• (4.3) 3 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,856$8,976
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17-18
  • Engine: 275-hp, 4.2-liter I-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-7
2005 Isuzu Ascender

Our Take on the 2005 Isuzu Ascender

Our Take

Isuzu's latest sport utility vehicle went on sale for 2003 and replaced the company's long-lived Trooper. The Ascender shares its platform with General Motors' midsize SUVs. Even though the original seven-passenger Ascender is larger than a midsize model, it's smaller than typ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Exterior size of seven-passenger model
  • Fuel economy
  • Hard seat bottoms
  • Resale value

Notable Features

  • Five- or seven-passenger capacity
  • Inline-six-cylinder or V-8
  • Available automatic 4WD
  • Premium amenities


Our Expert Reviews

If an Isuzu sport utility is on your list of vehicles to consider, you'll find your shopping rather simple for 2005. The Japanese truckmaker is down to just one vehicle in its lineup this year, having dropped the Rodeo and Axiom SUVs at the end of the 2004 model year. What's left is the Ascender, a very good SUV in its own right, although it's not really an Isuzu. This is at lea... Read full review for the 2005 Isuzu Ascender

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 3 reviews

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best vehicle i have owned

by amcedano from Fayetteville, NC on February 5, 2009

I purchased this vehicle March 2005 and have driven 71,000 miles. The Performance, Value for the Money, and Reliability has been its best features. I would recommend this vehicle to a friend. I used... Read Full Review

4 Trim Levels Available

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