The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac bears a strong resemblance to its SUV sibling, the Explorer, and most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com approve of its overall look.
The Detroit News calls the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac "a cute truck, very attractive," though that particular choice of words may not go over well with the Ford Explorer Sport Trac's target market. The exterior of the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac "does a good job of striking the delicate balance between street style and off-road character," according to Kelley Blue Book. They add that "the roof rack, external cargo-box tie-downs, fairly large tires and prominent wheel arches give it a properly rugged image, while the big chrome grille and front-end treatment lend style." All vehicles in the Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2009 lineup feature similar external styling, but Edmunds notes that "two trim levels are offered: XLT and Limited." About the only difference that Edmunds can detect on the outside between the two are the "color-keyed bumpers and side mirrors" and "18-inch alloy wheels" on the Limited that replace the "16-inch alloy wheels" and plain bumpers on the XLT. The Ford Explorer Sport Trac's sheetmetal is more universally accepted than the Honda Ridgeline's; its "rather ungainly styling" may be "a turnoff for some folks," according to Edmunds reviewers.
Reviewers are also generally happy with the interior of the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, though they point out a few areas left for improvement. Reviewers at Cars.com find that "with oversized controls and squared-off designs, the Sport Trac's interior has an industrial quality to it," while Consumer Guide lists some of their several complaints with the interior of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac as a "transmission shift lever" that "blocks easy access to the climate system" and a "turn signal stalk" that is "mounted at an awkward angle." They praise the fact that the "navigation system is easy enough to use," but they also feel that "it needs a larger screen." Cars.com echoes the sentiments of several reviewers when they report that the Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2009 "has unique interior door releases located on the front of the door armrests," a feature that they appreciate Ford has carried over from the Explorer.