Getting to the top is never an easy feat. It's even harder to stay there.

It takes a lot of work, dedication, and foresight. In the case of Ford with the Everest, that seems to be exactly the case.

So aptly named after the world's greatest and most challenging peak, being at the top comes naturally for the Everest. Ford may have launched their highly competitive SUV almost four years ago, but even by the standards of today's competition, there are many significant ways that the Everest is still the class leader. 

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Here are 5 ways that the Ford Everest, particularly the range-topping 3.2L Titanium with the Premium Package, is very much the king of the hill. 

1. True Capability

We live and drive in a tropical country, one that experiences more than its fair share of heavy rainfall for several months in a year. With that rain come floods. Sometimes it's quick to rise and even quicker to subside, allowing you to wait it out without much delay. But on the off-chance that you have to go through it or worse, sit in it, you'll wish you were in the Ford Everest.

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Why? Because this SUV is rated to wade through water that's 800 millimeters deep, or about 2 feet and 7 inches. That's plenty for most purposes, ensuring that you have the best chance of getting home in heavy rain on unpredictable streets.

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If ever you want to try out a bit of off-roading, one of the best ways is to have an experienced driver or instructor in the car to coach you as you go along to make sure that getting stuck isn't going to spoil your day. But oftentimes, that just isn't possible... at least until now.

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The reason is because high-grade 4WD variants of the Ford Everest come with something called TMS, or the Terrain Management System. The feature gives the driver several settings depending on the type of surface the vehicle will be traversing and optimizes the engine's performance, transmission, stability control, traction control, and other systems to ensure that you won't get stuck.

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2. Maximum Comfort and Convenience

Yes, we look for true capability in any vehicle we drive, but more than that, we look for convenience and the creature comforts. Of those, the Everest has many. 

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Class Leading: 5 ways the Ford Everest is the best in the SUV class image

The first is perhaps not so obvious: the Watt's Link suspension system. This rather uncommon type of suspension linkage plays a big role in comfort, as it prevents undue swaying in the rear of the vehicle, helping give a stable and smooth ride. 

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But there are also many features that contribute to making the Everest one of the most convenient in the category. You get things like a dual-zone climate control system with ceiling-mounted airconditioning vents for the passengers in the back. There are also the power features like 8-way power adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger (unique to the range-topping Everest), as well as the power fold features for the third row, making loading cargo easier. 

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Class Leading: 5 ways the Ford Everest is the best in the SUV class image

Oh, the Everest is also available with the largest power moonroof in the class; all the best to see the sky with. One unique feature, however, has to be the presence of a variety of 12-volt charging sockets, as well as a 230-volt power outlet; yes, you can charge your laptop and get some work done if your local coffee shop won't let you plug in.

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3. Exceptionally Smart

Perhaps the feature that makes the Everest ever so appealing is something called SYNC; a proprietary smart infotainment system that virtually integrates so many features like Bluetooth, USB, climate, and many more. SYNC also comes with voice recognition and commands as standard, allowing the driver to, say, pick a track from an iPod or call anyone on his or her phone, provided that it's connected.

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Entry-grade Everests have the first generation SYNC system, while higher grade models have SYNC3 that has faster processing and more features. Perhaps the best thing about the latest SYNC system is the compatibility with most smartphones thanks to Android Auto and Apple Carplay.

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The Everest is also available with adaptive cruise control, allowing the driver to relax a bit more when cruising on the highway as the system automatically maintains a safe distance to the vehicle ahead. More than that, the top-spec Everest also comes with another unique feature only found in luxury cars: automated parking. Yes, the parallel parking maneuver that many find to be daunting is easy peasy for the Everest

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4. Best Versatility

One of the key features of the Everest is the manner in which the second and third rows fold down. The 60/40 split of the second row and the 50/50 split of the third row allows for a number of configurations depending on the need for passenger seating in the back versus cargo versatility. 

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More importantly, the Everest has been engineered to have third and second rows that fold flat in relation to one another. By creating a very flat load space for cargo, Ford's cabin can accommodate big items without any problems.

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Class Leading: 5 ways the Ford Everest is the best in the SUV class image

The Everest Titanium with the premium package also has another unique trick up its sleeve: the third row can be folded down and folded up with the touch of a few buttons, as opposed to pulling levers and straps. This makes it the most convenient of all of its competitors. 

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5. Top Marks for Safety

But one key aspect that Ford made sure the Everest was the absolute leader is in safety, as the model, regardless of variant, is particularly packed with all kinds of active and passive safety equipment. Anti-lock brakes, dual airbags, hill launch assist, and even trailer sway control are already standard across the board, but the high spec models are just loaded with every feature in the book, and then some.

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The Everest can come with stability control, roll stability control, hill descent control, reverse sensors, a rear camera, and up to seven airbags. There are also a variety of very advanced safety features like lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning up to and including autonomous emergency braking if need be. 

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And, if you happen to have a teenager that wants to borrow your Everest, you can use your Admin MyKey smart key and put a restraint on the top speed and limit the maximum volume of the audio unit. 

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For years, the Ford Everest has been the standard setter in the SUV category, leading with its size, features, performance, safety, and many more. And even though there are much newer competitors in the class, Ford engineered the Everest to be extraordinary, and that's why it's still the class leader it has been, almost four years since it first made its world debut.