice of a 4.0 L V6 or a 4.6L V8. The Explorer Sport Trac was last redesigned in 2007. For 2009, satellite radio is standard.
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- "The Sport Trac is an Explorer SUV with a pickup bed out back. The cargo bed is just four feet long but does have a watertight, lockable tonneau. Although the short bed limits utility, it's a decent light-duty compromise and a bit of a unique choice in a world chock-full of F-150s." -- Car and Driver
- "If you desire a truck's utility but don't want or need a traditional full-size model, this "Explorer pickup" deserves a look." -- Consumer Guide
- "The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a good all-around utility vehicle that's worth a close look in this specialized segment." -- Edmunds
- "If you want to be able to go just about anywhere, you require some truck-type cargo capacity but not necessarily a lot, you tow a trailer but not necessarily a great big one and you want the advantages of a separate body-on-frame construction and an available V8 engine, the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac deserves your attention." -- Kelley Blue Book