1997 Acura SLX

  • 1997 Acura SLX Base Utility

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1997 Acura SLX Review

Good on the road, better off the road.

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The 1997 Acura SLX is a rebranded version of the Isuzu Trooper, which mostly targeted off-road sport utility vehicle (SUV) drivers who still wanted a solidly performing roadway vehicle. The SLX, on the other hand, puts greater emphasis on its usage as a passenger vehicle. As a result, the roadway performance is improved noticeably, and the interior is better appointed.

The 1997 Acura SLX is still a solid vehicle for off-road driving. The 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine has enough power to make it though more rugged terrain without getting stuck. However, it does not offer quite the same level of performance in this regard. Part of the reason the Trooper generally handles better off-road is because many of its options are not available on the SLX. It provides a good option for more comfort-minded SUV enthusiasts who still want the option of off-road performance.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Acura SLX, Acura SLX Premium

What's New

The 1997 Acura SLX does not receive any changes from the previous year’s model.


The 1997 Acura SLX is a relatively average-sized SUV, measuring in at 178.9 inches long. The body design is decently styled in comparison to more utilitarian SUV designs, lending it a more upscale look. Standard equipment includes a power antenna, alloy wheels, and fog lights, which are available on both models.


The 1997 Acura SLX really distinguishes itself from the Isuzu Trooper on the inside. The Premium offers standard features, such as power leather seats, power heated mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry, power windows, power locks, leather trim, a moonroof, air-conditioning, a cassette player, a CD player, and privacy glass. The base model still has a very good amount of base features; it’s really only missing out on the power leather seats.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Acura SLX improves on the decent ability of the Isuzu Trooper for driving on roadways without severely compromising the off-road capabilities. It has good acceleration for a vehicle its size and can turn reasonably well. It does not perform as well as a car or many other passenger vehicles, but it is not as awkward as many SUVs either. It handles fairly well off road, but the ride is bumpier because of the same suspension changes that help its on-road performance. Regardless, it strikes a good balance between roadway and off-road performance that few vehicles can match.


The 1997 Acura SLX is equipped with standard features, such as dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The rollover issues are occasionally exaggerated due to an article that over emphasized it. As a result, the rollover danger is only likely to be found by drivers attempting to perform some emergency maneuvers or intentionally trying to flip the vehicle over. While the rollover issue is there, it is not something drivers should worry about in normal driving situations.

EPA Fuel Economy

Acura SLX: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior with plenty of room for passengers and cargo
  • Excellent visibility
  • Decent off-road ability

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Bumpy ride
  • Less options than the Isuzu Trooper

Sum Up

Good on the road, better off the road.

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