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Pros: The 4x4 Power. Added a Posi Rear and a Limited front and she pulled a 2002 Chevy Saburban out of a ditch no problem.
Cons: Could have done with a option for a positraction rear end and alimitd slip front axle. But its not to hard to fix that.
Advice: If you need a 4x4 that is a work horse a Rodeo will take the top.Test drove this as my second vehicle. Very nice handeling, LOTS of power at the rear wheels, nice pick up when you pass 'Floor it and she will LITERALY put you in the back seat. =:' and took it on the highway 'Good Handeling a bit of wind sounds.' Can be expected cause it is a 4x4. Went to the dealer and Bought it that day. Took it home and never had any major problems with it. Suggestions 'Made a custome Brushgaurd out of 1/2in steel. Heavy but safe. Also Hit a dear and minnor damage to front end 'Hit at 55 mph. Drove it to work the rest of the week.' Needs to be a tad higher stace off the ground bottoms out easy. optimal tires I have found p245/75/15. If you need a 4x4 Work Suv BUY THIS VEHICLE.
Pros: Everything in the LSE package.
Cons: That gray leather wasn't available.
Advice: Try one out , this is our 2nd, no regrets been very dependable.Impressed with the improvements over the 1994 Rodeo LS we were looking to replace. Acceleration was very impressive. The comfort was better, rear seat seemed to have more leg room. Looked at most SUV'S on the market before going to the Isuzu dealer, still the only choice for us.
Cons: Choppy ride.
Advice: Comparison shop.Coming from a newer VW, it took a little while getting used to the choppy truck-like ride. Otherwise, similar to my VW, it's loaded with great options, can't be beat for looks, and has a very solid ride and feel. Gas mileage averages 17mpg, which I guess isn't bad considering I drive 80mph and like to floor-it a lot (with 230hp it's hard to resist). The new 'drive-by-wire' throttle system seems flaky and is sensitive to temperature. Rear seat latches squeak from day one so I had to put electrical tape around the anchor/bolt to make it quiet. Ultimately, however, I made the purchase because I was eligible for 0.0% financing. That, coupled with a good price (I think) of $28,250 (about $1,600 off the sticker price) for the base 4x4 and the really long warranty, sold me. This SUV is on the small side so don't expect to put any big boxes or sheets of plywood in the back. On the positive side, being small makes it a breeze to park and helps give it that 'crossover' look.
Pros: Interior and Exterior styling
Cons: not too many options yet for this new vehicle
Advice: try out everything!What a fun car to drive! Excellent road feel in 'comfort mode' and awseome handling in 'sport mode'. Peppy 230 horses. Easy to get to 6 disc changer. Everything digital. Great 4wd system. And the warranty! 10yr/120k powertrain, wow...
Pros: Tie: Looks-Styling & Intelligent Susp Control
Cons: Getting use to sports-car like seating
Advice: Skip Gap insurance & $18/mo for 10K/120K, tried to get extra 6 mo of pmtI was looking for mid-$20K med-size SUV,-V6 only. 2 stood out from the pack-Jeep Liberty & Isuzu Axiom(although the Axiom as $29010), but there are not many that meet this description. Grand Cherokee was an expensive option but wasn't work the extra $ compared to the other 2. A last minute(before buying the Liberty) sale at Isuzu dropped the price by $2500 to the same price as the Liberty($27.4K). With Isuzu 3.9% financing the Axiom was $50/mo less-I bought it. It didn't have leather like the Jeep I wanted but the styling, drive(Intelligent Suspension Control=ISC), electronic display screen, digital temp control, hauling capacity, horse power & warranty(10y/120K Pwr Train) won me over. Also the 6-CD cartrige is in the center counsel rather than in the back. 1 week of city driving and 1050 interstate miles(1 trip) later: 18.6m/gal hwy, ISC is great: Sport Mode=other SUVs; Comfort Mode=sedan ride, cruise control stopped working, the display screen is great: audio, temp, fan, travel computer, time/date, outside temp. Definitely drive/price it before buying anything between $25K-$32K.