2008 Isuzu Ascender  -  $27,884

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $27,884
Base Invoice: $26,391
Destination Charge: $735
Options: $0
Trim: 2WD 4dr S
Doors: 4
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 14 | Hwy: 20
Body Style: 2WD 4dr S
Transmission: 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
Engine: 4.2L DOHC MPFI 24-valve I6 engine

Model Highlights

The 2008 Isuzu Ascender offers a pleasant ride on the tough chassis it shares with the Chevy TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, and it draws its 285 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque from the same 4.2L V6. The Ascender is available in three trim levels--S, LS, and Luxury--and each comes in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models.

All Ascenders come with a rear intermittent wiper, fog lamps, trailer hitch, 17-inch alloy wheels, height-adjustable front seat headrests, a 65/35 split folding rear bench seat, power windows and locks, tilt steering, air conditioning with dual-zone climate control, and a rear auxiliary outlet.

The Ascender LS and Luxury models add an automatic locking rear differential, dual heated power mirrors, privacy glass, a power moonroof, roof rail crossbars, remote keyless entry and alarm system, cruise control, and an in-dash six-disc CD changer with six speakers. The LS features an eight-way power driver seat with lumbar support, while the Luxury also adds the same adjustability to the passenger seat. Other Luxury-only features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a Bose six-speaker stereo system, front heated seats with two-position memory for the driver, and leather-appointed seating.

The S model is available with a Preferred Equipment Package, which adds keyless entry, dual power mirrors, cruise control, an overhead console, and several other amenities found in LS and Luxury models. XM satellite radio is optional on LS and Luxury models.

Standard safety features across the 2008 Isuzu Ascender model range include daytime running lights, front air bags, head curtain side-impact air bags four-wheel antilock disc brakes, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, and a tire pressure monitor.


Plenty of power from GM-sourced 4.2L V6; rugged truck chassis; lots of cargo room; good seven-year/75,000-mile powertrain warranty; competitive pricing.

Model News

The Isuzu Ascender gets a new trim for 2008. The LUX is the best-equipped model, adding a taller axle ratio, a higher GVWR, upgraded exterior treatments, leather seating, adjustable pedals, a Bose audio system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. All Ascenders now include side-impact air bags and the 4.2L V6 has been tweaked to deliver better fuel economy and reduced emissions. Horsepower has dropped from 291 to 285, while torque is reduced by 1 lb-ft to 276 lb-ft. Two-tone exterior colors have changed as well.

Value Writeup

The 2008 Isuzu Ascender should be considered a bargain midsize SUV. Based on the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and other GM midsize SUV offerings, the Ascender offers a cavernous 80.1 cubit feet of cargo space. Its 5,800 pound towing capacity ranks near the top of the class, as does its seven-year/75,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Trim Curb Weight
4594.00 lbs

Standard Weight - Front
0 lbs

Standard Weight - Rear
0 lbs

Base Trim Weight - Front
2297.00 lbs

Base Trim Weight - Rear
2297.00 lbs

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front
2750 lbs

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear
3200 lbs

Curb Weight - Front
2297 lbs

Curb Weight - Rear
2297 lbs

Option Weight - Front
0.00 lbs

Option Weight - Rear
0.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity - Front
453.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity - Rear
903.00 lbs

As Spec'd Curb Weight
4594.00 lbs

As Spec'd Payload
956.00 lbs

Maximum Payload Capacity
956.00 lbs

Gross Combined Wt Rating
10000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
5000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
500 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
5300 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
530 lbs

Frame Type

Suspension Type - Front
Independent Dbl-A

Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Coil

Axle Capacity - Front
2750 lbs

Axle Capacity - Rear
3080 lbs

Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
17 x 7.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x 7.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
16 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), On Center

Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
36.4 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.0 x 1.14 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.8 x 0.78 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
21.7 gal

Gross Axle Weight Rating
5950.00 lbs

Curb Weight
4594.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity
1356.00 lbs

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Payload Weight Front
0 lbs

Payload Weight Rear
0 lbs

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
5550.00 lbs

Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
20 MPG

Cruising Range - City
303.80 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
14 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
434.00 mi

Engine Order Code

Engine Type
Gas I6


Fuel System

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
285 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
276 @ 4600

Trans Order Code

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Hydra-Matic Auto w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
10.8 qts

Passenger Capacity

Front Head Room
40.2 in

Front Leg Room
41.4 in

Front Shoulder Room
58.5 in

Front Hip Room
55.5 in

Second Head Room
39.6 in

Second Leg Room
37.0 in

Second Shoulder Room
58.4 in

Second Hip Room
58.1 in

113.0 in

Length, Overall w/rear bumper
191.6 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
76.1 in

Height, Overall
71.9 in

Overhang, Front
34.7 in

Ground to Top of Load Floor
32.1 in

Ground Clearance, Rear
8.0 in

Body Length
0.00 ft

Step Up Height - Front
18.2 in

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1
70.0 in

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2
39.7 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
80.1 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
43.7 ft³

Rear Door Type

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

4.2L DOHC MPFI 24-valve I6 engine

4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission-inc: OD, torque converter

3.42 axle ratio

StabiliTrak traction control

Rear wheel drive

HD battery-inc: run-down protection, retained accessory pwr

150-amp alternator

7-wire HD wiring harness

Platform-type trailer hitch

5550# GVWR

Independent double A-arm front suspension-inc: coil-over shock absorbers w/upper & lower control arms

5-link rear suspension-inc: coil spring, hydraulic double acting telescopic shock absorbers w/rebound stop

5300# trailer tow capacity

P245/65R17 on/off-road BSW tires

17" x 7" 6-spoke machined-finish aluminum wheels

P235/75R16 underbody-mounted spare tire w/16" steel wheel

Hydraulically-assisted pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Stainless steel exhaust

Tools-inc: screw-type lifting jack, jack handle, wheel wrench, tire blocks

2-tone paint scheme-inc: unique front/rear bumpers, overfenders, rocker panel, body-side molding

Black aluminum roof rails

Color-keyed B/C/D-pillars

Chrome finish grille

High-output automatic halogen headlamps w/driver override, time delay

Front fog lamps

Daytime running lamps w/driver override

Dual black mirrors w/right convex

Solar Ray windshield

Front variable-intermittent windshield wipers w/washer

Rear window pulse system wiper w/washer

Black door handles

Cloth seat trim

Manual front bucket seats-inc: 4-way adjust, 2-way lumbar, adjustable headrests

2nd row 65/35 split-fold bench

Front center floor console-inc: front dual cupholders, rear flip-out dual cubholders, storage bin

Full carpeting

Driver foot rest

Tilt steering column

Full instrumentation-inc: 120-mph speedometer, tachometer, fuel level/coolant temp/oil pressure/volt gauges, trip meter

Warning lights-inc: brake system, check engine, low fuel, change engine oil, reduced engine pwr, passenger airbag status indicator, StabiliTrak traction control service indicator

Tire pressure monitoring system

Pwr windows-inc: driver & front passenger one-touch express-down feature, driver lock feature

Pwr/programmable central door locks

PassLock anti-theft immobilizer

Front manual dual-zone climate control

2nd row climate controls

Rear seat heat ducts

Rear window defroster w/timer

AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: seek & scan, auto-tone, digital clock

Fixed antenna

Lockable glove box

Pwr outlets-inc: (2) 1st row, (1) 2nd row

Woodgrain trim on front/rear doors, audio panel, instrument panel

Front door map pockets

Day/night rearview mirror

Driver/front passenger visors w/vanity mirrors

Passenger assist grips

Lamps-inc: front/2nd row reading/map w/override feature, illuminated entry, luggage/cargo, rear license plate

Front passenger seatback pocket

Cargo coat hooks

Underfloor cargo storage area

City 14/hwy 20 (4.2L engine/4-speed auto trans)

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Driver & front passenger airbags w/advanced occupant restraint system (AORS)

Side impact curtain airbags

3-point seat belts for all positions

Child rear safety door locks

Child seat lower/top tether anchors

StabiliTrak traction control

Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column

Daytime running lamps w/driver override

Dual note horn






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