BUYER'S GUIDE: 2020 Ford Everest
Crossovers and SUVs have certainly become robust segments in the local automotive industry, with every major player making sure they have models in both categories. Ford's mid-size SUV, the Ford Everest, is one of the more popular choices in the Philippine market today. We show you why in this 2020 Ford Everest Buyer’s Guide.
Ford pared the Everest line-up from six to two, with the 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo Titanium+ (PHP2,299,000) and 2.0-liter Turbo Titanium (PHP1,995,000) listed as the only available trims. The 3.2-liter engine has been dropped and replaced with a 2.0-liter Turbo (178 hp, 420 Nm) and 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo (210 hp, 500 Nm). The six-speed automatic transmission has also swapped with a 10-speed auto gearbox with Select Shift. A set of 20-inch alloy wheels help give the Everest 225 millimeters of ground clearance that’s good for 800 mm of water-wading depth, which should be more than enough to traverse the flooded sections in both rural and urban jungles. Suspension comes by way of a double-wishbone with coil spring and anti-roll bar at the front and coil spring with Watt’s Link and anti-roll bar at the rear.
The 2020 Ford Everest remains under the wing of the vehicle's third generation, so the updates to the appearance are minor. In fact, the only thing that's changed is the revised look of the grille and front bumper. Now on its fourth year (the third-gen Everest launched in 2015), the hefty yet composed look of this aging Everest still manages to remain current and never outdated. The 2020 Everest sports HID headlamps with auto-leveling and auto on/off, panoramic moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, running boards, LED taillights, a hands-free liftgate, and puddle lamps. Paint options include Arctic White, Absolute Black, Meteor Grey, Sunset Red, Diffused Silver, and Aluminum Metallic.
Inside the 2020 Everest, you'll find the usual suspects: dual-zone automatic climate control, rear AC with control switch, ambient lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, active noise cancellation, and 12-volt and 230-volt power outlets. With regards to the infotainment system, the eight-inch multi-touch screen runs on Ford's Sync 3 with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and links to nine speakers with subwoofer and amplifier.
The Everest can accommodate up to seven vehicle occupants in a 2+3+2 configuration. With a 2,850 mm wheelbase, you can be sure that those in the front and second rows can enjoy optimum spaciousness. Still, as this is a midsize SUV, expect the legroom in the third row to feel a bit cramped than what you may find in a full-size version. Luggage space is an impressive 450 liters with the third row up, and goes up to 1,050 liters with the third row down.
Not really a safety feature, but it's worth mentioning that the transmission now comes with a Sport Mode that allows for a more active driving experience. The Ford Everest adds a few safety tech, most notably in the Titanium+ variant which now comes with autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian detection, auto high beam control, and hands-free liftgate system. A push start system has also been introduced and is available in both trims. Standard safety features include seven airbags, anti-lock braking system, cruise control, hill launch assist, and hill descent control, among others.
With all the goodies in store, the 2020 Ford Everest is easily one of your better choices if you're in the market for a seven-seater midsize SUV. From its rugged yet stylish exterior to its ultra-comfy cabin and advanced tech, this latest Everest can take you anywhere you want to go in style.