1991 Isuzu Rodeo LS Won’t Throw You Off

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From the July 1991 situation of Automobile and Driver.

Is it truthful to say that the typical Ameri­can would not know a lot about Isuzu?

In that case, too dangerous for the typical Ameri­can, as a result of the new-for-1991 Isuzu Ro­deo reveals that there is much more to this Japanese firm than only a humorous, ly­ing spokesman named Joe. Briefly, the Rodeo is a sport-utility automobile (SUV) that positively deserves your consideration.

We can’t wade too deeply into the Rodeo’s background right here. However let’s hit just a few of the highlights.

The Rodeo is constructed on the joint Isuzu-Subaru plant in Lafayette, Indiana. It is accessible as a five-door wagon solely, which Isuzu defends by noting that, even given a selection, the overwhelming majority of SUV patrons go for fashions with 4 aspect doorways anyway. (These patrons who insist on having a sportier Rodeo can go for its stubby sibling, the two-door Amigo.) The Rodeo rides on a 108.7-inch wheel­base, which is lengthy for this class; however at 176.4 inches general, it is compact on the skin. There are two engines (a 2.6-liter 4 or a 3.1-liter V-6), two transmis­sions, two- or four-wheel drive, and three trim ranges. Our check automobile was a top-­of-the-line Rodeo LS, geared up with the six-cylinder engine, a four-speed computerized transmission, and four-wheel drive.

1991 isuzu rodeo ls

Dick Kelley|Automobile and Driver

Spend a couple of minutes behind the wheel of the Rodeo and also you shortly change into impressed by how civilized it’s. The steering is gentle, the cabin is quiet at excessive­approach cruise, and the experience verges on plush. The driving place is superb—whereas another SUVs on this class have the motive force’s seat planted deep down under the instrument panel and the door sills, the Rodeo’s helm sits excessive and luxury­ready. Additionally notable is the benefit of entry and exit—you’ll be able to bounce aboard the Rodeo with out worrying about smacking your knee on a touch edge or catching your foot on a excessive rocker panel.

Cockpit options embody a comprehen­sive and well-grouped array of analog gauges, tasteful supplies, and many room for heads and legs. The cabin is not as trendy as some within the class, however we’ve no complaints about the way it works. There’s room for 5 within the Rodeo LS (which will get entrance buckets as a substitute of the bottom model’s bench). The rear seat­—break up on the LS—will be folded flat to kind a big rear load flooring.

Spend just a few extra minutes behind the wheel and also you additionally study that the Rodeo isn’t any five-door Humorous Automobile. The V-6 is nice for simply 120 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque, so the 4027-pound Rodeo wants 14.7 seconds of heavy respiratory to get to 60 mph. That mentioned, the Rodeo strikes at its personal tempo happi­ly—like a marathoner who can go the dis­tance however is not within the sprints. Fitted with entrance discs, rear drums, and a typical rear-wheel anti-lock system, the Rodeo stopped from 70 mph in 234 toes—which is on the lengthy aspect even for an SUV.

Judging by the reception our black check automobile received on the road, Isuzu has scored a success with the Rodeo’s styling. “Hey, man, awesome-looking truck,” was simply considered one of a slew of comparable com­ments. “All proper! Cool! That is the brand new Chevrolet Blazer, proper?” beamed the teller on the Taco Bell window. “You bought it,” we mentioned again to maintain him smiling and nodding, and we managed on exiting to keep away from knocking over a Fotomat kiosk.

1991 isuzu rodeo ls

Dick Kelley|Automobile and Driver

Little doubt contributing to our check Ro­deo’s head-turning energy had been its wheels, snazzy and glossy drilled alloys carrying beefy raised-letter 225/75R-15 tires.

The bottom Rodeo LS ($18,898) comes customary with every little thing from a leather-based­-wrapped steering wheel to intermittent wipers and a four-speaker AM/FM/cas­sette system with 80 watts of energy. Our check LS was plumped up with such op­tions as energy home windows, cruise management, air-con, and a sunroof—which raised the out-the-door sticker to $21,348. Patrons who need extra can tack on a compact-disc participant; patrons who need much less can transfer right down to the Rodeo XS or S fashions, the latter of which begins—in four-cylinder, two-wheel-drive kind—at simply $12,818.

So who cares if the typical American is aware of nothing about this gifted and tempting sport-utility machine? The im­portant factor is, now you do.

1991 isuzu rodeo ls

Dick Kelley|Automobile and Driver

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Specs

Specs

1991 Isuzu Rodeo LS
Automobile Kind: front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $18,898/$21,348

ENGINE
V-6, iron block and heads, direct gas injection

Displacement: 191 in3, 3135 cm3

Energy: 120 hp @ 4400 rpm 

TRANSMISSION
4-speed computerized

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 108.7 in

Size: 176.4 in
Curb Weight: 4027 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 14.7 sec

1/4-Mile: 20.0 sec @ 67 mph

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 14.5 sec

Prime Velocity: 89 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 234 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.68 g 

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 15 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Metropolis: 15 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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