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1999 Isuzu Amigo Review
Not perfect, but some perks.
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The 1999 Isuzu Amigo is a midsized SUV manufactured by the Japanese automaker Isuzu. The car was sold as the Wizard in Japan, where it was first launched in early 1989. The Amigo was introduced in the United States a short while after its Japanese debut, in the second quarter of 1989. The vehicle was launched as a three-door SUV and a five-door version of the vehicle will be launched the following year as the Isuzu Rodeo.
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 2.2-liter I-4
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Isuzu Amigo S w/Soft Top, Isuzu Amigo S
The 1999 Isuzu Amigo is available in two body styles- the soft-top and the hardtop, and the V-6 engine will now get the option of an automatic transmission. The new hardtop model comes with a pop-up sunroof over the rear seat. The original semi-convertible also has a heated rear seat. However, this model year sees the removal of cruise control from all models.
The 1999 Isuzu Amigo has a wheelbase of 96.9 inches, which is shorter than that of its five-door counterpart, the Rodeo. Unlike the Rodeo, the Amigo does not come with a spare tire mounted on its rear, and it comes with a soft top as standard. The new façade that was reintroduced in 1998, after it stopped production in 1992, has done quite well in impressing the target of audience Isuzu. The convertible model in particular has held its own against strong competition in the SUV market, and its distinct exterior design is expected to get customers for this year.
For a three-door wagon, the 1999 Isuzu Amigo offers just about average space for front occupants. However, entry and exit is problematic because of the high step-up to the interior. The rear seat is expectedly small and cramped, and adults can find themselves squeezed uncomfortably inside the vehicle. Entry and exit for the rear bench is a challenge in itself, and not everyone can do it successfully. Another big challenge for the 1999 Isuzu Amigo is its manual top. The vinyl soft top is very tedious to handle, and it can take a while to bring the top up and down.
Performance & Handling
The base engine for the 1999 Isuzu Amigo is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder dual-overhead cam engine that delivers 130 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque. This engine is available with just the five-speed manual transmission. Other models of the 1999 Isuzu Amigo come with a dual-cam 3.2-liter V-6 engine that delivers 205 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. This particular engine comes with manual and automatic transmission.
The 1999 Isuzu Amigo fails to match the best compact SUVs in the market in terms of performance, but it does offer some advantages. The four-wheel-drive model’s low-range gearing capability makes it very successful in off-road excursions, almost as much as the Jeep Wrangler and far more successfully than the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The Amigo offers its best performance with the V-6 engine under its hood. The difference in power delivered by the V-6 and the straight-four engine is quite evident; a four-wheel-drive V-6 engine-powered Amigo with manual transmission can go from standstill to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. The ride quality and handling characteristics offered by the 1999 Isuzu Amigo is good, but not better than its rivals. The large tires of the SUV absorb small bumps, but a short wheelbase and firm suspension make it almost impossible for big bumps to get absorbed. The Amigo bounces significantly over potholes, frost heaves, and uneven pavements.
The 1999 Isuzu Amigo comes with four-wheel anti-lock brakes as a standard safety feature. However, there are no crash test results available for the SUV at present.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Sporty styling
- Standard four-wheel ABS
- Good off-road performance
You Won't Like
- Lack of standard features
- Inadequate rear space
Not perfect, but some perks.
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