The Acura SLX was a mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) sold by the Acura division of Honda from 1996 to 1999. It is a lightly upgraded Isuzu Trooper released at the same time as the Lexus LX and it was only sold in the United States. The SLX was later replaced by the Honda Odyssey-based Acura MDX in 2001. The SLX sold poorly and was discontinued after 1999. It is said that sales were affected by bad press when the 1996-1997 models were rated "Not Acceptable" by Consumer Reports for their tendency to roll over during testing. In a lawsuit brought by Isuzu against Consumers Union, the court found that some of the magazine's statements showed a "reckless disregard" for the truth. The SLX from 1996 to 1997 had a 3.2-liter V6 gasoline engine with a maximum output of 190 hp (142 kW) and was replaced in 1998 by a 3.5-liter dual overhead cam V6 engine that produced 215 hp (160 kW).
Model Specifications Manufacturer - Isuzu Motors Parent Company - Honda Prodcution - 1996-1999 Assembly - Japan Successor - Acura MDX Class - Mid Size SUV Layout - Front engine, rear-wheel drive/ Four-Wheel drive Engine(s) - 3.2L 190hp (142 kW) V6 (1996-97)/ 3.5L 215hp (160kW) V6 Transmission(s) - 4-speed automatic Wheelbase - 108.7 in (2761 mm) Length - 183.5 in (4661 mm) (1996-97) 187.8 in (4770 mm) (1998-99) Width - 72.4 in (1839 mm) (1996-97) 72.2 in (1834 mm) (1998-99) Height - 72.2 in (1834 mm) Related - Isuzu Trooper