2002 Isuzu Axiom First Drive – Full Review of the New 2002 Isuzu Axiom – Road & Track

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Isuzu Axiom

By Joe Rusz April 1, 2001 / by Photo by Joe Rusz

The folks at call their latest sport-utility vehicle the Axiom, to some may sound like computer-generated car name. It’s of course.

In fact, Axiom, a self-evident truth, is a real chosen by the company, which a vehicle-naming contest on its website. The entry from among was submitted by Doctor Hakan an electrical engineer from Washington, who not only won a new Isuzu (he for an Axiom), but also gets to that he’s the guy who named it.

Okay, so we know what the literally means. But what it mean in automotive terms? on our initial driving impressions and on response, it means that has another winner on its hands.

calls the Axiom a cross a sport-luxury and a sport-utility vehicle. In the Axiom is a cross between the and the Trooper and just happens to the former’s ladder frame, and live rear axle and the engine and transmission#151;suitably modified, of

So, while the Rodeo’s basic and dimensions (wheelbase and track) are the frame has been reinforced to chassis flex. Likewise, the 3.5-liter, aluminum-alloy dohc while fundamentally the same, out 230 (versus 215) bhp in Axiom thanks to re-engineered intake and systems.

The drivetrain, available with an automatic transmission, is a Trooper carryover and includes drive (through the rear or all-wheel drive (available at cost). By the way, awd versions of the (and the Trooper) feature (TOD), a Borg-Warner-designed traction-control that uses computer to optimally apportion power to the wheels.

To emulate the ride of a luxury sport sedan, the torsion bar-sprung, unequal-length front suspension and coil-spring, rear suspension are equipped Intelligent Suspension Control a system that controls valving to optimize ride and Pushbuttons on the lower dash the driver to choose between the more taut ride of the mode and the smoothness of the Comfort

Not shared with any Isuzu is the Axiom’s styling. With to chief designer Seiji the Axiom looks like a and narrower Volvo station especially when viewed the rear. That’s okay: I Volvos are tastefully styled.

Up front, the massive grille, and surround remind me of the latest particularly those from Disparate as these two design may seem, they are neatly together by an arcing roofline imparts a dynamic look to is essentially a box on wheels.

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Kudos to and Isuzu for having the courage to the Axiom’s interior simple and pleasing. Straightforward controls situated live in an interior is understated without being There’s only one upholstery tan and black, which goes with all six ex terior hues. abound, even in the base priced in the mid-20s.

An extra two or three thousand puts you into the XS model sports such items as a power moonroof and leather

Over the years Isuzu has a reputation for building sturdy, SUVs (ask. whose is a Rodeo at heart) and the Axiom is cut the same cloth. er. steel. to its ladder frame (no mere here), it feels rock-solid.

it rides and handles more a car than a sport ute and does not in a stoplight grand prix. For the (me), ingress/egress is accomplished a ladder. And although few Axiom will ever venture the end of the pavement, it’s comforting to that with shift-on-the-fly an Axiom can go anywhere (both 2wd and awd even come with a plate).

Built in Lafayette, Indiana, the goes on sale in April, the time Dr. Urey will be tooling around Redmond in his possession#151;the one with his name on it.

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