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The newly-released, fuel-efficient 2008 Isuzu Ascender was recently ranked by U.S. World & news Report as one of the top 25 "Midsize Affordable SUVs" in the U.S. In the 2008 GMC Envoy and terms of safety functions, the 2008 Ascender received the same score since the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

U.S. World & news Report observed that the 2008 Isuzu Ascender fared well in crash tests conducted by the us government, particularly in side-impact crashes. Based on the report in U.S. Media, the Ascender received five out of five stars in government crash tests (if you had like to see for yourself, always check out the Ascender's page on the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration's web site for the entire report) for both front and rear-seat passenger safety. Certainly one of the several reasons the Isuzu Ascender received this type of favorable rating is that side-impact airbags now come standard in the 2008 product.

The Ascender comes standard with fog lights and daytime working lights, and also includes a specialized stability control process called Stabilitrak StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control. Traction control is combined by the system with security control systems, in addition to anti-lock brakes. Together, the three are designed to help the driver keep online control of the car.

Along with its energetic safety features, passive safety features have been also upgraded by the 2008 model. Air bags are offered by the 2008 Ascender for both driver and the leading passenger, as well as common head-curtain side-impact air bags. These air bags were choices on the 2007 model. An automatic air bag suppression system is also featured by the newer Ascender built to deactivate the front-passenger airbag and reduce airbag-related injuries.

The Isuzu Ascender even offers a human anatomy type that enables for exceptional presence from the driver's seat. In comparison, U.S. News & World Report observed that, in relation to the 2008 Mazda CX-7, "test drivers have expressed concern, however, about damaged top exposure as a result of sharp design of the CX-7's windshield."

But safety is not the only real reason to get behind the wheel of an Ascender. U.S. News & World report, in the entire impact of the 2008 Isuzu Ascender, observed that the Ascender "delivers and an outstanding guarantee and smooth ride" and also described the SUV's outstanding towing capabilities. The 2WD model may pull, when properly prepared, around 5,800 pounds.

Generally speaking, writers were impressed with the Ascender's V6 engine power and how a SUV addresses. Kelley Blue Book noted that "the Ascender seems controlled and agile." Yet another consumer from Auto Media noticed that the Ascender goes "smoothly and quietly" and "accelerates intensely from a standstill."

According to an assessment in the Orlando Sentinel, the Ascender beats the Ford Explorer when off-roading. Comparing both, the writer praised, " the stable rear axle of the Ascender is just a better design, giving the Isuzu more agility in serious off-road grip situations." U.S. News also noted that the 2008 Ford Explorer's "heavy steering detracts from overall performance."

Intellichoice has not yet ranked the 2008 Isuzu Ascender, but did identify Isuzu's whole 2006 make as most useful in their school for low costs.

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