10 Cars That Will Wade Through Flood Just For You


Trojan Santiago no responses March 18, 2017

Snorkels, Surfboard, Flip- Flops, Paddles… Tired of swimming through flood?

Flooding do not respect any boundaries. It will devour properties, from residential houses to business establishments, and will flow from one city to the next.

“Philippines, hailed as the most storm-exposed country in the world, can turn the slightest of rains into a car-sinking spectacle.”

You can blame it on the faulty drainage systems that the government fails miserably to repair or on the man-made troubles like global warming.

But the truth of the matter is, flooding is a part of the Philippine motoring during rainy season, and it does not look like it is going to be different anytime soon.

Immense flooding do not choose who to aggravate– whether you’re a working professional, or a stay-at-home fella. That’s why not even the most sturdy umbrella can get you to where you’re going without being frustrated and disgusted by taking a dip into the filthy waters of the flood.

Being a commuter on a rainy season is one thing, but owning a car during desperate measures will take you a long way. So if you’re planning to buy a car, here are 10 flood- ready vehicles that you might want to look at and invest on.

10. Jeep Grand Cherokee

A handsome and a great family vehicle.

“Ready to go off road, tow a trailer or, on occasion, do things that are more workhorse- like than you’d attempt in most other typical family crossovers.”

However, it does not boast much in terms of a mere 508mm wading capability, but rest assured that with its slick style and a 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel it’s strong enough to wade through flood and take you to your destination during a heavy downpour.

9. Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen’s oddly named and overtly bulky SUV comes with a 3.0 liter TDI V6 engine.

“The comfortable seating, ample storage space, and lovely leather-wrapped steering wheel are just some of Touareg upscale design and high quality features.”

Add to this a 580mm wading capability and you can be sure of a worry free and a high-end cruising when you’re stuck in traffic during flood.

8. Isuzu MU-X

Whether you’re traversing through slippery inclines of mountains, or braving flood water, the Isuzu MU-X will surely keep you at ease.

“This SUV is robust with a proven thrifty turbo-diesel engine.”

Drive through flood easily with a wading depth of 600mm and a 230mm ground clearance. This seven seater hunk of a car comes with six variants.

7. Toyota LandCruiser Prado

A diesel engine that uses less fuel, but develops more power and torque. The efficient Toyota LandCruiser Prado comes with a 2.8 liter turbocharged diesel.

“Although the Prado is not at the cutting edge of technology either with screens and controls that don’t sit at the leading edge of what is currently available, this seven seater SUV remains genuinely capable, comfortable and user- friendly.”

Admired for it’s rugged toughness, all around ability and family-friendly packaging, the Prado comes with 600mm wading depth and 220mm ground clearance. You’ll sure arrive to your destination flood- proof, safe and dry.

6. Toyota FJ Cruiser

Impractical, gas- guzzling and old. Chunky knobs and an interior that looks like it came from the 80’s will greet you, but the FJ cruiser is sure one of the most beloved car of its line.

“It might look like a toy on the outside, but it means business on the inside with its 4.0 liter V6 gasoline engine. Uneven roads, potholes and poorly designed curbs has no match with FJ’s on and off road prowess.”

Pushing through flood or whatever that’s in it’s way, the FJ Cruiser’s wading capability of 700mm, will bring you to your stopping place— stress free.

5. Ford Everest

This midsize SUV is like Christmas on wheels. From eight inch TFT touchscreen that controls your phone, audio system and air conditioning, to the automatic headlamps and wipers, the Everest has more than what its competitors has to offer.

“It also has the first radar-guided cruise control, wherein once you have set your speed, it achieves the pace, and when any car cuts into your lane or if traffic builds up, this stunner will automatically slow down and match the speed of the vehicle in front.”

With its ground clearance of 210mm and a wading depth of 750mm, this innovative SUV is advanced and anything but basic to keep you safe during a rainy ride.

4. Mazda BT-50 4×4

There’s no doubt that when Mazda rolls out a new gem, it’s either sexy or technologically advanced, if not both.

But don’t let the delicate and sophisticated looks fool you, because its appeal is at par with its performance.

“Drive through flood prone areas confidently because this SUV is powered by a 3.2 liter, 200hp diesel engine. On top of that, it has a wading depth of 800mm, so it’s without a doubt capable of moving through unexpected large bodies of water.”

3. Ford Ranger Wildtrak

The handsomely rugged Wildtrak continues to get the lion’s share of attention.

“It was hailed as the best- selling pickup truck of 2015, which catapulted Ford as the Philippine’s third best-selling brand. Its accolades proved that this vehicle is worthy to be used as an improvised rescue vehicle due to its formidable grit in both on and off roads.”

The gearbox is smooth and refined; same goes for their excellent suspension system that makes for a surprisingly comfortable drive for a pick-up.

Its well- built 3.2liter turbocharged diesel engine is complemented by a wading depth of 800mm and a ground clearance of 223mm, assuring you that the Ranger can overcome any flood situation in equanimity.

2. Chevrolet Colorado Tracker

This Chevy strong stunner is ready to haul or tow anything at ease. The rock solid Colorado features includes a chromatic rear view mirror with 4.3’ LCD backup monitor and overview sensing monitor as standard.

It packs up a second-generation Duramax turbodiesel efficient of 200hp.

Endowed with a wading capability of 880mm and a snorkel, you can even pull yourself to safety in case you get stuck with its 12,000lb power winch. This car can pass through flood in just a blink of an eye.

“Developed as a resilient vehicle, built like a rock, its tenacious features can face any road challenge— from floodwaters to shallow rapids, off road jungles to scaling inclines, this all terrain vehicle is surely a must have when you’re a damsel in distress.”

And finally…

1. Land Rover Range Rover

This luxury full- size SUV sure is not pocket friendly, with it’s staggering P9 million price tag, but if you’re into the opulent side, or just filthy rich then why not swipe that card won’t you?

There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe this SUV, but this dynamic and evocative vehicle will make your expenditure worthwhile. “The razor sharp lines of its styling and its marvelous blend of high- class, soft-touch surfaces interior will bring you down to your knees as you wobble from your lavish spending. Its complete system includes a lithium-ion battery pack, inverter and electric motor.”

You’ll sure clutch for your pearls with the idea that a high-end vehicle like this will wade through flood, mud, puddles and illogical ramps, but don’t take this sweet booty for a fragile contender, it won’t be number one for no reason. It’s a tough competitor in both on and off roads, having a 302mm ground clearance and a wading depth of 900mm enough to keep you and your diamonds safe from peril.

So, does any of these cars catch your attention?

Who said that money can’t buy love and happiness when these cars will surely brave flood waters just for you?

So, what are you waiting for? Stop planning and start buying. Buy the car that will not just bring you to your destination but will also save you from distress. You know, like how Superman saves Lois Lane every single damn time!

Keep safe, and happy driving.

Trojan Santiago

About the author

Trojan Santiago hails from the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. He is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Communications, an aspiring film- director and a pop culture enthusiast. He received various academic recognitions during his college years in film criticism and magazine production. He now works as a social media specialist/ journalist at Klipp TV.

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