Head to head: Toyota Prado Vs Ford Everest
The Toyota Prado has long been the medium 4×4 wagon king, but the Ford Everest now wants the crown. Is the challenger good enough?
2017 Ford Everest
Pricing From $58,990+ORC Warranty three-years, 100,000 kilometre Safety 5 star ANCAP 35.98/37 rating for 2015 Engine 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel Power 143kW at 3000rpm Torque 470Nm at 1750-2500rpm Transmission six-speed automatic Drive all-wheel-drive, low range, locking rear differential, adaptive terrain system Dimensions 4892mm (L); 1860mm (W); 1837mm (H) Ground Clearance 225mm Approach/ramp/departure angles 29.5 / 21.5 / 25 degrees Wading 800mm Seats Seven Turning Circle 11.7m Tare Weight 2407kg GVM 3100kg Fuel Tank 80 litres Thirst 8.5L/100km Towing 3000kg braked, 300kg TBM, 750kg unbraked GCM 5800kg Spare full-size alloy underslung
2017 Toyota Prado
Pricing From $59,900+ORC Warranty three-years, 100,000 kilometres Safety 5 star ANCAP 35.98/37 rating for 2015 Engine 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel Power 130kW at 3400rpm Torque 450Nm at 1600-2400rpm Transmission six-speed automatic Drive all-wheel-drive, low range, locking rear differential, adaptive terrain system Dimensions 4930mm (L); 1885mm (W); 1845mm (H) Ground Clearance 220mm Approach/ramp/departure angles 32 / 22 / 25 degrees Wading 700mm Seats Seven Turning Circle 11.6m Tare Weight 2435kg GVM 3000kg Fuel Tank 87+63 (total 150 litres) Thirst 8.0L/100km Towing 2500kg braked, 250kg TBM, 750kg unbraked GCM 5475kg Spare full-sized alloy on door
THE MATCH-UP used to be Toyota Prado vs Mitsubishi Pajero but a lack of investment in the latter means the real comparison is now Prado vs Everest.
What are we testing and why?
There might be other ute-based wagons such as Fortuner and Pajero Sport, but they are priced a bit lower than these two. And, besides, Ford has very much targeted the Toyota Prado in its advertising and media materials.
Toyota’s Prado is one of the best-known 4x4s on the market and has been around since 1996, developing through the 90, 120 and now 150 series with various refreshes along the way. The platform isn’t shared with the HiLux, but the Prado 120 was developed into the now-discontinued FJ Cruiser.
The Everest wagon was new for 2015, and developed on Ford’s T6 platform which is shared with the much-admired Ranger PX2.