This review is for a weekend with my Dad's Uplander LS (long wheel base). I loved the color (bordeaux red or dark red). The dash was layout out well, but a bit of hard plastic on the top of the dash w...
This review is for a weekend with my Dad's Uplander LS (long wheel base). I loved the color (bordeaux red or dark red). The dash was layout out well, but a bit of hard plastic on the top of the dash was a disappointment to an otherwise nice IP. Two things were a bit inconvenient, the LCD readout was a bit hard to read w/ the sun shining and I couldn't find a balance or fade. The head line was the good kind (not the fuzzy kind). Storage was reasonable. Radio was fair for the base trim. The std DVD makes up for many of these faults. My son loved it!
The front seats were comfortable. The 2nd row captains were a bit low and narrow. The third row were very nice for 3rd rows. I don't like that the 3rd row is a 50/50. It makes them less "arrangable". I think the reason for this is GM didn't want to make a seat too heavy to carry b/c the 3rd row doesn't fold into the floor like many others, they come out entirely.
There is no latch for the sliding doors (safety issue in my book) The manager who disallowed this latch should be fired! There is no rear HVAC vents on the LS, stupid thing to not make std equipment. There are only frt airbags, again, not up to par for the course. Lastly, the LS has no cup holders for the 2nd row. The overall interoir on the LS trim level is avg at best.
The mechanical asspects were the brighter spots. The tranny works well, but GM should really put a 5 or 6 spd tranny on all current and future cars. 4spd should be considered obsolete. The engine worked flawlessly. Power deliver was good for the payload. Handling was no sports car, but was competitive for the market. The milage read 18.5mpg for the whole weekend. That's mostly city driving.
If I had to buy an uplander, I would definately go for the LT2 or 3, just to get the better interior. This is what I would recommend to any of you who are in the market. The LS is just not up to playing the minivan game.