The Philippines is home to some of the best off roading experiences an adventurous driver could have. From the Rice Terraces in Banaue, Ifugao to the extremely treacherous tracks in Iligan City, Soccskargen, going off road is only advisable if you’re both prepared and skilled in maneuvering your vehicle. And not only that, your car must also be capable to take on different kinds of terrain. If you’re interested in this kind of fun but don’t know which vehicles are perfect for the job, we’ve compiled a list of the best cars to take off road.
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Since its release in 2005, the Toyota FJ Cruiser has been famous for its off-roading capabilities. The FJ Cruiser not only looks good on the road, but on the countryside as well. It’s equipped with great safety features and a powerful V6 engine that will definitely boost your confidence as you drive it. The FJ Cruiser starts at P2.023 million.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
You can’t have a list of off roaders without including the Wrangler. One of the most iconic and popular in its segment, the Jeep Wrangler is built to be taken to harsh landscapes. Virtually any part of the Wrangler is removable, even the doors, to give you the full all terrain effect. The Rubicon variant of the said model is equipped with even more off road features and was built for the sole purpose of taking it to the mountains. The Rubicon variant has better four-wheel drive systems, Tru-Lok differentials and an Electronic Front Sway Bar Disconnect, all for helping you out on the trails. The two-door Jeep Wrangler starts at P3.39 million with the Rubicon variant priced at P4.09 million. The four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited starts at P3.59 million while the Rubicon variant starts at P4.490 million.
Ford Ranger Raptor
The Ford Ranger Raptor is like the Ranger’s beefed-up bigger brother. Ford takes everything you love about their classic truck and makes it bigger and better. With a ground clearance of more than 11 inches, the Ford Ranger Raptor makes sure you clear out all the obstacles in your trail. The Ranger Raptor is priced at P1.998 million.
Mercedes Benz G500
Mercedes Benz arguably creates some of the most iconic SUVs that we see today. The Mercedes G-Class has been on the road since the late 70s, and it has recently been redesigned to give it a more aggressive, modern look all while still keeping its distinct, boxy exterior. It may seem like a crazy idea to take such a premium car off road, but that’s what it was originally built for. The G500 starts at P10.59 million.
The history of Suzuki’s four wheel drive cars dates back to the late 50s. Since then, they have perfected the art of small off roading SUVs in the form of the Suzuki Jimny, which has recently been updated for the 2019 model year. The Jimny may be the smallest car in this list, but it’s also the lightest. This means it’s more nimble and easier to maneuver off road. The Suzuki Jimny is also the cheapest car in this list, starting at P975,000.
Another classic SUV, the Mitsubishi Pajero’s slogan is Effortlessly Elegant, Powerfully Rugged. The Pajero is the SUV you want to drive if you want to go off roading in pure comfort. While the exterior of the Pajero is fit for the trail, the interior is chock full of premium features such as genuine leather seats and automatic climate controls. The Pajero is priced at P3 million
Land Rover Discovery
If you want to go off roading in pure opulence, look no further. The Land Rover Discovery is a versatile beast, combining driving, off roading, and towing all in one big, handsome package. The Land Rover Discovery starts at P8.79 million while the Land Rover Discovery Sport is priced at P4.39 million.