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2002 Isuzu Axiom Review
Simply a revamped Rodeo.
Reviewed by Automotive on
The 2002 Isuzu Axiom has a curvier body than its SUV competitors, and designers looked to obtain sedan-like qualities including comfort, nimble handling, appealing performance, and easy-control dimensions. Construction is body-on-frame with stiffened transmission and engine mounts.
The 2002 Isuzu Axiom is trying to snag buyers who like a versatile, tough SUV but don't want boxy styling or an ill-handling sport vehicle. With numerous gadgets and bold styling, it's the same underneath the hood, using an architecture that is typical of truck-based SUVs. Torsion bars and control arms make up front suspension, while a five-link system with coil springs positions the rear axle. Intelligent Suspension Control (ISC) adjusts shock settings for a softer ride or a sportier ride depending on the driver. A four-speed automatic features winter and power modes and is the only transmission available.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Isuzu Axiom, Isuzu Axiom XS
The 2002 Isuzu Axiom makes its debut this model year. Before it hit the dealerships, the automaker held a contest for naming the newcomer; it drew 17,000 entries. It tries to merge rough-natured sport-utility with the driving dynamics and style of a sedan.
The 2002 Isuzu Axiom rides a 106.4-inch wheelbase and extends to 182.6 inches long. The styling comes from concept cars of the 1990s, which includes the ZXS and Zaccara. The design has an arched roofline, sculpted wheel arches, six-spoke 17-inch wheels, and a bold grille with air intake slots. Exterior features coming on each model include skid plates, privacy glass, painted finish bumpers, trailer wiring, rear liftgate door, a rear defogger, and a matching full-size spare tire. The XS model adds a power glass sunroof, and both models have variable intermittent wipers on the front and rear.
The 2002 Isuzu Axiom is comfortable and roomy. Cargo capacity is 85.4 cubic feet, better than almost any midsize SUV in the marketplace other than the Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer. Standard seating holds five passengers with a power-adjustable driver’s seat and folding rear seat that has fold-down armrests. The SUV may feel more like a sedan than SUV because of the sculpted theme and has an elegant and sophisticated feel that is not common in most SUVs.
The Isuzu Axiom has two trim levels: base and XS. Base trim levels include numerous available features that include keyless entry, 17-inch wheels, front dual airbags, power moonroof, CD changer, adjustable seats, power mirrors, power windows with on-touch feature, cargo net, cruise control, velour bucket seats, climate control, front door pockets, universal remote transmitter, tilt steering wheel, trip computer, and power steering. The XS adds leather seats and leather door trim to the list of standard features. Both models have an eight-speaker stereo with multi-CD player that sits in the center console.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Isuzu Axiom displays a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 230 horsepower under the hood. It's paired with an automatic four-speed transmission. The SUV has a four-wheel-drive system that incorporates shock absorbers for driving on various road conditions. There are 17 different settings available for the suspension, while a dashboard switch allows mode selection for either Comfort or Sport mode. Towing capacity is excellent for the segment, and it's able to tow 4500 pounds. It has smooth acceleration and energetic passing capabilities. The ride is pleasant and comfortable with relatively firm suspension; however, harsh pavement conditions can jostle passengers a bit, even with the placement of shock absorbers.
The 2002 Isuzu Axiom have safety features that include child seat anchors, an engine immobilizer, headrests in front and rear, center lap belt in rear, height-adjustable headrests, electronic brake force distribution, anti-theft alarm, and four-wheel ABS. Government testing performed resulted in a five-star rating for side-impact testing of front and rear crashes. It also receives four stars in passenger and driver protection during crash testing, and three stars for rollover safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Features unique
- Powerful V-6
- Distinctive style
You Won't Like
- Drivetrain choices are limited
- Old tech underpinnings
Simply a revamped Rodeo.
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