2000 Trooper New Car Test Drive
The Isuzu Trooper is a big, smooth-riding, highly capable sport-utility vehicle. It is priced below the prestige off-roaders, but slightly above the top-selling mainstream SUVs. In base form, the Trooper S is priced among Explorers, Blazers, and Jeep Cherokees. With all available equipment the Trooper moves toward more luxurious SUVs, such as the Mitsubishi Montero SR and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
For 2000, three trim levels are available: S, LS and Limited. Also, for 2000, both four-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive versions are available. Four-wheel-drive versions feature Isuzu's full-time Torque-On-Demand system. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the base 4WD Trooper S. All other models come standard with 4-speed automatic transmissions. (See Pricing & Specifications page for more details.)
All models are fitted with a 3.5-liter double overhead-cam V6 engine that produces 215 horsepower. All come standard with anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, independent front and multi-link rear suspension, power steering, cruise control, dual front airbags, air conditioning and power everything.
LS adds in-dash six-CD changer, fog lights, tinted glass, leather-wrapped steering wheel and color-keyed fender flares. Limited models are distinguished from the outside by a handsome two-tone paint scheme and 12-spoke alloy wheels. Smooth leather seating surfaces tightly stretched over five large seats is included, along with a large power glass moon roof.