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1999 Isuzu Vehicross Review
A truly unique vehicle.
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The 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS is a compact SUV manufactured by Isuzu. The vehicle has been around in the Japanese automotive market since 1997, but it makes its debut in the U.S. market this year. The vehicle is popular in Japan for its aggressive and unique styling and for its cross-terrain performance. The U.S.-only version will feature a permanent four-wheel-drive system with 12 independent wheel-spin sensors.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Isuzu VehiCROSS
This model year marks the introduction of the VehiCROSS in the United States as an imported SUV.
The 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS has a very unique and aggressive styling with an aggressive forward stance. The exterior of the car includes short overhangs, a black hood-insert, titanium ""teeth"" in the grille, and black plastic cladding completely over the lower half. The vehicle uses 16-inch polished wheels and its body-on-frame truck construction and firm suspension makes it a very capable off-roader. The 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS is one of the few vehicles that uses monotube shocks and external heat-expansion chambers, which are generally used only for off-road motorcycles.
The 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS has a high step-in and a low roofline, making entry and exit rather difficult. Nevertheless, the comfort level inside the vehicle is quite high. The Recaro bucket seats in front are especially comfortable: a rarity for a vehicle of its class. Moreover, the 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS offers a very spacious cabin, which is amazing considering its size and shape. The dashboard in the vehicle is the same as that of the Isuzu Amigo, so it has the same flaws as well. This means that the audio controls and climate controls are a little difficult to reach. The rear bench of the vehicle splits 50/50 and folds flat, which is a thoughtful addition since the cargo space available is very small. Even with the seat folded down, though, the 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS does not really offer much in terms of cargo space.
The 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS would offer good visibility, but it is severely restricted over the shoulder. In addition, the slot-like rear window and the intrusive spare-tire shell make it next to impossible to see any object behind the vehicle.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS is powered by a dual-overhead cam V-6 engine that deliver 215 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle may have unorthodox looks, but it is one of the best off-roaders in the United States at present. The engine delivers good acceleration and power is readily available. The superior off-road performance of the car is partly due to the 12 independent sensors that detect wheel spin and redirect power to the wheels for maximum traction.
The 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS' high traction reduces the vehicle’s body lean to almost negligible levels. This means that customers can enjoy this vehicle’s off-road power without any excessive body lean. With a ground clearance of eight inches, the off-road capabilities of this vehicle are enhanced even further. Despite its amazing performance, the 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS is not without its share of problems. The V-6 engine can get very rough and loud even under moderate throttle. Moreover, wind noise is very loud in the vehicle, and fuel economy is below average. The 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS also suffers from a choppy ride on uneven pavements, but the suspension absorbs most of the bigger bumps. The vehicle offers good pedal feel and braking performance, but it's not extraordinary.
The 1999 Isuzu VehiCROSS has no vehicle crash test information available.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Innovative and aggressive styling
- Amazing off-road performance
- Innovative torque-on-demand system
You Won't Like
- Styling may not appeal to everyone
- Poor cargo space
- Noisy engine
- Very poor rear visibility
A truly unique vehicle.
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