Although there are numerous pick-up truck offerings in the Philippine market today, a lot of considerations must be taken into account when selecting which is the best for you and your family, or your business.
There are still pick-up trucks being offered for commercial use, which usually come with Spartan-like interiors, manual transmissions (MT) and a body that can be attached or affixed with a flatbed or passenger compartment. These are usually fitted with two-wheel drive systems and may have limited or no digital features. The purpose of these vehicles is to haul cargo or passengers.
For personal and family use, the pick-up truck offerings are wide and varied, with those with AT with two- or four-wheel drive offered. The advice for those who do have no intention of driving off-road is to consider the two-wheel-drive variant.
However, for those who are into driving off-road, the four-wheel-drive variants are highly recommended. Besides providing better capabilities off-road, the four-wheel-drive variants and models are more versatile in taking flooded streets and the bad roads of the metropolis. And when it comes to taking more load, the four-wheel-drive variants are highly recommended.
And for those who are into serious off-roading, the MT versions are highly recommended.
The four-wheel-drive variants have also become a canvass or platform to create tough-looking pick-up trucks, with after-market companies offering various accessories for them. Among the after-market parts that could make a pick-up truck look tougher and even more functional are bullbars, winches, wheel flares, off-road lamps, bed covers and linings, rollover bars, among others.
Then there are also bigger rims and off-road tires being offered for pick-up owners who are into serious off-roading. At the same time, suspension modifications could give pick-up trucks a much higher ground clearance to enable them to take really nasty trails.
However, they advise fitting a pick-up truck with after-market parts or accessories is to be prudent and not be indiscriminate.
For example, the larger rims and tires will make it harder to maneuver a pick-up into tight spaces or narrower roads. Also, the higher ground clearance compromises centre of gravity, which could compromise high-speed maneuvering and turning.
In short, always consider safety and practicality when putting after-market parts and accessories on your pick-up truck.
Carmakers may also know better when fitting after-sales parts, which is the reason why Toyota has its Hilux Conquest variant and Ford the Raptor and Wildtrak variants.
And now, in 2020, it can be argued that we’ve reached the pinnacle of trucks here in the Philippines. We have numerous choices of models to choose from, and there’s surely one that’ll fit your lifestyle perfectly. There are the likes of the humble and very utilitarian Toyota Hilux J, the Isuzu RZ4E LT, to the fun-oriented, and very powerful Ford Ranger Raptor. What a time to be alive!
As such, a Filipino pick-up truck buyer might become confused with all the available choices in the market right now. As always, Philkotse is here to help by listing the five best selling pick-up trucks in the Philippines this 2020 as well as the pick-up truck Philippines price list.
So, you’re looking for that perfect pick-up truck, and you don’t know where to start? Well, look no further. If you’re looking for that practical truck that can load some cargo, meet your delivery needs, or be able to tow a trailer, then there’s a pick-up in the Philippines for you. Or maybe you’re the type of pick-up buyer that’s looking for something comfortable and focused on comfort and a mix of utility? You’ll find that truck here. Maybe you like a platform for your off-road adventures, ready for some after-market modification and go-anywhere capability? There’s a truck for you here, for sure.
The Chevrolet Colorado’s perfect blend of power and space manages to walk the line between utility and convenience in an exceptional way. The main engine, a 2.8-litre Duramax turbo-diesel engine (200 hp, 500 Nm) is easily one of the most powerful options on this list, next to Ford’s 2.2L Bi. So if you want a truck that meets your toughest holiday demands, Colorado is one of your better choices. If the Duramax’s power proves too much, you can always opt for the 2.5-litre variant that outputs more conservative numbers (163 hp and 380 Nm) but built just as tough.
Ford Ranger: From utility to dune jumping
The Ford Ranger name has been in use by Ford since the 80’s on three different vehicles. All of them are tough trucks, but the most relevant to us currently the available T6 Ranger. Before that though, the Ranger name was used by a rebadged Mazda BT-50.
In the present, the Ford Ranger can come in a lot of different flavours from the simple but robust XLS to the very powerful Ranger Raptor. And yes, while the Raptor can be designed to hail from a totally different truck market segment, remember that there’s also a 2.0 Ranger Biturbo Wildtrak which shares the same engine as the latter.
When it comes to features, the Ranger, especially the Wildtrak variants, are definitely up there in quality. These trucks come with dual-zone air conditioning, automatic high beams, Syn 3 with voice control, a very convenient windscreen mounted USB port, lane-keeping aid, a driver alert system, forward collision alert, hill descent, and hill start assist, ABS with EBD, a rear view parking camera, a volumetric burglar alarm, and six airbags.
Isuzu D-Max: A tough pick-up truck in the Philippines
Another significant pick-up truck model available here in the country is the Isuzu D-Max which despite its aging 2nd-generation variants available here in the Philippines, is still quite popular.
This is due to the fact the people know Isuzu as diesel specialists who can make reliable engines that can provide just the right amount of power when you need it. Note though that a new 3rd-generation D-Max is already being sold in Thailand and it’s only a matter of time when the fresher, and sexier all-new next-gen D-Max is launched here in the Philippines.
While the interior of the D-Max is probably the most utilitarian out of the bunch, the D-Max still has some rather useful interior amenities and a competent set of safety equipment.
Mitsubishi Strada: Striking looking pick-up truck in the Philippines
While we can say that the Strada is also tough, the highlight of this truck is that it probably comes with one of the more attractive exterior designs currently available in its market segment. Just look at it;
Apart from that, the Strada’s history and current overall design can be traced to Mitsubishi’s stellar performance in the Dakar rally where the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution won a whopping 12 wins and 161 stage wins.
Why is this worth the mention? Well for starters the Strada still uses the brilliant Super Select II, an easy to use yet very robust 4×4 system that’ll get you out even from the stickiest situations.
Next, the Strada also has one of the more premium interiors among the trucks available in the country today. The top of the line spec features cruise control, a navigation ready 8-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, a dual-zone climate control system, and front parking sensors.
The top of the line Mitsubishi Strada also has a competent amount of safety features. It has seven airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, and traction control. What it does have that the Hilux doesn’t have a blind-spot detection system.
Nissan Navarra: #GoAnywhere
Like the rest of the car companies in this list, Nissan has been making tracks for a very long time. Now, for the Philippines, they’ve got the Nissan Navara D23, which is probably the most high-tech in terms of on-board safety features on this list.
For the top of the line 2.5L 4×4 VL, it comes with the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite which constitutes a 360-degree around-view monitor, hill start assist, hill descent control, four exterior cameras mounted on the grille, a pair for the side mirrors, and one of the tail-gate.
Due to these cameras, the Nissan Navara can also have a configurable display with close-up function. Also present is an object detection system that provides a warning to a driver whenever an object is in close proximity.
The Navara also comes with several sensors spread around the vehicle. And yes, you can actually use the 360-degree around-view for off-roading, like for spotting rocks and other obstacles.
Toyota Hilux: Practically indestructible pick-up truck in the Philippines
The Toyota Hilux is a pick-up truck model, which like the Toyota Corolla Altis, has achieved notoriety as “indestructible.” And for this very same reason, the Hilux has a few incredible feats under its belt. It’s the first vehicle to ever reach the north pole, and in 2019, a modified version claimed the 2019 Dakar Rally win.
And of course, who could forget that time when Top Gear UK tried to “kill” a Toyota Hilux by drowning it in the ocean and parking it on top of a building which was then demolished by explosions. Of course, the Hilux still started.
Today, the Toyota Hilux in the Philippines is probably one of the more popular pick-up truck models currently being sold. It still has the rugged capability of its older generation versions, but now, the top of the line spec which is the Hilux Conquest 2.8-liter G 4×4 AT comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, six speakers, and DVD playing capabilities.
It’s also no slouch when it comes to safety as it comes with ABS with EBD, stability control, traction control, hill start assist, trailer sway control, and seven airbags.
Buying points to consider to buy the best pick-up trucks Philippines 2020
Before running off to the dealership, there are some buying points to look out for when choosing the best affordable pick-up trucks. It may seem alien but let’s put in layman’s terms which are easily understood.
- Powerful torque and horsepower
Horsepower is the energy produced by torque when the engine’s shaft rotates. So, the torque must be high to create horsepower to move in any direction fast or slow.
- High clearance and big tires
The high clearance and big tires of a pick-up mean that rough or smooth ground is easy to handle and it won’t damage the under-chassis. Daily problems like bad roads in Manila and flash floods are less severe compared to “Lilliputian” cars on the road.
- Specialized suspension
The truck suspension is fine-tuned for carrying loads so expect bouncy rides when the truck bed is empty. The layout is much different for a car’s because it is a cab on a frame, not a unibody.
- Drive options like 2WD, 4WD and AWD
Most pick-ups come in these options, and the 4WD or the AWD are the more expensive options.
- Four Wheel Drive is either full-time or part-time, which can be switched when in good or bad terrain.
- The All-Wheel-Drive sends power to where it senses slippage while moving.
- Two Wheel Drive is either rear or front drivetrain that pulls the truck forward.
Use these buying points to go over the options presented and see what is the best pick-up vehicle in the Philippines.
Why consider a pick-up?
Among most cars available, the pick-up truck is the most preferred for its usefulness and its inherent sturdiness. This characteristic is shared by its SUV cousin, but the open truck bed with 4-passenger cab gives it a flexibility that an SUV lacks.
People get pick-ups for a variety of reasons, but most of all are the open or closed truck bed that makes it the “Big Kahuna” of everything multi-purpose. Getting the best pick-up for your money isn’t an easy task to do, because this vehicle class is very different from most cars.
This kind of vehicle is mostly connected to the working class and is originally a working vehicle for white-collar workers. Recent additions of car-drivability and more comfortable cabins have made them better options. It comes in several sizes, but in general the mid-sized to larger pick-ups are the best option.
Pick-ups are very good options but just basing judgement on price is not sufficient. Here are the pros & cons of buying a pick-up truck in the Philippines, you can read further and then decide what is the best one.