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Best vehicles for long drives

With the hustle and bustle of living in  the metropolis, city dwellers  tend to look for a quick breather to escape the heat of the city and enjoy the beaches and mountain trails in the provinces.

Having a  spacious and roadworthy vehicle is always on top of the travel list to ensure a smooth and relaxing journey with your family, friends or co-workers toward your next destination.

The  Manila Standard drew up a list of the best road companions and places you might want to visit for a refreshing change of atmosphere.

*Nissan Urvan/NV350 Urvan

Standing strong for decades, Nissan Urvan continues to serve travelers with its seating capacity and flexibility.

An ideal choice for a large group of people, it can seat 12-15 people. Nissan Urvan is often used for traversing far-flung provinces in the country. 

You can visit Mountain province up north with Nissan Urvan and try hiking at the famous Sagada mountain range while savoring the scenic views of nature.   You can go to the southern part of Luzon and take pleasure in the Bicol province and appreciate the perfect cone of the world-famous Mount Mayon while grabbing some delicious “pasalubong” to bring back home.

*Hyundai Starex/Grand Starex

Arguably it’s the van that put Hyundai in  Filipino car owners’ must-have list. With the combination of spacious and adequate safety features, Starex turned into the go-to-van for sudden road trips.

Considered as the perfect passenger van due to its practical features that secure the passengers’ safety and convenience.

Try motoring to the summer capital of the Philippines together with your family or friends and your trusty Hyundai Starex. If you’re into festivals and food then you might want to explore the province of Quezon down south and be enthralled by the colorful celebration of its rich culture.

*Suzuki Vitara 2018

If you are considering a  family-oriented vehicle, look no farther. Here’  one of the classic cars in the 90’s that adapts to the modern changes and yet remain the old-friend we love before.

Compared to the older model, the latest Suzuki Vitara was designed as a crossover giving the owner the flexibility to carry more passengers and travel kits.  While this  SUV has a very limited seating capacity it boasts well-thought interior that combines a touch of old and new making every ride feel cozier than before.

Looking for an adventure that’s family-friendly and suitable for all ages? Head to Pampanga and try different activities from different towns and sate yourself with authentic ‘kapampangan’ cuisine.  You can try heading to Batangas and make a splash in the many world-class beaches.

*Montero Sport/Toyota Fortuner

Arguably the famous mid-sized SUV rivalry in the country, Mitsubishi’s Montero Sport and Toyota Fortuner continue to dominate and flex their muscle in the mid-tier SUV category they both showcase a seating capacity that can welcome a handful of passengers while having much slicker exterior and interior design.

Montero Sport and  Fortuner possess ample power to withstand long-distance driving while ensuring the comfort of their passengers. 

You don’t not need to go too far to bask in the sun and have your intake of ‘vitamin sea’ with your friends and co-workers, you can delight yourself with the beaches from Bataan and Zambales or take a quick stroll in Tagaytay while chomping down on some good food and loving the views of Taal Volcano from your seat.

Whatever type of vehicle you choose for your getaway, just remember to have it checked first.

Topics: Montero Sport/Toyota Fortuner , Suzuki Vitara , Hyundai Starex/Grand Starex , Nissan Urvan/NV350 Urvan

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