• Jul 27th 2009 at 12:59PM
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Anyone who actually wants a Ford Explorer Sport Trac had better go out and grab one now because they won't be around much longer. As production of the the current body-on-frame Explorer winds down in the coming months, the pickup bed version and the rebadged Mercury Mountaineer will breathe their last breath. Sometime in 2010 a new unibody Explorer based on the Flex/Taurus platform will debut and an open bed version will not be part of the lineup.

With total Explorer sales down to just 78,439 in 2008, including the Sport Trac, and those numbers down by half again this year, the number of Sport Tracs sold simply doesn't justify developing a new one. At its peak when Ford was moving some 400,000 Explorers annually, about 60,000 were Sport Tracs. This year the number is likely to be 10,000 or less.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hilarious that Ford could find money to update the Explorer Sport Trac, but not the Ford Ranger. And the Mercury Mountaineer...meh, just as unneeded as the Buick Rainier.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good move on both. The Sport Trac never really made sense and I think Mercury as a whole might be nearing their end.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good riddance.

      These were lame excuses for a pick-up truck and in general anything "unibody" should be prevented from being considered a pick-up (yes, you Ridgeline).

      Like gearhead suggests, I hope this means Ford will finally produce a body-on-frame, 4-door Ranger with a 6-foot box and provide some competition for Nissan and Toyota. Hell - why not go nuts and throw a small diesel in the thing. Just an idea.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @Bob, well, for one, it's a better daily driver, so it's more comfortable, gets better gas mileage and gives you Honda reliability. So, for the things I would do, i.e. drive it empty most of the time, cart around people at work at lunch, or haul a pair of bikes to the track (and even load up the built-in cooler with refreshments for when I get there), it's a better choice than a truck with a V8 getting 12mpg and a terrible ride.

        You can argue that, but I think most people who can get past the looks would agree...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Huh? Explorer Sportrac and the Explorer is body on frame.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Concerned Citizen: "Don't clutter the issue with facts! The haters hate that! They want to roll around in "real" trucks, even if they are 2wd and have chrome rims, than ever admit that the Ridgeline is more useful for 99% of what people use their "trucks" for"

        The problem with your logic is that you are attempting to say that the Ridgeline does some things better than a full-sized, (or small for that matter) body on frame truck. It does NOTHING better. It is expensive, it is less fuel efficient, it hauls less stuff.

        Please tell me what it does better than any truck on the road.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Sometime in 2010 a new unibody Explorer based on the Flex/Taurus platform will debut"


        I was implying that I hope this news meant the explorer and the 4-door small pick-up will finally become two different lines in the ford family - hoping that ford doesn't make a 4-door pick-up out of the new unibody frame.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't clutter the issue with facts! The haters hate that! They want to roll around in "real" trucks, even if they are 2wd and have chrome rims, than ever admit that the Ridgeline is more usefull for 99% of what people use their "trucks" for
      • 6 Years Ago
      I could tell with the Taurus going a bit more upscale (and no Sable), that the Mercury brand is slowly getting phased out.

      Mercury really doesn't have a nitche anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll trade the Mountaineer for the return of the Tracer!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's always the Ford Ranger...over $10k less, way better mileage albeit comparable towing to the more expensive and gas hog Sport Trac (6,000lbs vs. 6,990lbs).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, the V6 Rangers don't get any better than any of the competitor's MPGs. The 4 cylinder though is a different story. I have a 5" lifted 08 with the 2.3l and 32" tires and I get up to 28 mpg, but average around 25. People on the Ranger forums are getting over 30 mpg (no lift), and even higher when hypermilling.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Way better mileage? Maybe with the 4 cylinder, yes, but not with the 4 liter V6. In fact, the Ranger mileage is not significantly better than than the F150 now. I owned three Rangers and a Sport Trac, but both are outmoded and neglected and should be put out to pasture. Ford made improvements to the bones over the years, but the Ranger chassis goes back to 1984 and the basic body styling of the current truck debuted in 1993. Have no idea what Ford was thinking in letting both of these decent sellers fade away.
      • 6 Years Ago
      :sigh:
      As a 5 time owner of Mountaineers, I'm going to miss that vehicle. Nice truck with room for 7 and a great interior. And not just a Ford.

      I wonder what the Q7 goes for?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good. The Sport Trac was a completely useless vehicle from the start that was far less capable than your average 1/2 ton but sucked the same amount of gas.

      Finally, Ford does something right.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I will always give credit where credit is due.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude, you actually admitted that Ford did something right?!?
        Have you been in rehab?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Finally? That's so 2008.
      • 6 Years Ago
      First the Sable. Now the Mountaineer. Slowly, slowly they're killing off Mercury. Another Detroit brand dead.
        • 6 Years Ago
        they announced last year that Mercury would become they're small car brand. Its not that its dying, its slooowly changing
        • 6 Years Ago
        So instead of re-badged Taurii we will have re-badged Focii and Fiestas?

        Wow, I just can't WAIT for that! /sarcasm
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, they're not killing Mercury. Mercury has been dead for many years. Ford just hasn't seen fit to bury the corpse.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had a 1998 Mountaineer, which was a very nice truck for the time. Ironically, the MSRP was more than a equally equipped Explorer, but I got it for $2000 less because the Explorer was so much more popular at the time and commanded a higher transaction price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've always felt that the Sport Trac was a weak attempt at offering something like the Avalanche, and failing. While a lot of the early Avalanches are ugly, that mid-gate is astonishingly useful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am going to get a lot of hate for this, but V6 F150 buyer should all get SportTrac's instead. that tough body on frame build is pretty useless with a crummy v6.
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