2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Ford's mid-size SUV-pickup was new in 2006. It sports a 16.8-inch increase in wheelbase from its prior rendition, a revised suspension based on the current Explorer SUV and an available V-8 option (the previous Sport Trac offered only V-6 power).

The Sport Trac has a four-door cabin and handy composite cargo box with two-tier storage ability, available hard tonneau cover, and three integrated tool and gear bins with drain plugs. It is nearly five inches longer, two inches wider, and two inches lower than the previous Sport Trac model, with added interior room and a larger bed that provides a 30-percent increase in cargo capacity.

The Sport Trac rides on an independent suspension for better ride and handling qualities with less vibrations and harshness. Ford's sophisticated Roll Stability Control is included for safety's sake; this system helps prevent the vehicle from rolling over in extreme maneuvers by briefly applying the vehicle's anti-lock brakes one wheel at a time if the system detects a potential rollover or loss of control is about to occur.

A 4.0-liter, 210-horsepower V-6 is the standard powerplant, with the Explorer's 292-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 available for added muscle and enhanced towing capabilities (up to 6800 pounds). Both rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered. The six comes with a five-speed automatic; the V-8 with a six-speed automatic.

For 2008, the Sport Trac adds standard curtain airbags, fog lamps, a power rear window, and a drop-in storage bin, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Options include available voice activation for the optional navigation system, and later in the year, Ford's Sync system, which uses Bluetooth and a touch screen to control in-truck communications and entertainment features.


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Marty Padgett

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