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Considering that the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a mid-size SUV/pickup with truck roots, it drives pretty much as you might expect from such a vehicle. You won't find ride quality particularly pleasant, and the SportTrac doesn't handle especially well on curvy roads, squealing the tires around moderately sharp corners, especially on rough surfaces. But it should be fine for most everyday needs. Between the standard V-6 and optional V-8, we would almost unconditionally recommend the V-8; although the V-6 has enough power for a light load, it can get noisy and coarse when loaded, and surprisingly the V-8 rear-wheel-drive Explorer Sport Trac is more fuel-efficient.
The cabin of the 2010 Explorer Sport Trac is spacious and quite comfortable; five will fit, if three are willing to be elbow-to-elbow in back. The quality of the interior, including materials and fit/finish, is acceptable but not up to the level of some of Ford's newer products that are focused at passengers, like the Edge and Flex crossovers.
The Sport Trac has performed quite well in government crash tests, indicating that it's a safe vehicle to be in if you're in a collision. Keep in mind, however, that the federal government has given the rear-wheel-drive version of the Sport Trac only three stars in its rollover rating, which means it's more likely to roll if tripped in an accident. Aiding security is Trailer Sway Control, which helps warn the driver of instability when towing and keep the trailer in line.
The Explorer Sport Trac comes very well equipped compared to compact pickup trucks. Standard features, even on the base XLT, include full power accessories, cruise control, air conditioning, and Sirius Satellite Radio. The Limited loads the Sport Trac with such things as fancier wheels, heated leather seats, an upgraded center console, and Ford's SYNC entertainment/navigation system. Adrenalin models add a more aggressive appearance to the Limited's equipment, including 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, dual exhaust tips, black fascias, and monotone perforated leather seats. A moonroof, a premium sound system with subwoofer and six-disc changer, and a next-generation voice-activated navigation system from Sirius Travel Link are among the most desirable options.