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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Overview

Full In Size, Full In Value

Ford's other entry into the compact pickup truck market is the Explorer Sport Trac. The Sport Trac is different from other compact Crew Cabs in that it is based on the Explorer Sport SUV platform and is not just a stretched-out version of the Ranger pickup. Ford stretched the Sport Trac an additional 14 inches to allow for its 51-inch cargo bed to be mated to the full-sized cab.

The Sport Trac also comes standard with 16-inch tires, an aggressive front-end treatment and a multi-utility rear bed, complete with locking cover and a swing-out aluminum bed extender. The Sport Trac has one feature you won't find on any other pickup or crew cab: an electrically-operated rear window that lowers into the bulkhead separating the rear seats from the cargo bed.

You'll find that the Sport Trac's interior is relatively comfortable, though the tall dash, wide A-pillars and wide transmission tunnel can create a slightly cramped feeling. The seats themselves offer good support and can be ordered with an optional power driver's seat, manual lumbar support and leather surfaces. If you really go all out, you can load up your Sport Trac with a power moonroof, premium audio, rear-seat audio and temperature controls and an overhead console with outside temperature and compass.

The Sport Trac is powered by Ford's venerable 4.0-liter V6 engine. Though horsepower is now up to 203, this engine still has to work hard to move the Sport Trac's lofty weight. Ford offers the option of a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic in all Sport Trac models. Once in motion, you'll find the ride is comfortable so long as the road beneath stays level and smooth. Over dips and uneven pavement, the Sport Trac telegraphs shudders and vibrations into the passenger compartment and through the steering column. Off road, the Sport Trac's shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system enables it to traverse the worst mud and snow, though we do advise upgrading the all-season tires to something with a bit more grip for those that plan to do more serious off-roading.

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