Sport Trac 2007 is wider and longer with new rear independent suspension, improving on what I thought was already a comfortable ride. Heated windshield, a lockable hard bed cover option and now V-8 power answers well to Honda’s Ridgeline competition. This truck even has three bed floor storage compartments in a bed that’s wider and deeper with 25 percent more cargo area. With the safety features of its cousin the Explorer, the ’07 Sport Trac is rated with 5 Stars of safety.
Sport Trac brings new customers from other brands to Ford ” as does the Mustang. This is not an easy task in today’s market. The wheelbase is 130.5 inches, making it 16.8 inches longer than the Explorer.
Sport Trac is rated to tow 6,800 pounds, with its first ever 4.6L V-8 that I drove, with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The V-8 with 292 horse power and 300 foot-pounds of torque, has a 1,430-pound payload. A 3.73 axle ratio is standard.
The cargo cover locks and opens on each end. There is a lockable storage compartment across the front of the bed, and smaller ones at the rear. The bed is plastic, so there is no need for a bedliner ” it’s built in.
I took the Sport Trac off-road near Camp Pendleton. With front and rear traction control, it climbed like a rock crawler. Having traction control using the ABS brakes instead of limited slip or locking differential, allowed me to turn corners in 4-wheel drive, have traction and no wheel hop. In 4 Low, traction control is faster, with great control stopping and starting on inclines. I drove the winding roads from San Diego to Laguna Beach, enjoying the Sport Trac’s handling. Roll Stability Control, standard on the Sport Trac, is great for a truck with an empty bed as well as stability in bad road conditions. I think all trucks need it.
There is a roomy back seat with a unique curve to the “C” pillar, separating the cabin from the bed. Tie downs on the bed along with the hard bed cover, give you the opportunity to manage your cargo. It is easy to get spoiled with GPS. A drop down rear window is planned for later this year.
Towing a Cimarron two-horse trailer with one horse riding for a couple hundred miles, the Sport Trac handled well. Gas mileage dropped like a rock when towing, as is typical of smaller vehicles. Cimarron Norstar bumper trailers are slick, and tow easily. The tapered nose sheet metal (18-degree nose) goes all the way down past the V-tongue. Cimarron bumper tow trailers are one of the few trailers that tow easy loaded or empty.
When I review new trucks and SUVs, I use several horse trailer brands. I’ve been impressed with how the Cimarron bumper pull trailers fall inline and don’t move. Cimarron is one of the easiest towing aluminum bumper trailers I’ve used. The tongue is short with plenty of room for tight corners. It has 15-inch tires and sits low with an excellent load height at the rear. The Cimarron bumper pulls straight.
It’s a tough job reviewing trucks at Laguna Beach, Calif. I saw a couple of Blue whales following the beach. Although it is quite a change from being a farmer/rancher to jet jumping monthly to drive the latest, greatest trucks and SUVs, someone has to do it, dadgum it. At least I bring pictures back for you.
Thanks to Transwest Truck Trailer RV for the Cimarron trailer. They can be reached at http://www.TrailerWest.com.
Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site, http://www.mrtruck.net.
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