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If you have to cross a flooding in the middle of the road, with a choice between a previous-generation Range Rover or a late '80s Toyota Hilux pickup truck, which would be your pick? Ideally, you would select the Range Rover; reasons being the cool-factor, technology and of course, since it is a Land Rover.
However, a new video has become viral on various social media platforms to prove otherwise. The footage shows a third-generation (L322) Land Rover Range Rover stuck in a flooded path. An excavator truck can be seen trying to ‘dig out' the luxury SUV.
Land Rover products are generally good off-roaders. In fact, we recently drove one of the entry-level products from the British brand, the Discovery Sport. We even managed to pull it out from some deep waters — check our detailed Land Rover Discovery Sport Review to know more.
Coming back to the topic, getting stuck is quite a common sight in flooded environments. No matter how expensive or capable the vehicle is, not all terrains can be forgiving. Furthermore, this necessarily need not be the Range Rover's incapability, but maybe the driver's carelessness.
Then came a Toyota Hilux!
To the surprise of everyone who was watching, the old Japanese pickup truck easily crossed the waters, with the least bit of struggle. The driver didn't even stop to check out the stuck Range Rover which cost almost ten times than the pickup (when new).
The pickup truck would have probably come to lend assistance to the flood-affected. But, it did manage to create an unintentional, yet effective, Toyota commercial in the process; that too without spending a penny.
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Before you conclude that even an old Toyota is better than a Land Rover, do keep in mind that the Hilux is more purpose-built and features a basic (and lighter) engineering setup. We suspect that the result would be the same if it was a Toyota Land Cruiser in the Range Rover's place (if the LC gets stuck in the first place). That said, the video is still an effective tool to annoy any Land Rover fan.