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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Cabin has classy, durable decor overall
a long day behind the wheel should prove pleasant
Kelley Blue Book
rear seatbacks fold flat for great in-cab cargo room
Comfortable seats and a spacious cabin make the interior of the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac a pretty inviting place. But some reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that there's room for improvement in terms of build and materials quality.
The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac offers room for five, with a pair of "front bucket seats" and a "three-person, 60/40-split rear bench seat," according to Cars.com. Passenger room inside the cabin is commendable, and Consumer Guide finds that although "slightly shorter seat tracks give a bit less legroom than in Explorer SUVs," most front occupants "won't want for space." They add "the seats are comfortable," a sentiment that is shared by many reviewers. Kelley Blue Book says "the seating is quite roomy and comfortable, in both the front and rear, and a long day behind the wheel should prove pleasant."
Consumer Guide isn't as fond of the backseat, declaring that "three medium-sized adults can ride with little cramping, but the uninviting bench seat is low to the floor, flat, and not well-padded."
One of the big selling points on the Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2009 is that it serves as a practical daily cargo mover, and here it's not surprising that this vehicle makes some obvious compromises, to keep the price down and maximize passenger and cargo space. Most notably, J.D. Power finds that the Ford Explorer Sport Trac doesn't have a comparable feature to the Chevy Avalanche's Midgate, which they say "essentially extends the Avalanche's bed into the cabin, allowing it to carry long items with the tailgate closed." What the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac does offer is a "4.5-foot cargo box" that Edmunds says is "made of corrosion-proof composite material with a molded-in liner that resists scratches and dents." Also in the cargo bed of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac, the "external tie-down cleats are handy," and inside the cabin the "rear seatbacks fold flat for great in-cab cargo room," but otherwise, "small-item storage is just OK," remarks Consumer Guide.
Build and materials quality on the Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2009 lineup isn't stellar according to what TheCarConnection.com has seen in studying reviews, but it should meet most expectations. Consumer Guide attests that the Ford Explorer Sport Trac "Limited's cabin has classy, durable decor overall," but they "did notice a few rough edges, and soft-touch surfaces are scarce." In a quality-sapping nod to the Ford Explorer Sport Trac's potential for driving off-road, Motor Trend says "the Sport Trac has rubber flooring Berber-carpet floormats." Cars.com reviewers summarize that "the quality of materials was fine" on their test Ford Explorer Sport Trac, but "they just didn't come together especially well."
One area where the Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2009 excels is in overall cabin noise and refinement. Consumer Guide reviewers claim that the Ford Explorer Sport Trac is "a close second to Ridgeline for overall compact-pickup refinement," thanks to the fact that "wind noise is low up to 70 mph, but coarse-surface tire thrum is noticeable at most any speed." Edmunds notes that "Ford claims that at 40 mph, the Sport Trac is a full 5 decibels quieter than a Honda Ridgeline."
Comfort and quietness trump a few quality mishaps in the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac.