PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Explorer Sport Trac


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$22,120* (4x2)
Add $600 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Only one engine is available for the Explorer Sport Trac

4.0L SOHC V-6 with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
210hp @ 5250 rpm
240hp @ 3000 rpm

Two transmission choices exist for the Explorer Sport Trac:

- Five-speed manual with overdrive

- Five-speed automatic with overdrive

Fuel Economy: (City/Highway)
4.0-liter: (16/21) auto 4x2
.0-liter: (17/21) manual 4x2

4.0-liter: (15/20) auto 4x4
.0-liter: (16/20) manual 4x4

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Though Ford may not like to identify the 2002 Explorer Sport Trac as such, preferring to badge this crew cab as an SUV, we say if its got a bed, it's a pickup truck.

The Sport Trac first went on sale in 2001 and is based on the popular 4-door Explorer, with its frame lengthened just over 14 inches and made about 40 percent stiffer.

Its four full doors and roomy interior are combined with a 51-inch composite box - a first in a compact truck.

Also added to this platform is a specially tuned suspension and bigger, more powerful brakes.

For the 2002 model year, Ford has reduced the ordering complexity of the Explorer Sport Trac from about 400 different combinations to a more manageable 112. A new 23-gallon fuel tank replaces and bumps up the Sport Trac's range from the previous 20.5 gallon tank. An Autolamp feature and electrochromic rear view mirror are also added.

Exterior Design:
The only exterior change is new paint job options for 2002. New colors added include: Zinc Yellow Clearcoat, Silver Birch Clearcoat Metallic, True Blue Clearcoat Metallic and Aspen Green Clearcoat Metallic.

A new standard 16-inch cast aluminum wheel replaces the 15-inch wheel from the 2001 model.

Interior Design:
The standard floor console includes two large front cup holders, open front storage area, convenience clip, tow pop-out rear cup holders, hinged armrest that allows access to a removable soft pack storage bag with adjustable shoulder strap.

An available high series console, on models with optional seating, features a coin holder, front power point, flow-through rear heater/air conditioning with rear blower controls, audio headphone jacks and rear audio controls.

The available overhead console on the Sport Trac contains two map/courtesy lights, compass, outside temperature display and garage door opener storage bin. The Sport Trac offers three seating packages. Standard on all models are premium high-back bucket seats with cloth inserts and bolsters and a rear 60/40 split bench seat that is equipped with two-way adjustable head restraints on the outboard seating positions. Optional on all models are cloth bucket seats with driver-side 6-way power seat adjustment, adjustable recline and a four-way manually adjustable head restraint.

Leather bucket seats have identical features to the cloth bucket seats but also feature a driver/passenger seat manual lumbar adjustment and four-way head restraints.

The Sport Trac has a standard AM/FM stereo/cassette/single CD player, clock, optional dual-media or an optional Pioneer Sound System featuring a six-disc in-dash CD player.

Sport Track is powered by a 4.0L, single overhead cam (SOHC) V-6 engine rated at 210 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission with overdrive or an optional five-speed automatic overdrive transmission.

Sport Trac has a 5300-lb. maximum towing capacity with a 4x2 automatic transmission when properly equipped.