I think this Isuzu built vehicle was designed well for 1997. Ten years later (2007) leads me to believe that better fuel economy and interior design improvements highlight the weaknesses of this vehicle. I've got 140,000 miles on it and maintain it on an above average scale and although it runs fairly well, engine power is weaker, fuel economy has slipped and interior amenities (e.g. lack of any cup holders and minimal front/back seat storage space)stand out. The spare tire location on the exterior of the tailgate blocks some rear window view.
Cup holders!!!! Maximize underseat storage availability
We bought a 97'passport used for our teenage daughter's as her first car. Four months later, with her 2 best friends along for the ride, she hydroplaned and and sheared off a tree. The tree hit the front of the car direct center and came to rest on the roof! The air bags deployed as they were designed to do. The only injuries were minor burns from the drivers side airbag. As the police officer said "the girls were very lucky" "usually it is the tree that lives and the people don't" I credit the passport's amazing structural design. Yes the car was total loss by the insurance standard but it was quite a sight to see the tree on top of the roof and the roof not even dented.
the ease of putting seats down to arrange for storage and cargo
cup holders. remove the spare tire from the back as it makes it more difficult to open rear door and harder to see out back window.
This car was ok at first, but the more
i've driven it the more i have grown to
dislike it. It has a poor ride, wind
noise becomes a cacophany,every bump is
pronounced, the engine is quite loud
and not smooth at all, steering needs
improvement, the rear seats become
uncomfotable on long trips (especially
for taller people), it lacks adjustable
seatbelt anchorages, and it lacks power
rearview mirrors, adjusting them
becomes tedious. Let's just say im glad
Honda got rid of this Isuzu SUV and
replaced it with its own.
EVEN THOUGH THIS SUV GOT ME OUT OF A
HUGE WRECK, I HAVE HAD A LOT OF
PROBLEMS WITH THIS TRUCK. I DONT KNOW
IF THE PREVIOUS OWNER DIDNT TAKE CARE
OF THE TRUCK OR I AM JUST HAVING BAD
LUCK. I AM NOT IMPRESSED WITH THE
PERFORMANCE. EVERY MONTH IT IS
SOMETHING DIFFEENT AND THE DEALERSHIP I
BOUGHT IT FROM IS NO HELP EITHER. I
THINK THAT IF HONDA MADE THERE OWN SUV,
IT WOULD BE A LOT MORE RELIABLE. I WILL
NEVER BUY ANOTHER CAR MADE FROM A
DIFFERENT MANUFACTURER THAT HAS SOLD
THE RIGHTS TO ANOTHER DEALER. MY TRUCK
SAYS HONDA BUT ALL THE PARTS ARE ISUZU.
THAT SHOULD HAVE TOLD ME SOMETHING
I LOVE THE LOOK. EVEN THOUGH IT IS AN
OLDER MODEL SUV, IT IS SLEEK LOOKING.
HONDA SHOULD MAKE THEIR OWN SUV WITH
THEIR OWN PARTS. ISUZU SUCKS.