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1999 Acura SLX

  • 1999 Acura SLX Base Utility

    Base Utility

    • MAX MPG
      19
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      215/230
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $36,300
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1999 Acura SLX Review

A rebadged clone of the Isuzu Trooper.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1999 Acura SLX is a rebadged and lightly upgraded version of the Isuzu Trooper. It is an SUV manufactured by Honda and sold under its Acura brand. The vehicle was introduced in 1995 and sold in the United States only. The SLX is expected to end its production this year and be replaced by another SUV. The short production life of the SLX has been attributed to the controversy surrounding the Isuzu Trooper, which were thought to have a high tendency to roll over under test conditions.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Acura SLX

What's New

The 1999 Acura SLX is set to be the last model year for the SUV. With sales remaining low for the fourth continuous year, the SLX remains unchanged for 1999.

Exterior

The 1999 Acura SLX shares the same large exterior as the Isuzu Trooper. This means that the SLX has a wheelbase of 91.7 inches for a three-door version and 108.7 inches for the five-door versions. The three-door version has a length of 166.7 inches, and the five-door version has a length of 183.5 inches. The width and height of the 1999 Acura SLX is 72.2 inches.

Interior

The 1999 Acura SLX shares the same spacious interior as the Isuzu Trooper. Headroom is not a problem at all, irrespective of where the occupant is sitting. The back seat offers enough shoulder width to accommodate three adults comfortably without squeezing on another. The tall build of the 1999 Acura SLX also allows the windows to be large enough for good visibility all around. The problem here is the huge steering wheel that resembles a bus’s steering wheel. It takes some time to get used to but is not a problem. The dashboard is a simple and well-planned affair, just like that of the Trooper. However, a few controls are placed haphazardly and away from easy reach of the driver.

The 1999 Acura SLX's cargo room is as abundant as its passenger room, and it can be increased even further with a 70/30-split folding seatback. On the downside, the tall stance of the SLX makes the step-up height higher than average, which ultimately results in difficult entry and exit for the front and rear.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Acura SLX is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 215 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque. The engine is only combined with a four-speed automatic transmission; there is no manual transmission option. The vehicle gets the same Torque on Demand system present in the Isuzu Trooper. This traction control system allows the vehicle to switch from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive at any time and instantly direct power to the front or rear wheels for the best traction. This improves the vehicle’s stability and also provides good off-road capabilities.

The 1999 Acura SLX is powered by the V-6 engine that runs smoothly and quietly, and the transmission is very responsive on the highway. However, it does tend to shift gears rapidly while driving around the city. The ride quality is stable and subtle, especially for the four-door version and most bumps are absorbed well. However, the vehicle fails to absorb large bumps, and gets a little harsh on rough roads.

The 1999 Acura SLX has obvious body lean, but it is not overly unstable, like the rumors ray. In fact, the SLX and Trooper have has much body lean as other SUVs do, and it does not rollover dangerous at moderate speeds like tests on the 1996-1997 models claimed. The NHTSA confirmed this as well in its own separate tests.

Safety

The 1999 Acura SLX gets three out of five starts for driver and passenger safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA. The NHTSA also tested the Trooper and the SLX for alleged rollover tendency under its own conditions. During its tests, the administration found that the steering wheel had to be twisted more sharply than a driver would turn it, even in an unexpected event.

EPA Fuel Economy

Acura SLX: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Good off-road performance
  • Great visibility

You Won't Like

  • Poor entry/exit
  • Poor ride quality

Sum Up

A rebadged clone of the Isuzu Trooper.

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