The Rodeo appeared in the early 1980s, badged a Holden but essentially an Isuzu model from Japan. It went on to become a serious rival for the likes of the Toyota HiLux in Australia, and there was much to appreciate about the third-generation (RA) model released in 2003 and further improved in 2007. Just a year later in 2008, Holden was forced to lose the power of the Rodeo nameplate when it had to rebrand its workhorse ute Colorado after the ending of ties between its parent company General Motors and Isuzu.
Tough looks and tough chassis
Wide choice of body styles and drivetrains
Good cabin space
Good ride and handling for the time
Could be noisy
Only a three-star crash-safety rating
Loose manual gearshift action; no auto for diesel
Some trim grades missing key features, such as air-con
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.