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2008 Isuzu Ascender Sport Utility

4WD 4dr S

Starting at | Starting at 14 MPG City - 20 MPG Highway

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  • $29,149 original MSRP
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2008 Isuzu Ascender Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Isuzu Ascender Sport Utility

The 2008 Isuzu Ascender should be considered a bargain midsize SUV. Based on the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and other GM midsize SUV offerings, the Ascender offers a cavernous 80.1 cubit feet of cargo space. Its 5,800 pound towing capacity ranks near the top of the class, as does its seven-year/75,000-mile powertrain warranty.

What's new for 2008?

The Isuzu Ascender gets a new trim for 2008. The LUX is the best-equipped model, adding a taller axle ratio, a higher GVWR, upgraded exterior treatments, leather seating, adjustable pedals, a Bose audio system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. All Ascenders now include side-impact air bags and the 4.2L V6 has been tweaked to deliver better fuel economy and reduced emissions. Horsepower has dropped from 291 to 285, while torque is reduced by 1 lb-ft to 276 lb-ft. Two-tone exterior colors have changed as well.

Model Strengths

  • Plenty of power from GM-sourced 4.2L V6
  • rugged truck chassis
  • lots of cargo room
  • good seven-year/75,000-mile powertrain warranty
  • competitive pricing.

Model Review

The 2008 Isuzu Ascender offers a pleasant ride on the tough chassis it shares with the Chevy TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, and it draws its 285 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque from the same 4.2L V6. The Ascender is available in three trim levels--S, LS, and Luxury--and each comes in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

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