2005 Isuzu Ascender - 4x4
Pros: 2WD, 4WD, 4WD LO, and AWD available on the fly.
Cons: lack of side airbag canopy
Advice: You get more features for you money in this Isuzu model, vs, Pilot, Highlander, Santa Fe, Xterra, Escape, etc.I test drove over a dozen SUVs in the small to mid size category. I had never driven a Isuzu until today and I bought it. I found the features competitive or better than other SUVs in the market. It didn't have everything I wanted, so if Isuzu is listening, please add the side airbag canopy, otherwise I love it. Best features: it has 2WD, AWD, and 4WD availabe on the fly, 6-disc CD changer, large comfortable seats, powerful engine with reasonable gas mileage for its size. I recommend it.
2005 Isuzu Ascender - 4x2
Pros: The overall look! The outside and inside breathes luxury even though the Ascender is not a luxury SUV .
Cons: I'm 6'2' and the bucket seats are little bit stiff and uncomfortable. About a 7 out of 10.
Advice: Not all affordable cars are perfect. I rate the Ascender 8 out of 10. A definate must buy.We were looking for a SUV for sometime and for one reason or another we could never agree on the same one...Until the Ascender. The test drive was great! Took a little getting used to after driving a camero for the last 11 years. Gas mileage isn't great but if you want gas mileage, buy a civic. The car rides smooth and handles potholes very well. You sit above the traffic and get a great view of your surroundings. Parking is at a premium in Hawaii but the Ascender handles all parking stalls with ease. The dual climate control is great and cools the car down in record time. The car doesn't surpress the outside noise well but thats alright. Just play The Allman Brothers Greatest Hits on the CD player and drowned out all the outside distractions.