Relatively unchanged this model year, the 2008 Isuzu Ascender maintains its reputation as a capable SUV offered in S, LS and LUX trims with a 285 horsepower 4.2-liter inline 6-cylinder mated to a 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission as standard. The Ascender offers seating capacity for up to five passengers and a nice list of standard equipment, including front and side-head airbags, ABS brakes, auto on/off headlights, daytime running lights, traction control, dual zone air conditioning, cruise, keyless entry, power controls, lumbar seats and AM/FM/CD audio.Read more Read less
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.
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.
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.
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