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1999 Isuzu Trooper Review
A reliable off roader.
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The 1999 Isuzu Trooper is a midsize SUV that was sold under various names across the world. The vehicle was manufactured by Japan-based Isuzu. The vehicle was introduced in 1981 as a three or five-door SUV. It belongs to the second generation of the Trooper, which began in 1991 with the 1992 model year. This generation witnessed a completely-redesigned Trooper for keeping pace with the changes in the SUV market.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Isuzu Trooper S
The 1999 Isuzu Trooper is now available with a Gold Trim package. Moreover, the automatic transmission will also come with a Torque-on-Demand system as standard.
The 1999 Isuzu Trooper has a wheelbase of 91.7 inches for the three-door version and 108.7 inches for the five-door version. It has a length of 166.7 inches for the three-door version and 183.5 inches for the five-door versions. The SUV has a width and height of 72.2 inches.
The Trooper has always been one of the most spacious SUVs in the market, and this trend continues for the 1999 model as well. However, despite the spacious cabin, the 1999 Isuzu Trooper can be difficult to get into because of its tall step-up. Once inside, the vehicle offers an immense amount of headroom for the front seats. The rear bench offers enough legroom, headroom, and shoulder room for seating three adults with ease. Visibility is also great all around, and the driver’s area is convenient and attractive.
The 1999 Isuzu Trooper has a tall and long cargo area, which is enhanced even further by folding the 70/30-split seatback. The car is only available in a single S model, but a number of luxury packages are available to turn the vehicle into a comfortable and luxurious cruiser.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Isuzu Trooper is powered by a 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC V-6 engine that delivers 215 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle uses a Torque on Demand system, which is Isuzu’s own traction control system that instantly directs power appropriately to the front or rear wheels, according to the situation. This system comes standard with any Trooper with an automatic transmission. With this system engaged, the Trooper can provide the on-road stability of an all-wheel-drive vehicle and the off-road capabilities of a part-time four-wheel-drive vehicle.
The 1999 Isuzu Trooper's V-6 engine itself runs smoothly and quietly, and the automatic transmission is quite responsive despite the fact that it shifts between gears frequently while driving around the city. The four-door version of the car offers a stable and supple ride and absorbs most bumps like a large station wagon. However, it fails to deal with big bumps and feels a little harsh on rough roads.
The 1999 Isuzu Trooper corners sharply with some amount of body lean, but not as much as commonly believed. The vehicle has as much body lean as any other SUV and does not roll over at moderate speeds as a recent safety test claimed it would. Nevertheless, it should be noted that any vehicle with a high center of gravity and a short wheelbase should be cornered and driven over rough terrain with care.
The 1999 Isuzu Trooper received three out of five stars in terms of driver and passenger safety during frontal impact collision tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA was also responsible for testing the Trooper for its alleged tendency to roll over under testing. During its tests, the administration did not find any issue that required a recall and found out that unbalancing the SUV required the steering wheel to be twisted more sharply during an unexpected event.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Spacious interior
- Amazing off-road capability
- Great visibility
You Won't Like
- Poor handling
A reliable off roader.
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