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of the 2000 Isuzu Hombre. Base trim shown.

2000 Isuzu Hombre Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Isuzu builds only trucks, but it relies on partner General Motors for its compact pickup — a clone of the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma. The Hombre is built at a Shreveport, La., plant where its corporate cousins are built.

GM owns an equity interest in the Japanese company, and the two share other vehicles and components. Isuzu, for example, helped develop a new diesel engine that GM will introduce in its full-size pickups for 2001.

Though there are few changes to the Hombre for 2000, Isuzu made a big change to its warranty. Major powertrain components, including the engine, transmission, axles and so on, are now covered for 10 years or 120,000 miles for the original owner — the longest warranty in the industry.

Chevy and GMC will introduce four-door crew cabs of their compact pickups in the fall, but Isuzu has not said if and when it will do the same.

Exterior
Isuzu designed most of the exterior panels, giving the Hombre unique styling that disguises its lineage to the S-10 and Sonoma. Hombre comes in two sizes, a regular cab and an extended cab — which Isuzu calls a SpaceCab — both with a 6-foot cargo bed. Chevy and GMC also offer a regular cab with a 7.5-foot bed.

A driver-side third door that opens to the rear is optional on the SpaceCab.

Interior
A three-person bench seat is the only choice on all regular-cab models and most versions of the SpaceCab. The only model that comes with bucket seats is the four-wheel-drive SpaceCab with a five-spe...
Vehicle Overview
Isuzu builds only trucks, but it relies on partner General Motors for its compact pickup — a clone of the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma. The Hombre is built at a Shreveport, La., plant where its corporate cousins are built.

GM owns an equity interest in the Japanese company, and the two share other vehicles and components. Isuzu, for example, helped develop a new diesel engine that GM will introduce in its full-size pickups for 2001.

Though there are few changes to the Hombre for 2000, Isuzu made a big change to its warranty. Major powertrain components, including the engine, transmission, axles and so on, are now covered for 10 years or 120,000 miles for the original owner — the longest warranty in the industry.

Chevy and GMC will introduce four-door crew cabs of their compact pickups in the fall, but Isuzu has not said if and when it will do the same.

Exterior
Isuzu designed most of the exterior panels, giving the Hombre unique styling that disguises its lineage to the S-10 and Sonoma. Hombre comes in two sizes, a regular cab and an extended cab — which Isuzu calls a SpaceCab — both with a 6-foot cargo bed. Chevy and GMC also offer a regular cab with a 7.5-foot bed.

A driver-side third door that opens to the rear is optional on the SpaceCab.

Interior
A three-person bench seat is the only choice on all regular-cab models and most versions of the SpaceCab. The only model that comes with bucket seats is the four-wheel-drive SpaceCab with a five-speed manual transmission. A center console with a storage armrest and dual cupholders is included with the bucket seats.

SpaceCab models come with two rear jump seats, but ordering the optional third door eliminates the one on the driver's side. Hombre uses the same dashboard as the S-10 and Sonoma.

Under the Hood
Isuzu uses the same engines as the S-10 and Sonoma. A 2.2-liter four-cylinder with 120 horsepower is standard on two-wheel-drive models, and this year it is tuned to run on a gasoline/methanol mixture of up to 85 percent ethanol. A 4.3-liter V-6 with 190 horsepower is standard on four-wheel-drive models and is optional on 2WDs. Horsepower on the V-6 drops to 180 on 2WD models.

The 4WD system is GM's Insta-Trac, which allows shifting in or out of 4WD High on the fly via a dashboard button instead of a floor-mounted transfer-case lever.

Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard on all models.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Hombre received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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