The 2001 Isuzu Rodeo makes a good option for drivers who want the features of a midsize SUV—such as roominess, towing capacity, and strong off-road capabilities—without the price tag of the higher-end midsize SUV models.
The 2001 Isuzu Rodeo is a stylish midsize SUV with three trim levels and the option for a powerful V-6 engine. It offers a smooth ride on the highway and performs adequately on rough terrain, although it can feel a little bumpy. The interior doesn’t look quite as stylish as the outside, so if you want to show your SUV off to passengers, keep this in mind.
Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Isuzu Rodeo S, Isuzu Rodeo LS, Isuzu Rodeo LS Anniversary Edition, Isuzu Rodeo LS ?Ironman,? Isuzu Rodeo LSE
2001 marks the 85th anniversary of Isuzu and for this Isuzu rolls out an Anniversary Edition of the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. The Anniversary Edition, available as an upgrade to the LS Rodeo features a new two-tone paint job, chrome wheels, and a leather interior with wood grain trim, along with a high-tech stereo system and power seats.
The exterior of the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo includes 16-inch alloy wheels (steel wheels on the S Class), skid plates, an underbody-mounted spare tire, painted bumpers, a roof rack, a manual flip-up liftgate window, and a rear side-hinged door. The top-of-the-line LSE adds a power moonroof. The LS adds power mirrors, door locks, and windows. LS owners can also choose the Anniversary Edition or the Ironman package: a tough version of the LS with Intelligent Suspension Control, alloy wheels, and tubular side steps.
Inside the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo things move a little downscale, with plastic trim and a bit of a bare bones feel, but it is ergonomically sound, and includes bucket front seats and front and rear cup holders, along with front reading lights and dual illuminating vanity mirrors. The LSE features leather seating and door trim and a six-disc CD-changer.
Performance & Handling
The Rodeo feels a little less steady offroad than some other midsize SUVs. If you want more off-road ability, get the Ironman package with Intelligent Suspension Control.
In addition to the Anniversary Edition features offered in honor of Isuzu’s 85th anniversary, the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo comes in three trims: the S, which comes standard with a 2.2-liter, four cylinder engine and the LS and LSE, which feature a 3.2-liter V-6. If you go with the S, you can upgrade to the V-6 engine, and if you care at all about power, you should. The LS and LSE models also include skid plates, a limited-slip differential, and ABS with four-wheel disc brakes.
Safety features for the 2001 Isuzu Rodeo include four-wheel ABS, front and rear headrests, child seat anchors, ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, electronic brake force distribution, a rear center lap belt and rear-door child safety locks.
EPA Fuel Economy
Isuzu Rodeo S: 17/21 mpg city/highway
Isuzu Rodeo LS: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Isuzu Rodeo LSE: 15/20 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-6 option
- Ten-year/120,000-mile powertrain warranty
- Stylish exterior
You Won't Like
- Mediocre interior
- Other SUVs handle better
- Not as comfortable as some other SUVs
Stylish and affordable.
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