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2002 Isuzu Rodeo

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$2,164 — $5,560 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
18-21 MPG
(Combined)
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Vehicle Overview
Known as the Rodeo when wearing an Isuzu badge, this midsize SUV also is sold in similar form at Honda dealerships as the Passport. The two vehicles are nearly identical, except for minor appearance and equipment differences. Both are built in Lafayette, Ind., at an Isuzu plant that’s shared with Subaru.

New 16-inch alloy wheels go on Isuzu’s traditionally styled midsize four-door SUV for 2002, again offered in S, LS and LSE trims. A Preferred Equipment Package is available for the S, and a Comfort Package is offered for the LS. A Special Edition package for the LS includes 18-inch tires and Iron Gray lower body trim. An optional Ironman Package on the LS adds 18-inch gray metallic alloy wheels, a painted rear roof spoiler, four-way power driver’s seat, tubular side steps and privacy glass.



Exterior
Stretching to 177.6 inches long overall, the four-door Rodeo rides a 106.4-inch wheelbase and is about 69 inches tall and 70.4 inches wide. At the rear, its tailgate swings open to the left. The back window swings up separately and must be opened before the tailgate. The Rodeo’s spare tire mounts inside on the base S model but may be stowed underneath the rear of the vehicle on 4WD versions.



Interior
The Rodeo seats five occupants, using two front buckets and a three-place, 60/40-split rear bench that folds to produce additional cargo room. A cassette stereo is standard. Moving up to the LS adds a six-speaker sound system, air conditioning, keyless ...
Vehicle Overview
Known as the Rodeo when wearing an Isuzu badge, this midsize SUV also is sold in similar form at Honda dealerships as the Passport. The two vehicles are nearly identical, except for minor appearance and equipment differences. Both are built in Lafayette, Ind., at an Isuzu plant that’s shared with Subaru.

New 16-inch alloy wheels go on Isuzu’s traditionally styled midsize four-door SUV for 2002, again offered in S, LS and LSE trims. A Preferred Equipment Package is available for the S, and a Comfort Package is offered for the LS. A Special Edition package for the LS includes 18-inch tires and Iron Gray lower body trim. An optional Ironman Package on the LS adds 18-inch gray metallic alloy wheels, a painted rear roof spoiler, four-way power driver’s seat, tubular side steps and privacy glass.



Exterior
Stretching to 177.6 inches long overall, the four-door Rodeo rides a 106.4-inch wheelbase and is about 69 inches tall and 70.4 inches wide. At the rear, its tailgate swings open to the left. The back window swings up separately and must be opened before the tailgate. The Rodeo’s spare tire mounts inside on the base S model but may be stowed underneath the rear of the vehicle on 4WD versions.



Interior
The Rodeo seats five occupants, using two front buckets and a three-place, 60/40-split rear bench that folds to produce additional cargo room. A cassette stereo is standard. Moving up to the LS adds a six-speaker sound system, air conditioning, keyless entry, and power windows, locks and mirrors. Leather upholstery goes into the top-of-the-line LSE, which also has a CD changer, power sunroof and fog lights.



Under the Hood
Either a 130-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder or a 205-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 engine may be installed. Rear-wheel and four-wheel drive are available. The base S model with 2WD uses the four-cylinder engine, while other models get the V-6. All are available with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. The Ironman Package includes electronic ride control, called Intelligent Suspension Control, which adjusts suspension firmness to one of 17 settings. Antilock brakes are standard.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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(4.8)
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(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
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(4.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
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(5.0)

I own a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo 2.2

by Ricky1974 from Rio Vista Texas on December 17, 2017

Just like I said in the head line I own a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo 2.2 not a v6 but that is all they display it's upsetting when you look up the information on how much it gets on gas mileage it just says for ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car

by sc lady from south carolina on September 24, 2012

I love everything about this car, the handling is great, it it dependable, looks great inside out. this car hauls my pets to vet, my groceries every week, my items i buy at yard sales(my hobbie), all ... Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rodeo received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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