...XLT models now come with additional standard features, while the high-line XLT Premium gets a new monochrome exterior look. The Adrenalin model now features an even more powerful premium audio system. All models get a flexible fuel feature that allows them to run on ethanol-blended fuel, as well as traditional gasoline. Finally, there is no longer a manual transmission option on XLS models. Pros: SUV comfort and pickup truck bed convenience, workhorse V6, features galore, available side curtain airbags. Cons: Ancient underpinnings deliver sloppy ride and handling, can't carry as much as a...
...The floor is covered with washable composite rubber that can be hosed down if it gets dirty. Under the Hood A 4.0-liter V-6 engine develops 210 horsepower and teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. Either rear-wheel drive or ControlTrac II full-time four-wheel drive is available. Safety Antilock brakes are standard. Side-impact airbags are not available, but a Safety Canopy side curtain-type airbag system may be installed. Driving Impressions What first seemed like a gimmick ? combining two different types of vehicles ? turned out to have a fair amount of practical value. Even though...
...Ford had a good sense of how many drivers out there were looking for the interior comfort of a midsize SUV as well as the versatility of an open pickup bed (with tonneau cover as an option).The Adrenalin trim was made more luxurious for the 2004 model year; the '04 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Adrenalin featured a high-end stereo system as well as flashy styling. The XLS and XLT trims were less out-there, and aimed more at the family market than, like the Adrenaline, at young men looking for a performance truck.With a 4.0 liter V6 engine that put out 210 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque, the...
The 4.6-liter SOHC V8 Mustang and Explorer engine along with the 3.5-liter V6 Duratec from Ford Motor Company has been named to Ward's 10 Best Engines of 2007. The list... read more January 31, 2007 by Matt Rigney 2