The 1998 Acura SLX provides a modified version of the Isuzu Trooper. Instead of focusing on the traditional audience of sport utility vehicles, the SLX primarily aims for drivers who never plan on going offroad. The roadway performance of the Trooper improves noticeably and the interior looks better appointed.
Despite the focus on roadway performance, the Acura SLX still makes a good offroad vehicle. It has enough power to make it though more rugged terrain without getting stuck. However, it does not perform as well as the Isuzu Trooper. Mainly because many of the Trooper’s options remain absent from the SLX. However, it can make it through rough terrain if needed.
The Acura SLX provides a good option for more comfort-minded SUV enthusiasts. The offroad performance still seems quite impressive, but not enough to turn heads as much as utilitarian SUV options.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Acura SLX
The 1998 Acura SLX comes equipped with a more powerful engine and a new four-wheel-drive system.
The Acura SLX looks like a fairly large SUV, measuring in at 187.8 inches long, 72.2 inches wide, and 72.2 inches tall. The body design has a decent style in comparison to more utilitarian SUV designs. A power antenna comes standard on the 1998 Acura SLX, along with power heated mirrors, keyless entry, power windows, power locks, and a moonroof.
The interior lets the 1998 Acura SLX really distinguishes itself from the Isuzu Trooper. Power leather seats, leather trim, air-conditioning, a cassette player, a CD player, and privacy glass all provide standard features for the SLX.
Performance & Handling
The Acura SLX improves on the decent ability of the Isuzu Trooper for driving on roadways without severely compromising the off-road capabilities. The SLX offers decent acceleration for a vehicle of its size and turns reasonably well. The 1998 Acura SLX does not perform as well as a car or many other roadway vehicles, but it offers more than most SUVs on the road. The SLX handles fairly well offroad, but the ride feels bumpier than the Trooper due to suspension changes.
Dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard on the 1998 Acura SLX. The rollover issues of the SLX occasionally get exaggerated due to an article that over emphasized the rollover issues despite also pointing out that it required turning the steering wheel more than a driver would do under normal conditions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura SLX: 13/18 mpg city/highway
- 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
Gives the competition a run for their money.
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