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1999 Isuzu Hombre

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1999 Isuzu Hombre Review

Falls short of its competitors.

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Overview

The 1999 Isuzu Hombre is a pickup truck introduced in 1996 by Isuzu. It is a rebadged version of the Chevrolet S-10 and the GMC Sonoma. It was introduced as a replacement for the Isuzu pickup. The Hombre retains most aspects of the S-10 and the Sonoma, but the biggest difference is in the equipment lists of these trucks. The S-10 and Sonoma offer an extensive range of optional equipment, while the Hombre offers a small model range and only a modest range of equipment packages.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 2.2-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Isuzu Hombre S, Isuzu Hombre XS, Isuzu Hombre XS V6

What's New

The 1999 Isuzu Hombre is available in some new exterior colors, and it sports new front and rear bumpers as well. A three-door space cab model for the Hombre has been launched for this model year.

Exterior

The 1999 Isuzu Hombre differs from the Chevrolet S-Series and its GM siblings with regard to front sheet metal. It has different headlights and taillights, front grille, and a more flared out front bumper and front fenders. The 1999 Isuzu Hombre has a wheelbase of 108.3 inches and a length of 187.1 inches. It has a total width of 67.9 inches and a height of 63.9 inches.

Interior

The 1999 Isuzu Hombre offers a decent amount of space. The front seats are quite comfortable, and the extended-cab models of the pickup offer a generous amount of space at the rear. On the other hand, the rear jump seats for the Spacecab model are too small for adults and are suitable only for children. However, this problem is expected and shared by most of its rivals. Entry and exit can be problematic, but the third door reduces the inconvenience significantly and proves to be very useful for the truck. This extra convenience, however, comes at the cost of one less jump seat at the back. Up front, the gauges and controls are arranged in a simple and unobstructed layout on the dashboard. All of them are easily readable and accessible by the driver.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Isuzu Hombre may be powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine or a 4.3-liter V-6 engine, depending on the model. Both can be mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder engine delivers 120 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, while the V-6 engine that delivers 190 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. The 1999 Isuzu Hombre offers a similar performance to its GMC and Chevrolet siblings. Like in the GMC Sonoma, the four-cylinder engine in the Isuzu performs best with the manual transmission and provides enough acceleration for light-duty capabilities. However, when it comes to even occasionally moderate hauling requirements, the V-6 is a much better choice. It delivers more power but still not as much as its horsepower rating would suggest.

The 1999 Isuzu Hombre's base suspension offers a relatively controlled and soft ride, and the optional suspension is firmer but makes for a harsher ride. The rear end of the truck tends to hop a lot over sharp ridges and bumps when the cargo bed is empty, but this is a problem common in all pickup trucks. The 1999 Isuzu Hombre does suffer from body lean in turns, but it still feels poised, balanced, and remains stable even under heavy crosswinds. The power steering feels very natural and is quite responsive, but the brake pedal action is a less than satisfactory and stopping power is just adequate, even with standard anti-lock brakes.

Safety

The 1999 Isuzu Hombre received three out of five stars in terms of driver and passenger safety during frontal impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Isuzu Hombre: 17/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low price tag
  • Clean and simple styling
  • Anti-lock brakes are standard

You Won't Like

  • Poor ride quality
  • Lack of rear comfort

Sum Up

Falls short of its competitors.

If You Like This Vehicle

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  • GMC Sonoma
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