Isuzu Trooper LS – Short Take Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Isuzu Trooper


In our case, make that a Stormtrooper.

Ask a owner to identify the most-liked about these trucks, and inevitably hear at least three things: It can carry all my I sit high up with a commanding of the road, and it can get me through bad weather. first two qualities are easily or tossed out, but rarely we had a four-by-four in our stable when a or a full-tilt storm rolls our Ann Arbor headquarters.

But last a white 2000 Isuzu LS joined us just in time for a combination thunderstorm and tornado, a episode capable of relocating

At about 6 o’clock on a Tuesday last May, it began sheeting rain and Gobstopper-size that flooded streets in a of moments. This was soon by howling winds and genuflecting Sirens went off.

crackled in the near distance.

The warned me not to dare venture but my tiny ranch house, does not have a basement wherein I might cower, was with less structural than what was bestowed by the on the Yugo. So I was forced to see this storm as an adventure opportunity. lightning bolts, I ran out to the Trooper in my driveway. (There was a bad moment I noticed that, all in white, it had the of a storybook ambulance.)

We last tested a Trooper in a big year for the Japanese bruiser, the engine had just been from 3.2 to 3.5 liters and Isuzu added its Torque-on- Demand four-wheel-drive system. The system’s a to use. Simply push a button, and an electronically controlled automatically sends power to the wheels when the rears

I switched on TOD as I backed into the street. In spots, the water was six to almost a foot deep. To my the Trooper has 8.3 inches of ground so I didn’t snag any fallen

Isuzu, in fact, calls the a classic SUV-a truck off-road capabilities. It’s not lame car-based sport-ute.

And Isuzu has a point. The Trooper has 1.6 inches of ground clearance the country’s bestselling SUV, the Explorer. Our LS model had power side mirrors to help you through tight trails, and also a floor-mounted lever engages four-wheel-drive low range and the front-to-rear torque split at

Isuzu says Trooper are twice as likely to take vehicles off-road as are average ute with 27 percent of them to leave the pavement.

Isuzu Trooper

Only existing Trooper owners be able to distinguish a 1998 from the updated 2000 Key clues are the front grille, new and rear taillights. Isuzu added a two-wheel-drive model, around option groupings, and an automatic climate-control system to all

Pricing has held steady 1998, when Isuzu a few grand off the Trooper’s sticker. Trooper’s start at $27,455 for a S model and climb to $35,193 for a four-wheel-drive LTD. Upgrading to a version of any model costs two grand, except for the manual-transmission S model, which is only more than the two-wheeler.

Our LS car, which fits the S and LTD designations, came with heaters, a huge sunroof inches by 61.5), and a six-disc CD changer for $32,337.

That is more than chump about the same as for a similarly Ford Explorer XLT or Jeep Cherokee Laredo, both of have slightly smaller areas-85 cubic feet of with the rear seats compared with the Grand 72 and the Explorer’s 80.

During my storm wanderings, I need the Trooper’s cavernous hold or 5000-pound towing but I did appreciate the high, upright position, the large windshield, and the sloping hood, all of which a clear view of what like a road.

Earlier in the on dry roads, I found two downsides to the tall stance. There’s a bit too body roll in turns, and it tossed around by crosswinds. But you get the feeling the Trooper is mainly an vehicle. The interior is subdued and when flogging this big SUV to its 9.4-second 0-to-60- mph sprint.

The ride is compliant without floppy. We’ve always Troopers for their excellent quality, and this one was no different. as a nod to the Trooper’s durability, Isuzu now a 10-year/120,000- mile powertrain and a 3- year/50,000-mile vehicle warranty.

By 8 the storm had passed and the streets I didn’t have the fun of towing cars from ditches or over fallen trees, but at I knew I could have.

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