ZR2 4WD shown
- $4,591 - $5,896
- No trim specified for this review
- Good handling, little body lean, turning radius. Solid body on frame construction.
- Fuel economy so-so, 4th gear OD too low. ABS is spooky. Back seat room only OK.
The Tracker ZR2 is a great little SUV as I drive myself most of the time and don't need a huge SUV. At 6'0"/210 I can sit comfortably in the front seat and it will accomodate 4 adults in short trips. The wife can drive it comfortably as well.
Handling in the ZR2 trim is very good compared to the non-sport trims and the turnng radius is a blessing around the big city. There's little body lean compared to most SUVs but the ride would improve if they would accomodate larger tires. Body on frame is better than unibody for these type vehicles IMHO as there is less flex. ABS acts a little wierd compared to other vehicles I've owned. The V6 engine is pretty gutsy with the transmission in Power mode; average in Normal mode but you can merge pretty well on the highway on-ramp. Highway mileage is so-so (22-23 by the odometer), the 4th gear OD could be taller or they could use a 5-speed for highway driving. City mileage is not bad at 18-19MPG.
Interior trim is good, plastic molding is solid. The seats are decent but could be better and stereo isn't bad. Reliability has been above average but less than other Japanese imports.
Older Trackers (especially Geo brand) were rough vehicles compared to the more solid Chevy branding; derived from the very crude Samarui that was a go-cart. Generally I'm not a fan of low-end GM products as they seem to put quality only in their higher-end models. But since the Tracker is based on the Suzuki Vitara and made at the same plant, I took a chance. Actually I bought mine "slightly" used; since depreciation on these vehicles is pretty stiff, it actually turned out to be a pretty good buy. Based on the reliability horror stories I've heard about the Chevy Equinox and Ford Escape, I'm very happy. My next one will probably be a Suzuki unless the rumors of the dropping the truck frame come true.
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