Used Isuzu Trooper 4x4 1998 - 2004 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: What is it like?

1998 - 2004 review
Isuzu Trooper
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What's the used Isuzu Trooper 4x4 like?

Along with the Mitsubishi Shogun, the Isuzu Trooper is almost the definition of an off-road workhorse. Although it normally runs in rear-wheel drive, you engage four-wheel drive via a button on the dash, with low-ratio gears for when the going gets really rough. In short, it's one of the very best in the sticky stuff.

Sadly, it's nowhere near as good on the road. There's loads of body roll through the bends, the steering is imprecise, and the ride never seems to settle. If you'll spend most of your time on the road, try a Honda CR-V instead.

However, if you're after practicality, you've come to the right place. At least, you have if you choose the long-wheelbase five-door model, which is much more versatile than its smaller brother.

In both versions, the swathes of black plastic on the dash make it look cheap, and the split rear door (which doesn't open the full width) is maddening.