Not long ago, Isuzu and General Motors embarked upon a joint development venture to produce compact pickup trucks. Isuzu intended to build a truck called the D-Max to sell in Thailand. GM, meanwhile, manufactured its own versions — the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon — to sell in the United States. Isuzu sells two pickup in the U.S., the i-290 (which is listed separately in the cars.com Research section) and holds a 2.9-liter four-cylinder, and the i-370 that has a 242-horsepower, 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder. These pickups join Isuzu's only remaining model in the U.S. market: the Ascender sport utility vehicle, which is also based on a GM product. Serving as the uplevel i-series model, the i-370 features standard CD/MP3 player, tilt steering wheel and cruise control. With the appropriate equipment, the i-370 has a 1,338-pound payload rating and can tow up to 4,000 pounds.
These pickups were developed in a joint venture, so the overall appearance of the i-370 is similar to the Colorado and Canyon. Isuzu's version features a bold grille made up of three wide bars: one horizontal and two vertical. Whereas the four-cylinder i-290 comes only in extended-cab form with two-wheel drive, the i-370 is a crew-cab pickup with Insta-Trac four-wheel drive. Four conventional front-hinged doors are installed. The i-370 has 15-inch tires on aluminum wheels.
Up to five occupants can fit inside the i-370 Crew Cab. Front bucket seats flank a center console. Standard equipment includes air conditioning; fabric seat upholstery; carpeting; a stereo system with a CD/MP3 player; remote keyless entry; cruise control; a tilt steering column; and power windows, locks and mirrors. Power heated front seats, leather-appointed interior trim and an in-dash six-CD changer are included in the Limited Package.
Under the Hood
The i-370's 3.5-liter inline-five-cylinder develops 242 hp and 242 pounds-feet of torque. A four-speed-automatic transmission is standard. The i-370 comes with Insta-Trac four-wheel drive, which permits shifting between 2WD and 4WD High at the touch of a button while under way.
Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are included.