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2000 Isuzu Hombre Review

Good entry-level ride.

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Overview

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre is a compact pickup truck. In this market, consumers are more likely to buy a pickup truck for daily driving rather than hauling things. While it's not the most powerful or the fanciest vehicle out there, it gives consumers a capable truck with an affordable tag price.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre gets an upgraded suspension system this year. The power of the four-wheel-drive V-6 versions also gets a boost of 10 horsepower while the two-wheel-drive V-6 gets five more horses.

Exterior

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre is built in the factory of General Motors and comes loaded with a wide range of optional equipment while it has modest optional packages.

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre's design is intended to distinguish it from similar products offered by its partner companies. Both the S and XS come with regular cab and extended cab versions, which is called the Spacecab. Both versions come with a six-foot cargo bed. The Spacecab gives an option for a third door on the side of the driver that opens to the rear.

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre comes standard with a heavy duty suspension. All models come with headlamps that have an auto on-off feature, theft-deterrent security system, and standard alloy rims. The bumpers, rear step bumper, and door handles come in black. The spare tire is mounted under the body.

Interior

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre S are the workhorses of the range. It comes with vinyl covering for the floor and other options like air-conditioner, rear step bumper, and stereo. The XS are sold with custom fabric upholstery, carpeted floors, and a tachometer. The extended cab comes with easy-entry front seats, while the rear cabin gets vinyl covered folding jump seats.

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre's regular cab versions and most SpaceCab models have bench seats that can accommodate three individuals. The four-wheel drive SpaceCab with a five-speed manual gearbox is the only model that comes with bucket seats. The dashboard and instrument panel has the usual layout with a gauge for oil pressure, gauge for water temperature, odometer, and low-fuel warning among others. Some convenience features include manual air-conditioning, door bins, illuminated glove box, and illuminated entry. The entertainment system is basic with an AM/FM stereo blasting through a four-speaker system.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre makes use of the same engines as its cousins, the GMC Sonoma and Chevrolet S-10. It sports a four-cylinder engine with a 2.2-liter displacement, which can churn out 120 horses and can run on 85 percent ethanol of gasoline-ethanol mix.

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre's four-wheel-drive models get the 4.3-liter V-6 engine as standard, which can give out 190 horsepower. This same engine comes as an option for the two-wheel-drive models but in a tamer 180-horsepower configuration. It makes use of the Insta-Trac four-wheel-drive system of General Motors. The driver can switch the four-wheel drive on or off by just pressing a button on the dashboard.

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre is equipped with heavy-duty suspension that maintains vehicle height and stability during heavy-load instances. It has front double wishbone suspension, front coil springs, and heavy-duty rear springs to complete the suspension setup. The four-cylinder engine can use more power.

Safety

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre implements ABS on all wheels. It also has three ABS channels that monitors and ensures effectiveness of the brake system. It's equipped with front-impact airbags for both the driver and passenger. The sides also have impact bars for added protection.

The 2000 Isuzu Hombre was awarded with three stars for driver and passenger safety during a frontal crash test conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave a grade of ""marginal"" overall during a frontal offset crash test.

EPA Fuel Economy

Isuzu Hombre, four-cylinder engine: 23/29 mpg city/highway
Isuzu Hombre, V-6 engine: 17/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low tag price
  • Clean design lines
  • Standard ABS

You Won't Like

  • Tight rear seat
  • Ride quality
  • No center arm rest

Sum Up

Good entry-level ride.

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