In recent years, the demand for large vehicles with a great amount of space and a powerful engine such as a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) is on the rise. In the Philippines, 7-seater midsize SUVs are one of the popular vehicles due to its versatility and functionality.
A midsize SUV is an ideal vehicle choice when driving in the Philippines as many areas in the country are flood-prone. In addition, the provinces in the country mostly don’t have well-surfaced roads that can be troublesome when driving a sedan. Plus, Filipinos love to travel in groups, which is also one of the reasons why 7-seater midsize SUVs are popular in the local market.
With all that being said, we have listed eight midsize SUVs you can buy in the local market. Of note, the only SUVs we have included off this list are those that are assembled with a ladder frame chassis and 7 seats.
8 Midsize SUVs you can buy in the Philippines | Philkotse Top List
1. Nissan Terra
The newest SUV you can get in the local market
Price: P1,524,000 – P2,176,000
The Terra is Nissan’s latest addition to the Philippine lineup that competes in the midsize SUV segment. It is equipped with the brand’s own Nissan Intelligent Mobility that provides various safety features. Powering the Nissan Terra is a 2.5-liter YD25 DDTi diesel engine that makes 190 hp and 450 Nm of torque.
2. Ford Everest
An SUV built with American toughness
Price: P1,738,000 – P2,299,000
The Ford Everest is one of the toughest SUVs in the local midsize segment thanks to its wading capacity of 800 mm, 225 mm of ground clearance, and true body-on-frame chassis assembly. Ford Philippines offers two engine options for the Everest, namely the 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine that makes 178 hp and 420 Nm of torque, and the 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine that makes 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque.
3. Chevrolet Trailblazer
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is one of the members of the 500 Nm torque club
Price: P1,618,888 – P1,998,888
Another American midsize SUV off this list is the Chevrolet Trailblazer. The 7-seater SUV boasts its 2.8-liter Duramax inline-4 diesel that is capable of producing 200 hp and a whopping 500 Nm of torque. A 2.5-liter Duramax inline-4 diesel engine is also offered for the base variant that makes 163 hp and 380 Nm of torque. They are also available used in the Philippines with Chevrolet Trailblazer 2012 for sale in the country starting at PHP 300,000.
4. Toyota Fortuner
The newest variant introduced by TMP, the Fortuner LTD
Price: P1,633,000 – P2,414,000
One of the most reputable midsize SUVs the country has to offer is the Toyota Fortuner. The Fortuner is one of the best-selling midsize SUVs in the country with 19,865 units sold in 2019. As for the Fortuner’s 2020 model, it comes with an updated look that improves its overall styling. Powering the Fortuner is either a new 2.8-liter diesel engine that makes 201 hp and 500 Nm of torque or a 2.4-liter diesel engine that makes 148 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Another SUV from the brand is the Toyota Land Cruiser 2015, which is known to be tough yet comfortable for families.
5. Isuzu mu-X
The Isuzu mu-X is your entry-level vehicle to the 7-seater midsize SUV segment
Price: P1,350,000 – P2,145,000
The Isuzu mu-X is a 7-seater SUV designed to provide an SUV experience at affordable pricing. In fact, the Isuzu mu-X is the most affordable midsize SUV available in the country. Despite its relatively low price, the midsize SUV can still compete closely against its midsize SUV rivals thanks to its practicality and features. Under the hood, the Isuzu mu-X uses either a 1.9-liter diesel engine that makes 148 hp and 350 Nm of torque or a larger 3.0-liter diesel engine that makes 174 hp and 380 Nm of torque.
6. SsangYong Rexton
The SsangYong Rexton is one of the most promising vehicles off this list
Price: P1,730,000 – P2,260,000
The SsangYong Rexton is the South Korean car brand’s entry to the competitive midsize segment in the country. This 7-seater SUV shares the same platform as its pickup sibling, the SsangYong Musso. Powering the Rexton is a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine that is capable of generating 179 hp and 420 Nm of torque.
7. Mitsubishi Montero Sport
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport is Philkotse's best midsize SUV of the year
Price: P1,565,000 – P2,450,000
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport is one of the best-known vehicles in the local automotive market. Despite controversies that have clouded this model, the Montero Sport still manages to stay afloat and continues to be a top choice in the local midsize SUV segment. Under the hood, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport uses a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine capable of making 179 hp and 430 Nm of torque.
8. Foton Toplander
The Foton Toplander offers the comfort of a passenger vehicle, as well as the power of a workhorse vehicle
Price: P1,388,000 – P1,498,000
Since the Toplander is under Foton, the 7-seater midsize SUV is poised to provide ruggedness and toughness on the road. In fact, the Foton Toplander can tow up to 3 tons of weight which is higher than the standard in the local midsize segment. Powering the Foton Toplander is a 2.8-liter Cummins diesel engine capable of producing 168 hp and 360 Nm of torque.
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Know more about Chevrolet Trailblazer 2021
Chevrolet produced one of the more powerful vehicles in the midsize SUV automotive segment. The Chevrolet Trailblazer is the brand’s entry into the category in the form of a 7-seater vehicle powered by a 2.8-liter diesel Duramax engine. It delivers high performance, comfort, and practicality for either city driving or longer countryside drives. The Trailblazer’s size, suspension, and 4x4 feature for the top of the line model can go from rush hour traffic to mud trekking seamlessly. The mid-size SUV boasts of its spacious cabin and cargo. Its seats can be reconfigured to maximize the vehicle’s carrying capacity. On top of this, Chevrolet decked the Trailblazer with its MyLink system that allows quick and easy connectivity between smart devices and the car’s speakers, adding to the conveniences offered by the model. Overall, the Trailblazer made headlines because of its competitive price range that is highly reasonable for its extensive features and performance. It is currently offered in five variants: the base model Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.5 4x2 LT manual transmission, the 2.8 4x2 LT automatic transmission, the 2.8 4x2 LT AT Phoenix, the 2.8 4x2 LTX AT, and the top-spec 2.8 4x4 Z71 AT.