Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Used Car Review - Ford Everest (2007-2015)

While all eyes are on the new model, let Myk Belmonte evaluate the older model and if it is worth the buy.

2007-2015 Ford Everest

Before going to the subject of this review, let us have some bit of history here. Prior to 2003, a similar Mazda Proceed Marvie (and its Ford Raider twin) was made available during the 1990s whose underpinnings are derived from their pick-up truck counterparts. This concept was resurrected in 2003 with the Everest, which is only available in Asia, Central America, and The Bahamas. Although the platform is from the Ranger, a Mazda engine (no version from the Hiroshima based manufacturer is available) is utilized here.

2006 saw the release of the revised Ford Ranger/Mazda BT-50 twins and the Everest SUV version, which gained upgraded engines and some styling alterations. Depending on the market, one can get a 2.5 or 3.0 engines which has more power and CRDI technology. It would be available until the Ford Ranger T6 platform based vehicle is launched in 2014.

January 2007 saw the upgrade of the Everest alongside three Ford SUVs, while the Ranger got that under-the-knife treatment months before. This version saw additional updates in 2009 and 2013 with changes in equipment and the availability of a Limited 4x2 edition in the first minor model change. Mostly XLT models in either rear or 4x4 drivetrains are available throughout its selling life. Prior to this, a non-CRDI Everest was made available and can be seen in this review.

Value and Costs
This version can be had for as low as P500,000 (non-CRDI ones are priced less) for earlier models while last releases are priced in the million pesos range. With numerous examples in the used car market, be picky enough since going for a pricier model but in tip top shape would be a good choice than something in the opposite spectrum.

Do take note under-chassis components for this version is way different than its earlier iterations, which makes the price difference for these parts a bit pricier. Maintaining one isn't too far when compared to the Japanese competition, especially that a CRDI powered engine comes standard. Do keep an eye if you are aiming a unit that comes with a manual transmission, since the dual-mass flywheel would cost P30,000 and it is replaced together with the clutch.

Exterior and Interior
Much like we said in our last review, the exterior design is more truckish and more muscular while doing an excellent job of integrating the Ranger's A and B pillars onto the extended part - which is the bed and placing the third row seats on it. While 2007 to 2009 models were clean enough, later ones gain a different grille plus other design gimmickry. To distinguish 4x2 and 4x4 models, XLT ones have a single color scheme for rear wheel driven models while 2007 to 2009 4x4s have a two tone color scheme and a 4x4 sticker. Limited (both rear and four wheel driven) models have a badge at the back while later units get a rear spoiler. Mid-2009 and later units ride on 18 inch alloys, while earlier releases have 16 inch ones.

If the previous one came with cheap plastics, this one gains more high quality materials and better seating upholstery. The same formula remains: a livable driving position and ergonomics coupled with a very tight third row. Leather seats and side airbags come standard in all except the XLT while DVD system with headrest monitor and Bluetooth became optional starting March 2009.

No more noisy and rudimentary engine of the past, as this version comes with an upgraded MZR-CD 2.5 having 143hp at 3,500rpm and 330Nm at 1,800rpm for 4x2 models while exclusive for 4x4 is a 3.0 (from the same family) carrying 156hp at 3,200rpm and 380Nm at 1,800rpm. Although you need some push, the 2.5 provides enough power especially for city driving. If you want more, the 3.0 gets more power and can carry the weight (only available with a 4x4 system).

Driving Impressions
Do remember you are not driving a car with this one, especially that it has truck origins. Initial models have a rather boat ride, while those with the 18 inch wheels and upgraded anti-roll bars get a more choppy ride but more stable on the rough terrain. The suspension may be stiff, but it provides an advantage over poor roads and absorbs them. On the other hand, steering isn't that heavy and the automatic is an improved beast since it has more flexibility.

While the 2007 update got this vehicle to the game, more polished rivals which has an edge over exterior design and power quickly outplaced this vehicle. However, for the price alone, this one is a good pick if you want an SUV for less.

The Good:
  • More power
  • Improved interior quality
  • Cheap prices
The Bad:

  • Choppy ride for later models
  • Tight third row
  • Drives like a boat for earlier units
The Pick: XLT is more than enough

Engines: 2,499cc and 2,953cc MZR-CD I4 diesel
Power: 141hp @ 3,500rpm (2.5), 154hp @ 3,200rpm (3.0)
Torque: 330Nm @ 1,800rpm (2.5), 380Nm @ 1,800rpm (3.0)
Fuel Consumption: 7-9km/L (city), 10-13km/L (highway) (*estimated and varies)
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Suspension: Front double wishbone, rear leaf spring

Price (New): P1,300,000-P1,780,000
Price (Now): P500,000-P1,000,000
Rivals: Chevrolet Trailblazer, Isuzu Alterra, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Toyota Fortuner
On Sale: 2007-2015

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