Thinking of replacing that low-riding sedan of yours? With the rainy days in full swing, we can't help but routinely wonder if it's time to replace our rides with something a little bit, well, taller.
Like what? Like these 10 flood-ready cars below picked by Topgear.com.ph last July. These cars, pick-ups mainly, boast wading depth capabilities that afford the Metro Manila driver a little more confidence when the floods come.
Check them out!
CHEVROLET COLORADO TRACKER
Chevrolet Colorado Tracker. Launched at this year's Manila International Auto Show, the Colorado Tracker packs a second-generation Duramax turbodiesel capable of 200hp. It is also endowed by a wading depth of 880mmand a snorkel. They should really call this the Aquaman Edition. In case you get stuck, you can even pull yourself to safety with its 12,000lb power winch.
Mazda BT-50 4x4. With Mazda, it’s pretty much a given that almost any new product it rolls out is either sexy or technologically advanced, if not both. Don’t let the BT-50’s looks fool you: This hunk of metal is as attractive as it is intimidating. Powered by a 3.2-liter, 200hp diesel engine, it has a wading depth of 800mm, so it shouldn’t have much trouble mowing through most unexpected bodies of water.
Isuzu MU-X. We took the MU-X during a recent road trip to Sagada, and it didn’t have any problems traversing the slippery inclines of the mountain province. If its 600mm wading depth and 230mm ground clearance are any indication, the MU-X should handle Manila floods with relative ease.
Volkswagen Touareg. If you’d like to brave floodwaters in luxury, then the Touareg just might be the vehicle for you. With a 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, this SUV also boasts the proprietary 4Motion four-wheel drive system. Add to this a 580mm wading depth and you can be sure you'll have peace of mind when the raindrops start falling.
(FHM.com.ph Ed's Note: As far as the Volkswagen emission scandal goes, the Touareg's 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine is reportedly not affected.)
FORD RANGER WILDTRAK
This is one hell of a pickup, period. If there’s a vehicle on this list worthy of being used as an improvised rescue vehicle, this would have to be it. Its powerful 3.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine is complemented by a wading depth of 800mm and a ground clearance of 223mm, making it difficult to imagine any kind of floody situation it won't overcome with aplomb.
TOYOTA FJ CRUISER
Toyota FJ Cruiser. It might look like a toy, but the FJ Cruiser means business. Powered by a 4.0-liter V6 gasoline engine, it is capable of wading depths of around 700mm. Its solid body can push through floods, rocks, mud or whatever terrain lies ahead.
Subaru Forester. The Forester prides itself on stability and comfort, thanks to a symmetrical all-wheel drive system and a boxer engine. The 2.0 XT variant can reach speeds of up to 220kph, and can go from 0 to 100kph in under eight seconds. A 500mm wading depth and a 220mm ground clearance should adequately handle the common Metro Manila flood without any problem, while Subaru's X-mode enables the vehicle to tackle both slippery and rough roads.
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee exudes style just as it does confidence when braving the elements. It doesn’t boast much in terms of wading capability (a mere 508mm) compared to others on this list, but you can rest assured that its 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel should be enough to power you to your destination during a really heavy downpour.
Mitsubishi Pajero. The Pajero features an all-wheel control that gives drivers different ranges of maneuverability depending on the driving environment. Equipped with either a 3.8-liter V6 or a 3.2-liter turbocharged engine, this SUV has a wading depth of 700mm that should allow it to drive through city floodwaters without breaking a grimy sweat.
Nissan Navara. To be on the safe side, Nissan is officially advertising the wading depth of its brutish pickup to be at a mere 450mm. In actual tests, however, the Japanese carmaker has said that the Navara will have no problem fording floodwaters 800mm deep. The conservative figure is only for situations where the vehicle will be left sitting in standing water. But if the pickup is moving along, a greater fording depth is easily achievable.
This article originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph
Minor edits have been made by FHM.com.ph's editors.