Ford Everest Trend 2.0L 4WD 2023 Review

Is the Ford Everest any good

Everest Trend – Ford totally revised their popular Everest in mid-2022 and over the Christmas break we had the Everest Trend for a few weeks.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4WD front Everest comes with two engines, the familiar 2.0L Bi Turbo or the new (to ford) 3.0L V6 that is so popular in the VW Amarok. Both come with a smooth 10 Sp sports AT and dual range 4WD.

The Everest Trend comes with an impressive list of standard features such as leather steering wheel, leather seats with electronic adjustment for the driver, 12 inch central touchscreen.

The front two seat rows are comfortable and I managed to plonk my bear like frame in the back seat when we went to look at Christmas lights.

The third row seats are tiny and access is tight.

We drove the 2.0L version which is the only engine option for the Trend. This has 154kW and 500Nm which is about the same as the HiLux. It drives smoothly thanks to the 10 speed transmission and has enough get up and go when needed. Importantly the peak torque is at 1750 rpm which allows for relaxed cruising.

Everest will tow 3500kg and is relatively economical as well.

The Everest Trend is priced from $65,290 for the 4WD version, plus the usual costs.

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2023 Ford Everest Trend 4WD wheels and tyres

Everest Trend specific details

(incremental to Ambiente)

Exterior

  • Privacy glass on rear windows
  • Power liftgate (no handsfree)
  • Auto power fold mirrors with heater & puddle lamps
  • Wheels 18-inch Alloy Wheels & matching spare

Interior

  • Leather accented seats
  • 7-seats standard
  • 8-way power driver seat
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Floor mats (Driver + Passenger)
  • 2nd upper glove box in lieu of open shelf
  • 12-inch Colour Touchscreen

Engine and Transmission

  • 2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel (inc Stop Start)
  • 10-speed automatic
  • Auto Shifter
  • 4×2 conventional mechanical
  • 4×4 e-Shifter
  • Off-road screen (4×4 model only)
  • Selectable Drive Modes
  • Push Button 4×2
  • Rotary Dial 4×4 (Additional off-road modes – Sand, Mud / Ruts)

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4WD Controls

Some quick Everest thoughts

  • The new Everest brings a completely fresh design that is appealing
  • Ford is the latest manufacturer to move towards the vertical central screen that mirrors a smart phone and it works well.
  • 18 inch tyres on nice looking alloys is practical if you are looking for genuine off road tyres.
  • The balance between appointments and price seems spot on for the Trend.
  • Off road the Everest is at home.
  • On sand it simply almost floated.
  • On road the ride and handling has improved, the suspension is a little harsh over some of what our governments call roads though.
  • On the freeway it cruised quietly and effortlessly
  • Off road its better
  • The driver instrument layout is a little different and takes getting used to but when you do it flows.
  • Front row seats are comfortable
  • Middle row big enough for my bear like frame to fit comfortably, but the seat sqaub is a little flat.
  • Third row seats are tight and access is painful.

2023 Ford Everest Trend profile

Also Look At

The Medium 4WD Wagon segment has been popular over the last few years and is extremely competitive.

Perhaps you could look at Toyota FortunerMitsubishi Pajero SportJeep Cherokee Trailhawk, SsangYong RextonIsuzu MU-X and Toyota Prado

If your tastes go more to the AWD SUV direction, look at Kia SorentoHyundai Santa FeNissan Pathfinder.

2023 Ford Everest Trend front quarter

What is good?

  • Wireless Smart phone mirror and connectivity
  • 4WD and Towing
  • 12 Central touch-screen

What is not so good?

  • Suspension a bit harsh
  • Better without third row seats
  • No V6 option

2023 Ford Everest Trend engine

Ford Everest

Model

Everest Trend 4WD

Model Price$65,290 MLP*
Engine2.0L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Euro 5
Drivetrain10 Sp Sports AT Dual range 4WD
Power154kW @ 3,750rpm
Torque500Nm @ 1,750 – 2,000rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP (Aug 2022)
0-100kmh / Top SpeedTBA
CO2 Emissions190 g/km
Economy ADR7.2L/100km / 80L capacity
Economy on test8.7L/100k
Servicing12Mth / 15,000km
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Road side Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

2023 Ford Everest Trend interior

Overall Rating    

87/100

Behind the Wheel8
Comfort9
Equipment8
Performance8
Ride and Handling9
Practicality8
Fit for Purpose9
4WD/Towing Capability*10  (4WD 5/5 Towing 5/5 )
Technology/connectivity9
Value for Money9

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

2023 Ford Everest Trend internal dimensions 4 pic

Dimensions

 
Overall Length4940mm
Wheelbase2900mm
Width1923mm
Height1841mm
Wheels18×7.5 Alloy
Tyres255/65 R18
Max ground clearanceUp to 226mm
Wading DepthTBA
ApproachTBA
RampoverTBA
Departure angleTBA
Turning Circle KTKTBA
Boot Capacity MinTBA
Boot capacity MaxTBA
Kerb Weight2383kg
Payload (kg)717kg
GVM (kg)3100kg
GCM62500kg
Towing Capacity3500kg
Tow Ball rating350kg

2023 Ford Everest Trend rear

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.