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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
rear seatbacks fold flat for great in-cab cargo room
Cabin has classy, durable decor overall
a long day behind the wheel should prove pleasant
Kelley Blue Book
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 2010 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. 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." Passenger room inside the cabin is commendable, and ConsumerGuide 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 other reviewers. ConsumerGuide 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 2010 is that it serves as a practical daily cargo mover, and here it's not surprising that this "compromise vehicle" makes some obvious compromises in order to both keep the price down and make the most of 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 2010 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 ConsumerGuide.
The quality of the materials used in the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport isn't quite up to the standards of some of Ford's newer models, but it should suffice. ConsumerGuide observes 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, 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." Motor Trend says "the Sport Trac has rubber flooring Berber-carpet floormats." While these aren't the most attractive materials, they will come in handy when it comes time to clean the Sport Trac.
Refinement is a surprise strong point for the 2010 Sport Trac; nearly all reviewers have positive comments about the smooth ride and quiet cabin. ConsumerGuide 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." They also note, however, that "coarse-surface tire thrum is noticeable at most any speed." Edmunds observes that "Ford claims that at 40 mph, the Sport Trac is a full 5 decibels quieter than a Honda Ridgeline." ConsumerGuide also lauds the Sport Trac's "fine ride control" that "bests all rival pickups except the Honda Ridgeline."
The 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac has decent passenger comfort and reasonable interior materials to make its off-road toughness and cargo capability all the more accessible.