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The Geo Tracker LSi Was a Compact SUV With Real Off-Road Chops

Brian Silvestro
Photo credit: Suzuki

From Road & Track

By the mid-1990s, SUVs were a real thing. Cherokees, Blazers and Explorers were becoming a common sight in America's suburbs, slowly but surely supplanting traditional sedans, wagons and vans. Geo had a slightly different idea with the compact Tracker LSi, a small off-roader you can think of as the progenitor to today's compact crossovers.

The LSi, first sold in 1996, was a four-door version of the standard Tracker, marketed as a usable, family-friendly micro-off-roader. It had a car-like interior, a friendly fascia, plenty of visibility, and smooth on-road manners. The rear seats could fold forward for more luggage space, and you could even option ABS and locking hubs.

And as MotorWeek discovered in its original review of the car, it could still function as a perfectly capable off-roader. The 1.6-liter inline-four's 95 horsepower and 98 lb-ft of torque was enough to get it out of any rut, while a low-speed transfer case and ground clearance of 7.5 inches mean clearing taller obstacles wasn't an issue.

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