2022 Ford Everest Trend 4WD New Car Review

Designed and engineered in Australia, the Ford Everest combines family portability with weekend adventure fun.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Ford Everest.

VALUE

The new Ford Everest is hard to miss – it’s big, bold and beefy.

Prices start at around $58,000 for the base Ambience, which is only available with rear-wheel drive and five seats.

All other variants, including our Trend test vehicle, have seven seats as standard.

Our car also had four-wheel drive, which added about $5300 to the price, bringing the final total to about $71,000 for the ride.

The Ambiente and Trend versions have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine with 154 kW and 500 Nm, matched to a 10-speed auto. The more expensive Sport ($75,000) and Platinum ($84,000) versions come with a growling new 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel rated at 184 kW and 600 Nm, matched to permanent four-wheel drive.

Everest looks and feels like a completely new vehicle. The rugged good looks of our test car were complemented by bold 18-inch alloy wheels, distinctive LED front and rear lights, and a bold Everest badge on the rear.

Inside, a huge 12-inch tablet-shaped central touchscreen is compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Bluetooth, digital radio and sat nav add to the appeal.

Ford covers its vehicles with a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty and a limited price service program that costs the owner a reasonable $1316 or $329 each over four years.

COMFORT

Everest feels premium. There are leather-accented seats, a leatherette-wrapped steering wheel, and quality materials throughout.

If you want luxe mainstays like heated and ventilated seats, ambient lighting and a panoramic sunroof, you need to go for the premium Platinum class.

Everest’s massive exterior translates into a cavernous cabin with oodles of head, shoulder and legroom in the first two rows. The third row is best for short trips or to take the kids’ friends around town. All rows are served by air conditioning vents and there are five USB charging ports in the first two rows, as well as a wireless device charging pad up front. Third-row passengers only have access to a 12-volt outlet.

The Everest has well-sorted suspension that, along with its weight, helps iron out road bumps and bumps of all sizes.

Cabin ambiance is top-notch, with minimal road and engine noise permeating the tranquility.

SAFETY

Everest is equipped with all safety bells and whistles. It automatically brakes when it detects a potential collision and alerts you when a car is in your blind spot or approaching you from the side while reversing.

A range of sensors ensure you stay centered in your lane, and front and rear parking sensors help minimize the risk of dings and scratches in the parking lot.

Nine airbags also outperform the competition.

DRIVE

The Trend’s carry-over bi-turbo diesel engine is a household name that performs well with a full complement of passengers on board and on the open road.

The 10 speed auto is a winner and always finds the right ratio so the engine never feels under stress.

The car is heavy and leans through corners, but ample grip inspires confidence in all conditions. It’s as adept at lugging the family around during the weekday as it is off-road at the weekend.

Designated off-road modes, permanent four-wheel drive and a braked towing capacity of 3500 kg make it ready for adventure.

You feel the bulk of Everest in the city, where narrow streets and downtown parking lots can instill fear in those unfamiliar with its proportions.

The fuel consumption is respectable at 7.2 l/100 km.

JUDGMENT 3.5/5

The new Ford Everest is a 4WD with many talents, but buyers may shy away from the premium price.

ALTERNATIVES

Isuzu MU-X LS-U, from around $65,900

Well equipped and a competent off-road performer. Spicy drive-away specials tempt.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GSR, Drive-Away from $64,490

Cheap and cheery, but feels old and tired against newer competitors.

Toyota Prado GXL, starting at around $73,000

Big and powerful off-roader that goes hand in hand with Toyota’s reputation for bulletproof reliability. Not as premium feeling as the Ford.

FORD EVEREST TREND 4WD

PRICE From around $71,000 by car

ENGINE 2.0 liter bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel, 154 kW/500 Nm

WARRANTY/SERVICE Five years/unlimited mileage, $1316 over four years

SAFETY Nine airbags, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and cruise control radar

THIRST 7.2L/100km

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BAGGAGE 898 liters

Originally published as 2022 Ford Everest Trend 4WD New Car Review

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