It’s a fun size Truck Thursday, with something small and foreign built in the land of big and American.
The Isuzu Rodeo Sport has been out of production for 12 years now, but examples like this one pop up every once in a while for sale, and they’re usually in good shape. This one is 14 years old, but has only 141,000 miles, and doesn’t look a day over 10.
We have for sale a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo Sport 4×4 automatic with 141,500 miles. The SUV has power windows, power locks, power mirrors, cruise and tilt. Air and heat both work heat. Asking 4900.00 or best offer.
There is something unusual about the Rodeo Sport, something strangely attractive to me. I’ve never considered myself an SUV man, but this little runabout is really getting my attention. I think it’s all the different elements that they have put into this version over the years. culminating with this. It’s the same basic shape and design as the first Isuzu Pickup that debuted in 1987, but has aged well with the addition of molded fender flares, matching bumpers, and some meaty tires. Those, along with a short wheel base and two-door layout, give it a look almost like a toy truck, like something I got in a Happy Meal when I was a kid (I wish I still had those, by the way).
If you think you’ve seen something like this before, you might have. Some long-time readers might remember another Rodeo Sport I wrote about back in 2013. I was smitten by its good looks then, too.
When we looked at this one back in 2013, I was excited not only by the concept of a small SUV with a manual transmission, but by the fact that a cheap, fun, efficient SUV could be had with a proper body-on-frame construction. This 2002 model has an automatic, but the 4-wheel drive fun is still within reach.
What say you? Is the best part of five grand a good deal for a 14-year old miniature truck?
Bonus: the Rodeo appears to be a pretty capable off-roader. Here’s a short video of one enjoying the scenery of western Pennsylvania.
[Source: Springfield Craigslist]