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2001 Ford Explorer Sport Utility

4dr 112' WB XLS

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  • $25,210 original MSRP
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2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Source: The Car Connection

Utterly unlike anything else. That’s a good thing.

by Jill Amadio

It may not captivate the chic boulevards of Paris, but Ford's odd pairing of its sport-ute Explorer and a pickup bed that has given birth to the versatile 2001 Sport Trac is a head-turner on highways here at home in California.

Ford says there's nothing else like it. Truth to tell, there may never be again unless someone chops a minivan in half to add a cabriolet. But given Ford's love affair with trucks it's not surprising that they've found a reason to stick the end of a small one onto their best-selling entry in the almost tirelessly trendy SUV market. If you approach the Sport Trac from the rear, you'll see a compact pickup; from the front, an SUV.

Ford brings the Sport Trac to market with the slogan "No Boundaries - Ford Outfitters." Despite its allusion to fashion, this translates into Ford designing its own line within the Explorer family, separating it from the traditional Explorer.

Actually the five-passenger, four-door Sport Trac makes a lot of sense. If you're hauling muddy bikes, flopping sailfish or wet dogs you can sling 'em into the open cargo area and not worry about messing up the seats. The bed in back is, practically speaking, about the size of a very large trunk without a lid. It has a bunch of tie-downs for everyone and everything, plus an outdoor weatherproof 12-point power outlet, and an optional lockable hard tonneau top that covers the entire cargo bed. The tailgate can be left down and enclosed with a rear brush guard-type cage, giving you an extended cargo area.

The passenger cabin layout is similar to the first two rows of a standard Explorer, except that the floor covering is rubberized so you can hose it down. A few Berber floor mats provide a cozier look.

Here's a nifty convenience: the back window can be powered up and down at the touch of a button on the dash. A sensor instantly stops window movement if obstacles intrude. Other friendly touches include a removable nylon soft pack that doubles as a sport bag housed in the center console, two hidden storage bins, three child-seat tethers, speed-sensitive windshield wipers that increase their speed as you drive faster, and illuminated remote entry.

Setting the Sport Trac apart from anything else is not just the knowledge its two vehicles combined into one, but the fact that you can see exactly where the joint is on the body behind the passenger compartment, as if someone with a scythe sliced off the back end of the Explorer in one fell circular sweep. This does, of course, give the vehicle a rather sculpted look, although one hopes, seeing that distinctive side design, that the twain will ever meet. The two halves - one from Explorer, the other from Ford's pickup bin - fortunately manage to meld together quite nicely. You could certainly arrive at a posh hotel or restaurant with aplomb, then run off before the valet parking attendant sees the rest of the vehicle.

Since pickups and SUVs have become as carlike as possible except that one drives from a greater height, the Sport Trac does indeed carry you forth in splendid comfort. Both our test vehicles, the 2WD and the higher priced $25,820 4WD, had automatic transmissions because manual versions won't be ready until the spring, so we cruised lazily along, shifting on the fly once or twice. Three drivetrain modes can be selected: two-wheel drive for normal driving on dry roads, four-wheel drive High for puddles at higher speeds, and four-wheel drive Low for heavy snow or swamps.

The ride and handling was smooth and balanced, the steering easy and fluid, whether we crept over uneven gravel and dirt roads or went flying down the freeway. A little wind noise barely disturbed us, and otherwise the cabin was tight and quiet. Doors slam shut with the solid clunk of a sedan rather than the rattle of a truck, thanks to Ford's use of lots of sound-deadening materials, and four-wheel drive engaged as slick as butter.

The specially-tuned suspension is built on the Explorer frame, which is lengthened more than fourteen inches and laterally stiffened for agility on and off-road despite having to handle heavy cargo. With an empty pickup bed and just two people in the Sport Trac, I had to keep reminding myself we were hauling a 4000-lb SUV truck down the road - though this was by no means akin to driving a roadster. Still, we could go places a sports car couldn't, and we did. Up mountains, down dales, into the desert, out to the beach.

The Sport Trac is a lot of fun. It's targeted at younger buyers with active outdoor lifestyles, and some dealers are going to great lengths to attract these adventurers into the showrooms, painting scenic murals on the walls, building indoor waterfalls, and covering the tile with fake turf to create the right atmosphere.

For those who spend sleepless nights trying to decide whether to buy an SUV or a pickup and endlessly debate the merits of each and for those who wouldn't set foot in a pickup or deign to consider an SUV, Ford has come to the rescue. Much more than a mutt, the quirky 2001 Sport Trac combines the best of both.

2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x2

Base Price: $23,050

Engine: 4.0-liter SOHC V-6, 205 hp

Transmission: five-speed electronically controlled automatic

Wheelbase: 125.9 in

Length: 205.9 in

Width: 71.8 in

Height: 70.1 in

Weight: 4183 lb

Towing capacity: 5260 lb

Fuel economy: 16 city/20 highway

Major standard equipment:

Dual airbags
Anti-theft system
Anti-lock brakes
Four-speaker AM/FM stereo/CD player
Front bucket seats
Black roof rails
Full-size spare tire

© 2000 The Car Connection


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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance

No consumer rating

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2015 with less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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