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

U.S. World & news Report noted that the 2008 Isuzu Ascender fared well in crash tests conducted by the us government, especially in side-impact crashes. According to the post in U.S. Media, the Ascender acquired five out of five stars in government crash tests (in the event that you had like to see for yourself, always check out the Ascender's page on the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration's website for the entire report) for both front and rear-seat passenger safety. One of the several reasons a favorable rating was earned such by the Isuzu Ascender is that side-impact airbags now come standard in the 2008 product.

The Ascender comes standard with fog lights and daytime operating lights, and also includes a specialized security control method called Stabilitrak StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control. The machine combines grip control with security control systems, in addition to anti-lock brakes. Together, the three are created to help the driver maintain online command of the car.

Along with its energetic safety features, passive safety features have been also upgraded by the 2008 model. The 2008 Ascender offers air bags for both the driver and the front passenger, along with common head-curtain side-impact air bags. These air bags were possibilities on the 2007 model. The newer Ascender also features a computerized air case reduction program made to deactivate the front-passenger airbag and reduce airbag-related injuries.

The Isuzu Ascender also has a human anatomy type that allows for excellent visibility from the driver's seat. Compared, U.S. News & World Report noted that, in relation to the 2008 Mazda CX-7, "test drivers have expressed concern, however, about reduced front presence due to the 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 statement, in the overall impact of the 2008 Isuzu Ascender, observed that the Ascender "delivers and a highly skilled warranty and smooth ride" and also pointed out the SUV's exceptional towing abilities. The 2WD model can pull, when properly prepared, as much as 5,800 pounds.

Generally speaking, writers were impressed with the Ascender's V6 motor power and what sort of SUV addresses. Kelley Blue Book noted that "the Ascender feels controlled and agile." Still another reviewer from Auto Media pointed out that the Ascender runs "smoothly and quietly" and "accelerates intensely from a standstill."

According to an evaluation in the Orlando Sentinel, the Ascender beats the Ford Explorer when off-roading. Comparing the 2, the reviewer praised, " the stable rear axle of the Ascender is just a better design, giving the Isuzu more speed in critical off-road grip situations." U.S. News also noted that the 2008 Ford Explorer's "heavy steering detracts from over all performance."

Intellichoice hasn't yet scored the 2008 Isuzu Ascender, but did recognize Isuzu's entire 2006 fall into line as best within their school for low costs.

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