The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac fits in Ford’s truck lineup right above the aging Ford Ranger and below the new F-150, so it competes with the four-door variants from compact and mid-size pickup segments.
Their five-cylinder engines never had the power or refinement to endear themselves to our experts.
GM’s other entry, the HUMMER H3T has superior off-road capability and an available V-8, but its cargo bed is on the smaller side.
The Dodge Dakota was updated in 2008, and its longer traditional steel bed might be an advantage for some buyers.
The Nissan and Toyota mid-size trucks are not earth-shattering in terms of performance or versatility, but they are worth a look, as they provide nearly even competition to the 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac in most every area of consideration.
Honda's Ridgeline is an interesting alternative.
Its car-based design gives a better ride and handling than the Sport Trac, as well as a nimbler feel overall, but lacks the Ford's heavy-duty capabilities for hauling, towing, and off-roading.
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|13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4|
|N/A||N/A||N/A||4WD Pickup Trucks||N/A||N/A|
|RWD 4-Door V6 XLT||2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||2WD Ext Cab ST||4WD Crew Cab RT||2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE||2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||Regular Cab||Extended Cab 6'7" Bed||4 Door Crew Cab||King Cab||Regular Cab|
|Automatic||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD|
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