• Jul 30, 2010

Ford Explorer Sport Trac Adrenalin – Click above for high-res image gallery

When it comes to a new Explorer Sport Trac for 2011, the only real surprise would have been if Ford had actually opted to build one. With the standard Explorer moving to a unit-body architecture, there are no plans for a new pickup truck version, a vehicle that probably would have been something akin to the Honda Ridgeline.

Since the Ridgeline hasn't exactly been flying off dealer's lots, Ford has wisely decided to focus on its full-bodied version, the Explorer. The Blue Oval hasn't made a habit of breaking out Sport Trac sales from its SUV kin, but the Explorer only totaled 52,190 in 2009, so the pickup's volume probably wasn't a huge seller. According to Automotive News' sources, Sport Trac sales usually totaled about 20 to 25 percent of Explorer sales over the last decade, but that number strikes us as curiously high. Over its entire life, we never saw a ton of them – even on the roads around Michigan where domestic pickups are commonplace.



[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n191/lde06/sporttrac2011.jpg

      if there was a 2012 sporttrac quick photoshop.
        rnlenny
        • 2 Years Ago
        SWEET I would buy it. Ford should take a second look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @John

      haha the Avalanche sells way better than the SportTrac ever could and it doesn't break down or flip over every 2 seconds
      • 4 Years Ago
      A guy who lives near me has one - gold with lots of accessories attached. Even has decals with "MyExplorerTrac.com" on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll miss the Sport Trac too, but I definitely saw this coming. I'm a little surprised it didn't happen sooner.

      My parents bought a 2002 Sport Trac in 2004 and have had a really good experience with it. When it came time to buy a new car, they decided not to trade it in. They use it now as a spare vehicle and for whatever truck needs they may have. The bed is small, but it's bigger than most think. I laid down a side by side fridge in it and hauled it across the county without having to use a bed extender - just a little rope around the back. 100K+ miles and it's still running strong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure why, but I always had a soft spot in my heart for the weirdo Sport Trac. With the Ranger being soooo old, it was really the only viable choice if you wanted something smaller than an F150 from Ford.

      Perhaps this means the long-rumored F100 is on the way. Now that would be very good news.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree the size is attractive, but it's probably just toast because it's still using the old Explorer platform (and name).
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are all over the place here in Texas.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup, here in the Baltimore area they are everywhere.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I see them everywhere here too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My neighbor has one. If I'm outside, he jokingly blames me, the neighborhood car guy, for not stopping him before he bought it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Ford spent money developing a second-generation of this truck without lifting a finger for Ranger always seemed odd to me. I can't imagine that there was ever a significant return on the investment, whereas money spent on Ranger could've been justified easily.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The reason Ford chose the SportTrac over a 4-door Ranger was because the Explorer had a higher profit margin (more $$$ for Ford). I read that somewhere, around the time of the original SportTrac's launch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know it's essentially an Explorer with a truck bed behind the rear seats, right? I doubt the additional R&D for this above what they spent redoing the Explorer was much at all, relatively speaking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's still on a longer wheelbase chassis with a significant amount of unique bodywork. Engineering resources had to into that to make it happen, it isn't as simple as putting on a different bolt-on panel. I still contend that the money spent on that could've put to better use on Ranger, or maybe at least be leveraged to update Ranger at the same time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shoot, it's news to me they're still in production! I thought it got the axe last year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess I'm one of the weirdos that liked them. I cross-shopped it with the Tacoma 4dr. They're not remarkably different.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will be in the minority on this, but I actually like the look of the Sport Trac. To me its an interesting vehicle in terms of physical appearance.

      The Ridgeline is also interesting, but more in the "it makes me want to gag" type of interesting - though it drives well in DiRT 2, haha.

      But the Sport Trac, yeah I like its looks. Of course, would I buy one? No, and that's probably what killed this vehicle more than anything...
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ GMFanBoi

      if thats your take on the sport trac, then whats your sales pitch on that pos wanna be Avalanche? All it does is swipe sells from the crewcab silverado
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