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The newly-released, fuel-efficient 2008 Isuzu Ascender was recently ranked by U.S. News & Globe Report as 1 of the top rated 25 "Midsize Cost-effective SUVs" in the U.S. In terms of security features, the 2008 Ascender received the identical rating as the 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer and the 2008 GMC Envoy.

U.S. News & Globe Report noted that the 2008 Isuzu Ascender fared nicely in crash tests carried out by the federal government, especially in side-impact crashes. According to the post in U.S. News, the Ascender received five out of 5 stars in government crash tests (if you'd like to see for yourself, check out the Ascender's web page on the National Highway and Site visitors Safety Administration's web site for the full report) for both front and rear-seat passenger security. One particular of the several reasons the Isuzu Ascender earned such a favorable rating is that side-influence airbags now come normal in the 2008 model.

The Ascender comes standard with fog lights and daytime running lights, and also consists of a specialized stability manage system named Stabilitrak StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Manage. The method combines traction handle with stability manage systems, as properly as anti-lock brakes. Together, the three are created to help the driver keep directional command of the automobile.

In addition to its active security attributes, the 2008 model also has upgraded passive safety characteristics. The 2008 Ascender offers air bags for each the driver and the front passenger, as nicely as normal head-curtain side-effect air bags. These air bags had been options on the 2007 model. The newer Ascender also characteristics an automatic air bag suppression technique made to deactivate the front-passenger airbag and minimize airbag-associated injuries.

The Isuzu Ascender also has a body style that permits for exceptional visibility from the driver's seat. In comparison, U.S. News & World Report noted that, with regards to the 2008 Mazda CX-7, "test drivers have expressed concern, nonetheless, about impaired front visibility due to the sharp style of the CX-7's windshield."

But safety is not the only reason to get behind the wheel of an Ascender. U.S. News & World report, in the general impression of the 2008 Isuzu Ascender, noted that the Ascender "delivers and an outstanding warranty and smooth ride" and also pointed out the SUV's superior towing capabilities. The 2WD model can tow, when effectively equipped, up to 5,800 pounds.

In general, reviewers were impressed with the Ascender's V6 engine power and the way the SUV handles. Kelley Blue Book noted that "the Ascender feels controlled and agile." One more reviewer from Auto Media pointed out that the Ascender runs "smoothly and quietly" and "accelerates vigorously from a standstill."

According to a review in the Orlando Sentinel, the Ascender beats the Ford Explorer when off-roading. Comparing the two, the reviewer praised, " the solid rear axle of the Ascender is a greater arrangement, giving the Isuzu a lot more agility in severe off-road traction scenarios." U.S. News also noted that the 2008 Ford Explorer's "heavy steering detracts from all round overall performance."

Intellichoice has not yet rated the 2008 Isuzu Ascender, but did recognize Isuzu's entire 2006 line up as very best in their class for low costs. ford explorer tail light

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