Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book
KBB.com 2001 Isuzu Trooper Overview
A Rugged SUV with a Long
History of Service
The Trooper is Isuzu's largest SUV. It rests on an older platform that Isuzu has upgraded to compete in the luxury SUV field. The success of this make-over depends largely on how you define "luxury." There are three trim levels from which to choose: the base S, mid-level LS and top-of-the-line Limited. There is also an Anniversary edition being produced just for this year. All Troopers are powered by a 215-horsepower V6.
The Trooper is a tall SUV that provides seating for five and plenty of headroom. Legroom for rear seat passengers is acceptable, so long as they are not too long legged. The tall profile does make entry and exit a bit difficult for the vertically challenged and is compounded by the lack of driver-side grab handle. You may want to spend the extra cash and get the optional running boards. The Trooper offers a good-sized cargo area and a unique 70/30 split-rear-door configuration that makes curb-side loading a snap. The larger of the two doors employs an old-fashioned metal support arm, attached at the bottom of the door, to keep it propped open. It is oddly placed and must be manually released before the door can be shut.
Once inside, the Trooper is a cozy place to sit. High-end models have power front seats with lumbar support and are exceptionally comfortable on long trips. The dash and door panels are neatly arranged, although some may find the gauge needles to be too small. You will like the cool multi-meter compass/barometer/altimeter built into the overhead console.
Driving the Trooper betrays its true age. The ride is very firm and the handling is far from sporting. This vehicle, more than any other we tested, instilled a feeling of top-heaviness. Sharp turns and emergency lane changes had our testers reaching for grab handles and clutching the door pulls. Blame the combination of tall tire sidewall and the Trooper's boxy, upright design. Troopers are available in 2WD or part-time 4WD (called Torque on Demand by Isuzu). Unless you do a lot of off-roading or live someplace snowplows never visit, you will probably get by just fine with the 2WD. All 2WD models, except the base S model, come standard with a limited-slip rear differential. A bonus: Isuzu offers a 10-year/120,000 mile powertrain warranty, the longest powertrain warranty in the industry.