Unique accents make this the finest Everest yet

Published May 26, 2022, 3:50 PM

by Eric R. Tipan

2020 Ford Everest Sport

This is one of three popular mid-size SUVs whose design is turning seven years old, which meant it desperately needed a makeover. In 2020, Ford obliged and the result is this new variant called Everest Sport.

As the title states, I personally believe it’s the most attractive in its stable in large part because I think black is beautiful and minus all the sheen from the chrome on the other Everests, it looks sleeker and more capable, maybe a tad rugged but without losing any style or sophistication.

Let me tell you what’s new. It gets a new black mesh grille, an embossed badge in front, gloss black wheels and exterior mirrors, a black tailgate garnish, black step boards, black front and rear skid plates, and gorgeous 20-inch black alloy wheels.

These don’t seem much but it certainly adds more panache and presence, and the effect was so good that even Nissan followed suit with its own blacked-out version of the Terra early this year.

Aside from the ‘sport’ treatment, it’s set up pretty well as auto On/Off LED projector headlamps (with daytime running lamps) is standard along with front and rear fog lamps, LED taillights, rain-sensing wipers, and a power liftgate.

It comes in four colors, Aluminum Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl, this new Deep Crystal Blue, but if I were buying, I’d go for the Absolute Black for sure.

Since its introduction, the Everest has been one of the most technologically advanced in its segment and while the competition has caught up, the basic stuff like smart keyless entry and a Push-Start button are still there.

Like all Fords, the interior is as high-tech as it is neat. The dual digital displays on the instrument panel and the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen may seem intimidating at first but like most American products, all equipment and appointments are properly labelled so it doesn’t take such a steep learning curve to learn the controls.

One of the things I like about the Everest is the seats are always nicely bolstered and this one comes in leather too but with the Sport accent. The thick steering wheel is leather wrapped as well and comes with a lot of switches, including but not limited to audio & cruise control, and the multi-information display. Take note that the latter is rich in menus and sub-menus so be sure to pull over before diving in.

Ease-of-use is one of the best features of the infotainment system. Plus, it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The best part though is the ten speakers and sub-woofer that clearly did justice to my Happy Hour playlist.

While subtle, the blue stitching all around the cabin is noticeable. It’s on the leather of the soft-touch dashboard, door panels, seats, and even the shifter booth. It perfectly matches the shiny blue garnish that’s just above the glove box and of course, the exterior color.

Seats are less contoured and are more bench-type the further back you go but I like how they use a one-touch system to fold both rows flat to utilize about two-thirds of the cabin for cargo and how the second-row slides forward to give the third-row more leg room.

The cabin is clearly smartly designed taking all driver and passenger needs into consideration, which makes it one of the best in the segment.

Making this hefty body feel super light is a 2.0L turbodiesel that’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Output is 180 PS and 420 Nm of torque. Acceleration is very brisk for its size and power delivery is very linear that it only needed a little throttle pressure for overtaking.

I was expecting some noise from the small displacement engine on highway conditions but it stayed pretty quiet as it climbed to and easily maintained 100 km/h. Fuel consumption is a good 8.8 km/l, but could be better.

One thing I found uncharacteristic was the steering. The electronic system made it too light for a mid-size SUV. I’m sure majority of the market will like it because it makes it very nimble and easy to drive on small streets with plenty of obstacles but I personally prefer a little bit more feedback.

The rear suspension is a little unforgiving of ill-shaped humps but I’d still give comfort is very high 9/10. Noise, vibration, and harshness levels are probably the lowest in the segment because of active noise cancellation.

Safety features include seven airbags, roll stability control, and a few other but what it can do without is the rear parking sensors as it seems redundant considering it already has a reverse camera.

Ford Philippines did a great job mixing and matching features to create the 2020 Ford Everest Sport and if you’re looking for a more unique variant of this nameplate, for P1.868 million, this is the one for you.