Wednesday, October 12, 2011
2011 Isuzu i Series 370
After selling rebadged General Motors trucks as its own, Isuzu has finally gone to the big garage in the sky, no longer selling cars or trucks in the North American market. The Isuzu i-Series pickup truck was one of its last models, a reskinned version of the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon twins. There were some variations between the models in trims and options, but all came as extended-cab or crew-cab pickups and shared the same mechanical hardware.
Unfortunately, the GM trucks were never the best choices for badge engineering. Though decently engineered and value-priced, the Isuzu i-Series was outclassed by more refined choices in the compact/midsize pickup segment such as the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.
Lots of midsize trucks seat up to five passengers. But the i-370 pickup does it with a sense of style, spaciousness and versatility that you’ll appreciate every time you drive. For starters, you’ve got your choice of configurations. If you’re part of the off-highway crowd, you’ll enjoy added capability of the top-of-the-line 4WD Crew Cab. If you’re partial to the open road, you will find either the 2WD Crew Cab or 2WD Extended Cab to your liking. And with ingenious little extras like an available 60/40 split-bench rear seat that folds flat and a 2-tier tailgate that expands your cargo options, the i-370 keeps winning you over time and time again.
Crew Cab or Extended Cab? There are no wrong answers, just one brain-teasing decision to be made. That’s because the i-370 pickup is such a capable performer regardless of which configuration you choose. If comfort, convenience and added passenger room is right up your alley, five adult passengers can travel in style in the spacious i-370 Crew Cab, available in both 2WD and 4WD. When you want a more workmanlike ratio of cargo bed capacity to passenger room, the 2WD Extended Cab delivers the goods and still has room for up to five. Either way, you’ve arrived at a logical conclusion – for mid-size pickup value, the i-370 is the smart mind’s truck of choice.
The Isuzu i-Series debuted for the 2006 model year. The '06 i-Series came in three trims: an i-350 LS crew cab, an i-280 S extended cab and an i-280 LS extended cab. The two engines offered for that first year were a 175-horsepower 2.8-liter four-cylinder (in the i-280) and a 220-hp 3.5-liter five-cylinder (in the i-350).
For its final two years, the Isuzu i-Series was available as the i-290 or the i-370. The engine in the i-290 was a 185-hp 2.9-liter four-cylinder. A five-speed manual transmission came standard, while a four-speed automatic was available as an option. The i-370 trims came with a 242-hp 3.7-liter five-cylinder, and a four-speed automatic transmission was standard. The i-290 was available as an extended-cab or crew-cab pickup truck, while the i-370 came as a crew cab only. The extended-cab body style offered a 6-foot cargo bed and small reverse-opening rear doors. There were miniscule rear seats in the extended cab, but if you think of them more as storage space, you won't be disappointed.