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2000 Isuzu Trooper Review
Boxy ride that can weather the tough roads.
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The first-generation Isuzu Trooper was rolled out in 1981. This sport utility vehicle proved to be a good seller for the brand in its early years but has struggled a bit since in this crowded market. The staple look is its boxy stance and curved edges, which appealed to the younger consumers who were looking for more alternatives to leading off-roading brands.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Isuzu Trooper S, Isuzu Trooper LS, Isuzu Trooper Limited
The 2000 Isuzu Trooper offers consumers a two-wheel-drive variant for the entry-level S trim, the midrange LS, and the top-of-the-line Limited version. It received a minor restyling for its exterior. The manufacturer also extended the warranty of the vehicle to provide better coverage for major components like the axles, transmission, and engine among others; it stretches to 120,000 miles or for 10 years. This was considered the longest warranty in the automotive industry at that time.
The 2000 Isuzu Trooper has a conventional architecture with four doors on the side and boxy styling. The rear end though is quite unique. The cargo doors have a 70-30 split configuration just like how a freezer with a refrigerator combo would look like. The rear doors swing open sideways, and the spare tire has a housing mounted to the bigger door. Minor tweaks on its looks give it a new set of rims, tail lights, grille, and a two-tone body finish.
The 2000 Isuzu Trooper LS rolls on 16-inch alloy rims and comes standard with heated power seats and a CD changer. Consumers can get this trim with an automatic gearbox. The high-end Limited gets beige leather treatment for its interior, two-tone finish, and 12-spoke alloy rims. The enhancements ensure that consumers get a comfortable ride even when off-roading.
The 2000 Isuzu Trooper can expand its cargo room to 90 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded. Consumers who prefer leather treatment will be satisfied with the features list provided by the Limited. All versions of the 2000 Trooper are equipped with automatic air-conditioning. The steering wheel has a bus-like feel because of its near-horizontal position when compared to other vehicles.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Isuzu Trooper gains a potent V-6 power plant with 3.5 liters of displacement while giving out 215 horses. It can be linked with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic gearbox. The manual gearbox permits part-time four-wheel drive that is tapped into when the road is slippery. The automatic allows the four-wheel drive to be turned on while rolling on dry pavement.
The 2000 Isuzu Trooper gives a big windshield, sloping hood, and high seating position that ensures a clear view of the road. Because of the tall stature, it has a tendency to have excessive body roll when negotiating curves or turning, and crosswinds also can be an issue. The interior is pretty quiet and subdued and can blast from zero to 60 mph in a matter of 9.4 seconds with a top speed of 109 mph. It's compliant on the road and that can be attributed to its excellent build. The power of the engine is sure enough to tow other vehicles or handle rough terrains.
The 2000 Isuzu Trooper features a four-wheel drive system-that has Torque-on-Demand, which makes everything simple. The driver can tap into the system with a push of a button on the dashboard. Press the button and a clutch that is electronically controlled transfers power to the wheels in front when the rear wheels struggle on very slippery conditions. The LS has a lever on the floor that can be used to distribute the torque 50/50 between the front and rear tires. The vehicle also has a good amount of ground clearance at 8.3 inches to help in across low floods or obstacles on the road.
The 2000 Isuzu Trooper has a four-wheel anti-lock brake system and front airbags as standard. The Insurance Institute for Highways Safety gave a marginal rating when it conducted a frontal offset test. This simulates a frontal collision of two vehicles going at less than 40 mph. A grade of marginal means the driver has a 33 percent better survival rate than another vehicle with a lower rating.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Spacious interior
- Great visibility
- Off-road capability
You Won't Like
- Truck-like handling
- Fuel consumption
Boxy ride that can weather the tough roads.
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