2007 Isuzu i-290

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Isuzu i‑290. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Familiar GM powertrain
  • Available side-curtain airbags

The Bad

  • Pending further review

Notable Features of the 2007 Isuzu i-290

  • 185-hp, 2.9-liter four-cylinder
  • Extended-cab body style
  • Manual or automatic
  • RWD
  • Based on GM compact pickups

2007 Isuzu i-290 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Not long ago, Isuzu and General Motors embarked upon a joint development venture to produce compact pickup trucks. Isuzu planned to build a truck called the D-Max to sell in Thailand, while GM manufactured its own versions — the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon — for the United States.

Isuzu makes two pickup trucks for the U.S. market that are derived from the GM models and the D-Max. The smaller of the two trucks, the i-290, gets a larger engine with more power for 2007.

The i-290 holds a 2.9-liter four-cylinder, while the i-370 (which is listed separately in the cars.com Research section) gets a 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder. They join Isuzu's only remaining model in the U.S. market: the Ascender sport utility vehicle, which is also based on a GM product.

With its 185-horsepower four-cylinder and other appropriate equipment, the i-290 has a payload rating greater than 1,500 pounds and can tow up to 3,100 pounds when equipped with an automatic transmission (2,100 pounds with the manual shift).


Exterior
The pickups were developed in a joint venture, so the overall appearance of the i-290 is similar to the Colorado and Canyon. Isuzu's version features a bold grille made of three wide bars: one horizontal and two vertical. Viewed as the workhorse of the i-series duo, the i-290 comes only in extended-cab form with two-wheel drive. Equipped with a heavy-duty suspension, the i-290 has 15-inch tires on aluminum wheels. Automatic on-off headlight...
Vehicle Overview
Not long ago, Isuzu and General Motors embarked upon a joint development venture to produce compact pickup trucks. Isuzu planned to build a truck called the D-Max to sell in Thailand, while GM manufactured its own versions — the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon — for the United States.

Isuzu makes two pickup trucks for the U.S. market that are derived from the GM models and the D-Max. The smaller of the two trucks, the i-290, gets a larger engine with more power for 2007.

The i-290 holds a 2.9-liter four-cylinder, while the i-370 (which is listed separately in the cars.com Research section) gets a 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder. They join Isuzu's only remaining model in the U.S. market: the Ascender sport utility vehicle, which is also based on a GM product.

With its 185-horsepower four-cylinder and other appropriate equipment, the i-290 has a payload rating greater than 1,500 pounds and can tow up to 3,100 pounds when equipped with an automatic transmission (2,100 pounds with the manual shift).


Exterior
The pickups were developed in a joint venture, so the overall appearance of the i-290 is similar to the Colorado and Canyon. Isuzu's version features a bold grille made of three wide bars: one horizontal and two vertical. Viewed as the workhorse of the i-series duo, the i-290 comes only in extended-cab form with two-wheel drive. Equipped with a heavy-duty suspension, the i-290 has 15-inch tires on aluminum wheels. Automatic on-off headlights are standard. Bodyside moldings are included on the LS model, while the Luxury Package adds fog lamps and a sliding rear window. Pacific Blue, Deep Crimson Metallic and Bering Blue Metallic are new colors for 2007.

Interior
A 60/40-split front bench seat goes in the i-290. Ebony interior trim is new for LS, Luxury and Limited trims, chrome accents will be added to those trims later in the model year. Map lights have been deleted from the rearview mirror.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo and vinyl floor covering. The S Plus Preferred Equipment Package adds fabric seat upholstery, carpeting and a stereo system with a CD/MP3 player. Remote keyless entry; cruise control; a tilt steering column; and power windows, locks and mirrors are part of the LS option. An in-dash six-CD changer and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are included in the Luxury Package.


Under the Hood
The i-290's 2.9-liter four-cylinder operates with electronic throttle control and develops 185 hp and 190 pounds-feet of torque. Either a five-speed-manual gearbox or a four-speed-automatic transmission can be installed. The i-290 comes only with rear-wheel drive.

Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Side curtain-type airbags and traction control are part of the Luxury Package. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard for all models.


Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.8)
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(3.5)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Water Leak

by yamafx4dude from Houston, TX on July 12, 2018

If you buy this truck you will either have had or have a water leak. Water comes in from the 3rd brake light or the seal or ??? ? This is the exact same truck as the chevy colorado, or GMC canyon. The ... Read full review

(2.0)

Leaks Water

by yamafx4dude from Houston, TX on May 23, 2018

The truck runs great but it burns through fuel pretty quickly for a 4 cylinder. Also if you dont have the problem now, you will have a water leak at some point. Check under the floor liner to see if ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Isuzu i-290 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2007 Isuzu i-290 has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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 i-290 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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