The born of Ford Everest could be date back to 2016. Then this model has went through several adjustments since its debut. Among a few tweaks, the biggest one was in 2018 when it was fitted to the bi-turbo motor and 10-speed ‘box at the first time. At that time, this model made up a trend. However, the time has witnessed its decline in popularity. Now the Trend model is gong to be replaced by the Sport.
Let me give you a brief introduction of Ford Everest, called เอ ฟ เวอร์ เร ส in Thailand. For an basic model, it has everything necessary but it wants for little. It has definitely some benefits, such as smart key, leather trim seemingly from an artificial cow, LED headlights, CarPlay and 10-speaker audio system. It also meets up the safety requirements too, like multiple airbags, AEB, adaptive cruise and lane keeping. The adaptive cruise and lane keeping need further explanation. The adaptive cruise only works down to 30km/h and the latter one means the car can be extinguished permanently with one button push. Not so bad. Moreover, Ford Everest gets unique styling with a mesh grille and ‘Everest’ lettering on the leading edge of the bonnet. After receiving the blackout treatment, there’s no chrome anywhere which, to my mind, makes it look better.
My first Everest left me an indelible memory in my mind thanks to two reasons. First of all, it was indeed a good and convenience car. The second reason is because we took it on holiday to the Far North incorporating a roadie to Cape Regina. That amazing trip with Ford Everest is turned into a 12-hour epic taking in all the sights. I have fond memories of that expedition but my wife, not so much. So with a sense of reminiscence, I found myself with the keys to an Everest over the Christmas break. And where were we headed this time? The Far North again, of course. I thought I was gallant enough to set foot on another day trip to the Cape. But this time, something difference set in. My five-year-old daughter Hazel and son Jack also become my partners, adding another flavor to this trip. Forgive me for praising my son. At two years old he can just about cope with a long trip without losing the plot.
Everest is a comfortable cruiser with a compelling drive. As far as I am concerned, its ride quality is better than that of any double-cab ute, except perhaps Raptor. But there is no denying that it equipped with a full-chassis rig with a solid rear axle cannot absorb all the bumps and most of them instead. When it’s not under the pump the engine is hushed, the active noise will be canceled. The driver assistance systems all work well, and the lane keeping exceeds our expectation, so we didn’t feel the need to turn it off. Ford Everest is a handsome beast for me, the kids nicknamed it the ‘monster truck’ and with its smart and chunky styling it’s not hard to see why.