We’ve always been asked and here’s our answer. These are our Top 10 picks for the best vehicles to traverse through Manila’s flooded streets. Though we’re sure any of these vehicles are truly capable, we still suggest that you stay on the side of caution. Check out our Tips on how to cross a flooded street.
Now, on to the list…
1. Ford Ranger
2. Land Rover Defender
The invincible, go-anywhere off-roader that’s in use by the British military among others. Finished the Rainforest Challenge multiple times in stock. Its reputation precedes it.
3. Hummer H1
Like the Land Rover Defender, but applied to the US army.
4. Mercedes G-Class
Gunther Holtorf is driving one around the world logging more than 800,000 kilometers and 200 countries in the process. Truly a world-tested car.
5. Jeep Wrangler
Trail-rated to take on the Rubicon (including its mighty rivers). It now comes in a CRDi package for added torque to take you out of trouble.
6. Toyota Fortuner
7-seater SUV based off the Toyota Hilux, which Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson proved is indestructible. And being a Toyota, you know it’s very practical.
7. Nissan Patrol
The same formula applied to the Pajero, only it’s a Nissan. Equally capable and robust. Now comes in both Super Safari and Royale (5th and 6th gen respectively) flavors.
8. Mitsubishi Pajero
Don’t be fooled by its luxurious appearance. The Pajero remains as one of the world’s truly capable flood-crossing vehicles with a wading depth of 700-mm—same as the Fortuner.
9. Porsche Cayenne
It’s worth more than a house, but a trick suspension allows for a ‘tall mode’ with a fording depth of nearly 600-mm.
10. Subaru Outback
More than 450-mm of wading depth. You don’t believe it? Check out the videos on YouTube.