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2007 Isuzu I-290

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2007 Isuzu I-290 Review

Remaining outclassed in power, even after significant improvements.

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Overview

The 2007 Isuzu i-290 was introduced to revitalize the lineup, carrying over the mechanically-based Chevrolet Colorado pickup and GMC Canyon twins. The styling tweaks and distinctive chrome grille help to set them apart from their relatives. Small-truck shoppers are pleased with the amount of standard features that are included for the small price tag on the lightweight model. A choice of body style is available for the more powerful i-370, but the alternative comes only in the extended-cab style with two trim levels.

The Range

Body Styles: truck, extended cab
Engines: 2.9-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Isuzu i-290 S, Isuzu i-290 LS

What's New

The 2007 Isuzu i-290 is more powerful, with a larger engine and produces 185 horsepower (hp) by way of the 2.9-liter, four-cylinder engine.

Exterior

The 2007 Isuzu i-290 has a good-looking exterior in either of the two trim levels and comes in an extended-cab body style. The first level is the S model, which comes with 15-inch painted alloy wheels, a chrome grille, and chrome-finish bumpers. The LS trim model adds privacy glass to the list of standard exterior features. Optional additions include foglights and a sliding rear window. Several colors are available to spruce up the exterior as well.

Interior

The 2007 Isuzu i-290 is very accommodating, and has been improved over the years but still features a humble-looking interior. The standard features that are available on the S models include air-conditioning, a split-bench seat, and cruise control. Stepping up to the next-level LS, drivers enjoy power accessories, six-speaker sound, remote keyless entry, and front bucket seats. Luxury packages come with a list of optional features, such as a six-CD disc changer, heated seats, power seats, leather seating, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The quality and craftsmanship of the interior is reasonable, and the pickup has simple, user-friendly controls for stereo and climate.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Isuzu i-290 offers a fairly refined ride on the road, and similar to its GM relatives, it features surprising agility. Even without the powerful V-8 engine, it can still run with the big boys. The four-cylinder delivers an adequate amount of power for getting to work or running errands with the family. However, when it comes to towing heavier items, the lightweight pickup may not stand up to the competition. The handling and steering capabilities are above average, making it a very worthy choice. The 2.9-liter four-cylinder generates 185 horsepower (ho) with 190 lb-ft torque, and comes matched with either the standard manual five-speed or the optional automatic four-speed. With the increased power, the engine is sufficient for most tasks, except towing over 4,000 pounds, in which case the competition runs it over.

Safety

Every one of the 2007 Isuzu i-Series lightweight pickup trucks has an array of standard safety features, including roof-mounted curtain airbags, tire-pressure monitoring, anti-lock four-wheel braking, and traction control. In government crash tests, it received a perfect five-star rating for front passenger and driver protection. The IIHS also gave the i-290 its best score of ""good"" for frontal-offset crash testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Isuzu i-290: 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • A lot of value in standard features
  • Affordable price
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Confident handling off- and on-road

You Won't Like

  • Tight quarters
  • No option for V-6 or V-8
  • Below-average interior materials quality
  • Unimpressive tow ratings

Sum Up

Remaining outclassed in power, even after significant improvements.

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