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Some of the Most Popular Cars for Wading through Floods



Ordinary cars, and even some popular high-riding SUVs, aren’t all that great when you’re caught in a flooded area. Here’s a list of the best cars that can deal with even deep waters.

Rain is a good thing, especially after a long dry summer. What’s not so good is that some places aren’t designed with heavy rainfall, which then results in flooded areas.

You may end up caught between a flooded road and your home, which is truly annoying. What’s worse is trying to wade through a flood and finding out that your vehicle can’t exactly handle the water.

Most cars and even some SUVs aren’t meant to deal with more than 300 mm of water in the streets. That’s less than 12 inches. However, some vehicles have much higher wading depths so that even a flooded area isn’t really a big deal.

If you live in a place where streets are regularly flooded with deep waters, buy yourself one of these vehicles that won’t have any trouble with these floods:

The New Land Rover Defender

We specify the new Defender here because the old versions were only designed to wade through 500 mm of water (less than 20 inches). The new ones are almost twice as capable, with a wading dept of 900 mm. That’s more than 35.4 inches of water.

Land Rover Range Rover

Of course, you can opt for the Range Rover if you prefer a more luxurious ride, as you still get that 900 mm (35.4 inches) wading depth.

Land Rover Discovery

You also get the same wading depth with the Land Rover Discovery, with the air suspension fitted.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

This is almost as good, with a wading depth of 850 mm (33.5 inches).

Ford Ranger

This is obviously a more affordable option as the Range Rover can cost twice as much as the Ranger (especially when you get a second-hand Ranger). But you still get a wading depth of 800 mm (31.5 inches), and that’s just one of the reasons why you’d want this vehicle.

You’re able to carry a lot of heavy stuff in its load bay, and it can tow as much as 7,700 pounds (3,500 kg). It also has a clearance rate of 237 mm, which means you’re less likely to scrape the underside of the vehicle with whatever’s lurking underneath the water.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

It has been with us since WWII one way or another. Extreme off road capability with wading depth up to 30 inches.

Toyota Land Cruiser

This gives you a wading depth of 700 mm (27.6 inches). Since it’s a Toyota, you also enjoy the brand’s well-earned reputation for reliability, The Land Cruiser won’t let you down, which is why it has seen plenty of action all around the world.

You also get this wading depth regardless of the trim you pick. You may go with the small 3-door version or the larger 5-door model with all the bells and whistles, and you still should have no trouble with most floods.

Toyota Hilux

Like the Land Cruiser, this offers a wading depth of 27.6 inches. You also get a ground clearance that’s often twice as high as what you get from the lower-slung crossovers.

Mercedes-Benz G550

New G-wagen is longer and wider than previous generation. It’s capability to ford rivers increased up 27.6 inches plus tow trailer up to 7000 pounds.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

This is the more compact version of the full-sized Land Rover Discovery, but you’ll appreciate this as your sensible family car. The wading depth is 600 mm (23.6 inches), which should be enough for most floods in town. The interior space is also very comfortable, and you have the option for a 7-seater. The modern aesthetics doesn’t hurt either.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The new Evoque can also deal with 600 mm (23.6 inches) of water, plus you have lots of advanced features for your infotainment.

Mitsubishi L200

This pickup can deal with 600 mm (23.6 inches) of water as well. It’s also super-tough but you still get lots of head room and leg room in the bag. Some of the first-gen L200 pickups are still driving around with no issues.


With any of these dozen vehicles, you won’t have to worry overmuch when it rains and floods. Most important is drive slow. Wade on through and get home without any trouble!

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