Seat-mounted side-impact airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system and a five-level front-passenger sensing system are standard. Ride is smooth and I like the styling. The overall presentation is rugged yet refined; sort of like the Marlboro man dressed up for a night on the town in an Armani suit. . What a difference from the 1999 model. Best seats I have ever sat in.
In the Explorer's 2002 redesign, engineers devised an innovative porthole-in-frame independent rear suspension, with shafts that poke through holes drilled into the frame. Ford says trailing arms added to the rear suspension in 2006 make it more robust. The enhancements to the handling of the vehicle is extraordinary. Style - I'm wild about the Eddie Bauer's interior and exterior appearance. A layer of carpet may have helped but alas, all Sport Tracs are equipped with an easy to clean rubberized floor rather than carpet. User friendly fully integrated Nav and stereo equipments further enhance driving experiences. The V-6 teams with a five-speed automatic transmission, while the V-8 works with a new six-speed automatic.
The reverse sensing feature is worth it! Most importantly, however, you need four real doors and comfortable seating for four normal sized humans. Powerful V8 engine, awesome stereo equipments audiophile , powerfold 3rd row seat. Outward visibility is superb, aided by a high seating position and very small A, B and C pillars. But he will need to walk the pinpoint test to make sure. Eddie Bauer editions get a two-tone bumper and trim treatment, a chrome three-bar grille, Pueblo Gold running boards and 17-inch painted aluminum wheels.
Under the Hood Either a 210-hp, 4. An audio input jack is standard with all radios. Door handles have not been as issue with me, but I see where they could be aggrevating for some. Woodgrain interior accents and leather-trimmed seats highlight the Eddie Bauer edition, which has a four-line message center and remote keyless entry with a keypad. An optional Powerfold feature allows the third row to fold flat at the touch of a button.
On road, the system was nearly undetectable in dry conditions. The Sport Trac is also the only vehicle in its class to offer a six-speed automatic transmission. The firm seats are a little lacking in lateral support but they are supremely comfortable and the seating position is fantastic. A long road trip in -13 degree weather left one of our editors with one cartoonishly blue foot while the other was toasty warm. The layout left something to be desired and we think Ford could have done a much better job of making the buttons easier to press and differentiate without the driver having to take his eyes off the road. Limited models now come standard with auxiliary air conditioning, 18-inch machined aluminum wheels and a reverse sensing system Exterior For 2007, Eddie Bauer and Limited models offer power running boards. Explorers can be equipped with rear- or four-wheel drive.
The sporty white faced gauges look great and are very easy to read. Safety For 2007, Eddie Bauer and Limited models feature Ford's Safety Canopy side curtain airbag system standard. A power moonroof and 18-inch chrome-clad wheels are optional. I'm sure this vehicle will be as reliable as the last one we owned. Class leading performance and features come with a hefty price tag, however. Back seat passengers are treated to fairly roomy accommodations for two but three adults would be rather cramped. As a suburban assault vehicle we think the Sport Trac will be pretty hard to beat.
The Sport Trac is a handsome truck. The V8 is thirsty, however. In the Explorer's 2002 redesign, engineers devised an innovative porthole-in-frame independent rear suspension, with shafts that poke through holes drilled into the frame. With its rugged good looks inside and out, power to spare, and a ride that is absolutely sublime we really like the Sport Trac. The steering is nicely weighted but a little vague. While most of us agree that they are attractive and the nicely integrated door handle is an artful design element one editor found them to be positioned right where he wanted to place his knee which made them rather uncomfortable. The bed is what makes the Sport Trac a Sport Trac, and Ford designers clearly did more than graft a composite box on the back of a run-of-the-mill Explorer.
We especially like the new high resolution message center in the center of the gauge cluster. The rugged good looks continue on the inside where the all new interior looks like it was heisted from of an F150. Responsive ventilated disk brakes and loaded safety features are unparallel. Bought another Explorer Eddie Bauer 4x4 v-8, wonderful vehicle has everything has more room and a lot of play toys. Ground clearance measurements were unavailable at press time but in our limited time off road we found it to be sufficient enough to deliver a 17. On more than one occasion we found ourselves hitting the brakes after checking the speedometer and realizing that we were going 10 or even 20 mph faster than we thought.
We really appreciate the tall center console which places the cup holders and shifter in easy reach. It includes Ironman logos, 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, an exclusive Orange Frost color, and 10-way, leather-trimmed heated front seats. Overall handling is perfect for suburban duty but not exactly sporty, nor up for the task of more severe off-road duty. The optional automatic climate control system works well enough under normal conditions but has some difficulty keeping the cabin temperature consistent when the outside temperature dips much below zero. The giant chrome grill and obligatory clear headlight lenses give the front end a decidedly upscale appearance while the stubby yet intricately sculpted bed section offer a more functional look.