When off-roading or even during unexpected floods, your vehicle’s wading depth matters. Aside from its grounded clearance, some buyers often consult the wading depth capacity of the model they’re eyeing, many Filipinos put this into consideration given the high probability of flooding during the rainy season.
Currently, there are a lot of options in the automotive market that have a high water wading depth. In fact, we were able to come up with a list of vehicles, ranging from crossovers, SUVs, and pickups, you might want to consider any of the following below.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is currently available in 5 variants that can be had with either a 2.5 or 2.8-liter turbo-diesel. Aside from its spacious and feature-packed cabin, the Trailblazer can also wade through water as deep as 800mm giving it enough capability to traverse through unexpected floods.
Next up is the Chevrolet Colorado which is the golden bowtie’s midsize pickup. As you can already expect, the model carries the same set of engine options and sits on the same platform as its SUV counterpart, the Trailblazer. Its wading depth is also the same, with the Colorado able to wade through water as deep as 800mm.
The Ford EcoSport is the smallest crossover being offered by the brand. Despite its miniature dimensions, this subcompact crossover has got enough guts to take on unexpected obstacles including floods. This is all thanks to its 209mm ground clearance combined with 550mm of water wading depth.
Aside from its strong practicality points and a generous amount of tech features, the Ford Everest also boasts in terms of performance and capability. Like the smaller EcoSport, the Everest, too, has a strong water wading depth in its segment, with the midsize SUV able to wade waters as deep as 800mm.
Since the midsize pickup shares many parts from its SUV counterpart, the Everest, the Ford Ranger too can wade up to 800mm. Opt for the mightier Ranger Raptor and its wading depth capacity goes up to 850mm thanks to more suspension height along with chunky all-terrain tires.
As mentioned the Isuzu mu-X shares a number of commonalities with the Chevrolet Trailblazer. Like most midsize SUVs, the mu-X also sits 230mm above the ground and can also wade up to 600mm. While the Philippine market is still in much anticipation of the all-new model, the 2021 Isuzu mu-X has vastly improved over its predecessor, and one of the model’s impressive metrics includes its 800mm water wading depth.
Unlike the mu-X, the Philippine market recently got the all-new Isuzu D-MAX last March 2021, and the model carried a number of improvements giving it a more enticing package. Like the all-new mu-X, the D-MAX too can wade up to 800mm.
The current Mazda BT-50 has been around in the market for quite some time now, with other countries receiving the all-new model that’s based on the Isuzu D-MAX. While the Philippines still get the outgoing model, we’re still happy to report that this midsize pickup does not miss out in terms of capability, as the BT-50 can wade waters up to 800mm.
The Maxus T60 happens to be one of the most affordable options in its segment, even its 4x4 variant costs just under P1,400,000. It’s also a capable steed, with the T60 being having an 800mm water wading depth.
Mitsubishi Montero Sport
It’s one of the most renowned nameplates in the midsize SUV segment. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport flaunts its cutting-edge looks that are infused with tech and performance. This midsize SUV can wade up to 700mm.
The Mitsubishi Strada shares the same platform and engine with the Montero Sport. Aside from 220mm ground clearance on GLS variants and up, it can wade up to 600mm which should be enough to allow the midsize pickup to traverse the occasional flood.
The Nissan Terra is undoubtedly one of the most comfortable-riding vehicles in the midsize SUV segment. It also handles pretty well all thanks to its tried and tested 2.5-liter turbo-diesel engine. Like its competitors, the Terra is also given enough ground clearance and an 800mm wading depth to match the unexpected floods in and out of the city.
Like its SUV sibling, the Nissan Navara is also known to be one of the most comfortable pickups in its segment. In March 2021, Nissan Philippines launched the refreshed Navara, aside from the additional creature comforts and high-tech features, the midsize pickup also gets a new range-topping variant known as the PRO-4X. Notably, the Nissan Navara can also wade up to 800mm of water.
Nissan Patrol Royale
The Nissan Patrol Royale is the pinnacle of the brand’s Philippine SUV lineup. It happens to be one of the few in its segment to run in a smooth gasoline engine. Like the Terra and Navara, the Patrol Royale is also one capable steed all thanks to its 700mm water wading capacity.
It may be small but you will surely be surprised at how capable this miniature off-roader is. All variants of the Suzuki Jimny come standard with the ALLGRIP drivetrain making it a suitable vehicle for your extraordinary adventures. The Jimny can also wade up to 600mm of water.
The Subaru Forester, like most of its stablemates, this compact crossover gives you the ‘Confidence in Motion’. Aside from the standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive (AWD), the Forester is also provided with a 220mm ground clearance along with a 500mm water wading depth.
The Toyota Hilux is the Japanese automaker’s contender in the midsize pickup segment. Many Filipinos buy it given its strong reputation for durability and reliability. It’s also one capable steed, with the Hilux being able to wade up to 700mm of water.
Also based on the Hilux is the Toyota Fortuner. Like its pickup sibling, this midsize SUV is also receiving a lot of love from Filipinos given its strong approach in practicality, performance, and capability. Moreover, the Fortuner also has a water wading capacity of 700mm.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
Last 2020, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado ditched its 3.0-liter powerplant for the Fortuner’s 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine while still retaining the 4.0-liter V6 gasoline engine. Whichever variant you opt for, the Prado sure is capable, with it being able to wade 700mm of water.
Toyota Land Cruiser 200
The Toyota Land Cruiser 200 strongly embodies the off-road heritage of the Japanese automaker. While an all-new model recently made its debut, the local market still gets the outgoing Land Cruiser. Like the rest of its SUV siblings, the Land Cruiser 200 can also wade through water as deep as 700mm.
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