Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. The standard roof rack consists of just two longitudinal bars, with the crossbars sold as an accessory. Model Lineup Ford revised the Sport Trac lineup for 2003. Summary Ford Explorer Sport Trac is an innovative design packed with small refinements that make life more convenient, both in town and in the backcountry. The comfort and handling of a sport utility are retained, while the toughness and durability of Ford trucks are readily apparent.
The back seat incorporates three child seat tether anchors. The Sport-marque was reintroduced as a performance variant of the 5-door fifth generation Explorer, which is actually now a full-size crossover utility vehicle. Sport Trac looks like a box, twice over. Suspension, f: independent with gas shocks, torsion bar springs and stabilizer bar Suspension, r: live axle with gas shocks, variable-rate leaf springs, stabilizer bar Ground clearance: 6. The overall effect is high and bulky.
The U152 development program began in 1995, with the final design being chosen in 1997 and frozen for production in February 1998. Available leather bucket seats have identical features to the cloth bucket seats but get an additional manual lumbar adjustment feature on both the driver and passenger seat and seat heating. The 3-Door Explorer Sport was redesigned in 2001 to a similar body style as that of the 5-door 2002 Explorer. The front safety belts have load-limiting technology that helps spread load forces in a frontal crash. Independent short- and long-arm front suspension offers a combination of smooth ride and secure handling. The rack-and-pinion steering system provides good returnability, low steering effort and communicative road feel. Shoulder belts are height-adjustable for comfort.
Second-generation driver and front passenger air bags tailor deployment to crash and direction. For the third generation, Ford installed fully independent rear suspension in the 5-door Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer - but not in the 3-door Sport model. While passing on an uphill grade at 70 mph, the transmission downshifted from fourth to third, and the engine revved to 5000 rpm. The bed walls are nearly 20 inches high. For 2003, Ford increased its torque rating slightly from 237 foot-pounds to 240 , but more important the peak torque comes at 3000 rpm instead of 3750 rpm. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. The Sport Trac offers three seating packages.
The back seat incorporates three child seat tether anchors. Production began in November 2000 for a January 2001 launch. This innovative safety system debuted on the 2002 Ford Explorer. But the Sport Trac is quiet. The front safety belts have load-limiting technology that helps spread load forces in a frontal crash.
While passing on an uphill grade at 70 mph, the transmission downshifted from fourth to third, and the engine revved to 5000 rpm. The result is an innovative vehicle with the best attributes of both. While all Explorer-series models can lay claim to versatility, the 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac truly epitomizes the idea. The comfort and handling of a sport utility are retained, while the toughness and durability of Ford trucks are readily apparent. When deployed, the air bags remain inflated longer than conventional air bags to provide additional occupant protection. Independent short- and long-arm front suspension offers a combination of smooth ride and secure handling. Electronic rollover sensors provide additional protection by measuring whether the vehicle is tilting, how fast the lean angle is changing and whether the combination means the vehicle might be headed for a rollover.
However, the Firestone tires were in Fords view defective and to this day the Ford Motor Company refuses to use Firestone tires on Explorers or any vehicle it sells. Performance The engine on the Sport Trac is a 4. For options, customers can feast on the new Adrenaline package. A lot of effort went into reducing the noise level in the cabin, successfully. The Ford Explorer Sport Trac can handle either of these tasks. Safety and Security Safety features have been improved on the 2003 Explorer Sport Trac. Cloth is found only on the seats and headliner.
The Explorer Sport Trac combines many of the interior features of the four-door Explorer with more cargo-carrying flexibility. When properly equipped, the Explorer Sport Trac has a 5,300-pound maximum towing capacity. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission with overdrive or five-speed automatic overdrive transmission, depending upon which series is specified. It even has a shoulder strap. The parking brake requires a long reach to release, which we found irritating. Third generation Ford Explorers, Mercury Mountaineers and Lincoln Aviators often acquire a single crack visible vertically on the plastic panel between the window and the rest of the lift gate, close to the center respective badge.