The Ford Everest is one of the best-selling models of the American brand. You can’t blame the market; it looks tough, composed, and has an authoritative demeanor. However, when it comes to safety, there’s more than meets the eye in this SUV and that’s what we’re about to find out.
Every brand has their own infotainment system software, and SYNC is Ford’s take on combining entertainment and safety on the road through its 8-inch touchscreen head unit. The Everest Titanium has SYNC 2 which features voice activation system that allows you to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on steering wheel. It features certain functions on the paired smartphone such as calling someone just by saying their name or having a message read out loud to you. You can also search for your favorite music and adjust the car’s climate control – all hands-free.
Active Park Assist
Parallel parking posts a great challenge for some drivers. However, that’s not the case for the Ford Everest because it comes with an Active Park Assist system. It also has a reverse parking camera so you will have an extra set of eyes while backing up.
How does it work? Ultrasonic sensors are in place on the sides, as well as the front and rear bumpers. When you’re running at speeds below 30 km/h, these sensors passively scan and measure a probable parking space, then alert you when a spot is detected. The system will then park the car for you – steering itself while you’re controlling the accelerator and brake pedals as well as the forward and reverse gears.
BLIS and Cross-traffic alert
Blind spots while driving are inevitable. However, the Ford Everest Titanium is equipped with a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) that works as your set of eyes when changing lanes. The sensors are intelligent enough to know if there’s a car in your blind spot. It alerts you by sending out indicator lights in your side mirrors. In this way, you’ll know if there’s a vehicle in your blind spot when you’re changing lanes.
Moreover, the Everest Titanium also has Cross traffic alert. When reversing out from a perpendicular parking spot, it will scan the road behind to check if there is a passing vehicle that might hit you. This safety feature is pretty convenient especially at night when there’s less visibility.
Lane Keeping System
One of the causes of accidents on the road is dozing while behind the steering wheel, especially on highways. This can cause unintended changing of lanes, which can cause a major accident. Good thing, the Ford Everest Titanium is equipped with Lane Keeping System. This safety feature alerts you if the vehicle is veering away from its lane when the signal light (indicator light) isn’t on. The steering wheel will vibrate to inform the driver but, if the vehicle continue to steer towards the other lane, the Lane Keeping System will apply torque to guide you back into your lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning
Cruise control is a system that allows the car to maintain a steady and constant speed. When engaged, you can get your feet off the pedals. This feature is useful especially on freeways where there are speed limits and continuous traffic. However, when the highway is busy, you need to switch on and off the cruise control. Ford heeds to this inconvenience with the Adaptive Cruise Control.
In addition to setting your speed, Adaptive Cruise Control lets you set your preferred distance to the vehicle upfront. This can be toggled using the buttons on the steering wheel. On the other hand, the system’s radar can detect if the vehicle in front slows down, which will automatically decelerate the Everest to match its speed. Aside from that, when it detects an impending collision, it will alert the driver with a stop signal on the dashboard and will pre-charge the brakes.
The Ford Everest Titanium 3.2L with Premium Package is available for P2,109,000. With all the intelligent and safety features mentioned above, this vehicle is definitely worthy of its price tag.