Despite the heated battle between vehicles in the seven-seater pickup-based SUV segment, the Ford Everest has held its ground exceptionally well, still managing to do certain things better than the competition even years after its introduction. With all the new entries in the segment offering improved features, updated styling cues, and efficient powertrains, it’s easy to get swayed into thinking that the Everest is past its prime. However, a recent trip out of town with the Ford Everest Titanium 3.2L 4×4 quickly reminded us why it remains one of our top choices in the segment when it comes to long drives.
Ford SYNC 3
I had to get this one out of the way quickly because it’s one of the things I really appreciate about the Ford Everest. A massive improvement over previous Ford SYNC generations, Ford finally gets it right with the third generation Ford SYNC. Not only is the eight-inch touch screen highly responsive, but the interface is highly intuitive and easy to understand. Best of all, it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, meaning I can interact with apps such as Waze, Google Maps, or Spotify without having to fiddle with the phone. The navigation apps came in handy while trying to find the Purple Owl, our dinner destination in Tagaytay, which is located in a relatively secluded area (a really romantic date place if I may add). These features plus a 10-speaker setup make the Ford Everest’s infotainment system the best in its class, and easily the infotainment system you’ll want to have on long drives.
Generous ride height
When heading out of town, a good rule to follow is to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. Unpredictable road conditions, irregular weather, and even sudden detours can quickly dampen any trip, so some peace of mind goes a long way. The Ford Everest’s 225-mm ground clearance and 800-mm water wading depth means you’re ready to tackle any road condition or surface area that doesn’t include tsunami-induced flash floods. Coupled with the Everest’s highly capable 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engine that produces 200 hp and 470 Nm of torque, there’s very little that can get in the way of you and your destination.
Fully-featured safety system
When taking your family out on long drives, you’ll want their safety to be on the top of the priority list. The Ford Everest Titanium has driver, passenger, seat side, curtain, and driver’s knee airbags, together with ABS, stability control, hill launch assist, a lane keeping system, collision mitigation, active park assist, a rearview camera, and rear and front park assist. It’s one of the most fleshed-out safety suites in its class, and while no one ever means for accidents to happen, it’s good to know that you and your passengers will be safe in the event of one.
It’s not a feature that Ford markets a lot, but it’s technology that’s worth mentioning since none of the competitors do anything similar. The Ford Everest’s cabin is equipped with three highly sensitive microphones that detect engine and road noise, and cancels it using opposing sound waves. It’s a similar kind of technology that’s used in noise-cancelling headphones. Together with acoustic glass and hydraulic engine mounts to reduce engine vibrations, the end result is an extremely quiet ride, which is saying a lot for a pickup-based diesel SUV.
The Ford Everest has always been an easy recommendation to make for anyone looking for a mid-sized seven-seater SUV, and that continues to this day, despite its stiff competition. And because of its excellent features, strong engine, and Ford’s careful attention to what their consumers want, the Ford Everest remains our top choice for out of town adventures.
Text and photos by Chris Van Hoven