2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test
Head restraints & seats


  • G
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  • M
  • P
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2007-10 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4-door 4wd

The Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer were re-engineered for the 2006 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification.

The moderate overlap frontal crash test ratings also apply to the Explorer Sport Trac, which was redesigned for the 2007 model year (no 2006 model Sport Trac was available). The Sport Trac is very similar to the Explorer, except that it has a longer wheelbase and an open cargo bed behind the occupant compartment in place of the Explorer's enclosed cargo area with optional third row seat.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0602
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 9
Left (cm) 9
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 4
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 4
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0602
HIC-15 353
Peak gs at hard contact 18
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 4
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.50
Maximum tibia index - right 0.47
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 86
Right 82

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type All seats
Backset (mm) 68
Distance below top of head (mm) 68
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.9
Head contact time (ms) 101
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 210
Max neck tension (N) 801

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

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