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1995 Isuzu Rodeo Review
Rugged offroad performance.
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The 1995 Isuzu Rodeo provides a rugged, offroad-oriented sport utility vehicle that focuses primarily on performance rather than comfort. However, despite the emphasis on off-road design, the Rodeo still remains practical enough to be used as a day-to-day vehicle. It does not perform quite as well in this regard as the more expensive Isuzu Trooper. However, it seems more practical than most offroad-oriented SUVs with a similar price tag.
The Isuzu Rodeo focuses on performance while minimizing price. Rather than cutting performance options, Isuzu mostly cuts comfort options to keep the price on the Rodeo low. Even the better-appointed Rodeo LS does not include many accessories inside. However, the Rodeo boasts a fairly powerful engine, solid braking, a rugged build, and solid maneuverability.
The Isuzu Rodeo best suits drivers who expect a mix of roadway and off-road driving and do not mind trading comfort for a lower price. Drivers willing to pay more money prefer the Isuzu Trooper, since it performs very similarly to the Rodeo but offers a more comfortable interior. The Rodeo’s main advantage concerns the lower price, which it offers without losing out on off-road performance.
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Isuzu Rodeo S, Isuzu Rodeo LS
The dashboard gets redesigned in some, but not all, 1995 Isuzu Rodeo models. This change occurs in models that appear about midway through the year.
The Isuzu Rodeo classifies as a midsize SUV, measuring in at 176.5 inches long, with a wheelbase of 108.7 inches. It uses a four-door body design. A brush guard and a roof rack remain available as options. The 1995 Isuzu Rodeo LS also offers running boards and a sunroof as options.
Even on the more upscale 1995 Isuzu Rodeo LS, the interior features seem fairly minimal. The Rodeo S includes no major standard features, and air-conditioning, an AM/FM radio, a cassette player, and a CD player comprise the list of options. The Rodeo LS offers air-conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power locks, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as standard equipment. Keyless entry, a CD player, and a CD changer remain available as optional features.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Isuzu Rodeo better serves as an off-road vehicle, but still has decent roadway capabilities. When driving offroad, the Rodeo provides enough power and traction to get through most terrain. Roadway performance remains fairly average for an SUV. It has enough power to get decent acceleration. Maneuverability seems good enough that driving it does not feel awkward. Better-handling SUVs appear on roadways, but the Rodeo’s performance remains quite good for a more offroad-oriented model.
A driver airbag and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard on the 1995 Isuzu Rodeo. Dual front airbags remain available as an optional feature on both models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide an optional feature on the Rodeo LS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Isuzu Rodeo, manual, two-wheel drive: 15/18 mpg city/highway
Isuzu Rodeo, automatic, four-wheel drive: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Isuzu Rodeo, manual, four-wheel drive: 15/18 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Rugged build
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Weak accessories offering
- Four-wheel anti-lock brakes exclusive to upper-end model
Rugged offroad performance.
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