MANILA: SUVs are all time favorite not just in the Philippines but in the majority of countries across the globe and why not, they come with so many features to comfort and ensure safety. The Philippines, being a flood prone zone, prefers these sturdy drives. Also, the Filipinos love to drive these big vehicles, which are another big reason for the rocketing sales of units in this segment. Well, we all know that right now Toyota is leading the sales chart followed by Mitsubishi, Ford, Isuzu and Honda respectively on the top 5 positions in the Philippines as per the latest CAMPI report. A closer look at this report and you will find that somewhere, SUVs have made a remarkable contribution in elevating the sales of their respective brands and made them this popular amongst the customers.
If you are also looking for an SUV and confused between the choices, we have compiled a list of top 5 SUVs which have made their parents chests' swell with pride with the appreciative sales numbers. Just go through them, surely it will be a help in taking a decision -
The absolutely sturdy SUV by the Japanese giant is offered with a choice of 3 engines, viz, 2.7-litre gasoline, 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre diesel. A choice of 4x2 and 4x4 layout is given in this SUV across its trims. The powertrains of this drive are not the sole reason for its remarkable sales and somehow the swanky appearance shares the credit. The dimensions carried by Fortuner 2016 are 4795 mm x 1855 mm x 1835 mm (L X W X H) along with wheelbase worth 2750 mm, which sounds sufficient to accommodate 7 passengers with comfort. The cabin is also packed with sporty elements and lots of comforting aspects including leather seats, automatic climate control facility and cruise control. The interior looks like a piece of art with chrome, leather and wood accents especially on the dashboard. An entertainment facility comprising a 6.5-inch capacitive screen, AUX, USB, Bluetooth, iPod compatibility and 6 speakers is also given. Not to forget the Toyota signature safety aspects which the manufacturer has ensured to pack in this family SUV. The price has been kept at PhP 1.386 million for the 2.4G M/T which is the base variants.
Standing at the number 2 position is the Mitsubishi and it has the dynamic Montero Sport in its fleet which is winning the hearts of Filipinos like anything. This Japanese SUV has a sole 2.4-litre engine which delivers enough power and torque to give you goosebumps while accelerating it on off-roads. With a wide and stunning face, this Mitsubishi vehicle holds comfortable dimensions counting to 4785 mm x 1815 mm x 1805 mm (with roof rails) (L X W X H) and wheelbase measuring 2800 mm which sounds pretty good to offer a cabin for 7 occupants. The elite interior trim is garnished with chrome and wood accents. While the seats are wrapped with black fabric/leather across the trims. The standard features also include cruise control, air conditioner and power steering. Coming to the infotainment facility, you get 6.75-inch capacitive discharge touchscreen, MP3, USB, AUX, iPod compatibility, Bluetooth and 4 speakers & 2 tweeters. The safety of the occupants is ensured with aspects like front, side, curtain and driver's knee airbags. Also, there are ABS, Brake Assist, TSA, HDC and reverse camera for optimal protection. Mitsubishi Montero Sport GLS 2WD is offered at PhP 1.500 million which is the base trim of this model.
The only American entry in this list is from Ford with its swanky Everest. This SUV is available with a choice of 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre TDCI diesel engines. The aerodynamic structure is ornamented with loads of chrome, which give it an elegant appearance but once this SUV is put to throttle, you would find it nothing less than a beast. The overall dimensions carried by Everest are 4893 mm x 1862 mm x 1836 mm (L X W X H) and 2850 mm of wheelbase. Coming to the cabin of Everest, it is a house of amenities including fabric/leather upholstery on seats, single zone/dual zone automatic air conditioning system and power doors & windows. To add fun and entertainment elements, an advanced facility with 4/8-inch TFT screen, USB, MP3, CD player, iPod connectivity and USB compatibility are given in this Ford SUV. A wide range of safety aspects including airbags, ABS, EBD and Hill Start Assist are kept standard on this drive. You can own a Ford Everest at PhP 1.339 million which is for the Ambiente 2.2L 4x2 M/T trim.
Isuzu has been in a lot of searches and news these days, surely for all good reasons. The most impressive of all these news is winning the Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run in diesel cars category with its D-Max pickup. Well, the SUV sibling of this pickup, the mu-X, is no less in churning out power. The rugged Isuzu SUV comes with a choice of 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre engines which are good enough to deliver you thrilling drives on off-roading terrains. The impressive front, pronounced fenders and stylish contour are further accentuated with its dimensions worth 4825 mm x 1860 mm x 1825-1840 mm (L X W X H) and wheelbase of 2845 mm. The stylish sporty cabin of mu-X has chrome accents to add more elegance. Talking about the entertainment unit, there are 7/8-inch touchscreen, USB, MP3, Bluetooth, iPod compatibility, Wi-Fi display and 4 speakers & 2 tweeters. The safety is also took good care of and so the Japanese manufacturer has equipped dual SRS airbags, ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD and reverse camera in it. Planning to own it? Make it all yours at a starting price of PhP 1.198 million.
Honda CR-V, last but definitely not the least in this list, is packed with 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre gasoline engine choices. The well-crafted SUV doesn't look that rugged and robust like its contemporaries but has the power to knock them out. The measurements carried by this stylish drive are 4582 mm x 1820 mm x 1685 mm (L X W X H) along with 2620 mm of wheelbase which is offered for a cabin accommodating 5 passengers. Though this is the only SUV in this list with a seating capacity of 5 but that doesn't mean it would lack in other aspects too. The driver-oriented cabin of CR-V comes in all black color and offers that sporty feel which its customers expect. This sporty cockpit has a decent entertainment facility carrying 7-inch touch display, Bluetooth, USB, Bluetooth and 4 speakers with 2 tweeters depending on the trim. A dual zone automatic air conditioner and power windows come as other standard features. Coming to the safety front, well, this is one segment where you can blindly trust upon the Japanese automaker. You get front & side airbags, ABS, EBD, HSA and VSA as standard features. If these features sound interesting to you and encourage you to own the new CR-V, own the 2.0 V M/T at PhP 1.328 million.