In the recent years, you may have observed something about your family or your peers; road trips have become their go-to way of spending a holiday weekend. With many picturesque spots and relaxing destinations around the country, it’s no surprise that many choose to spend their vacations this way. Pair this with newly built expressways and the fact that there are various capable SUVs in the market, road-tripping has now become more accessible than ever before. This then begs the question: What SUV can endure the holiday weekend and take you back to work when vacation’s over?
Picture yourself going on one of these trips with your family or friends. Say you’ve got a party of five with a bunch of gear for a beach that’s easily 400kms away from the city. Think about what criteria you’ll need in a car to survive the trip. You’ll definitely need something robust, safe, easy to maneuver, and something with enough creature comforts to keep you and your passengers entertained throughout the long journey. In a nutshell, you will need an SUV that can guarantee your peace of mind on the road – something like the Isuzu mu-X. That said, we list down seven key features of Isuzu’s stalwart crossover that are vital to your next road trip.
Robust and durable
With heritage hailing from a line of durable truck-based predecessors, the mu-X establishes its roots as a no-frills, get-down-to-business kind of vehicle. Since the mu-X was a truck Isuzu made to shuttle people, there’s no questioning its durability when it comes to facing adverse road conditions during your trip. There’s no longer the need to think twice about crossing any road or gutted terrain because the mu-X can take anything you throw at it. Rigid and as tough as it gets, the mu-X provides perfect reliability for long journeys; Allowing you to plan other parts of the trip instead of being bothered with roadside repairs.
Of course, safety is technology paramount, no standard in any vehicle today. The mu-X has its fair share of safety tech in place. Alongside the ever-reliable 3-point seat belts for all occupants, the mu-X also comes with Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (ABS-EBD) and Brake Assist as well as its own Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and traction control system that will aid you during harsh weather conditions or emergency situations. Its sturdy chassis also lends itself well to occupant protection in the unlikely case of a crash. As evidence of such, the Isuzu mu-X received a five-star rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) in 2013.
Ease of maneuvering
With all the twists, turns, and double-backs you may have to perform during your trip, it’s important that your vehicle can easily follow your every step. The mu-X comes with power-assisted Rack and Pinion steering to allow for optimum response in steering input. Its turning radius also allows for easy tackling of U-turns or three-point turns when you need to turn the car around. Visibility is amplified thanks to its tall windows all around, this way you can clearly see further down the road – making your drive even safer. Parking sensors also provide aid when backing up to avoid any fender benders.
Made of hard plastic all around, the mu-X has an interior that’s as simple as it gets. Its theatre-style seating means there’s space for all occupants. Pair that with its versatile configuration of seating, the mu-X can seat you, your family, and your gear in relative comfort. Speaking of comfort, any vehicle in our region cannot do without proper air conditioning – and the mu-X’s sturdy power plant can ensure your A/C works around the clock to keep you cool. Also, thanks to an elaborate 5-link rear coil spring suspension with stabilizer bar setup, the mu-X does away with the bumpy ride associated with cars in this class and provides further comfort for its rear occupants.
Entertainment inside the mu-X comes via an 8-inch touch screen that can play host to music from your smartphone with ease of connectivity – you won’t want to stay quiet during that long trip after all! Beverages can be easily held for all your passengers as there’s a cup holder to match each seat. It’s theatre-styled seats lend themselves well to proper ergonomics as well – meaning your passengers won’t get nauseated during the long drive. They might even get a good nap in too. While being comfortably seated, a 10-inch roof-mounted monitor can provide entertainment for the occupants without distracting the driver. Navigation also comes as standard so you can easily find your way around the provinces. That’s another problem off the road trip checklist then.
Efficiency during long drives
All this convenience offered by the mu-X is good, but then you might wonder just how much all that will set you back with regards to fuel economy. The good news is fuel for the mu-X will be cheap and easy to find wherever you are in the country; all variants run diesel engines after all. Aside from diesel being relatively cheap, the mu-X consumes fairly efficiently for long distance driving. During the Department of Energy (DoE) Fuel Economy run in 2016, the mu-X LS-A 3.0L 4x2 5-AT got an average consumption of 25.53 kilometers per liter (km/L). With an efficient motor and a 65 liter fuel tank, the mu-X ensures you won’t be making frequent stops for fuel during your trip – and it won’t break your bank when you do. If you want to do your homework ahead of the trip, Isuzu Philippines has a fuel calculator on their website which will allow you to allocate your estimated spending for fuel ahead of time.
Spacious and Versatile
Given its many seating and cargo configurations, the mu-X can carry items of all shapes and sizes for your next trip. Aside from folding third row seats for sports gear, big luggage, and snacks, you can also secure more items on top of the mu-X by way of its roof rails. Bicycles can also be attached via trailer hitch at the back should you opt to go cycling.
All that said, the Isuzu mu-X presents itself as a straightforward choice to face the challenges of cross-country driving. Dependable, no-frills, comfortable, and efficient. What more can you ask for in a car for your next trip?
Learn more about the Isuzu mu-X in our New Car Buyers Guide.