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2002 Isuzu Trooper

$871 — $3,519 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Trooper is the largest of Isuzu’s sport utility vehicles, and it gets only a few minor changes for 2002. Privacy glass and solar-green, UV-cut glass are now standard for the S model. A power moonroof has been added to the LS, along with a digital clock with an outside-temperature display, a stopwatch, average-speed indication and a service reminder. The Trooper Limited now offers a Nakamichi premium audio system.

A redesigned Trooper is expected in 2003, and it will likely be based on GM’s 2002 midsize SUVs. General Motors owns a stake in Isuzu.



Exterior
The Trooper’s square, upright profile emphasizes conventional SUV styling. Like other SUVs, the Trooper has four doors, but its unique arrangement at the rear features vertical, 70/30-split cargo doors — almost like a refrigerator/freezer combination with doors that open to the sides. The Trooper’s spare tire attaches to the outside of the larger door.

The Trooper measures 187.8 inches long overall, which is nearly a foot shorter than the Chevrolet Tahoe. It rides a 108.7-inch wheelbase and sits 72.2 inches high — 4 inches shorter than the full-size Tahoe.



Interior
Five-passenger capacity includes two seating positions up front and three in the rear. The base S edition has cloth-upholstered front buckets and a split, folding rear seat. Stepping up to the LS edition brings heated power front buckets. Cargo room expands to 90 cubic feet when both sides of the split rear seat are fold...
Vehicle Overview
The Trooper is the largest of Isuzu’s sport utility vehicles, and it gets only a few minor changes for 2002. Privacy glass and solar-green, UV-cut glass are now standard for the S model. A power moonroof has been added to the LS, along with a digital clock with an outside-temperature display, a stopwatch, average-speed indication and a service reminder. The Trooper Limited now offers a Nakamichi premium audio system.

A redesigned Trooper is expected in 2003, and it will likely be based on GM’s 2002 midsize SUVs. General Motors owns a stake in Isuzu.



Exterior
The Trooper’s square, upright profile emphasizes conventional SUV styling. Like other SUVs, the Trooper has four doors, but its unique arrangement at the rear features vertical, 70/30-split cargo doors — almost like a refrigerator/freezer combination with doors that open to the sides. The Trooper’s spare tire attaches to the outside of the larger door.

The Trooper measures 187.8 inches long overall, which is nearly a foot shorter than the Chevrolet Tahoe. It rides a 108.7-inch wheelbase and sits 72.2 inches high — 4 inches shorter than the full-size Tahoe.



Interior
Five-passenger capacity includes two seating positions up front and three in the rear. The base S edition has cloth-upholstered front buckets and a split, folding rear seat. Stepping up to the LS edition brings heated power front buckets. Cargo room expands to 90 cubic feet when both sides of the split rear seat are folded. Some folks regard the Trooper’s driving position as buslike, because its steering wheel is positioned more horizontally than in most SUVs.



Under the Hood
The Trooper’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine makes 215 horsepower and teams with either rear-drive or four-wheel drive. A four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission may be installed. Manual 4x4s have a part-time 4WD system for use on slippery surfaces, and automatic 4x4s can also be engaged on dry pavement. Antilock brakes are standard.



Driving Impressions
Although the Trooper is unabashedly trucklike and deemed a full-size SUV, it is not enormous in dimensions. It does all that’s expected and somewhat more. The Trooper is well-built, refined and pleasing in nearly every aspect, but competitors offer many of the same qualities, so it’s difficult to rate Isuzu’s SUV higher than its rivals. Extra touches, such as abundant grab handles, sturdy cupholders and a big glove box could make the difference in its appeal.

The V-6 powertrain is strong, effective, surprisingly vigorous and refined, pulling it ahead of some passenger cars in performance. Even better, the automatic transmission operates admirably, shifting promptly and smoothly. The Trooper also is quiet for a truck, with little 4WD drone. But a somewhat jolting ride is par for the course when traversing harsher pavement surfaces, and steering is on the slow side — rather cumbersome, with a somewhat heavy feel.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

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unstoppable

by f troop from Baltimore MD on February 17, 2012

230,000 miles only routine maintenance. Mud and snow are no problem. TOD works great. cavernous interior, great headroom, great visibility. Going to buy another one. Wish they were still around, and ... Read full review

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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 Trooper 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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