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2000 Isuzu Rodeo Review

Agile ride with an attractive tag price.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2000 Isuzu Rodeo has been restyled and tweaked to be more competitive against the big boys. This ride has two personalities: One, its look and attitude on the highway make it a good city ride; meanwhile, it silently craves to have some off-road fun.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual transmission, four-speed automatic
Models: Isuzu Rodeo S, Isuzu Rodeo LS, Isuzu Rodeo LSE

What's New

The 2000 Isuzu Rodeo rolled out with a more aggressive exterior styling and new colors: alpine white roman bronze mica, canal blue mica, and garden green mica. Quality upgrades were also implemented along with ergonomic and interior improvements.

Exterior

The 2000 Isuzu Rodeo looks more confident with its redesigned front and rear fascia. The bumpers come in black matching the adjustable side mirrors. It has a redesigned eight-port grille hugged by the halogen bulb headlamps enclosed in conventional lens. The fender flares and side moldings follow the color of the body.

The 2000 Isuzu Rodeo LES and LS get a spare tire, which is stored under the vehicle, while the base model still stores its spare tire on its tailgate. All models follow a four-door styling with the tailgate that can be swung open to the left. The rear windows also can swing out. Isuzu also released a special edition Ironman LS package. Aside from the usual decals, it gets alloy rims, a moonroof, and other mechanical and technological improvements.

Interior

The 2000 Isuzu Rodeo's seats have been improved since its previous release. The seat bottoms are deeper and bigger that ensure that consumers will be in place while the vehicle negotiates twists, turns, and bumps. The layout of the controls is well thought out; drivers can easily reach for audio, climate, and other controls without taking their eyes off the road. One weirdly placed control is for the four-wheel-drive system placed near the cruise-control, which can be accidentally toggled.

The 2000 Isuzu Rodeo can seat five adults but is a bit limited for taller individuals. The headroom won't be an issue if the occupant is not over six feet. The seats at the back are best left for short passengers or kids. The optional moonroof eats up an inch of the headroom. This SUV offers a lot of cargo space. Fold down the rear seat and the cargo space can be as much as 81 cubic feet. The space can easily accommodate a bike, float tube, fly rods, and other gear for a quick weekend getaway.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Isuzu Rodeo base model makes use of a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine on a two-wheel-drive configuration. There is a more potent 3.2-liter V-6 power plant that generates 205 horses. It's responsive and nimble on the road, and will give the driver enough power to snake through highway traffic. The steering is very precise, while the four cylinder engine actually seems small, weighing in at 3671 pounds. The V-6 seems to be the perfect match for the Rodeo's setup. If drivers need to tap into the four-wheel drive system of the Rodeo, they just need to push a button. A lever can be used to switch to four-wheel drive on low revs. The versions that come with a four-wheel-drive system are equipped with rear disc brakes and limited slip differential.

The 2000 Isuzu Rodeo's four-wheel-drive system also has a winter mode that makes the third gear the transmission starting point. This makes sure that it doesn't spin on icy surfaces. It tackles rough roads without any hesitation, and its four-wheel-drive system will keep pushing on with the 16-inch wheels. The suspension system does well on the highway but may need to react faster on the dirt roads. It proves its agility and certainty by handling fast turns and aggressive cornering. The good design of its frame helps it become a very stable ride.

Safety

The 2000 Isuzu Rodeo's doors are reinforced with steel tubes to provide better protection to the occupants. The antilock brakes handle emergency stops very well. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tagged it with a ""poor"" rating for frontal collisions. The head restraints were branded ""acceptable,"" and the bumpers also were given a ""poor"" grade.

EPA Fuel Economy

Isuzu Rodeo, 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine: 18/21 mpg city/highway
Isuzu Rodeo, 3.2-liter V-6 engine: 15/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Rugged appeal
  • Stylish interior
  • Big cargo room

You Won't Like

  • Wind noise
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry/exit into the rear seat

Sum Up

Agile ride with an attractive tag price.

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