The Ford Everest is one of the American brand’s best-selling vehicles in the country. It comes well equipped with technology features as well as a powerful selection of turbo diesel motors under its hood. While it is one of the better-equipped vehicles available in its segment it does come with a few quirks that we think need to be improved upon for the newer model. That said, here are 5 things we dislike about the Ford Everest.
No 4x2 mode for its higher variants
While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the Ford Everest is permanently in 4-wheel drive mode albeit in the four-wheel high mode so that it can run at higher speeds. By this, we mean that its differentials are all disengaged. With the engine having to always drive all four wheels this makes it work harder and will consume more fuel compared to the SUV having a 4x2 mode.
The handling of the vehicle also gets affected, unlike its single turbo 4x2 counterpart, the 4x4 Everest tends to have initial understeer into a corner which can catch a couple of drivers off guard especially when taking them at excessive speed. The SUV will tend to push forward a little bit before the grip of the tires kick in and begin to rotate the vehicle for the corner. Its 4x2 counterpart, on the other hand, is more pliant and responsive to turning thus giving you a more confident drive. Despite this quirk, the 4x4 system works well for its intended purpose of giving you the ability to go off-road.
No fold and tumble second-row seats
Another thing we dislike about the Ford Everest is that its second-row seats do not tumble and fold. This makes it more difficult for the passengers located in the third-row of the vehicle to enter and exit the SUV. That being said, this problem might receive a fix in the vehicle’s next generation. While it is a minor inconvenience people who will be sitting in the third-row will receive ample space even for longer trips, however, it can be just a bit of a hassle getting in and out.
The power tailgate works intermittently
Having a power tailgate can be a lifesaver especially if you are loading and unloading heavy objects into the back of the vehicle. That being said, however, the feature works intermittently and may require a couple of tries before it works. This makes it harder for the individual loading the cargo as they will have to balance their load on one foot temporarily to get it to work.
We understand that it’s a fine balance that Ford had to do with this feature in order for it to not open up at the wrong moment. A passing cat or dog under the rear bumper could very easily open up the tailgate if they didn’t tune the feature properly. That being said, the power tailgate is still a very much appreciated feature that just needs a little bit more fine-tuning.
The safety technology is on the sensitive side
A double-edged sword for the Ford Everest is its safety systems. While these are great additions to the vehicle that makes it safer, the emergency braking system can be a little too sensitive especially when it comes to traffic. While the sensitivity can be toned down, it can prove to be a bit of an annoyance while in traffic as it freaks out and suddenly applies the brakes of the car. This can work against the SUV especially if the vehicle behind you is not prepared for your sudden stop. That being said, it’s still a great feature to have despite its shortcomings when it comes to Philippine traffic.
The engine noise easily penetrates the cabin
While the 2.0-liter bi-turbo engine matches well with the SUV, its heaving sounds easily penetrates through the cabin. There is always a trade-off when your vehicle is packing 210hp and 500 Nm of torque under the hood and this is it. While it can be a bit of an annoyance initially, once you get used to it and the wave of power that your motor can bring you, it’s a trade-off that you will happily enjoy especially when you want to accelerate quickly.
Even with these imperfections, the Ford Everest is still a great buy in today's SUV market. It's still a top contender thanks to the great amount of safety technology that it has and with the great amount of power that it keeps under its hood. While the Everest is a veteran in its segment, it has stood the test of time well and can still keep toe to toe with its newest rivals. With that in mind, the American SUV is still definitely worthy of a spot on your SUV short list.
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