2002 Isuzu Axiom XS Auto Review

10 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2002 Isuzu Axiom XS Auto Review

Isuzu’s new Axiom as the most brazen example to of the groundswell automotive movement crossover vehicles. This sport-utility model softens the SUV styling approach of straight and squared corners to convey a personality, highlighted by its defiantly front fascia, arcing sculpted fender flares and patterned wheels. Beneath its skin, though, the Axiom on a rigid 8-crossmember frame maintains a degree of kinship to the slightly smaller Rodeo and larger Trooper.

In both and on-/off-road prowess, Isuzu is its versatile newcomer as an alternative to the costly Acura MDX and Lexus RX Both are car-based, in contrast to more rugged, truck-derived By promoting its unconventional nature-using no a pitchman than the reborn Joe firm expects to avoid sales from either its or Trooper, both of which classic off-road enthusiasts.

Some may find the Axiom’s muscular front-end styling a bit the top, but aesthetic consideration the hard points on its fascia been designed to exactly the bumper height of a passenger car to minimize damage in case of collisions.

In dealerships since the Axiom is available in base or XS trim and offers buyers a of rear- or full-time 4-wheel configurations. Starting at $25,985, a base Axiom boasts an array of standards headed by a V-6 automatic transmission, adjustable anti-lock brakes, and an astonishingly roster of comfort/convenience items. up to XS trim ($28,305 for 2WD) and get even better.

A features that already includes climate control, AM/FM/CD/cassette 6-disc CD changer, power power driver’s seat, control, keyless remote and a HomeLink garage door expands with the addition of a moonroof, heated front power passenger seat and upholstery in place of cloth Even our top-of-the-line 4WD XS tester commanded only $31,330, destination fees.

Inside, the Axiom continues its motif by mixing semi-muted tones with brightwork trim. A relatively high and modestly scaled greenhouse an added sense of security to avant-garde Isuzu without impacting sightlines. The Axiom’s front buckets offer support up front, while the adjustability of the seat and steering make it a breeze to get comfortable.

for having audio/heat/ventilation switchgear a bit low in the center of the dash to accommodate the information display, most main controls are easily

Isuzu Axiom

Our only criticism of the Axiom’s aft is that the relatively low placement of the seat cushion (which access/egress easier) leads to a knee-high seating position. aside, there’s generous for a pair of adults or modest for three. Filling the basic cubic foot cargo bay is by a large rear hatch bumper-level cutout.

When maximum hauling is the of the day, the Axiom’s split-folding bench can be quickly and easily and flopped to open up its generous cubic feet of space. The retractable cargo cover pops in and out of place with a push-and-rotate action.

Beneath its sloping hood, the Axiom a fortified version of Isuzu’s 3.5-liter DOHC V-6. intake and exhaust plumbing bump output to 230 horsepower, 15 than it makes in the Trooper, torque remains at 230 lb.-ft. teamed with a standard automatic transmission that smoothly and incorporates a special logic circuit to prevent gear changes on uphill and runs.

The duo packs a solid performance sending our test vehicle 0-60 mph in just 8.7 seconds and the quarter mile in 16.5 at 82.3 mph. It also the Axiom EPA fuel economy of 16 city/20 highway, in either or all-wheel drive guise, providing a standard tow rating of pounds. Although the engine tend to sound off a bit under acceleration, it’s a pretty price to pay for the kind of real-world it delivers.

On the stopping side of the the Axiom is even more Its ABS-abetted 4-wheel discs our 4,180-pound tester from mph in a decidedly car-like 126 feet.

As its closest Isuzu SUV kin, the suspension matches an independent bar front setup with a 5-link live axle out On 4-wheel drive models, hardware is combined with Torque-on-Demand system, the same found on the Trooper since It automatically adjusts motive between the front and rear using a variety of predictive and inputs.

Unlike some competitors, the 4WD also offers a low range case for particularly challenging conditions. All of this works in with the latest generation of Intelligent Suspension Control, a semi-active system that can adjust the damping actions of shock absorber through a of 17 settings. Tying the Axiom to firma are 235/65SR17 all-season on standard cast alloy

Out in the real world, the net result of well-seasoned technological potpourri is a utility that approaches the flavor of a mid-level sport if not its overall cornering prowess. though it has nearly eight of ground clearance, our Axiom little of the top-heavy reactions one with vehicles having a center of gravity.

It responded to the challenge of negotiating winding mountain roads surprising confidence and proved a freeway cruiser. Disengaging the firmer Sport mode the ride instantly without any unpleasant sense of wallow. some impact harshness come through on seriously or broken pavement, the Axiom is a cut above many of its competitors in department as well.

The Axiom is produced at the Subaru-Isuzu joint-venture in Lafayette, Indiana. Total is expected to be in the neighborhood of 30,000-35,000 per year. While hard-core might be a bit skeptical, most SUV owners are likely to be delighted by the twin virtues of sprightly and car-like road manners. The that it doesn’t look like all the other sport on the market should only to further distinguish it from the (www.isuzu.com)

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