2008 Isuzu Ascender

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Key Specs

of the 2008 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 2008 Isuzu Ascender

  • Side-impact airbags now standard
  • Available automatic 4WD
  • Standard electronic stability system

2008 Isuzu Ascender Overview

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Vehicle Overview
Isuzu's latest sport utility vehicle went on sale for the 2003 model year, replacing the company's long-lived Trooper. The Ascender shares its platform with GM's midsize SUVs. Competitors include the Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer. For 2008, side-impact airbags are standard.

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. A Luxury package is available, but the leather package has been discontinued for LS models.


Exterior
Exhibiting a traditional two-box SUV profile, the Ascender features 17-inch alloy wheels, overfenders and bodyside moldings. For 2008, Midnight Metallic and Black Garnet Metallic are new 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.

Under the Hood
The Ascender's 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine was recalibrated for 2008 and recertified by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The engine delivers 285 horsepower, a slight decrease from the 2007 model's figure. Each engine teams with a fo...
Vehicle Overview
Isuzu's latest sport utility vehicle went on sale for the 2003 model year, replacing the company's long-lived Trooper. The Ascender shares its platform with GM's midsize SUVs. Competitors include the Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer. For 2008, side-impact airbags are standard.

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. A Luxury package is available, but the leather package has been discontinued for LS models.


Exterior
Exhibiting a traditional two-box SUV profile, the Ascender features 17-inch alloy wheels, overfenders and bodyside moldings. For 2008, Midnight Metallic and Black Garnet Metallic are new 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.

Under the Hood
The Ascender's 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine was recalibrated for 2008 and recertified by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The engine delivers 285 horsepower, a slight decrease from the 2007 model's figure. 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 airbags are newly standard. A tire pressure monitoring system is also standard.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most car I ever have.

by Bamba from Louisville.ky on April 18, 2018

I bought 2009 , and I still have it. Very good SUV . Never have any issue with until 2015 . I have to change tire bar that cost me 158 $ And I changed break after 120.000 mile. Read full review

(5.0)

Beautiful, comfortable car EVER

by AKnott from Liscomb on May 27, 2017

This car is better then I imagined, I have had a wonderful time showing it off and driving everywhere. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Isuzu Ascender currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 Isuzu Ascender has not been tested.

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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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