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1998 Isuzu Hombre

  • 1998 Isuzu Hombre S Short Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    S Short Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/140
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,519
  • 1998 Isuzu Hombre XS Short Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    XS Short Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/140
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $11,984
  • 1998 Isuzu Hombre XS Spacecab Long Bed Extended Cab Pickup

    XS Spacecab Long Bed Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      21
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/140
    • ENGINE
      2.2L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,235
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1998 Isuzu Hombre Review

A great little truck with looks that kill.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1998 Isuzu Hombre is more or less a clone of GM’s Chevy S-10 compact pickup and the practically identical GM Sonoma. When the S-10 and Sonoma were redesigned, GM permitted Isuzu to make some mild revisions to the earlier incarnations of the S-10 and Sonoma to market and sell as part of its Hombre line. This was a win-win; Isuzu saved millions by not having to design its own pickup, and GM increased its compact pickup production, which with fixed costs made it cheaper for them to manufacture the units. It is available with either an S or XS trim. The S models are better suited for work than play and come standard with vinyl floor covering and minimal options ranging from air-conditioning to a car stereo. The XS models are upper-scale and better equipped. The XS offers custom cloth upholstery, carpeted floors, and a tachometer. The recently introduced Extended Cap model is only available with an XS trim.

The Range

Body styles: truck
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 4.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Isuzu Hombre S 2WD, Isuzu Hombre S 4WD, Isuzu Hombre XS 2WD, Isuzu Hombre XS Spacecab 2WD, Isuzu Hombre XS Spacecab 4WD

What's New

The 1998 Isuzu Hombre’s front-end makeover this year gives it a much more unique and attractive grille design than the all-too conservative front end of the S-10. The XS and S trims ride a wheelbase of 108.30-inches and are 187.1 inches long. All trims are 67.9 inches wide. The Spacecab trims ride a wheelbase of 122.9 inches and are 201.7 inches in long. All trims have cargo area dimensions of 72.8 inches. Front suspension for all trims is independent. Each trim comes with 15-inch wheels with the four-wheel drive trims having a wider tire. It has a very nice appearance with a nice design that looks sharp on the road.

Exterior

The 1998 Isuzu Hombre’s front-end makeover this year gives it a much more unique and attractive grille design than the all-too conservative front end of the S-10. The XS and S trims ride a wheelbase of 108.30-inches and are 187.1 inches long. All trims are 67.9 inches wide. The Spacecab trims ride a wheelbase of 122.9 inches and are 201.7 inches in long. All trims have cargo area dimensions of 72.8 inches. Front suspension for all trims is independent. Each trim comes with 15-inch wheels with the four-wheel drive trims having a wider tire. It has a very nice appearance with a nice design that looks sharp on the road.

Interior

The 1998 Isuzu Hombre interior is quite comfortable. The seats offer both support and comfort. The instrument panel has logically placed controls well within driver reach. As with any compact pickup, the rear seats are quite cramped for adult passengers. These rear seats fold out from each side of the cab. The most appropriate use for the back is as a dry and secure cargo space with the seats folded in, rather than folded out for passengers.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Isuzu Hombre drives very pleasant and is rather quiet in comparison to similar compact pickups where road and body noise are typically noticeable. It has responsive and precise steering and handles well with minimum body roll, especially for a high-riding four-wheel vehicle.

Safety

The 1998 Isuzu Hombre comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The NHTSA and IIHS crash-test data are unavailable.

EPA Fuel Economy

Isuzu Hombre: 19/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Inexpensive
  • Clean styling
  • Great gas mileage
  • Quick off-the-line acceleration
  • Reliability

You Won't Like

  • Rehashed Chevy S-10 pickup
  • Needs more power, struggles on steep hills
  • Poor air-conditioning controls

Sum Up

A great little truck with looks that kill.

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