The Ford Everest Is the SUV You Want but Can’t Have

Like the forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden, the Ford Everest SUV will remain forbidden to the U.S. auto market. If you’ve ever wondered what a Ford Ranger would look like in SUV garb, the Everest is the answer. This SUV is a three-row crossover built on the same platform as the Ranger, giving owners seven seats of comfort and a highly-capable SUV to drive. The 2023 model year marks the begging of the third generation for the Everest, which only gives you an idea of how much we’ve missed out on with this SUV.

Should the Ford Everest be offered in the United States?

Orange 2023 Ford Everest on a trail in the woods
2023 Ford Everest | Ford

Currently, we have a Ranger-based SUV to enjoy. That vehicle is the Ford Bronco. You don’t see many similarities when you put the Bronco and Everest next to each other, but they share a platform with the Ranger. Adding another SUV to the lineup might be a little much for customers. Ford already has the Bronco, Bronco Sport, EcoSport, Escape, Edge, Explorer, Expedition, and the Mustang Mach-E. Do we need another SUV to muddy the waters even more? Probably not.

What is the Ford Everest?

A gray Ford Everest midsize SUV is driving off-road.
The 2023 Ford Everest | Ford

Start with the fact that this SUV is a Ranger with an SUV body, and you’re getting close to what it gives you. According to Car and Driver, the Ford Everest does have some differences from the Ranger (besides the fact that it’s an SUV). The Everest does not have the same bumpers as the Ranger, and it gives you a refined cabin made for comfort rather than a rugged one made for adventures. We do see the same C-shaped LED headlights and grille on both vehicles, but when you look at the build, you’ll see the cargo and passenger area where the truck bed is on the Ranger.

The interior brings you similar technology for both vehicles with touchscreens for the infotainment measuring 10.1 or 12.0-inches and digital instrument displays measuring either 8.0 or 12.0-inches depending on the trim.

The Ford powertrains keep the Everest off our shore

2022 Ford Everest teaser
2022 Ford Everest teaser | Ford

RELATED: How Can 1 Powertrain Be enough for the Ford Ranger?

We know the Ranger offered in foreign countries has powertrains we don’t see in the United States. The Ford Everest SUV will likely have the same offerings. This means a mix of turbo-diesel and gasoline engines that never make it across the oceans. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is part of the powertrain lineup for the global Everest SUV.

What markets receive the Ford Everest

If you’re visiting various countries around the world and want to rent a Ford Everest to drive during your vacation, you certainly can do that. According to MotorTrend, this SUV is solid in Australia, South Africa, the Philippines, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. The rugged terrain of many of these areas makes the build of this SUV a perfect fit.

We lament the fact that the Ford Everest is a forbidden fruit in the United States. That doesn’t mean we have reason to envy the other markets. We currently see eight impressive SUVs offered by Ford in our market. This gives us a vehicle that meets nearly every driving situation.

RELATED: 6 Favorite Features of the 2022 Ford Ranger