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2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Truck

RWD 4dr V6 XLT

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Truck

The Explorer Sport Trac is built on the same chassis as the Explorer SUV, but with the wheelbase extended nearly 17 inches. This allows room for four full-size passenger doors and a short pickup bed. Two available engines, a 4.0L V6 and a 4.6L V8, tow 5,060 and 7,160 lbs, respectively. Gas mileage is in line with other crew-cab pickups, at 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.

What's new for 2009?

The Explorer Sport Trac, as Ford's Original Sport Truck, was introduced in 2001. There's competition these days from the likes of Honda, Nissan, and Dodge, so the Sport Trac has had to up its game, with a new-for-2009 standard trailer sway control system. New options this year include a voice-activated nav system, satellite radio, and heated side mirrors.

Model Strengths

  • SUV and crew-cab pickup rolled into one
  • available full-time four-wheel drive
  • standard stability control and rollover mitigation systems

Model Review

There are two levels of trim available for the Sport Trac, Limited and XLT, and one souped-up, tuner-style Adrenaline package for the Limited edition. Each model is available with either a 4.0L V6 making 210 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission or a 4.6L V8 with 292 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic.

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Source: The Car Connection

The car experts at TheCarConnection.com consulted road tests from across the Web to write this conclusive review of the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. This profile of the 2009 Explorer Sport Trac also compares it with similar vehicles to give you the unbiased advice you need when shopping.

Is it an SUV or a pickup truck? That is the first thought to cross your mind when looking at the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Technically, it is an SUV (Ford lists it as such on its Web site) with a pickup bed, and as you might imagine, it delivers the best of both worlds. Although based on the Explorer, it is 17 inches longer than its namesake. The passenger compartment is identical to the Explorer, and the rear cargo area of the Explorer is replaced with a 4.5-foot cargo bed made from a dent and rust-proof plastic compound. The innovative bed has three integrated storage bins and a standard 12-volt outlet. An optional hard tonneau cover and tubular bed extender add all-weather protection and increased functionality. The design is inherently useful for hauling, and with the optional V-8, the Explorer Sport Trac can tow more than 7,160 pounds.

The standard drivetrain for the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a 210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 mated to a five-speed automatic, and an optional 292-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 matched with a six-speed automatic transmission is available. Consumers have the choice of the standard rear-wheel drive or Ford's ControlTrac four-wheel drive if you want extra traction. ControlTrac offers a two-speed transfer case with a low range just in case the Sport Trac heads off-road.

The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is mid-size SUV/pickup with truck roots, and it drives much as you might expect from such a vehicle. Ride quality isn't anything to boast about, and you might finding yourself squealing the tires around moderately sharp corners, but it's capable overall in most everyday driving. The V-6 has to work hard to get the 4,600-pound truck up to speed, and although it has plenty of power with a light load, it's noisy and coarse when loaded. The optional V-8 is better, but it doesn't transform the Sport Trac into a racer--and surprisingly, the V-8 rear-wheel-drive Explorer Sport Trac gets better city and highway fuel economy (15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway) than the V-6.

Inside, the look is similar to the Ford Explorer, which isn't a bad thing. It seems that Ford heard TheCarConnection.com team's complaints about the inferior corporate radio and has replaced the base unit with something more up-to-date for 2009. Some drivers also complain about the door handles and the lack of a grab space making it hard to close the heavy doors--so be sure to test this. The quality of the interior, including materials and fit/finish, is acceptable but not up to the level of some of Ford's newer products, like the Edge and Flex people-movers.

The Explorer Sport Trac comes very well equipped compared to compact pickup trucks. Standard features even on the base XLT include full power accessories, cruise control, air conditioning, and Sirius Satellite Radio. The Limited loads the Sport Trac with such things as fancier wheels, heated leather seats, an upgraded center console, and Ford's excellent SYNC system, which interfaces with cell phones and media players and has voice command. Adrenalin models add a more aggressive appearance to the Limited's equipment, including 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, dual exhaust tips, black fascias, and monotone perforated leather seats.

Among the priciest options are a moonroof, a premium sound system with subwoofer and six-disc changer, and a next generation voice-activated navigation with Sirius Travel Link.

The Explorer Sport Trac performs quite well in government crash tests, indicating that it's quite a safe vehicle to be in, although the federal government gives the rear-wheel-drive version only three stars in rollover, which means it's more likely to roll if tripped in an accident. Aiding security is Trailer Sway Control, which has now been added to the Sport Trac's standard-feature list. This system works in conjunction with the stability control and anti-roll programs to keep trailers in line when towing.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a versatile vehicle with very little to set it apart from the competition.

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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.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

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 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/60,000 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 6 model years or newer / 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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