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Hi, Botchi!

I love your WCRC part in the magazine as well as your posts here in the Top Gear website. I was looking for an article about these kinds of cars. Unfortunately, I can't find one.

I was thinking of purchasing a vehicle for business. I currently have a Mitsubishi L300, which has been my car for about 10 years. Now, I am thinking of replacing it either with a brand-new Mitsubishi L300 or an Isuzu IPV or whatever you think is the perfect choice. I have been hearing negative comments about the Mitsubishi L300 so I decided to ask for your advice. I hope you can help me decide. I will be waiting for your post.

God bless!

Thank you very much!


Hi, Wilson!

Thanks for your email.

I recently got to drive a Mitsubishi L300 FB and I have to say I didn't like it at all. My size works against me fitting in the L300 driver's seat and the column-mounted shifter is very tricky to master.

In your case I would highly recommend getting either a pickup truck if you haul or carry a lot of big bulky objects, or a multipurpose vehicle like the Toyota Innova if you need the versatility of an interior that can seat people and store cargo in a covered area. For pickups, since you're already a Mitsubishi fanatic (whether you care to admit it or not), I'd suggest the Mitsubishi Strada. It has the roomiest interior, particularly for rear occupants. The backseat is generally a tight area for pickups.

If you need a van, the one vehicle that has continued to surprise me is the Nissan Urvan Escapade. Despite being really old, the Escapade hauls serious a**. It can easily cruise at 115kph on the highway with eight adults inside plus bags and other cargo. Premium diesel fuel like Shell's V-Power and Petron's Turbo Diesel really wakes up the car and adds a decent amount of power into the mix.


The Hyundai Starex is the best van but is it’s priced expensively now. It's also on a league of its own. The Toyota Grandia is underpowered despite being refined and comfortable. Even in basic trim, it’s still expensive compared to the Nissan Urvan Escapade.

The Strada pickup, Toyota Innova MPV and the Nissan Urvan Escapade all represent vehicle owners who use their car for daily driving while it doubles as a business vehicle. Why drive an unrefined, archaic commercial vehicle when you can get a good vehicle with decent refinement and driving dynamics at a good price with hassle-free after-sales service, right?

Hope this helps you out Wilson. Take care, God bless and Good luck!

Best regards,

Botchi Santos
Consumer editor

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Botchi Santos
Consumer Editor
Botchi eats, lives and breathes cars (aside from hotdogs). Aside from wanting to drive any car, preferably through some scenic destination, he's always thinking of ways to "improve them" by modifying the (insert any car-related word here).
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