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2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac was new.


Performance: 8.2

Reviewers have mixed opinions on the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac's performance. While many reviewers are disappointed with the SUT's fuel economy, others are very pleased with its pleasant handling. 

Acceleration and Power

Under the hood, the 2010 Sport Trac features a 4.0-liter V6 engine that makes 210 horsepower. Four-wheel drive and a  4.6-liter V8 are optional. The V8 makes 292 horsepower. Some reviewers are disappointed with the Explorer Sport Trac's fuel economy. The EPA estimates fuel economy for the base V6 engine at 15/21 mpg city/highway. For the V8 engine, fuel economy is estimated at 13/20 mpg city/highway for the two-wheel drive model, and 13/18 mpg city/highway for the four-wheel drive model. Both engines take regular fuel.

Most reviewers find the V6 adequate, but note that the V8 is much more potent. Also, with fuel economy in mind, it's worth noting that trading up to the V8 has a minimal toll on fuel economy considering the additional 82 horsepower and 61 pound-feet of torque. The V6 is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, while the V8 gets a six-speed automatic.

  • "In terms of acceleration, the V8 provides a smooth, broad power band, with performance about the same as that of V6-powered Japanese crew-cab pickups. The V6 is another matter -- it's coarse and ponderous relative to the V8, and as it's also less fuel efficient, we recommend the V8." -- Edmunds
  • "With optional V-8, the Sport Trac can accelerate to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, which is quite good for a pickup. In normal driving, though, the V-8 feels a tad sleepy." -- Car and Driver
  • "I fell for its deliciously smooth V8 hustle. Unless taxed with demanding acceleration or hill climbing, the engine is near silent within normal operating parameters, with only a luxury-car burble to be heard." -- Automobile.com
  • "Shifts are fast and barely perceptible. Though Cars.com colleague Kelsey Mays observed that the transmission didn't always select the right gear following a rolling stop, the transmission is a class act most of the time." -- Cars.com

Handling and Braking

While agreeing that the "Sport" in Sport Trac in no way relates to sporty driving, the majority of reviewers say the SUT is comfortable and easy to live with on the road.

  • "Sport Trac mimics the Explorer wagons' fine ride control and bests nearly all rival pickups. Its solid structure enhances ride quality even. The rear end resists hopping over sharp bumps, even when unloaded." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Ford Explorer Sport Trac is not much fun to drive." -- Autoweb
  • "The ride is almost luxury-car plush, and the liberal use of noise insulation creates a hushed cabin." -- Edmunds
  • "Steering is far too light and numb at highway speeds for a vehicle that has 'sport' in its name. Trying to drive this thing in a sporty manner is an exercise in futility." -- AutoWeek
  • "On the road the ride is smooth, even and comfortable, and off-road the wheels stay in contact with the surface and keep things going. For most folks the Sport Trac will be the best-handling, best riding truck they've ever driven." -- Kelley Blue Book


The Sport Trac comes standard with two-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive is an option on all models.

  • "A very capable climber. While powering its way up a steep ascent, an associate journalist compared the vehicle's tenacious grip to a cat on carpeting." -- Automobile.com
  • "[The Sport Trac] probably shouldn't be your first choice as a serious off-road machine, but out of the box it is a competent machine for light to medium trail duty." -- 4x4REVIEW.com


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