Northwest NEWS

April 26, 1999


Test Drive: 1999 Isuzu Trooper

   Just a few hours of sun was enough to get excited about summer fishing and camping. The 1999 Isuzu Trooper, a full-size sport utility, has plenty of room for all of that gear and can tow up to 5,000 lbs.

   With the Trooper's patented Torque-On-Demand 4-wheel drive system, you can push the dash-mounted button while driving up to 60 MPH. The computerized system senses how much grip you have and have much you need and makes the adjustments for any road conditon.

   The 3.5 liter V-6 engine gives you quick power for climbing steep grades or simply pulling out in traffic. It is rated at 215 HP at 5400 RPM and 230 ft. lb. torque at 3000 RPM.

   Good looking and stylish, the Trooper works for both country and city driving. Buyers can choose different packages and add a moon roof, heated seats, and even a new gold package for wheels and badging.

   Standard for all is the 4WD, the V-6 engine, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, independent front and multi-link rear suspension, power steering, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power outside mirrors, cassette player, and anti-theft with remote keyless entry.

   The Trooper feels solid and responsive but cornering produced a slight feeling of being top-heavy. There is plenty of visibility driving the Trooper and the ride is smooth.

   The step-in is reasonable and the cab is roomy. The front bucket seats recline and there is room for three in the 60/40 split rear seat. The rear seat will fold and recline.

   The gas tank holds 22.5 gallons. The swing-out rear doors are 70/30 and open wide to provide easy access for loading and unloading.

1999 Isuzu Trooper