Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. is proud to announce the results of a recent independent test of the all-new FTR. The Class 6 FTR went up against five of its top competitors in acceleration, braking, maneuverability, fuel economy and more. The FTR has a 5.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides 215 hp and 520 lbs-ft of torque.

Isuzu aknowledged there were some in the industry who had doubts the new four-cylinder Class 6 FTR could compete with similar six-cylinder models, but testing has proven the FTR is tops in maneuverability and fuel economy.

The FTR competed against the following trucks:

  • Freightliner M2 106
  • Navistar DuraStar 4300
  • Hino 268A
  • Ford F-650
  • Kenworth K270

The tests were conducted by Pro Formance Group, Inc. (PFG), in Chandler, Arizona, with results certified by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

The tests were:

  • Fuel economy (measured on both a 198.7-mile mountain route and a 120.7-mile city route with 24 “delivery stops”)
  • Acceleration (0–20, 0–30, 0–40, 0–50, 0–60 and 30–50 miles per hour)
  • Braking (55–0 and 30–0 mph)
  • Time and speed on two separate hill climbs
  • Measured turning radius

Results for the FTR were:

  • Fuel economy: Placed first on the mountain route and in stop-and-go city driving
  • Acceleration: Consistently in the middle of the pack
  • Braking: Averaged a distance of 180 ft from 55mph – 0, and a distance of 53 ft from 30mph – 0
  • Hill Climb: 2,180 to 2,600 feet: 02:23.69 minutes at a maximum speed of 35.1 mph
    3,520 to 4,500 feet: 05:15.97 minutes at a maximum speed of 34.6 mph
  • Maneuverability: Clear winner – with a curb-to-curb turning diameter of 49.08 feet. Besting second-place by 1.79 feet and last-place by nearly 20 feet.
    This allows the FTR to carry a 24-foot dry freight box on a wheelbase of only 212 inches, compared to a 250-inch wheelbase required by all the competing vehicles.
“We’re thrilled with the results of these tests, which were conducted independently, verified and certified,” said Shaun Skinner, President of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc.. “All of the trucks did well in some of the tests, and the FTR did well across the board. That validates our belief that FTR is the best overall choice for the Class 6 market of today and tomorrow. It offers the right combination of performance, maneuverability, dependability, efficiency and low cost of ownership. It’s the complete package.”