Following the launch of the redesigned Ford Everest, the Ranger-based SUV has racked up its fair share of accolades, and has also proven to be an incredibly desirable entity among new vehicle shoppers, prompting a bit of a shortage – and some price hikes. Now, the 2024 Ford Everest continues to add new features – this time, the automaker’s Pro-Trailer Backup Assist, which will come as standard equipment on select Ford Ranger models and as an option on the 2024 Ford Everest.
Pro-Trailer Backup Assist in the 2024 Ford Everest and Ranger will function much the same way as it does in the Ford F-150, meaning that it allows users to essentially “steer” the trailer that they’re towing. To activate the system, the driver first presses the trailer icon on the drive mode selector dial, and then uses the outer ring to steer the trailer. A special sticker placed on the draw bar helps the system keep track of the trailer angle when it’s being reversed.
Pro-Trailer Backup Assist will come as standard equipment on the Ranger Wildtrak, Platinum, and Raptor trims, and will also be available as part of the optional Touring Pack on 4X4 XLT and Sport variants. As for the Everest, customers who opt for the Touring Pack on 4WD Trend and 4WD Sport models will get the new feature, as well as Platinum customers who pay for the Pro Touring Pack.
“Because reversing a trailer requires you to turn the steering wheel left to make the trailer go to the right, it can be difficult to get your head around, even if you’ve done it loads of times,” said Zack McIntyre, advanced driver assist systems engineer at Ford. “With Pro-Trailer Back Up Assist, you can ‘steer’ your trailer down a boat ramp quickly and easily or position your camper perfectly every time.”