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Sal Collaziano
07-30-2010, 12:40 PM
Filed under: SUV (http://www.autoblog.com/category/suvs/), Truck (http://www.autoblog.com/category/trucks/), Crossover (http://www.autoblog.com/category/crossovers-cuvs/), Ford (http://www.autoblog.com/category/ford/)


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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Adrenalin - Click above for high-res image gallery

When it comes to a new Explorer Sport Trac (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/sport+trac) for 2011, the only real surprise would have been if Ford had actually opted to build one. With the standard Explorer (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/explorer) moving to a unit-body architecture, there are no plans for a new pickup truck version, a vehicle that probably would have been something akin to the Honda Ridgeline (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/ridgeline).

Since the Ridgeline hasn't exactly been flying off dealer's lots, Ford has wisely decided to focus on its full-bodied version, the Explorer. The Blue Oval hasn't made a habit of breaking out Sport Trac sales from its SUV kin, but the Explorer only totaled 52,190 in 2009, so the pickup's volume probably wasn't a huge seller. According to Automotive News' sources, Sport Trac sales usually totaled about 20 to 25 percent of Explorer sales over the last decade, but that number strikes us as curiously high. Over its entire life, we never saw a ton of them - even on the roads around Michigan where domestic pickups are commonplace.


Gallery: 2008 Ford Sport Trac Adrenalin (http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-ford-sport-trac-adrenalin/)

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ausrutherford
07-30-2010, 01:16 PM
It might be dead for now...but maybe not later.

theoldwizard1
07-31-2010, 07:25 AM
Since the Ridgeline hasn't exactly been flying off dealer's lots, Ford has wisely decided to focus on its full-bodied version, the Explorer. The Blue Oval hasn't made a habit of breaking out Sport Trac sales from its SUV kin, but the Explorer only totaled 52,190 in 2009, so the pickup's volume probably wasn't a huge seller. According to Automotive News' sources, Sport Trac sales usually totaled about 20 to 25 percent of Explorer sales over the last decade, but that number strikes us curiously high.
Those number do not surprise me too much because the Sport Trac had a lower price tag than the Explorer. One thing some people really enjoyed was the "utilitarian" flooring; coco mats over rubber. The size was much more "practical" for light hauling.

Personally, I would have bought one, with 4WD, if it had a "modern" V6 and a 6 speed automatic which would have given it decent fuel economy.

igotzzoom
07-31-2010, 04:55 PM
I didn't even know it was still in production. :p

ndwariga
07-31-2010, 05:09 PM
Its still on sale
I didn't even know it was still in production. :p
http://www.fordvehicles.com/suvs/sporttrac/

MaxLegroom
08-03-2010, 05:13 PM
It's funny, but as truck and SUV crazy as this area is, I seldom saw one.