The Vehicross is a bulldog on and off the road. It's 3.5L engine provides the pep to overtake traffic with ease. It's TOD (torque on demand) system allows the truck to automatically go from 2H to 4H. However theres a transfer lever for 4L. The exterior is superbly engineered. The dash is a bit Blagh. However the leather Recaro racing seats and faux carbon fiber panels make up for the interior shortcomings. Visibility is a real issue. The rear window is practically useless and the c- pillars hide cars. The past 3 years spent in this little truck have been priceless, and the future is certian...I will never sell this little truck called the VehiCROSS.
I fell in love with the VX when I first saw it back in 2000, so when I came accross one while car shopping I knew my decision was instantly made. Now that I have been the owner of a coveted silver Isuzu VX for over a year, I have mixed felings about her...BTW, her name is Twiggy, named after the sexy little robot from the old Buck Rogers TV show.
We bought a 1999 VehiCross when they first came out, to stand out from the crowd. It certainly looks different from anything out there. However, it's all style and very little practicality. The cargo area is relatively small, the back seats have been a joke, visibility is downright dangerous (I feel safer on my motorcycle) and I couldn't stand long distance trips - very uncomfortable after a while. Unfortunately the engine started burning oil like there's no tomorrow (2 qts a month) a few months ago, which I've found out is a normal thing for the 3.5L V6. Now I've just been told it's broken a valve and I need a new engine.... JUST outside the powertrain warranty at 69k miles. Bye bye Isuzu..
My automotive experience up untill last year has been with sports cars. I purchased my Ironman after looking over all of the other Dodge and Ford, Honda, etc. suvs and I am in love with my car. I do not have a problem on rainy days. The tires have excellent grip. Do not have a problem on Ice or deep snow. Only had to put in in 4 low because the snow had fallen over night and burried most of my car. I have read other reviews where people down consider the ViaCross a true offroad car. The ViaCross feels comfortable while on the road, gravel, or well of the road. As far as Engine problems, I have had none. Just keep good care of it and it will keep good care of you.
I leased this car for almost 4 years. I loved the looks and design of the car. But now that gas prices are a lot higher, its really difficult to keep this car running. After purchasing a sedan, i realized that the ride in the VehiCross isn't as comfortable as i had imagined it to be. You will always get people turning their heads to see what you are driving, but don't drive it long distances, or you'll be looking for the back heating pad.