Isuzu offers the Acender, which is essentially a re-badged GM mid-size SUV (read
about the Chevrolet
Trailblazer for our take on those trucks), worth mentioning here is
the oddball (but charming nonetheless) Axiom. The radical and unique Axiom features
hyper-techno styling wrapping around a car-like interior. In spite of its body-on-frame
construction, it's actually somewhat of a crossover SUV, offering a low step-in
height and a low roof, which results in a rather car-like driving environment.
It also represents an outstanding SUV value, with prices starting under $25K for
a base S model, rising to about $31K for an XS with all the options, including
Isuzu's across-the-model-range 10-year/120,000-mile powertrain warranty.
we won't sugarcoat things: the Axiom's styling is polarizing. However, for every
person who doesn't like it, there is one that admires it for its boldness. It
also doesn't err on the side of the soft
it's something that the male members
of the family wouldn't be embarrassed to drive, and certainly, you won't see yourself
coming and going. Kids love it, too.
boon for the Axiom is its powerful, smooth standard V-6. Mated to a four-speed
automatic, the 230-hp powerplant provides good accelerations without raking you
over the coal in terms of fuel economy. Handling ranges from decent in the base
model to quite good for the XS, which comes with Isuzu's Intelligent Suspension
Control, which firms up the suspension for flatter composure on curvy roads, which
helps prevent your kids from hurling their Lunchables across that comfortable,
of interiors, the Axiom's comes with standard cloth seats and a sharp dashboard
with a high-mounted digital display for the radio and standard trip computer.
The XS comes with heated leather seats, an in-dash CD changer and a sunroof, among