There have been some grizzly headlines this year regarding human on human attacks. Whatever stories the media comes up with to appease the masses, don’t believe it… a zombie outbreak is imminent! For your safety, it is imperative to be prepared.
This is not just another “surviving a zombie attack with your car” blog post. I’ve searched the Internet for solutions and it was very disappointing. Most of the selections suggested were out of the average American’s reach, often profiling vehicles that were well over $100K. Some were military type vehicles that couldn’t be found in even the most exotic dealerships. I needed to know what I could get today, if need be! It’s smart to drive an everyday vehicle that could be relied on to spring into action when the inevitable happens.
Below is a list of my top picks in no particular order. Each one is rated for the two most important areas of concern for surviving a zombie apocalypse: Fight and Flight. If you have any suggestions of other models with zombie-dodging capabilities, please share in the comments section below. Good luck and don’t forget to lock and load!
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the Rough Rider of SUV’s. It’s tough, hardy and can go where lesser vehicles fear to tread. Due to its advanced four-wheel drive systems and height adjustment settings, it has a solid off-road reputation. In disaster situations, versatility equals escape and that’s where the Grand Cherokee excels! Escape zombies in the snow… no problem! Escape zombies in a muddy bog… no problem! Escape, zombies in the bottom of a lake… you may want to get out and swim for it. It’s also fast with 360 horsepower and strong towing capabilities (a respectable 7,400 pounds for the Hemi V8 engine option), which is perfect for trailing along large amounts of food and supplies. What it lacks in fuel efficiency (18 mpg), it makes up for in speed and adaptability.
Average Rating: 4.25
Dodge Charger SXT
The Dodge Charger is mean. That is exactly why they’re often the top choice for cop cars. It’s a muscle car of legendary proportions… and it’s a sedan! You can load up your family (including the dog) and dash to safety in a vehicle solid enough to mow down any brain-eating worm bags that try to get between you and sweet, sweet freedom. Since the Dodge Charger is a powerful car (370 horsepower) that paradoxically has good fuel economy at 31 MPG, you can get very far.
Average Rating: 4.5
Chevrolet Suburban 1500
The Chevy Suburban has earned the highest rating on my list. It also happens to be one of the biggest SUVs on the market. With a traditional boxy styling and 320 horsepower, it means business! Not only is this beautiful brute strong and powerful, it also provides a smooth, quiet ride that allows for stealthy traveling. It has three rows of moveable seating and an almost cavernous 137 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row. The Suburban will give you the option to spread the wealth since it’s able to tow up to 8,100 pounds (9,600 if you step up to a 2500 model), which means you could easily take more people and or supplies in a trailer behind you! At 21 mpg, it’s quite economical for its size and capacity… an added bonus!
Average Rating: 4.75
Volvo XC90 SUV
The Volvo XC90 is an impressive vehicle. It’s not the same boxy tank as the Volvos of decades past, but its brawn is in the same place! It’s loaded with Volvo’s trademark safety technology that people have come to trust. The XC90 may not be as sporty as other vehicles in its class, but its strength lays in durability, versatility and safety. It’s a little thirsty with the gas (23 MPG), but it handles like a boss on rough roads and holds its own on off-road terrains. Since it has seating flexibility and superior cargo space, you can pack more food, supplies, and people than you could with most midsized SUV’s.
Average Rating: 4
Harley-Davidson Iron 883
Being only 86 inches in length, the Iron 883 is one of Harley-Davidson’s smallest motorcycles. It is fast and nimble enough to weave in and out of highway traffic jams, triggered by widespread panic. The down side is that it doesn’t provide protection from attack or space for loved ones. However, it is the perfect choice for the lone traveler who banks on dodging town quickly and thus avoiding confrontation with the undead all together. Since the Iron 883 is as comfortable as a cruiser and sports a retro 1950’s throwback design, you can escape certain death in style!
Average Rating: 3
BONUS: Army M35 Cargo Truck
For those who absolutely have to go “commando”, the Army M35 cargo truck (aka deuce and a half) will make your dreams come true! This truck has its place in history as being the vehicle of choice in transporting personnel and equipment for important military operations. It would be safe to say that you could comfortably stow at least twenty survivors in the back while casually crushing any zombie blockade without ever slowing down. M35’s are run on an LDT 465 turbocharged engine that is capable of using different types of fuel. Good thing because with only 11 MPG, you’ll have the option to siphon fuel out of any poor unfortunate’s vehicle you come across. Surprisingly, these trucks are accessible to civilians and very affordable. A decent one can be found online for only $6K to $10K!
Average Rating: Classified
Side Note: Zombie–proof your own car!
If you’re handy and have the luxury of time, another option is to zombie-proof your current car using materials you may already have at home. Refer to this video as a guide and source of inspiration. It also has many invaluable zombie survival tips, as well!
Hadria Douglas, Gengras Motors