2019 Ford Everest First Drive

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I have never owned a Ford, but the Ford Everest went a long way to changing my mind about the Blue Oval. On paper, the Everest appeared to be a capable four-wheel drive option with an engine that afforded some towing ability. That’s a big tick.

Last year, Ford added a rear-wheel-drive option to the Everest range, and recently it added the Sync 3 infotainment system across the range. Sync 3 is a handy upgrade, bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with DAB+ digital radio – the latter keeping me amused for hours with a veritable feast of channel options taking me back to my youth. The Everest range also includes a satellite navigation unit, which is equally adept at finding a sports field or nearby boat ramp.

The 2019 Ford Everest Concept

And to sharpen the offering, Ford also dropped the price across the range with its latest update.

When towing anything on the back of a car, there are certain compromises to be made. You are, after all, adding considerable weight to the vehicle. This weight changes the dynamics of the car and the reality is, some cars tow better than others.

The Ford Everest Trend rear-wheel drive is rated, like its four-wheel drive sibling, at 3000kg maximum weight. Usually when towing, I would opt for a four-wheel drive vehicle. They can get you to ramps that two-wheel drive cars simply can’t, and generally they have higher ground clearance and better traction on slippery ramps. Have you ever tried to launch on a ramp at dead low tide? They can be fairly dangerous.

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That said, there are situations where this mixture of SUV chassis on a rear-wheel drive platform will cope. So how does it tow? And what should you look out for?

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For this story, we’ve taken the rear-wheel-drive version of the Ford Everest Trend and added a boat weighing in close to 1950 kilograms. This model seems to bridge the divide between SUV and station wagon, making it a suitable tow option instead of a standard passenger car.

The 2019 Ford Everest offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. 2019 Ford Everest New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2019 Ford Everest offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines. 2019 Ford Everest Likes

  • Fun to drive, good ride
  • USB and Bluetooth streaming, standard
  • Lots of safety features
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Unmatched retro swagger

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7.9 on a scale of 1 to 10

  • Styling 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Comfort & Quality 9.0
  • Safety 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Fuel Economy 9.0

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