the plethora of SUVs out there, it’s hard to figure
out where to start your SUV-hunt these days. With Isuzu
the acronym “SUV” could mean: “Sport.
Utility. Value,” with value meaning what you get
for your money: features, options, warranty and gas
mileage. The Ascender does well in all these areas,
and you can pick up a base version of the vehicle for
about $27,000. However, once loaded with the “Preferred
Equipment,” the “LS” and “Luxury
Package,” our tester ran up to a cool $35,000.
it is 4-wheel drive and fully automatic. It comes in
5 or 7 passenger configurations, and 275 or 290 horsepower
for the V6 and V8 respectively. Towing capacity varies
from 5,700 to 6,800.
you step in the cabin, all of the luxury additions make
the interior very nice, with heat for the bottom and
back part of the seat in a spacious environment with
a bunch of cup holders. Seats are easy to maneuver,
and converting from full cargo to passenger configuration
is a no-brainer. You get the feel you are in a Chevy,
which is actually exactly what you are getting, since
this Japanese-branded SUV is ninety percent North American.
All the components are General Motors: engine, switches
and knobs. And as with all automobiles in the GM line
up, you get OnStar.
year/50,000mile Limited Basic; 7 year/75,000 mile limited
Powertrain Roadside Assistance; 6 year/100,000 mile