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2003 Isuzu Rodeo Sport

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2003 Isuzu Rodeo Sport
Available in 4 styles:  S shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

17–20 city / 22–24 hwy


2003 Isuzu Rodeo Sport 4.5 2
$ 4,500-4,500
April 29, 2003
Vehicle Overview
Once known as the Amigo, the compact Rodeo Sport sport utility vehicle — essentially a shortened version of Isuzu’s Rodeo four-door wagon — comes as a two-door hardtop or a convertible. The Rodeo Sport’s front-end styling has been enhanced for the 2003 model year. The instrument panel and trim on the seats and doors are new. An integrated keyless entry system is now standard.

Isuzu promotes its Rodeo Sport by saying it gives consumers the “original SUV driving experience.” Competitors include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Mazda Tribute. The convertible version has a manual removable sunroof, a folding fabric top over the rear seats and a hardtop over the front seats. The hardtop model substitutes a second sunroof over the rear seats in place of the convertible’s folding top. Like the larger Rodeo, the Rodeo Sport models use the same four-cylinder and V-6 engines and an identical four-wheel-drive (4WD) system. Sales of the Rodeo Sport have been sluggish, dropping by 46 percent to just 4,990 units during 2001, according to Automotive News.

The Rodeo Sport is nearly 9 inches shorter than the four-door Rodeo and is built on a shorter version of its truck chassis. Riding a 96.9-inch wheelbase, the SUV stands 67.1 inches tall and measures 70.4 inches wide and 170.3 inches long overall. Both the hardtop and convertible models have two side doors.

Corrugated styling accents the lower door panels. Broad fenders and gray overfenders enhance what Isuzu calls the vehicle’s performance-oriented go-anywhere look. The Rodeo Sport’s box-section ladder frame has eight cross-members. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires, and an outside-mounted spare tire is installed. Skid plates and front and rear tow hooks are also included. Tubular side steps and fog lights are optional.

The Rodeo Sport and its larger Rodeo sibling both seat five occupants on front buckets and a three-place folding rear bench — though space on the bench seat is modest. The Rodeo Sport’s front passenger seat has a walk-in feature that slides the seat forward when the backrest is released.

Standard equipment on the Rodeo Sport includes a cassette stereo, tachometer and intermittent wipers. When equipped with V-6 power, it gets a tilt steering wheel and cruise control. Air conditioning is an optional item.

Under the Hood
A standard 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine develops 130 horsepower, and an optional 3.2-liter V-6 pumps out 205 hp. Both engines are available with a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. Part-time 4WD with either engine should be used only on slippery surfaces.

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide
Posted on 1/24/03

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