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2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport Review

Compact, two-door version of the Isuzu Rodeo SUV.

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The 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport, in a way, starts new for 2001, as it carries a new name. It carries on with the Amigo model, which served as the original two-door SUV, but this version comes better equipped and uses an automatic transmission on all models. In effect, it provides the two-door version of the larger Isuzu Rodeo SUV. If you like the idea of the Isuzu Rodeo, but want something smaller you should definitely consider this vehicle.

As with the Isuzu VehiCROSS, you can order a special ?Ironman? edition with a sportier look, including exclusive colors and enhanced exterior trim.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door SUV
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Isuzu Rodeo Sport, Isuzu Rodeo Sport V-6

What's New

For 2001, the Isuzu Rodeo Sport starts new, as this model formerly carried the name Amigo. The 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport version also features a four-speed automatic transmission, a hardtop and soft top option, and new colors, including Acid Gold Mica and Atlantic Blue Mica.


The exterior of the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport features a hardtop or soft top with a removable sunroof, along with skid plates, painted bumpers, a rear side-hinged door and 16-inch steel wheels.


In the interior of the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport features bucket front seats in vinyl/cloth, front and rear cupholders, front reading lights, and dual vanity mirrors.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport does not lead its class in handling. The 24-valve V-6 allows a turning circle of 34.1 feet. The Isuzu Rodeo Sport features a front independent suspension.

Drivers get a lot of model options with the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport. Infiniti offers the standard model with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Drivetrain options include a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine with an automatic transmission or an upgrade to the 3.2-liter V-6, also with an automatic transmission. Drivers also enjoy the dash-mounted shift-on-the-fly switch. Owners appreciate speed-proportional power steering as well.

The standard model offers 130 horsepower and provides 144 lb-ft of torque with its DOHC four-cylinder engine. If you want a little more power in your compact SUV, upgrade to the V-6 and enjoy 205 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque, enabling you to go from zero to 60 mph in under eight seconds. This truck proves itself as a surprisingly powerful hauling truck, with a towing capacity of 4500 pounds and a maximum payload of 1175 pounds.


The 2001 Isuzu Rodeo Sport includes four-wheel ABS, front and rear headrests, a rear center lap belt, electronic brakeforce distribution, ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, and child seat anchors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Isuzu Rodeo Sport: 17/21 mpg city/highway
Isuzu Rodeo Sport V-6: 15/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-6 option
  • Sporty exterior
  • Compact version of Isuzu Rodeo

You Won't Like

  • Less room than other SUVs
  • Worse handling than other SUVs
  • A lot of engine noise

Sum Up

Compact, two-door version of the Isuzu Rodeo SUV.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Isuzu Rodeo
  • Isuzu VehiCROSS
  • Jeep Wrangler

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