For the most part, the majority of the midsize SUVs you see out on the road will never stray off the beaten path. Those SUVs are relegated to picking the kids up from school and the occasional out-of-town adventure. Such is the fate of making it with the masses.
There remains a rare breed of car owner, though, willing to rough it out behind the wheel: the off-roader.
You needn’t splurge on a Defender of Wrangler for your off-roading needs. Mass-market Japanese offerings, while not as iconic (save for maybe the Suzuki Jimny), have worthwhile offerings capable of tackling rough terrain as well.
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Here we have two of them: the 2022 Nissan Terra and Isuzu D-Max—both in their top-spec 4x4 variants. Our goal? To see which of these two midsize SUVs feels more at home in the mud and sand of Pampanga’s ash-covered riverbeds.
In the red corner, we have the Nissan Terra. The 2.5 VL 4x4 variant boasts go-anywhere features like a low range system, electronic LSD, hill-decent control, hill-start assist, and a rear locking differential. All this for P2,339,000.
And in the blue corner? The MU-X. We have the 3.0 4x4 LS-E AT with us, and it boasts all of the features mentioned above and tops it off with a rough terrain mode as well. Price tag? A cool P2,450,000.
So, which midsize SUV comes out on top in this off-road battle? Press play on the video above to find out.