2001-2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac – 1st Generation
Model Years2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
Fuel Economy15-18 mpg
What to Know
1st Generation Ford Sport Tracs feature a 160 horsepower 4 liter V6, which many say under-powers such a large vehicle. Not to be confused with a truck, or a SUV, the Sport Trac is still a hybrid truck/SUV vehicle. Bed length is the largest drawback, measuring in at a tick over 4 feet in length, the bed is essentially useless for any serious truck related activities. As it is a heavy truck/SUV, don’t expect high performance handling or acceleration. The interior is pretty much standard, with adequate room in both the front and rear seats. Overall, it is a decent vehicle that is reliable enough. Don’t count on hauling a lot of stuff with it, but it is serviceable for most people who would otherwise drive a car or SUV.
What to Look For
Transmission – A handful of 2nd Generation Sport Tracs have transmission issues at around 100k miles. Symptoms to look for are hard shifting and abnormal shift points. Expect to spend $1500-2000 to have the transmission rebuilt or replaced.
ReliabilityIssues: Misc Engine Component, Transmission, Suspension
Lifespan Estimate: 180000 miles
PerformanceHorsepower: 210 - 210hp
0-60 Time: 8.4 seconds
1/4 Mile Time: 16.4 seconds
Cost of OwnershipDepreciation: Medium 10% per year
Maintenance Costs: Moderate
Average Insurance Costs in : Medium