When we think of SUVs, we picture big, burly machines with go-anywhere capability and commanding road presence. It’s interesting to note that the modern interpretation of the SUV has evolved into a grey area, the lines blurred between crossovers and quasi-SUVs projecting high ground clearance and semi-off-road capability. Truck based platforms and dedicated chassis that underpin SUVs are the real deal, and shouldn’t be confused with other vehicles adopting SUV-like qualities to cater to a wider audience. We can’t blame manufacturers, however, as the global market has made a shift to practical crossovers that can pass off as “rugged” and “capable”.
In this article, we’ll be talking about genuine SUVs that we’ve driven so far, and how they combine practicality, technology, comfort, and are unfazed when the paved roads start to end. These vehicles represent the best features in their respective classes and sizes, giving buyers the guarantee that what they’re driving is a true all-arounder for all-seasons. Whether it’s a body-on-frame chassis or a monocoque construction with legitimate off-road credentials, there’s a true SUV in the Philippines for anyone on this list.
The Suzuki Jimny carries that SUV ruggedness and capability in a rather small package. This mini explorer can definitely traverse city roads or unpredictable trails. The Jimny is always on the go thanks to its standard All-Grip 4WD system. In terms of looks, it’s totally boxy, plus, it does have some quirky design cues, including the generous application of plastic cladding and its rear-mounted spare tire which does heighten its outdoorsy vibes. Inside, the Jimny gets a decent amount of space, apart from that, passengers will surely be delighted by its 9-inch multimedia infotainment system, therefore providing that much-needed in-car entertainment experience.
The Ford Everest gets a new version in the Philippines dropping the old 2.2-liter turbo diesel for a 2.0-liter single and a Bi-Turbo version. The new version of the Ford SUV gets a fresh new look with a bolder look and a new bunch of technology. It is hailed as one of the most well-balanced offerings in its segment, therefore combining important elements as to practicality, performance, and features.
Apart from having a flexible cabin that can seat up to seven passengers, the Ford Everest also gets premium technology, such as a portrait-style 10-inch or 12-inch SYNC 4A touchscreen infotainment system and standard eight speakers. The 12-inch center display also features advanced voice recognition. It also comes with wireless charging, smart keyless entry with a push-button start, dual-zone climate control, a windscreen-mounted USB port, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A 360-degree camera is also available in the Titanium version along with the brand’s terrain management system.
Mitsubishi Montero Sport
If you’re looking for a midsize SUV that offers a more road-focused feel and a little bit of off-road capability, then look no further than the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. On-road handling is good, and the smooth 8-speed automatic increases efficiency on longer drives. Its 3rd-generation model already went under the knife, with it featuring a more prominent and sleeker exterior along with additional features such as the new power tailgate and an 8-inch Smart Display Audio LCD Touchscreen which come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Looking for a land yacht with big power? Nissan Philippines has got you covered with the Nissan Patrol. It's the brand’s full-size SUV with big V8 power under the hood. It comes with premium features and a comfortable cabin.
The Japanese automaker also packed some of its most cutting-edge technology features into the Patrol, including a massive 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display. The system has wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB-A, and USB-C capabilities. For superior sound quality, Nissan equipped the Patrol with a 13-speaker Bose audio system composed of nine speakers, two tweeters, and two subwoofers.
The Isuzu mu-X is another SUV in the Philippine market to get an update. It features new sleeker styling, and a new more premium cabin plus it has retained its turbo diesel power with a bit of a bump in terms of its horsepower and torque. In terms of its features, Isuzu Philippines has also upgraded its SUV to come with a 10.1-inch infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. All versions of the vehicle also get access to a navigation system.
Power still comes from a 1.9-liter turbo diesel and a 3.0-liter turbo diesel motor. The 1.9-liter motor produces 148 hp and 350 Nm of torque, while the bigger 3.0-liter engine produces 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Transmission options have been carried over from the previous model as the SUV can still be had with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with Isuzu’s latest Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) available on the Isuzu D-MAX.
The Nissan Terra is another one of our top SUVs. It recently received a facelift giving it a new front fascia along with new technology as well. It also gets a revised dashboard which helps give the Nissan 7-seater SUV a more premium look and feel to it. Engine-wise, all variants of the Terra are run by the already-proven 2.5-liter diesel engine which could either be paired with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic. It also comes with Nissan’s intelligent mobility safety system as well.