TO THE POINTWhat’s New? A new chassis has been borrowed from the 2006 Ford Explorer, the styling has been updated, there’s more interior room, a V8 is now available, and the composite bed offers more volume. Selling Points: Comfortable and quiet ride, V8 option, the 4WD model’s off-road ability Deal Breakers: Styling that’s still love-it or hate-it, as-tested fuel economy, interior materials and build quality Our Advice: Like the new Explorer, there’s much to like here if you can look past the abundance of cheap interior materials and average build quality.
Specifications Competitors for the 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac include the Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab, Dodge Dakota Quad Cab, GMC Canyon Crew Cab, Honda Ridgeline, Mitsubishi Raider Double Cab, Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, and Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
Test Vehicle: 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Limited V8 4WD Base Price: $30,235 (including a $695 destination charge) Engine Size and Type: 4.6-liter V8 Engine Horsepower: 292 at 5,750 rpm Engine Torque: 300 lb.-ft. at 3,950 rpm Transmission: Six-speed automatic Curb Weight, lbs.: 4,793 EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway): 14/20 mpg Observed Fuel economy: 14.3 mpg Length: 210.2 inches Width: 73.7 inches Wheelbase: 130.5 inches Height: 72.5 inches Legroom (front/rear): 42.4/36.8 inches Headroom (front/rear): 39.8 /38.5 inches Max. Seating Capacity: Five Max. Payload, lbs.: 1,400 Max. Towing Capacity, lbs.: 6,640 Ground Clearance: 8.4 inches Competitors: Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab, Dodge Dakota Quad Cab, GMC Canyon Crew Cab, Honda Ridgeline, Mitsubishi Raider Double Cab, Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, Toyota Tacoma Double Cab