With the V8, maximum towing capacity for the Sport Trac is 7160 pounds, with the V6 it's 5260 pounds. It also has a very smooth ride and is a great truck! But for Ford, 2008 is the year the Sport Trac gets an extra helping of electronics. 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. Indeed, the Ridgeline is the only other truck in this class with an independent rear suspension. The 2008 Sport Trac is considerably longer than the Explorer. The 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is pleasant to drive, with a smooth ride and plenty of power with the optional V8. The console gear selector is enormous — just like the one in Ford's F-150 — and bright chrome trim surrounds it as well as the gauge housing and vents.
Ford says the Sport Trac's styling is inspired in part by the F-150 full-size pickup truck. On the upside, save for speed and quickness, we expect it'll have much the same ride and handling dynamics as that of the V8. Although the Explorer Sport Trac bests the Ridgeline in nearly every category, it's hurt in the rankings by its perceived value. The Sport Trac has an independent rear suspension, a design associated with sports cars, and this gives it a smooth ride and good handling. Back in the bed, a shallow, covered bin running the width of the floor is placed inconveniently all the way forward and thus out of reach from the tailgate. 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.
Cause F150 is too big and bundlesome. Aluminum wheels that measure 16 inches in diameter are , but 17- or 18-inch aluminum wheels are available. It was unique when it first appeared in 2000, but today it must compete with midsize four-door pickups from every major player. Because the seatbacks touch the cabin's fixed rear wall, folding them flat doesn't result in an extended cargo bed like it does in the Chevrolet Avalanche when its midgate is folded down. The Sport Trac has a four-wheel independent suspension, for a better ride and improved handling versus traditional pickups. Unfortunately, the door pulls are strangely positioned, making them hard to operate for some. Its versatile setup includes seating for up to five passengers with cargo capacity similar to a short-bed pickup.
The Dodge Dakota Quad Cab is the only other midsize pickup to exceed the Sport Trac in wheelbase and overall length, and by less than an inch in wheelbase. It's also available with V-8 power for the first time, and these models get gas mileage that's as good as or better than the previous-generation V- 6 Sport Trac. There's a choice of two-wheel drive or Ford's ControlTrac four-wheel drive if you want extra traction. You name it, I've owned it, sports cars, luxury cars, sedans and trucks but my Sport Trac is my favorite of all! From just behind the front doors forward, it shares its design with the current Explorer. Ford bolstered the 2008 Sport Trac's standard feature list with side curtain airbags.
Each side of the cargo box has three cleats for securing cargo, and a tubular bed extender and two-piece lockable tonneau cover are optional. 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. The instruments are simple and easy to scan. Safety Canopy side-curtain air bags, fog lamps, and a power rear window are now on the standard-equipment list. Even though it's about 17.
The 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac features a standard 210-horsepower, 4. . It was unique when it first appeared in 2000, but today it must compete with midsize four-door pickups from every major player. Aside from a full complement of strong crash-test ratings, reviews read by TheCarConnection. When I need to throw something in back, I can! The Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a four-door, five-passenger, midsize pickup.
Interior Features Inside, the 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac looks a lot like the Explorer cabin. The Ridgeline wins in hiproom, by about two inches front and rear, the Frontier offers fully two and a half inches more rear-seat hiproom, and the Dakota squeaks in with a half-inch more hiproom all around. In other words, there's not much new compared to 2007. They do plan to start selling the Ranger similar to the Sport Trac in 2018 or 9. Both engines are available with rear- or four-wheel drive. On the other hand, with the Sport Trac's optional two-piece, lockable, hard tonneau cover in place, the enclosed volume of the cargo bed measures 37.
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. The optional four-wheel-drive system is operated by a button and includes a low range. From just behind the front doors forward, it shares its design with the current Explorer. The most notable new feature, available on late-2008 models, is Ford's Sync communications and entertainment system. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. The bed offers decent room and some unique storage bins, but those who haul a lot of cargo regularly will want a more traditional pickup. The Sport Trac is offered with two different--a 4.
Over all I rate this a 10. But the Explorer has grown up, both in size and sophistication, and so has the Sport Trac. The seats are comfortable, though the bottom cushions front and rear could provide more thigh support. It's not quite a sport utility vehicle and it's not quite a truck. Available with either a V6 or V8, the trim includes 20-inch wheels, all-season tires, and unique interior and exterior treatments. Folding the cleverly engineered seats is straightforward — pull one lever and the backrest folds down as the seat cushion slides forward to allow the seatback to fold flatter.
By making the Sport Trac look taller, it also raises the Sport Trac's visual center of gravity, although the wider body and wider track help to reduce this impression. Of the remaining four-door, short-bed, midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado, the Honda Ridgeline, the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma measure between three and four inches shorter overall. The Nissan and Toyota mid-size trucks are not earth-shattering in terms of performance or versatility, but they are worth a look, as they provide nearly even competition to the 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac in most every area of consideration. Room, on the other hand, is plentiful front and rear. The deep plastic bed features three enclosed storage bins, a standard 12-volt outlet, and an optional cover and tubular bed extender. The optional navigation system has newly available voice activation, and the Sync voice-activated communication and entertainment interface is available for 2008.