Though Isuzu has stopped selling passenger vehicles in the United States, many of its models remain on American roads and on used car lots, and dozens of vehicle manufacturers continue to use the brand’s excellent diesel engines. Today, Isuzu continues to sell two commercial vehicles in the USL: the N-Series and the F-Series. Moreover, its former passenger vehicles—the Ascender and D-Max—continue to have an impact long after being discontinued.
One of the most popular Isuzu models, the Ascender is a midsize SUV whose ruggedness and reliability made it a prime choice for customers seeking a little adventure. Though it was discontinued a decade ago, the Ascender’s seven-year powertrain warranty has ensured many of them remain on the road.
The D-Max, marketed around the world under a variety of names and more commonly known in North America as the i-series, is a compact pickup truck that delivered a strong combination of capability and road-going composure. Its 3.7-liter inline five-cylinder engine was rated at 242 horsepower and 242 lb-ft of torque, providing comparable performance to V6s but with better efficiency.
The Isuzu N-Series, also known as the Isuzu Elf, is a medium-duty upfitter truck that continues to be sold in the United States, though only in its wide-cab variant. Its light and flexible design has made it extremely popular among commercial customers, who frequently convert it into a school bus, employee bus or intercity taxi.
The Isuzu F-Series, known as the Isuzu Forward in Japan, is another medium-duty commercial truck featuring a cab-over design that has been manufactured and sold around the world since 1959. It is offered with a range of gasoline and diesel engines and when properly equipped boasts a Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 25,500 pounds.
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