The first Isuzu Trooper appeared in the Isuzu lineup as an SUV with a tough, sturdy, and boxy in its style with a sparse interior and two doors. The original was not prepared to win drag races but consumers liked its reliability and off-road prowess. Before long, a four-door trim level joined the group, and a V-6 engine was available. As the SUV market got bigger, it started to receive luxury features. By the 1990s, it needed a redesign to remain competitive; the last major update was in 1998, and continued revamping gives a decent mix of comfort, style, and utility. Fold up the back seats, and it carries 90 cubic feet with a ground clearance of 8.3 inches. The back seat occupants also enjoy generous legroom.
The 2002 Isuzu Trooper has become one of the favorite trucks because of off-road ability. It fills a good slot between midsize and larger SUVs, and this year introduces better competition such as the Mercury Mountaineer, Ford Explorer, and the Toyota Sequoia. With more features, better engines, and more comfort, its qualities will not stand well when it comes to 30 grand on the line.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter, V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Isuzu Trooper S, Isuzu Trooper LS, Isuzu Trooper Limited
The 2002 Isuzu Trooper gets slight changes: the S model gets standard solar green and privacy glass, map lamps, and climate control. The extra-large moonroof and a digital clock are also standard now for the LS, and the Limited trim level now has a Nakamichi audio system.
The 2002 Isuzu Trooper includes skid plates, privacy glass, intermittent wipers, rear defogger, a rear barn door, matching full-size tire, and 16-inch alloy wheels on all models. The LS adds a power glass sunroof, and the Limited complements step running boards to the list of features. It sits on a 108.7-inch wheelbase and is 187.8 inches in length and is shorter than other full-size SUVs, while the upright, square profile gives it distinction among the segment.
The 2002 Isuzu Trooper is enough room for five passengers to sit comfortably. The seating configuration consists of two front bucket seats and a rear split-folding seat. The base model uses velour buckets, and the LS have heated leather bucket seats. The cargo is efficient, coming in at 90 cubic feet as seats are down. It feels a little like a bus because of a horizontal steering wheel positioning, and interior standard features include air-conditioning, cruise control, power mirrors, power locks, power windows, rear ventilation ducts, reclining rear seats, cup holders, storage pockets, tilt steering wheel, dual vanity mirrors, front reading lights, and a six-speaker AM/FM stereo. The LS trim level adds heated passenger seat, leather steering wheel and shift knob trim, and a six-CD player to the list above. The Nakamichi audio is in the Limited models along with simulated wood trim on the dash and doors.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Isuzu Trooper has a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 215 horsepower. The engine teams with a choice of four-wheel or rear drive. An automatic four-speed or manual five-speed transmission couples with the V-6. A manual 4x4 has only part-time four-wheel drive for slippery road conditions but the automatic 4x4 can engage on dry roads. Its dimensions are not huge even though it is a full-size SUV. It's truck-like in all aspects, doing everything expected of a rugged truck. Owners report a noisy four-wheel drive, but there is very little drone when the SUV begins cruising.
The 2002 Isuzu Trooper gets safety features that include ventilated disc brakes on front and rear, cornering lights, rear lap belts, height-adjustable headrests for front and rear, child safety door locks, anti-theft alarm, child seat anchors, an engine immobilizer, anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake force distribution.
EPA Fuel Economy
Isuzu Trooper S: 14/18 mpg city/highway
- Off-road capability
- Moderate price
- Large interior
- Visibility outstanding
You Won't Like
- Availability of features limited
- Truck-like handling
- V-6 power mediocre
For die-hard Isuzu fans.
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