2007 Isuzu Ascender

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Isuzu Ascender. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Ride comfort
  • Quietness

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Hard seat bottoms
  • Resale value

Notable Features of the 2007 Isuzu Ascender

  • Seven-passenger model dropped
  • OnStar communication dropped
  • Available automatic 4WD
  • Standard electronic stability control

2007 Isuzu Ascender Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Isuzu's latest sport utility vehicle went on sale for the 2003 model year and replaced the company's long-lived Trooper. The Ascender shares its platform with General Motors' midsize SUVs. It is smaller than typical full-size SUVs. For 2007, the larger seven-passenger Ascender has been discontinued.

The SUV is powered by a 275-horsepower inline-six-cylinder engine. For 2006 added as standard GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system.

Ascenders come with either rear-wheel drive or on-demand four-wheel drive. The four-wheel-drive system has four modes: automatic, 4-Low, 2-High and 4-High.

Several option groups that are comparable to additional trim levels are offered. The LS package includes traction control, a limited-slip differential, a sunroof, a six-CD changer and a roof rack. Leather and Luxury packages are available.


Exterior
Exhibiting a traditional two-box SUV profile, the Ascender features 17-inch alloy wheels, overfenders and bodyside moldings. For 2007, machined-finish alloy wheels replace painted wheels and Bering Blue Metallic and Storm Gray Metallic are new paint colors. The Ascender features body-on-frame construction and rack-and-pinion steering.

Interior
Second-row passengers get a 65/35-split, folding seat. The second-row seats have a flip-and-tumble feature. Ascenders have dual-zone air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a CD player. The OnStar communication system has been dropped as an option.

Under the Hood
The Ascen...
Vehicle Overview
Isuzu's latest sport utility vehicle went on sale for the 2003 model year and replaced the company's long-lived Trooper. The Ascender shares its platform with General Motors' midsize SUVs. It is smaller than typical full-size SUVs. For 2007, the larger seven-passenger Ascender has been discontinued.

The SUV is powered by a 275-horsepower inline-six-cylinder engine. For 2006 added as standard GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system.

Ascenders come with either rear-wheel drive or on-demand four-wheel drive. The four-wheel-drive system has four modes: automatic, 4-Low, 2-High and 4-High.

Several option groups that are comparable to additional trim levels are offered. The LS package includes traction control, a limited-slip differential, a sunroof, a six-CD changer and a roof rack. Leather and Luxury packages are available.


Exterior
Exhibiting a traditional two-box SUV profile, the Ascender features 17-inch alloy wheels, overfenders and bodyside moldings. For 2007, machined-finish alloy wheels replace painted wheels and Bering Blue Metallic and Storm Gray Metallic are new paint colors. The Ascender features body-on-frame construction and rack-and-pinion steering.

Interior
Second-row passengers get a 65/35-split, folding seat. The second-row seats have a flip-and-tumble feature. Ascenders have dual-zone air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a CD player. The OnStar communication system has been dropped as an option.

Under the Hood
The Ascender's 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder generates 291 hp and 277 pounds-feet of torque. Each engine teams with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
Daytime running lights, an electronic stability system and antilock brakes are standard. Two-row side curtain-type airbags are optional. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard for 2007.

Driving Impressions
The Ascender isn't exactly a standout in the crowded SUV field, but at least it falls at the appealing end of the spectrum. Ascenders run quietly and accelerate vigorously from a standstill. Handling is confident for an SUV, and the ride is quite compliant. The seat bottoms are somewhat hard, and the seatbacks have virtually no side bolstering to keep occupants in place during turns.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.7)
Performance
(3.7)
Interior Design
(3.6)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(3.0)
Value For The Money
(3.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Worst car I've owned

by Mad at Isuzu from Athens ,Tn on June 18, 2011

Bought my ascender new in 2007 it now has 42,000 miles on it and the gas /fuel sending unit went out I looked online and found out that starting in 2004 these vehicles have had repeated problems with ... Read full review

(3.0)

too many issues

by Isuzu asceder from Arizona on February 10, 2010

I got this as a gift from my hubby. Within the first month my first blow out. Then the fuel gage would act up 5 times total. My power controlling the windows and locks and mirrors. 3 times. I have had ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Isuzu Ascender currently has 4 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ascender received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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