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BabyDrive Verdict

The review you have all been waiting for! The new 2023 Ford Everest Trend.

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This big seven seat SUV has had a complete overhaul! So let’s find out how good it is as a BabyDrive and put it through our testing…

When it comes to the rear seats the new 2023 Ford Everest has ISOFIX points in the two second row seats…

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the second row

…and top tether anchorages in all five rear seats.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 has top tether child seat anchorages in the third row

It is spacious in the back of the new 2023 Ford Everest so I can very comfortably install five Infasecure child seats. I installed two Infasecure Attain More and a versatile folding booster in the second row…

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 with three child seats installed in the second row

…and an Aspire More and Achieve More in the third row.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 with two child seats installed in the third row

When it comes to third-row access, the second-row seats are split 60:40 with the 40% behind the driver, on the road side (rather than the kerb side) of the Everest. So if you are planning to use the third-row seats, if you have an older child without a child seat or in a Infasecure Folding Booster seat this is the seat you are best to put them in, so you can gain access easily to the third-row seats.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 access to the third row with child seats installed in the second row

Legroom is good in the new Ford Everest; we found with an Infasecure Aspire More in the third-row seats and a rear-facing Infasecure Attain More in the second row we could fit a 190cm front passenger.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

On the driver's side of the car we could fit a 186cm driver in front of the same configuration of child seats. If you didn’t have a rear-facing child seat in the second row behind the driver then you could fit a taller driver.

The interior of the new Ford Everest is like the new Ford Ranger I reviewed recently. With a clutter-free and more minimal dash, featuring a huge portrait media screen.

The media system is nice and modern and easy to use and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There are some great features now like the sketch game, which is great for when you are waiting in the car with your kids and you can play naughts & crosses!

You can customise a lot of the settings for the car within the settings screen too, like volumes and driver assist preferences.

Storage is really good throughout all three rows of seats in the 2023 Ford Everest. In the third row, passengers have cup holders and device holders on both sides.

In the second row, passengers have ample storage with two cup holders in a fold-down armrest in the central seat back.

Door bins hold large refillable water bottles and there are map pockets in the back of both front seats.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

I am really happy with the storage in the front of the 2023 Ford Everest; there are my favourite cup holders at each end of the dashboard that pop out, so nice and easy for accessing your drinks while driving! Being near the aircon vents mean you can cool that piping-hot drink as well (or keep a cold one chilled).

There is a glasses case in the ceiling which is great, most new cars have got rid of them and it makes storing your sunglasses safely really tricky.

There is even a hot chip holding slot in the central console!

There are cup holders in the central console too and a generous size central console box.

In front of the gear lever is a wireless phone charging pad and you have USB and USB-C sockets too.

The glove box is a generous size too and the front door bins will hold two water bottles and an iPad.

Storage in the boot of the new 2023 Ford Everest is good too. For those who only need to use the first two rows of seats then you have an enormous boot space, that will hold 18 shopping bags which is the same as the previous model Everest.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

This is comparable to the Land Rover Discovery, which also holds 18 shopping bags, one more than the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and one less than the Isuzu MU-X that fits nineteen shopping bags.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

Or you can easily fit a twin or double pram in the boot with nine shopping bags.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

For those using all three rows of seats, you can fit 7 shopping bags in the boot. This is the same as the previous model Everest and is comparable to the Land Rover Discovery and the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado which both hold three shopping bags and the Isuzu MU-X which fits six shopping bags when using all three rows of seats.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 boot space for shopping with all three rows in use

A twin pram will fit in the boot of the 2023 Ford Everest when using all seven seats with shopping bags which is pretty impressive and practical for those with twins or two young siblings.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with all three rows in use

If you have a fur baby as well as children you could fit a small dog in the boot when using all seven seats.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 boot space for dogs with all three rows in use

Or a very large dog in the boot when using the front two rows of seats.

2023 Ford Everest Trend 4x4 boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

Passengers in both rear rows of seats can be kept comfortable with air vents in the ceiling above both rows of seats.

You can easily control the rear aircon from the front media screen which is great for families with younger children in the back.

You can also lock the rear aircon so rear passengers can not fiddle with controls in the back of the central console box.

The new 2023 Ford Everest is a great drive, visibility is good and the turning circle is great for a large 4×4. This makes it easy to manoeuvre around town and even though it’s a large SUV it’s great for parking in school and supermarket car parks. The cameras are very good in the new 2023 Ford Everest, with good clear images and you can view from multiple angles.

You can easily turn the parking sensors off with a button in the central console too.

There is a great seatbelt visual in the driver's display so you know who in the back has their seatbelts on.

The New 2023 Ford Everest has a five star ANCAP safety rating and is currently rated as having the highest ANCAP score for child occupancy in Australia.

The 2023 Ford Everest has nine airbags as standard:

Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags for all three seating rows (Everest only), and driver and passenger knee airbags are standard. A centre airbag which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes is also standard.

 

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Tace Clifford
About Tace Clifford
Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

3 Comments

  1. Does the Everest have full airbag coverage for third row occupants? I know there is a concern with the Kluger only offering limited airbag coverage for kids back there. Wondering if the Everest is better in that regard?

    • Not heard of the Kluger concern (yes to Santa Fe and Sorento). As far as we know the Everest has full length curtain airbags

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