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Isuzu Rodeo Sport Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Isuzu Rodeo Sport

  • A somewhat-charming specialty SUV let down by sloppy handling dynamics and an unrefined interior.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Hard or soft-top option, youthful appeal, attractive design.

  • Cons

    Excessive engine noise, sub-par suspension and handling, cramped interior.

  • What's New for 2002

    Other than new 16-inch wheels, Isuzu's two-door Rodeo Sport SUV is unchanged for 2002.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (11 total reviews)  |  Write a Review

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Thought it would be a

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Vehicle: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport

I really liked it at first. The first and second gear ratios are awefull. You just cant get through them without jerking the car around. Its so cheaply built. I did have fun with it, although it was way underpowered ( I thought I was gonna die going up huge hills.) But then When i was trying to switch lane (with those horrible blind spots) it took me a little too long to make sure it was clear and I ended up REAR ENDING A CAR! THEN THE CAR CAUGHT ON FIRE INSTANTLY AND INCINERATED EVERYTHING WITHIN MINUTES AS IF SOMEONE USED A FLAMETHROWER ON IT FOR 15 MINUTES STRAIGHT. I don't even know what to think of this vehicle.

Great truck but check transmission!

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Vehicle: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport

This has been a great truck for us. The only thing about this truck is the transmission oil has no dipstick. You cannot check the fluid level or color from the under the hood, the truck has to be on a lift. So when we bought it used, about 3 months later the transmission started to jerk and we took it in to get serviced. It had about 55,000 miles on it and the mechanic told us the transmission had never been serviced and needed to be replaced. Of course he was a crook so we took it someplace else. They made repairs on it that cost around $500 so we got away pretty lucky. No problems since and it has been a great car. Just make sure to get the transmission checked out before you buy used!

Best little car/truck

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Vehicle: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport

Super great car/truck - wider than most in this class feels like larger suv. Handles great, fun in the sun when the back comes down but you feel the safety with the front being a solid roof. Gas mileage is a downer. Blind spots are a problem. Needs a light near the ignition too. Have gone off road a few times and have had a blast. Highly recommend.

Well it looked good on

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Vehicle: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport

i will never buy another isuzu. cd player is worthless, poor gas milage, little things (rear window wiper, door latch, etc) fall apart very easy. i was very very disappointed with the isuzu rodeo sport.


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Vehicle: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport

I've had this vehicle for 90+ thousand miles and no problems except one ... seems a small gasket on the transmission was leaking fluid. No big deal and no damage incurred after driving it for a week before noticing the leak. Fun to drive. Not bad mileage, for an suv and 4wd. I've had Chevy, Ford, and Chryslers, never go back! Although a bit tight to get in the back seat, very fun to drive in the snow or the twisties on the dry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Happy with my purchase

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Vehicle: 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport

This car is a lot of fun to drive, looks great, and it has been perfectly reliable for the almost three years that I have had it. For those debating it, I definitely recommend buying the V6 engine. Changing lanes takes getting used to (the blind spots are horrendous,) and with the spare tire and rear-seat headrests where they are, reverse is worse. But those are its only drawbacks - keep them in mind when you test drive it. I've been very pleased.

Full 2002 Isuzu Rodeo Sport Review

What's New for 2002

Other than new 16-inch wheels, Isuzu's two-door Rodeo Sport SUV is unchanged for 2002.

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Gas Mileage


  • 15
  • cty
  • 20
  • highway
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