In spite of its diminutive stature, the Tracker has the grit for taming the unpaved path. The independent MacPherson strut front suspension coupled with a 5 link rear axle delivers a relative smooth ride and goof tractability. Throw in the 15 in. wheel trim combination, 8 in. ground clearance (on 4 wheel drive models) and shift on the fly 4 wheel drive system on models so equipped, and you can appreciate for weekend wilding. Two engine mission combinations are available. Base models and the ZR2 2 door convertible come standard with a 2.0 liter cylinder and 5 speed manual transmission (a 4 speed automatic is optional). This little engine generates an efficient and functional 127 bhp and 134 lb. ft of torque. Nothing Herculean, but plenty of juice given the Tracker’s sub 3000 lb. curb weight. A little more beef comes on line with the 4 door ZR2 and the LT’s standard 2.5 liter V6. Horsepower and torque jump to the 155 and 160 lb. ft, respectively, and the V6 is backed with the standard 4 speed automatic in these models. Surprisingly, the V6 delivers better fuel economy than the inline 4, compare the 23 city/ 26 highway/ 24 combined mpg of the 2.0 liter with the 25/28/26 mpg rating of the 2.5 liter engine.
For the latest model the Tracker comes with a handful of welcome changes; standard AM/FM/CD system, front seat armrests, driver’s side adjustable lumber support, standard roof rack on 4 door model, and the rocker covers replace LT running boards. There’s also a new ZR2 alloy wheel and a new LT and optional base alloy wheel. LT cloth has been added to the ZR2 seats, and all model gets 4 position halo (see through) headrests.