So what makes the Ford Everest totally different from other SUVs?
Let’s start with its front fascia. The multibar chrome grille on the top lip, which is flanked by wraparound headlamps and finished below with a lower intake of round foglamps, yields a sophisticated look.
The side view of the vehicle shows strength, from its high-ride stature, balanced wheel openings and substantial proportions below the body’s side moldings. Side step bars, roof rails and body side claddings provide an integrated rugged accent along the length of the vehicle and underline the impression of an off-road trekker.
Since it shares the same chassis with the Ranger, people think that it probably offers the same ride. That’s absolutely wrong! The new Ford Everest has improved its riding dynamics compared to the previous model, thanks to the added weight and aerodynamics.
The dimensions have changed a bit. It’s 5,062 mm long, 1,789 mm wide and 1,835 mm high, maintaining the classic and strong side profile. On road the Everest does still feel heavy but, on average, it feels like it is the sturdiest in its class.
The new set of wheels and lower-profile 255/60R18 tires that Ford has installed on the Everest provide the vehicle with an ever more rugged character. (Think tough and rough.) Other additions to the new look include: side vents, (which were first seen on the new Escape), puddle lamps under the door mirrors, tail lamps, a reshaped tailgate and a fashionable rear-mount spare tire.
Ergonomically, the front cabin does feel and look a lot like the Ranger’s, but it is more airy and spacious. Most noticeable is the leg room, which allows for some big characters to fit the rear cabin and, although the boot is smaller than some of its competitors’, the space still makes a difference.
There are subtle refinements such as fresh leather and light fabrics. The dashboard and door panels feature wood trim and silver accents, while the steering wheel is wrapped in leather for better grip. To make driving a bit entertaining, Ford offers conveniences such as CD/MP3/AM/FM stereo with auxiliary input, an optional DVD/CD/MP3/iPod with 3-LCD screens, and a GPS-operated satellite navigation system, which is, indeed, very helpful especially if you’re not very familiar with a route that you’re planning to take.
During this writer’s actual test drive, the 3.0-liter DuraTORQ TDCI turbo intercooler diesel engine showed an improvement over its predecessor. Should you feel the need for speed (especially when making serious overtakes), the engine will be more than happy to grant your wish.
Another positive point of the Everest is the improvement of its noise and vibration control which became the main priority in its development. Safety, too, is one of the main concerns of Ford, that’s why the Everest is equipped with antilock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and high-mounted tail lights that clearly signal your presence at night.
With the growing number of SUVs in the market, the Everest will definitely appeal to the buyers who are ready to consider the purchase of a more sophisticated product—one which provides versatility in its usage, refined vehicle dynamics, luxurious interiors as well as dazzling features and specs.
Vehicle 2011 Ford Everest 4×4
Type Medium SUV
Engine 3.0-liter DuraTORQ TDCI turbo intercooler diesel
Maximum power 156 ps at 3,200 rpm
Maximum torque 330 Nm at 1,800 rpm
Transmission Five-speed AT with overdrive
Length 5,062 mm
Width 1,789 mm
Height 1,835 mm
Wheelbase 2,860 mm
Wheel size and type 18-inch alloy
Tire size 255/60 R18
Price as tested P1.722 million