2008 Isuzu Ascender

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2008 Isuzu Ascender
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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Seating capacity

Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Performance
  • Ride comfort
  • Quietness

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • Hard seat bottoms
  • Resale value

1 trim

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  • S


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Notable features

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

2008 Isuzu Ascender review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Most car I ever have.

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.


Beautiful, comfortable car EVER

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



2008 Ascender. Got a great deal on a used Ascender with 2800 miles. Only $17000. Great running engine and tranny. On a recent long trip averaged over 23 mpg highway at 70-72 mph. Very comfortable car to travel in . Has more legroom for tall people than any vehicle that I have ever sat in . People may say why Isuzu but in reality all this vehicle is is a rebadged Chevy Trailblazer without the extra price . Same engine and transmission. Built by GM . A few minor things seemed a little cheap for the most part I am very happy other than it was missing a couple of things like keyless entry and power mirrors which is the biggest omission but for the price I can live with it . An equivalent Chevy was almost $7000 more .

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