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2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Review

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The 2008 Ford Sport Trac is the second generation of a vehicle that started a sub-trend: A truck, with sport-utility characteristics, four doors, a rather short cargo bed and an assortment of ingenious features to enhance the anticipated active lifestyles of its intended buyers. It's not quite a sport utility vehicle and it's not quite a truck. On the large size in this group are the Chevrolet Avalanche and Cadillac Escalade EXT, while more directly competitive in size is the Honda Ridgeline. The original Sport Trac was based on the Ford Explorer, as is the newest version. But the Explorer has grown up, both in size and sophistication, and so has the Sport Trac.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want to be able to go just about anywhere, you require some truck-type cargo capacity but not necessarily a lot, you tow a trailer but not necessarily a great big one and you want the advantages of a separate body-on-frame construction and an available V8 engine, the 2008 Ford Sport Trac deserves your attention.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need a real sport utility vehicle with enclosed cargo space or a third-row seat, or you need a real truck with a full-size cargo bed, the Sport Trac is not for you.

What's New for 2008

New standard features for 2008 include a drop-in storage bin with power points, side-curtain airbags, fog lamps and a power rear window. New options include voice-activated navigation and the SYNC hands-free communication and entertainment system.

Driving the Explorer Sport Trac

Driving Impressions The 2008 Ford Sport Trac's driving experience, both on pavement and off, is exceptionally good. No small amount of credit for this excellent behavior is due the fully-boxed frame, which...

is so remarkably stiff that visible movement between the passenger cab and cargo box is essentially undetectable, even under very rough conditions. Also playing a significant role is the independent rear suspension, a benefit borrowed from the Explorer, so that on the road the ride is smooth, even and comfortable, and off-road the wheels stay in contact with the surface and keep things going. For most folks the Sport Trac will be the best-handling, best riding truck they've ever driven.
Favorite Features

Frame and Suspension
The fully-boxed frame and fully-independent suspension deliver a combination of ride smoothness, handling precision and off-road capability that is particularly noteworthy.

Versatile Cargo Box
The cargo box is made of composite material, so it won't rust and, with its three storage compartments, offers a lot of versatility for odds and ends of an active weekend.

2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Details
Interior

Inside the Sport Trac everything fits well and is thoughtfully arranged. The seating is quite roomy and comfortable, in both the front and rear, and a long day behind the wheel should prove pleasant. One gripe: The odd door-pull handles are not at all intuitive even as to where they are, let alone how they work. On the good side, there's an optional heated windshield and rubber floor coverings make it easier to clean out the mud. The composite-material cargo box contains three storage bins with drain plugs. The largest is up forward under the cargo floor, requiring crawling into the cargo box to store your stuff, while the equivalent feature in the Honda Ridgeline is conveniently near the rear.

Exterior

The 2008 Ford Sport Trac's exterior does a good job of striking that delicate balance between street style and off-road character, and the Ford designers have managed to make it look not exactly like a work truck, but not exactly like a soccer-mom sport utility vehicle, either. The roof rack, external cargo-box tie-downs, fairly large tires and prominent wheel arches give it a properly rugged image, while the big chrome grille and front-end treatment lend style.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Major standard equipment on the XLT includes power assists for windows, door locks and exterior mirrors, AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player, power rear window, fog lamps, power outlets for front and rear seats and the cargo box, manual air conditioning, cruise control, outside temperature display, compass, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, 16-inch tires and AdvanceTrac, which includes the functions of traction and stability control and also features Roll Stability Control, which helps to inhibit potential rollovers. On the safety side the standard equipment includes front, front-side and side-curtain airbags. The standard engine is a 4.0-liter 210-horsepower V6 with a five-speed automatic transmission.

Optional Equipment

Major options include the Limited trim level, which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, step bars, six-way power driver's seat and some other trim items. Other options include upgrades to the sound system, leather seating, heated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, SYNC, navigation system, trailer towing package, a heated windshield and numerous other convenience and trim features. The optional four-wheel-drive system is operated by a button and includes a low range. The optional engine is the 4.6-liter V8 with six-speed automatic transmission.

Under the Hood

Most drivers will probably find the 4.0-liter V6 more than adequate for most of their driving, with 254 pound-feet of torque and plenty of acceleration to keep up with any likely traffic situation. But if your trips include filling the cargo box with dirt bikes and the inside with two or three buddies, then pulling a loaded trailer up hills, you'll probably want the V8. The biggest penalty with the larger engine is, predictably, fuel economy, although you won't see a huge difference between the V6 and V8 in either city or highway numbers.

4.0-liter V6
210 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
254 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20(2WD), 13/19 (4WD)

4.6-liter V8
292 horsepower @ 5750 rpm
300 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 (2WD), 13/19 (4WD)

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2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 170 Ratings for the 2007 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Very good vehicle

By on Saturday, April 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "best in class"

Cons: "not available"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Very good vehicle, my third all with lots of rough miles, 1st one 140000 mi. Too bad they quit making it. Can't find a comparable Tacoma or Frontier, nor does Ridgeline compare. Avalanche also discontinued but not very similar, although if you like a much bigger vehicle it would do fine."

Perfect size.Rides tight & straight. Super Design

By on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great Ride. Great looking. Highly functional."

Cons: "city gas mileage and they stopped making them."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

09 STA

"This is the perfect size truck. You can actually park this truck without swinging too wide. Had a King Ranch which was great. Had a Subaru Baja. This truck is right in between and perfect. Adrenalin package is a super design. Truck runs tight. Gas mileage around town is low. 14 to 15 mpg. However, it will get 20mpg on highway at 70mph. V8 w/AWD. Too bad they stopped making this great truck."

09 STA

excellent value

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "looks good lots of room handles great"

Cons: "cant find any cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this sport trac has been a fun truck to drive with a very smooth ride you would expect from a car rather than a truck . very handy has all these hidden storage compartments , roomie too sits five people friends always ask me where can they get one would highly recommend this truck"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Perfect for my general household needs

By on Sunday, March 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "handling, especially in snow, load capacity,"

Cons: "center console poorly designed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this truck. Never had a mechanical problem except usual wear and tear. Very easy to drive except rear visibility below sightline over tail gate. I installed extra mirrors on regular mirrors to help.I wish the bed was longer but I need the rear sets more than bed length. 6 cyl. is more than for all my household hauling stuff."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Monday, January 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "My size truck and I can easily reach everything."

Cons: "Shorter bed and cab."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I traded a 2003 sport trac I owned since 2005 for another newer sport trac 2010. 2010 was the last year they made them. Big mistake on Fords part. The 2010 bed and overall truck is made a little smaller than the 2003. 2010 is also a little lower to the ground. Am a 5'3" female and can now get under the hood myself to check things. Wish the bed had been longer on the 2010. Overall love it."

Most flexible vehicle i have ever owned

By on Saturday, November 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,562

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Too many - great truck"

Cons: "wish the roof was just a bit higher inside"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Whether in a suit and tie for business or a evening out with my sweety - OR towing 6000 lbs travel trailer through the rockies this vehicle has consistently been reliable and as tough as any vehicle i have owned. It is truly the Sportrac that functions like an F150......"

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