What's New for the 2005 Isuzu Ascender? The big news for 2005 versions of the Isuzu Ascender is the availability of an optional 5.3-liter V8 that features fuel-sipping Displacement On Demand (DOD) cylinder deactivation technology, 300 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. This new engine is offered only on seven-passenger models. All 2005 Ascenders benefit from freshened interior trimmings; optional XM satellite radio; rollover-sensing side curtain airbags; and a standard advanced occupant restraint system with a front passenger/child-presence detector. The Limited package now contains a 3.73 rear axle ratio, driver adjustable pedals and power rear quarter window vents. Two new colors, Adriatic Blue and Tamarack Green, grace the exterior while Light Cashmere/Ebony and Light Gray/Dark Gray enhance the interior.
Advantages of the 2005 Isuzu Ascender:
Superior warranty to the GM models on which it is based
Optional V8 power with cylinder deactivation technology
Sturdy body-on-frame construction
Up to seven-passenger capacity
Objections to the 2005 Isuzu Ascender:
Warranty could be no good if Isuzu closes up shop
Skittish handling in emergency avoidance situations
Interior materials look and feel inexpensive
Lacks long-distance seat comfort
Editor's Advice: Three years ago, Isuzu pulled the plug on the comfortable, reliable, rugged and unique Trooper and replaced it with this rebadged version of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Since Buick, Chevrolet and GMC currently sell what is essentially the same vehicle, why wouldn't you take advantage of the General Motors rebates, incentives and zero-percent financing? Because the Isuzu Ascender comes with a better warranty? There is nothing compelling about the 2005 Isuzu Ascender, and given the shaky financial ground upon which the company stands, we'd recommend taking a pass.
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