Isuzu Axiom

The Isuzu car company is one of the oldest cars manufacturing company from Japan. The origin of the company dates back to 1916. The car forayed into the American auto market into the 1981. The Isuzu has rolled out many small cars, sedans and SUV's since its entry into US. Although the company has seen some troubled times since later part of the 1990's. It has pulled out most of its car models available then and now only has a SUV and some trucks in its line of production.

The Isuzu has decided to slowly pull out of the American market, selling only on commercial vehicles lately. Among the many SUV's brought out by the Isuzu in the American car market, Axiom was among the best. Although it did not match the Isuzu Trooper but it had many features, one desires for.

Axiom is a large SUV, which offers an on-demand four-wheel drive. The car has an automatic transmission with two different modes. The modes were winter and power modes. The car also had an adjustable suspension. The looks of the car were appealing than most other competitors in the market.

The front looks of the SUV are very belligerent and quite uncommon in its class. However, the interiors have been designed very interestingly with chrome and black accents. The gearbox has a chrome bar surrounded by leather. The SUV has power lock and window control features. The knob for controlling the four-wheel drive is large and placed on the right. The air condition of the SUV is effective.

The SUV is large and very spacious for a good seating. The rear seats can be folded down and have a 30/20 split. By folding, more space can be created for cargo. The outside visibility is panormic with large mirrors for the driver's aid.

The engine of Axiom is very powerful delivering 230 horsepower but the ride quality is cranky. The power mode can be used for acceleration even uphill. The standard mode of the Axiom is low on power but better on fuel efficiency. The mileage of the Axiom is cool for a SUV of that size. It is around 16kms per liter in city and it goes up to 20kms on the highways.

However, the SUV is spacious and large enough but the ride quality is not up to the expected standards. It is very bumpy and sloppy. The handling of the car is also sub standard. As the tires make sound even on making gentle turns.

The other features that interest most people in a Axiom are CD player with stereo speakers and automatic climate control. There are other luxury features like central information display, leather seats and four-wheel antilock brakes.

The Axiom is good ride for those who are looking for a SUV high on mileage, medium on luxury and low on pocket. The Isuzu needs to develop better cars with improved handling, ergonomics and ride quality to stay in the market. Otherwise the future looks bleak.