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Road Test: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo S 4WD

The prime contender in our midsize SUV debate

G.R. Whale
Nov 19, 2002
The Rodeo S 4WD was the prime contender in our midsize SUV debate, undercutting an Explorer by more than $2000 and the Montero Sport by $1300.

The Rodeo S 4WD hasn't changed a whole lot since it was introduced, being refined and repowered over a decade, without losing any of its surprisingly good off-highway ability or near bulletproof reliability. Isuzu's 75* all-aluminum 3.2L V-6 powers all Rodeo 4WDs, dishing up 205 hp and more torque. When coupled to the five-speed stick, acceleration is reasonably brisk, yet it's flexible enough to spend all day puttering along in the mud.
The 4WD S costs about $23,700, about $2400 over the 2WD version. But aside from the additional front drive, which often adds that much to the price on its own, the 4WD Rodeo also gets larger 245/75R16 tires, a Dana 44 rear axle your street-rod friends will envy, four vented disc brakes (rear drums on 2WD), a limited-slip differential, cruise control, and a tilt wheel.
If that's not enough to qualify as a good value, include Isuzu's warranty (3/50,000 overall, 10/120,000 powertrain, roadside assist for 5/60,000), and the Rodeo S is an excellent, inexpensive alternative for getting into a midsize 4WD 'ute.
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2004 Isuzu Rodeo

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$19,799
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3.2L V6
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2003 Isuzu Rodeo

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$15,999
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2.2L I4
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2002 Isuzu Rodeo

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$18,380
19 / 23
2.2L I4
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Recalled: 1998-2002 Isuzu Rodeo/Axiom/Honda Passport for Rear Suspension Corrosion
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Road Test: 2002 Isuzu Rodeo S 4WD
The Rodeo S 4WD was the prime contender in our midsize SUV debate, undercutting an Explorer by mo...
G.R. WhaleNov 19, 2002

2001 Isuzu Rodeo

SPECIFICATIONS
$18,290
19 / 23
2.2L I4
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Recalled: 1998-2002 Isuzu Rodeo/Axiom/Honda Passport for Rear Suspension Corrosion
1998 to 2002 Isuzu Rodeos, Axioms and Honda Passports (which are all the same vehicle underneath) are being recalled for excessive corrosion on the rear suspension.
Scott EvansOct 4, 2010

2000 Isuzu Rodeo

SPECIFICATIONS
$18,080
20 / 23
2.2L I4
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1999 Isuzu Rodeo

SPECIFICATIONS
$18,180
21 / 24
2.2L I4
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Recalled: 1998-2002 Isuzu Rodeo/Axiom/Honda Passport for Rear Suspension Corrosion
1998 to 2002 Isuzu Rodeos, Axioms and Honda Passports (which are all the same vehicle underneath) are being recalled for excessive corrosion on the rear suspension.
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1998 Isuzu Rodeo

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$17,995
21 / 24
2.2L I4
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1997 Isuzu Rodeo

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$17,340
16 / 20
2.6L I4
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1996 Isuzu Rodeo

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$17,340
16 / 20
2.6L I4
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1995 Isuzu Rodeo

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$16,990
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2.6L I4
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