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1997 Isuzu Hombre

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1997 Isuzu Hombre Review

A basic pickup truck with not much to offer.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

While much of the Isuzu lineup is well received, the Isuzu Pickup was an uninspired model that struggled to keep up with the competition. It is hardly a shock that Isuzu decided to retire the design in 1995. The new Isuzu Hombre originally appeared in 1996, and fills the same role of a light pickup that once belonged to the Isuzu Pickup.

While the 1997 Isuzu Hombre is a marked improvement over the original Pickup, but it still has one sticking point. The design of the Isuzu Hombre is largely taken from the same design used for the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma. On one hand, this means it's using a well-established design that can make it a good choice for prospective buyers. However, it also means that drivers interested in the Isuzu Hombre could potentially go for the S-10 or Sonoma with no regrets in the face of a better deal.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 4.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Isuzu Hombre S, Isuzu Hombre XS, Isuzu Hombre XS V-6

What's New

The 1997 Isuzu Hombre introduces a new extended Spacecab for the Hombre XS models. A 4.3-liter six-cylinder engine is now available as an option on a Spacecab-equipped Hombre.

Exterior

The 1997 Isuzu Hombre is a full-size truck, measuring in at 188.9 inches long with a wheel base of 108.3 inches. It's only a few inches shorter in length than the Isuzu Pickup used to be. Meanwhile, a rear step bumper is available as an optional feature.

Interior

The 1997 Isuzu Hombre is very utilitarian; it does not have any major standard accessories. The only options available are air-conditioning, AM/FM radio, and a cassette player. The cabin is average sized for both the regular cab and extended Spacecab options when compared to the competition.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Isuzu Hombre is plagued with weak performance, although this is not too surprising given the low price tag. The four-cylinder engine is underpowered, even when carrying little to no payload. Performance degrades if driven while fully loaded compared to other vehicles. Drivers that go for the six-cylinder engine option are going to see a significant boost in performance, acceleration, and hauling capability.

Safety

The 1997 Isuzu Hombre is equipped with such standard features as a driver’s side airbag and four-wheel anti-lock brakes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Isuzu Hombre 2.2-liter four-cylinder, five-speed manual: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Isuzu Hombre 4.3-liter six-cylinder, four-speed automatic: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Isuzu Hombre 4.3-liter six-cylinder, five-speed manual: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Decent fuel economy for a pickup truck
  • Low demand gives it a bargain price
  • Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes

You Won't Like

  • Weak engine
  • Six-cylinder engine not available in regular cab model
  • Similarly designed to Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma

Sum Up

A basic pickup truck with not much to offer.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Chevrolet S-10
  • Dodge Dakota
  • Ford Ranger
  • GMC Sonoma
  • Toyota Tacoma
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