The Best Cars for the Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland  

Richard Rowe
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Have you ever wondered about the best cars to drive in a post-apocalyptic situation? Then this list is exactly what you need. Just imagine: Northwest of Las Vegas, a right-wing Nazi "patriot" group claims a big chunk of the Nevada as their own - a Holy Fourth Reich. The public demands action, but federal forces fear endangering civilian hostages caught in the Reichland's borders. Targeted drone strikes send the Nazis to take shelter in the overrun Yucca Mountain Nuclear Storage facility. Realizing they're doomed, they decide they aren't going to be taken by the socialist Illuminati lizard men alive.

The Nazis emerge with high explosives strapped to hundreds of drums, believing them to contain nuclear waste and a bio-weaponized strain of smallpox called RE-7. Crying "Valhalla!," they detonate the explosives, sending a plume of radioactive waste and RE-7 into the desert winds. The landscape rots to an ashy gray wasteland. Most of the human survivors, those exposed to RE-7, become... something else. Something inhuman. Unholy. And hungry. 

You find yourself in Nevada, surrounded by automobiles that are dead on the highway. Mindless Infected are everywhere, as are uninfected but equally savage bands of irradiated Nazi bandits, fighting for the last drops of clean water and guzzoline. But you've heard of a place. Maybe just a rumor. Somewhere far up in Canada, supposedly untouched by the dark winds of apocalypse. It may be a myth. It may be a lie. It may be your only hope... if only you could get there and find out.   

Time to pick your ride. Vote up the cars you'd trust to carry you safely across the post-apocalyptic wasteland and vote down the ones that just aren't tough or fast enough for the end of the world.
MRAP is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cars for the Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland
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Now that every podunk police force in the country has decided it needs a military surplus armored personnel carrier, you should be able to find these things parked anywhere there are two squad cars and a speed trap. Built to resist RPGs, IEDs, and SOBs of all kinds, this behemoth will instantly turn the tables on those guzzoline-raiding cannibal mutants. Which is a good thing, since you'll probably have to steal all their gas just to keep it running.

Bonus: You'll probably also find a bunch of military surplus M-16s and grenade launchers inside, since Podunk, Nevada police apparently need those too. 
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Jeep Cherokee XJ
Jeep Cherokee XJ is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cars for the Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland
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Of all the SUVs on Earth, only Jeep SUVs are Jeeps, and the XJ is almost indisputably the best of them. You probably won't have to look too far for a good example that's been modified and seen tons of off-road duty in the desert. The XJ is light, relatively easy on precious fuel, and it's got excellent visibility for picking off plague zombies in your blind spots. It's also got enough interior space to haul four other male survivors... or a single female survivor, a one-eared dog, and enough fuel to deliver all three of you to Canada.
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Hummer H1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cars for the Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland
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If this isn't on your list, you've got no business in this mutant Nazi zombie cannibal chainsaw apocalypse. Go home, hippie. 
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Ford E250 Van
Ford E250 Van is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cars for the Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland
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Makes sense on the same basis that any big, four-wheel-drive SUV would, but it's much more comfortable if you can't find any burned out houses to sleep in. With the E250, you've got plenty of payload capacity for armor plating, space inside for an arsenal, and tons of solar panel room up top for that DVD player constantly looping Charlton Heston movies. With no windows to break or black out, as well as the ability to hide out in the woods forever, you can rest assured nobody will ever pry your guns from your cold, dead hands. 
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