Tuesday, July 28, 2015

First Drive: 2015-2016 Ford Everest 3.2 Titanium 4WD and 2.2 Titanum 2WD

Photos by Ulysses Ang
“Go Further” is a very apt tagline for Ford lately. In the past few years, the Blue Oval has invested heavily in technology, transforming them from an automotive follower to automotive leader. Of course, some of this tech like EcoBoost has fared better than others like MyFord Touch. Still, there’s no denying that their investment in the cutting-edge has boosted their position in the market place; enabling them to tap segments like the so-called ‘millennials’—people who wouldn’t otherwise consider a Ford before.

But that way of thinking started way earlier than you think. Before the era of Alan Mulally and One Ford, Ford has been designed some pretty techy stuff way back in the early 2000s. In 2003, Ford introduced an affordable SUV based off their pickup truck: the Everest. It had airbags, anti-lock brakes, and true off-roading capability at the time when its competitors were still pedaling Asian Utility Vehicles or AUVs. By all accounts, it was a winner. So Ford saw it was good and rested on the seventh day.



They probably found it too good that for a better part of a decade, everything became much more evolutionary for the Everest. Sure, it was tweaked and all, but it followed the same recipe down to the hideous rear door-mounted spare tire and headrest-less third row. Other carmakers soon got their act together and produced their own PPV or Pickup Passenger Vehicle, but Ford didn’t seem to care. They straddled along offering a choice if you wanted a manual or an automatic for as long as you didn’t mind having a spare tire sprouting at the back. In hindsight though, it seems they were just sandbagging because lo and behold: here’s the all-new 2015 Everest. And now, all’s right with the world.

By and large, you’ve seen the Everest from just about every angle thanks to its lengthy strip tease. But reiterating one thing before getting to the drive itself, it’s a looker. It doesn’t look anything like the previous models and that’s a good thing. Compared to its predecessor’s crude styling, this one is all macho and with the Jay-Z worthy wheels, you know immediately whey the competition hurried their models before this Ford hits the market. Like how the first-generation Everest dropped the bomb on its rivals, this one nukes them. Winter is coming for anyone not belonging to the House of Ford.



As lovely as the Everest is, there are even more hidden gems sprinkled throughout the exterior. Although the basic shape is dictated by the need to create a larger feeling of space without taking up a huge footprint, it’s also designed to be as refined and aerodynamic as possible. It doesn’t rely on frivolous plastic cladding to butch up the design. Here, it’s all contoured sheet metal for a cleaner, meaner look. It also has a more sculpted tailgate a cue which isn’t out of place in a luxury crossover. And finally, it has a specially-designed front bumper guard, aero kickers, and rear spoiler to cut aerodynamic drag.

Climbing aboard needs a step up, but once you’re inside, you’re greeted by a combination of the new and the familiar. It has a horizontal vibe going on and that’s for two reasons: first, it frees up more space and second, the layout ends up being more ergonomic. Seated in the first or second rows, there’s no denying the feeling of space. Plus, the seats are really good. They prioritize support and comfort over hugging your ribcage during cornering, in tune with the character of the car. It’s the same in the second row, where the seats are well-shaped and capable of seating three abreast comfortably even if Ford claims they’re the thinnest seats they’ve ever designed.  However, the third row is decidedly cozier. Getting in and out is a challenge in itself because the second row only slides. Once you squeeze your legs in though, you’re greeted with ample space. The knees are no longer in a knees-up position and the yayas can’t complain since they, along with everyone else, gets their own headrests.



Ford has prided itself lately with filling their car with tech, and the rugged Everest is no different. It’s got everything they have in their catalog and then some. On the Titanium trim for instance, you get stuff like a 10-speaker sound system with Active Noise Cancellation, a dual-panel moonroof, power seats, a power folding third row, and a power tailgate. These are easy enough to understand, but the other functions like entertainment, personalization, and the like, do require a bit of a learning curve. Just on the steering wheel, there are 22 functions (not counting the stalks). Ten of these are for the two sets of four-way directional buttons that access Sync 2. Although you can use the available voice commands, and they’re more intuitive, those who prefer pressing buttons will have to rely on an 8-inch touchscreen to get around. Yes there are physical buttons on the dash just below the screen, but they’re mostly for the climate control.

Built from the ground-up to provide exceptional driving performance for its class, the Everest’s foundation is built atop a platform that provides exceptional torsional strength. Not only does this guarantee longevity and durability, it also means good road manners as well. Compared to other PPVs in the market, it’s certainly much more compliant in absorbing road undulations, only getting rattled at the worst of road cuts. Plus, the cabin is quiet too, free of unwanted obtrusion. Even if it shares the same top hat as the Ranger, the platform is unique. The end result is a driving experience that’s still not in the same league as the Explorer, but it gets pretty close. The electric power assisted steering is balanced and gives a feeling of security when cornering. The effort varies between the 2WD and 4WD models without latter getting a tauter feel. On both variants though, the tuning is precise. But being a tall vehicle with a high center of gravity still means it’ll tilt during heavy duress. Still, thanks to the class-exclusive Watt’s Linkage packed in the rear coil spring suspension, pitching is reduced to a minimum providing good stability.



Although both the 2WD and 4WD are well-adept at handling, the 4WD feels much more confident in tackling Thailand’s unfamiliar roads. Aside from a better steering feel, it’s also the one equipped with goodies that go on top of its Electronic Stability Control. It has things like Curve Control, sort of like torque vectoring where it reduces engine torque and applies brakes to keep it in line; Roll Stability Control that use gyroscopic sensors to detect sharp swerving or fast cornering and selectively applies the brakes to reduce the chance of rollover; and even Trailer Sway Control that keeps the Everest stable when towing heavy loads.

At high speeds, the Everest tracks straight. There’s an absolute feeling of confidence in pushing this two-ton ladder-on-frame SUV that you don’t get anywhere else. Frankly, the 3.2-liter inline-5 is still the engine to have with its healthy 200 horses and 470 Nm of torque. There are gobs of power available, making acceleration to triple-digit speeds effortless. It’s also well-matched to the 6-speed automatic with Select Shift (but no paddle shifters). Between its application in the Ranger to the Everest, the 2.2-liter inline-4 has been massaged giving 160 horses and 385 Nm of torque. These slightly bumped figures feel more when judged by the seats of the pants. There’s still slight hesitation in power delivery, but the moment the tachometer hits 3,000 rpm, it gets going. There’s also ample in-gear acceleration available. During this drive, the Everest 3.2 Titanium 4WD did 8.1 km/L while the 2.2 Titanium 2WD did 12.82 km/L, both in light, urban traffic with some off-roading.



Torture-tested in some of the world’s most inhospitable environments, the Everest had a chance to showcase its off-road mettle during this drive as well. It’s certainly got the vital statistics to make it a go-anywhere, do-anything SUV: 225-mm ground clearance, 800-mm water wading depth, and a generous 29-degree approach, 21-degree ramp-over, and 25-degree departure angle. In a route commonly reserved for specially-modified off-roaders, the Titanium 4WD made its way effortlessly thanks to the combination of solid mechanicals and wide array of electronic aids. A more hardcore 4x4 would probably have been more suited to this task, but none can beat the ease and efficiency of doing it in the Everest. When in doubt, just leave the Terrain Management System to do its job and go. There’s no need to figure out which knobs, levers, or buttons to operate.

The question of how Ford can push the envelope further in terms of vehicle design and development has been answered with a resounding exclamation point this time. Does the Everest deserve the “game changer” moniker? Most definitely. It lives up to the “Go Further” ethos by setting up a benchmark so far forward that it’s unfathomable. Ford wasn’t just content in moving the goalpost a whole nine yards, but by nine whole pitches. Ford certainly took their time in developing a proper full on replacement for its family SUV, but that effort is certainly worth the wait. The Ford Everest has all the gadgets and gizmos, built atop a powerful yet refined, rugged yet comfortable platform. This is the new standard of SUVs and the competition has every right to be afraid.




98 comments:

  1. Furst!!!111


    Looks good, specs and features are are also class-above, I just hope the reliability holds up after the warranty expires. We all know the jokes about FORD being an acronym, and how to fix one... :P

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    1. Well, that's one way to fix a Ford... :P

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  3. Uly, how is the maneuverability, how many turns lock-to-lock and minimum turning radius? Fuel mileage looks poor for a diesel (8+ km/L???). Too much electronic gizmos, I hope it won't suffer the BMW electronic gremlin curse.

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    1. These figures aren't verified, but I'll have them checked out: minimum turning radius: 5.4 meters. Turns lock-to-lock: I'll check.

      Take note that the steering is precise but not progressive. It will turn in quickly first then slowing down in the middle meaning you do have to correct mid-corner. But I think this is intentional given the nature of this car.

      As for fuel economy, that was doing my driving stint which was something like 50 odd kilometers total? The 4WD variant is full-time 4WD so I guess that could be the reason for that. I'd rather save my final verdict on fuel economy when we get to fully test it.

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    2. Finally got official word from a Ford engineer. Philippine spec models have a turning radius of 5.7 meters and a 3.2 turns lock-to-lock. Hope that helps.

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    3. Any official confirmation on 3.2 l fuel economy (especially in city use)?

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  4. Huge ladder on frame SUV, perfect storm to ISIS.Abu's, MI & MNLF territory rough roads but not good in city drives except during floods.

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  5. Sir Uly, is it more spacious than the mu-X/Trailblazer? How's the 3rd row space compared to other PPVs? You also mentioned the 2nd row seats only slide forward, does that mean bigger passengers might find it hard to enter/exit the last row?

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    1. You can indeed only slide the second row, no tilt and tumble to get into the third row. This can be problematic if you're on the big side to squeeze into the last row.

      Third row space is slightly better than the competition, but the biggest advantage is that the seating position is more natural in the Everest.

      FYI: You can slide the second row in at least three or four steps, so you can vary the leg room in the back. But when you fold the second row flat (the only PPV to offer a full flat second and third row) it reverts to a default setting and that's what I'm describing here.

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  6. I hope you could show us more on whats inside the vehicle like the cargo room, 3rd row seats, etc.

    thanks ulysses

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    1. The drive was quick and there was no chance to take pictures of the cargo room and third row.

      Cargo room is impressive at 2,010 liters and it's completely flat from second to third row.

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  7. Sir uly does new ford vehicles have better reliability? Looking forward to buy a mid-sized suv. Maybe everest, MU-X or fortuner

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    1. I think you're all pointing out new-generation models from Ford, Toyota, and Isuzu. Still hard to say which one will be more reliable over the other given they're all quite new.

      Remember, all of them now have different engines, transmissions, suspension systems, etc. compared to their immediate predecessors.

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  8. BEIGE SEATS?! WTF?!?! No effin' way.

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    1. They do offer the "shale" or gray interior for the lower trim levels in the Philippines, I believe. But I do agree with you that Ford should offer it even for higher-end variants. But the beige seats does give it a homier feel.

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  9. Sir
    This I dont know whether this is apropriate,but is the new Everest comparable to the VW TUAREG 3.0 TDI, in any measure, will it have any chance or can it be as good as the VW Tuareg v6 TDi, or the super expensive Audi q7,

    Also for those who are concerned about mileage,thr Toyota Fortuner with less power and weight too managed just 8.97 kmpl in Indian moderate traffic, with its 3.0l D4D,
    SO mileage is good as per my observation.

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  10. sir uly, nice review! how do you compare the ride quality/ comfort of this ladder on frame everest to the monocoque frame body like santa fe / sorento?

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    1. The main weakness of the Everest is running through slightly uneven terrain like those zebra lines or badly patched concrete. And it only comes out when you crawl through them.

      On smoother roads, they become indistinguishable. Although a Santa Fe or Sorento would corner better than the Everest, but just a tad better.

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    2. Another One is There is no manual tranny to the trend and titanium unlike fortuner and pajero sport available in 4x4 mt

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  11. How does the pricing hold up against the competition ... ?

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    1. See the Philippine pricing here:

      http://www.carguide.ph/2015/05/ford-philippines-reveals-2015-everest.html

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  12. Very nice, looks good, class leading features but one thing i noticed, no push start/stop button? We badly need it here for security purposes against carjacking. Im quite disheartened due to the fact that i waited for a year for this.

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  13. Hi Mr. Uly, I'm in the market for a new car. How does this compare with the Forester or the Captiva?

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    1. Umm...I think you're looking at two different markets. It highly depends on what you're looking for.

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  14. Can this run 200km per hour speed?

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    1. I doubt it. The top speed is probably at around 180km/h.

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    2. Yes, remove the speed limiter through ecu flash

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    3. Based on aerodynamics (not considering gearing), top speed is around 170 km/h.

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    4. Well if you really want something that can reach 200 km/h, why not get a WRX instead of a bulky 3rd world SUV?

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    5. My ford Everest 2004 can run 160km/hour. hope this one can do more than just 180km/hour

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    6. Mga gusto rin ata mahulog sa Skyway itong mga nagtatanong. Bili kayo sports car kung gusto niyo 200+ km/h, hindi mga ganitong turd-world rollover queens.

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    7. With its height and vertical clearance + power to plow through the barrier and railing, this vehicle is a candidate to fall over the Skyway. So please don't dream of going 200 kph on the Skyway please.

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  15. Will wait for a detailed comparison against the new Fortuner. While I am training my eyes on this would want to know first which of the 2 would be the best buy on all points considered.

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    1. Could you enumerate those additional features for the titanium with premium package?

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  16. Very handsome, masculine SUV. The beige interior though...

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  17. Thanks Uly for this article. Waiting though for a very good comparo between the 3 new comers fortuner, montero and the everest. It will be a very good treat :)

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  18. nice review cant wait to test drive one

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  19. Sir uly
    Is there a spare tire
    No pictures show the spare tire anywhere

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    1. Spare tire is located underneath.

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    2. a ford dealership confirmed that spare tyre of titanium is not rim 20

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  20. nice but its a FORD reliability is always a question

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  21. the only problem with ford is:

    * High price of Spare parts
    * if u need to buy a certain parts, u need the whole assembly.

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  22. Sir uly
    Does this come with push button ignition?
    Remote start?

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    1. I don't think the all-new Everest comes with push-button ignition. The Thai models don't have it and I don't think the local units have them either. Will double-check with Ford Philippines just to be sure though.

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    2. http://www.ford.com.ph/suvs/all-new-everest
      none

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    3. sorry no push button start/ stop for a 4x4 3.2 L titanium premium :(

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  23. Sir Uly, how about the SOUND SYSTEM? was it good?

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  25. Sir Uly can you please give us the review the engine performance of 4x2 2.2 auto variant.

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    1. We've yet to drive the 4x2 2.2 variant. They let us loose only in the 3.2 Titanium. Hopefully, we get to drive it soon :-)

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  26. Sir Uly,

    does the Everest has a navigation system? thanks and more power

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    1. No. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a working navigation system. It does have a compass. Does that count for something? LOL

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    2. Thanks Sir. yeah the compass is only for hardcore off roaders. Good that Waze are available now.

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  27. Hi, Is the leather used in the Trend variant of the same quality as the one in Titanium? The creamy interior of the Titanium seems hard to maintain.

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    1. It comes in black/shale. :)

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  28. Got my ford everest 3.2 4wd titanium premium on the eve of oct. 28. So obviously checking is in a haste as the dealer's gate is already closed. Noticed the knocking / tugboat sound as soon as i hit the road in a few kilometers away. Decided to gas up at shell using turbo diesel and check the next day.
    Advised the agent on the annoying sound and also the dent and defective window rubber strip (small cut out ). After having it tinted in the morning, we proceeded to ford greenhills to have it check.
    We were advised to come back after "undas" to observe and be accommodated properly. So finally last monday, nov. 9, ( 240 km mileage ), it was accepted on the scheduled time and further brainstorming among the technical, warranty personnel and manager.
    I was advised yesterday that they can't solve the knocking sound despite of replacing some CKP sensor and was told to have the same knocking sound as with their other stock everest.
    I told them that it is not acceptable for a premium vehicle to have that annoying sound. So they asked me to try to make it around 3t km and hopefully to lessen or eliminate the noise which I refuse. They are now scheduling for the technical assistance from Ford Philippines.
    I asked the service manager if I can talk to the gen. mgr. coz nobody wants a new vehicle to be staying in the repair shop. I want a full refund ASAP.

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    1. That sounds totally unfortunate..give you've spent on a premium model they just released. I'm not sure if you're the guy who wrote on Ford's FB page, complaining the same.

      Please keep us updated.

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  29. Got my ford everest 3.2 4wd titanium premium on the eve of oct. 28. So obviously checking is in a haste as the dealer's gate is already closed. Noticed the knocking / tugboat sound as soon as i hit the road in a few kilometers away. Decided to gas up at shell using turbo diesel and check the next day.
    Advised the agent on the annoying sound and also the dent and defective window rubber strip (small cut out ). After having it tinted in the morning, we proceeded to ford greenhills to have it check.
    We were advised to come back after "undas" to observe and be accommodated properly. So finally last monday, nov. 9, ( 240 km mileage ), it was accepted on the scheduled time and further brainstorming among the technical, warranty personnel and manager.
    I was advised yesterday that they can't solve the knocking sound despite of replacing some CKP sensor and was told to have the same knocking sound as with their other stock everest.
    I told them that it is not acceptable for a premium vehicle to have that annoying sound. So they asked me to try to make it around 3t km and hopefully to lessen or eliminate the noise which I refuse. They are now scheduling for the technical assistance from Ford Philippines.
    I asked the service manager if I can talk to the gen. mgr. coz nobody wants a new vehicle to be staying in the repair shop. I want a full refund ASAP.

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  30. hi uly,

    im in the market for a new car, im considering this one, mu-x and fortuner. in your opinion, which among them will have better re-sale value later, say 5 yrs from now? and which among them will have better spare parts available when time comes that the wear and tear parts needs replacing? thanks!

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  31. I have a 2016 ford everest trend and all I can say this vehicle is the Best among all the Suv's available in the Philippines. Technologically -wise, no one comes close. It even has a Siri-like voice command assistang to help you out on things. Speed? Well, the Everest is very fast and one can really feel the torque with just a little push on the pedal. Interior is very spacious. Even has a lot of 12 volt plug ins. It has 4 . Individual A/C panel and sttings. And it comes with a 7 airbags and 10 speaker system and with top of the line quality. Electronic seats, projector headlights which turn slightly as you turn, daytime running lights, driver assist functions with speed limiter, backup cam and sensor. Anti-slip/wiggle function. So far that's all I have managed to learn fron this SUV but there is a lot of features to learn. Twas like a. Explorer, exped, escape and focus put into one. Not being biased but this is the best among its class. We also have a CRV and a Montero but this Everest is on a different level.

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  32. Hi Sir,
    My older brother bought an ambient AT, a week before he was sent abroad by his company. He asked me to break-in his new vehicle, since I travel daily to and from work.
    My problem is that I had to pass by two tollways to get to work, where the min speed limit is 60KPH, where in, according to him, the dealer said he is not suppose to go more than 40KPH. Will running 60KPH be ok during break-ins, and how far should I travel before I return to the dealer.

    Thanks in advance for your answer Sirs...

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  33. musta naman po gas mileage nito?

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  34. Hi Sir Uly,

    I'm considering purchasing the everest for my family. Travelling with my 1 yr old son requires me to practically bring half of my house with me. (Exaggerating). We go to the province about once or twice a month to visit my inlaws.

    I've recently test driven the everest & i felt the comfort of this car is the best among its class especially with its active noise cancellation feature which made me strongly consider this vehicle.

    What would u recommend for us? The 2.2? Or the 3.2? Would appreciate your expert advice on this.

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Jason.

      Thanks for writing in. At this point, if you're willing to spring for the 3.2 (as in, it's within your budget), then go for the 3.2. At least you won't feel that shortchanged whenever you travel to the provinces. Plus, the security of 4WD will certainly come in handy when you need it.

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    2. If the pocket/budget can take the hit go for the 3.2L. Inline-5 engine is much smoother. But if you're the type of person who doesn't really notice engine smoothness then the 2.2L is more than adequate for your needs.

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  35. hi.. sir uly... im planning to buy everest trend 2016 at.. is it possible to install a navigation system.. hoping for your advice.. thank you

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    1. I'm waiting also for this... That big screen should be put to use especially in navigating

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  36. I already paid reservation after test drive a while ago. After 6 years with my Monti and with good service history with Mitsubishi, I am hoping that it will be the sane with Ford because the ride, specifications and comfort are really fantastic, just my two cents. By the way I went for the 2.2 Trend. I am excited :-)

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    1. Hi sir.how's your unit..planning to get one next month ..model trend..is it good as per reviews and specs..pls advise

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  37. Sir uly tnong kulang po sana kong yung everest 2016 titanium 2.2l ay meron ng navigation system at push button to start/stop pls reply thanks

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    1. No start/stop button and no navigation.

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  38. How many kilometer per one liter of diesel on 2.2 ford evst. 2016

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    1. We haven't tested the 2.2L Everest. Once we test it, we'll have the figure in our review.

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  39. Hi sir
    tatanong ko lang po kung ilan kilomer ang isang liter ng diesel.? Salamat po. We are buying nxt mnth. We are thinking 3.2 or 2.2 2016 ford evst.

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  40. Hi sir
    tatanong ko lang po kung ilan kilomer ang isang liter ng diesel.? Salamat po. We are buying nxt mnth. We are thinking 3.2 or 2.2 2016 ford evst.

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  41. Hi sir Uly,

    Does the 4x2 have a limited slip differential?

    Thanks.

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  42. Hi I would like to ask if the all-new everest 2.2 Tren uses timing chain or timing belt? This is one of my considerations in buying for long term owning. Thanks for a quick reliable response.

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  43. no navigation system and tire pressure monitor on my newly acquired titanium premium 3.2

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  45. NO NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING ON MY NEWLY ACQUIRED 3.2 TITANIUM PREMIUM...wish there should be...

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  46. I went to a Ford dealer today. Their accessory section sells a navigation system with TV for P45K. It works with the 8" monitor on the dashboard. It has a P12K option to install monitors on the front seat headrest for the 2nd row passengers.

    The features of the 3.2 Titanium are great.

    I would like to buy one if I can get the assurance of reliable quality and service. I am a little bit discouraged by comments about parts being expensively available only as assemblies.

    A buyer comment on this blog about the "knocks" that couldn't be fixed despite tedious efforts seems to be a deal breaker.

    I will test drive a couple of days from today. It would be a good chance to further observe and ask more questions.

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    1. Just forget the P45K navigation system. Get a phone holder and use WAZE from your smart phone.

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  47. For those craving for START/STOP button: Its an off-road SUV packed with best in-class features which are far more important than a PUSH button. Just bear with it or leave it.

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    1. absolutely, more important are all those safety features that are not actually available on other SUVs. Push button is not a deal breaker

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  48. Hi Sir Ulysses, sorry to disturb you po. I have read your 2015 Ford Everest Titanium/Trend review and it was very helpful.

    I need your help po as we have just recently purchased a Trend 2.2L AT last July 9, 2016 (3 month old) with a odo of 3,100kms. I am from Davao. My fuel efficiency po is at 5.49km/L (city driving) while 6.99km/L (outside city driving). I have reported this to Ford Davao and they compared it with their available Trend 2.2L AT w/ odo of 2,400kms and the result was 4.5km/L (city driving). With this result they said that FGP (Ford Group Philippines) told them that this is normal on city driving. I believe Sir that this is not normal as I am an experienced driver myself. Their sales team told me that this variant will have a 12km/L up to 17km/L consumption (xity driving and outside city driving respectively).

    What should I do?

    Thank you Sir Uly.

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    1. Hi.

      Fuel economy is dependent on many factors such as traffic condition, vehicle maintenance, and even driver habits. Hence, you will always see a discrepancy between actual (your own fuel economy figure) versus the manufacturer's.

      Now, I would like to point out that the Everest (if I remember right--I haven't been able to drive them locally yet--paging Ford), displays the fuel economy read out in L/100 km and not km/L? If that's the case, you might actually be doing 5.49 L / 100 km?

      If you do have your figures right, as in 5.49 km/L, that's pretty low. The lowest you would get in a mid-sized diesel SUV would be in the range of 7 km/L and that's already on the highest trim with the most powerful engine.

      I don't see how the Everest will be able to achieve 12 km/L...that's almost impossible, I think, but it shouldn't be doing 5.49 km/L as well.

      Right now, I'd say for you to temper your expectations. Don't try to go for 12 km/L, but more of around 8-9 km/L at the most. Have you checked your tire pressure? Is it optimal? Do you always have a full load whenever you use your Everest? These factors will certainly affect fuel consumption.

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    2. Hi Sir Uly,

      Thank you for your reply/inputs. Ford Davao is doing a km/L evaluation themselves.

      Traffic here in Davao is not worst compared in Manila. If I compare it, it would be slight I'd say. My driving habits I'd say is fair or not abusive. I have a 2011 Kia Sportage 2.5L AT and its consumption is 8km/L city driving. Made me wonder more of my Trend's consumption. Average of 2 persons daily. Tire pressure is at 35. No heavy loads. I have a neighbor in our village with the same unit as mine and his city driving consumption is 7.9km/L to 8.2km/L.i have interviewed one owner of a Wildtrack 3.2L AT and his city consumption is 8km/L.

      Ford Davao's first test with my unit is 1.93km/L city driving and 7.6km/L outside city driving. They said this is not correct or accurate because they gassed up using the "one click" procedure (full tank) of gassing up. They said, it must be full tank up to the cover of the gas tank. I know they are making an excuse here.

      Again Sir thank you for your reply. Appreciate it a lot!

      Sincerely,
      Jun

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    3. Hi Jun,

      How's the power? Are you losing power or does it feel normal? Because if you're suffering from a lack of power along with the low fuel mileage, your car may be suffering from some problem.

      Your tire pressure is actually correct at 35 PSI, so it must be down to something else. Update me as to Ford Davao's findings as well. Hopefully it's something they can adjust.

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    4. And yes, the methodology Ford Davao suggested is wrong.

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    5. Hi Sir Uly,

      Thank you for your reply. I have no problem with the power. It's okay for me.

      Although I know that it's an excuse from them, I still did what they have said and so for yesterday afternoon and today's consumption Gabe me a 6.5km/L efficiency for a total of 40 kms distance covered. With a very good traffic condition. My speed was around 30 to 60km/h (Davao City's speed limits). Please allow me to share my email to Ford Davao to you Sir (it's quite long Sir Uly pasensiya na po):

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  49. Evident or perceptible “PAG-ALOG” or “WOBBLE” of the whole vehicle

    I was thankful that the Chief Mechanic, by the name of “Toto”, was so attentive of my concern regarding the above. He immediately checked the problem and noticed the wobbling of the vehicle. We both compared my vehicle to the available Red Ford Everest Trend 2.2L AT and White Ford Everest Titanium 3.2L AT. The Trend showed a very refined reaction upon engagement to both Drive and Reverse (NO WOBBLING AT ALL). The Titanium showed an almost nothing of the wobbling effect. Both (Red Trend and White Titanium) showed a very satisfactory and acceptable reaction during engagement to D & R. However, my disappointment came out as I was told before by one of your mechanics that this wobbling is normal when in fact it is not! The re-programming was performed yesterday and still the “pag-alog” or “wobbling“ remained evident.


    “Kalabog” or “thud” sound at the front portion of the car during application of break (not consistent occurrence)

    The Head of Services said that this is normal as this means that the ABS is functioning well. I hope this is true. Can somebody please explain this for me? If this is normal then the sound should be there all the time and not intermittent.


    Within the 3-month period that I have been observing the performance of our SUV, we were made to wonder that the unit that was issued to us was indeed defective, thus, I am respectfully requesting that you will look into this with utmost attention. I would appreciate if you could organize your after sales team to fix the problems that I have stated above. I am expecting that FORD, who is known for its high quality standards and durability will be able to deliver top quality products and services as well for the satisfaction of its customers. I look forward to settling this matter amicably. If however, the above problems will not be resolved satisfactorily the soonest possible time, we will be constrained to demand for a replacement, worst a full refund.

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  53. Here is Ford Davao's email to Ford Group Philippines:


    Good Day Ma’am / Sir,



    I would like to elevate the concern of our client Mr. X under the registry name of Ms. Y, owning a 2016 Ford Everest Trend 2.2L AT with a conduction number ILxxxx. Primarily went in for service last October 15,2016 for diagnostic of heavy fuel consumption. Initially, we’ve performed the PCM re-programming/updating and reported the concern to FGP’s technical representatives for further instructions. We were advised to perform fuel consumption reading test. After completing the test we have obtained the ratio of 13kms per 2.52 liters. We were further advised to also perform a comparison of this test by using another identical vehicle model. The 2nd test generated the result with the ratio of 13kms per 2.87 liters. These figures were reported back to FGP’s technical representatives for further analysis. Based on their analysis, it was explained that the generated ratio were within the normal range for a heavy traffic condition. This same explanation was narrated to our client Mr. X. Apparently, the analysis is not within his comfortable range. He also conducted a fuel consumption test of his own prior to his entry for service. Please see email thread below and attachment file for your reference.



    May we then ask your assistance if you can shed light from this ? Thank you.

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