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Despite the Fusion earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s lowest side-impact rating recently, at least Ford can celebrate a victory in SUV safety as the Explorer Sport Trac has received the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s highest rating of five stars for both front and side impacts. The Sport Trac’s performance in the NHTSA’s tests mirrors that of the new Explorer, which was to be expected considering how much hardware they share. Also note that the crash test conducted by the IIHS and NHTSA are not related. At the moment it seems being awarded IIHS "Top Pick" status is worth more cred on the street than five stars from the NHTSA.

[Source: Ford]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      It's finally an improvement over the old Sport Trac i
      bet this is a safer pickup than the Honda Ridgeline i think sales of the new Explorer Sport Trac will improve
      very much.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It looks like a very nice truck. Everyone`s small truck got bigger. I think Ford is smart by keeping their compact size. It has a frame under it like a truck is suppose to.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ditto #3. The next smallest truck is the Colorado/Canyon and it ain't that small. Ford would do pretty well to keep the Explorer/SportTrac/Ranger close to their current sizes. There just aren't any other compact trucks out there now. Fuel economy alone would make them competitive.

      They need to roll the updates from the Explorer/SportTrac down to the Rangers though. That whole model line is getting long in the tooth and sales are starting to show it.