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STYLING | 7 out of 10
a cute truck, very attractive
The Detroit News
interior has an industrial quality to it
does a good job of striking the delicate balance between street style and off-road character
Kelley Blue Book
Handsome cabin boasts solid build quality and simple controls
The 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac looks a lot like the Explorer SUV on which it's based, and even though it's by no means groundbreaking, most reviewers appreciate the look.
The Detroit News calls the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac "a cute truck" and describes it as "very attractive," though that particular choice of words may not go over well with the Ford Explorer Sport Trac's target market. The range-topping Adrenalin model gets minor upgrades to the exterior to give it a more butch appearance, but the price of the Adrenalin reflects this. Overall, the exterior of the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac "does a good job of striking the delicate balance between street style and off-road character," declares Kelley Blue Book. The Ford Explorer Sport Trac's sheetmetal is more universally accepted than the Honda Ridgeline's, whose "rather ungainly styling" may be "a turnoff for some folks," according to Edmunds reviewers.
Taking a closer look, Edmunds adds 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." New styling features for 2010 include chrome roof rails and side steps, which are standard in Limited trim. Ford also offers two new exterior colors: Blue Flame and White Platinum for the 2010 Sport Trac. The Limited also gets new chrome roof rails and side steps as standard.
The interior of the 2010 Sport Trac didn't elicit strong opinions from reviewers, but there were a few gripes about the design. Cars.com echoes the sentiments of several reviewers when they report that the Ford Explorer Sport Trac 2010 "has unique interior door releases located on the front of the door armrests," a feature that Ford carries over from the Explorer. 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 ConsumerGuide 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 feel "it needs a larger screen."
With the looks of its Ford Explorer sibling, the 2010 Sport Trac is an attractive pickup with a well-designed interior.