By Oscar Collins
The apocalypse could look like a number of things. It could come in the form of nuclear war, societal collapse, or a new contagion. Regardless of the scenario, the surviving humans need to be able to navigate the stressed landscape with efficiency and safety.
When determining what is the best vehicle for the apocalypse, all have their pros and cons – the key is adaptability and knowing your survival plan.
For this article, we’re going to look at the ideal. If you could pull out a apocalypse vehicle Christmas catalog, this would be it.
These are great vehicles for traversing difficult terrain:
Maybe your hideaway is on a small island surrounded by a large lake or tucked away in the mountains so nobody can compromise your stocks. Traversing rugged terrain will undoubtedly be necessary for some in the apocalypse trying to escape the potential quarrels in populated areas on the ground.
There are vehicles like the Sherp ATV and Gibbs Quadski Amphibious Quad for water. The Sherp only puts out 44 horsepower and 25 mph – however, it can go around 4 mph in the water. Its massive 63-inch tires can also tackle other intense terrains like dunes and snow.
The Gibbs Quadski is less heavy-duty for a cheaper alternative and will kick up rocks effectively while off-roading. Its abilities on the water are unparalleled, propelling at a much faster speed of 45 mph, and it could keep that up for almost two hours. Safe escape from land has never been so easy.
The Ariel Nomad Tactical may be the dune buggy apocalypse dream for hot deserts, reaching 230-300 horsepower and weighing only around 1,750 pounds. This makes control precise, so manipulating through any environment will be smooth sailing even if it hits the pavement. With its open design, hauling your safety and maintenance necessities has to be well-thought-out if you’re going to maintain speed and preparedness.
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If you’re traveling short distances on a regular basis after the collapse, you’ll want one of these:
Who knows what resources will be available? And gas stocks only last so long. With this consideration, electric vehicles are the way to go, provided you can keep them charged. That will take a substantial solar setup at your retreat, but it is something worth thinking about. Especially if you may need to regularly travel 5 miles down the road to check on friends and family when the SHTF.
If you are familiar with the overlander lifestyle, specific EVs will provide greater endurance and comfort.
The Mustang Mach-E is one of those, going from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds. With survivors probably making the roads less safe than they already are, the safety features like automated emergency braking will help keep you and yours alive for longer.
For long distances, you may want to prepare for any extreme condition. The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport R might serve you well with its intimidating body. With all-wheel drive, hill-start assist, and blind-spot monitoring, staying well-equipped for long periods is no issue with its V6 engine. It also provides additional lumbar support for those struggling with back pain.
For something with fewer wheels, the Motoped Survival Bike may be more fitting for a survival plan, needing less room to haul and having more opportunity to travel stealthily and economically. Its motocross-style build could withstand more wear than the average bike, especially traveling long distances. With several mounts for a phone and flashlight and tons of tie-on points to carry bug-out gear, it can still go 160 mpg.
If battling adversaries, you need a vehicle that can take a beating.
For zombies, aliens, or whatever the world throws at humanity, it’s possible to survive by fighting back — that means having a vehicle that can withstand a beating. This means durability, bulletproof exteriors, and heft. Being on the battlefront may also mean a more nomadic lifestyle, and your vehicle has not only to be solid but also spacious enough to survive the new routine of nights sleeping in the back seat.
With that in mind, Jeep has many great options for offensive apocalypse survivors, including the Wrangler. It’s also suitable for off-roading but has the room and robust build to tackle adversaries. With tons of safety features in case of an emergency, its Off-Road Plus driving mode offers drivers an optimized throttle feel, shift points, and traction control for when things get out of hand.
Roll into the arena fully equipped with the Knight XV Fully Armored SUV, decked out with a V10 engine, night vision cameras, and bulletproof exterior. Fit your family and friends safely with room for six while still proving everyone wrong that you can’t go into the apocalypse with luxury tastes.
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What’s the best vehicle for the apocalypse?
Every apocalypse situation is different – you may need more storage than the ability to go off-roading. You may need to consider access to parts in case of repairs. No matter what, each vehicle should provide sound security for its distinctive circumstances. Design a plan for where you want to hide away and choose the car best suited for that adventure.
What are your thoughts on what the best vehicle is to survive the apocalypse? Are there other makes and models you have in mind? Have you used any of the above? Let us know below.
About Oscar Collins
Oscar is a car fanatic who spends a lot of time writing about vehicles over at Modded.com,