FORD EVEREST TREND
Other seven-seat 4WDs start at $45,000, so at $66,303 driveaway the Everest Trend is steep. The most affordable version, the Everest Ambiente, costs $60,000 drive-away and is bare bones basic. A tow pack and built-in navigation are standard on the Ranger XLT but $1000 and $600 options respectively on the Everest Trend (included in our drive-away price).
These two are the same from the front doors forward (though with unique grilles) but the Everest is easier to park: it’s 46cm shorter and has a one metre tighter turning circle (11.7 metres) because there is less distance between the front and rear wheels. And yet the Everest can carry seven (two littlies in the back row); the Ranger seats five.
Also shared is the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel, a strong engine with the clatter muted by noise deadening behind the dashboard and other refinements. Oddly, the Everest concedes a few kilowatts to the Ranger (143kW versus 147kW) but torque is the same (470Nm). Auto adds $2310 to the Ranger but is standard on the Everest.
Six airbags and five-star safety rating. The “curtain” airbags cover the side glass all the way to the third row. Radar cruise control, lane keeping and crash alert are standard on the Everest Trend, as are front and rear sensors and a rear camera. The same can’t be said of the Ranger XLT.
The Everest has a softer and more luxurious ride than the Ranger but this means the suspension can feel floaty and less planted on the road. This is the trade-off for genuine off-road ability. Don’t expect the Everest to corner with the same precision as a Ford Territory.