Isuzu Ascender

The Isuzu Ascender was a mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle from General Motors. It was introduced for 2003; meanwhile, this 7-passenger vehicle was also called the Isuzu Alterra. The Alterra was a replacement to the Full-size Isuzu Trooper. Later, a shorter 5-passenger model was made available for 2004 as a replacement for the Rodeo and for the Axiom. A Displacement on Demand V8 was used for the 2005 model year, which made this model slightly more popular than the previous year models. The Isuzu Ascender is the only one of the six General Motors built mid-size SUVs that is not actually a GM product. The reason being that Isuzu was partially owned by General Motors until the spring of 2006. The Isuzu Ascender marks the one and only Isuzu model on the market in the United States for 2005. It was available in two versions, one being a 5-passenger short-wheelbase and the second being a 7-passenger long-wheelbase. Additionally, the Ascender had a lower starting price than either the GMC or the Chevy, and its warranty is longer than both the previously listed models. The Isuzu Ascender also beats out the competition on its warranty terms, which are 3 years, or 50,000 miles on the whole truck and 7 years or 75,000 on the engine and transmission, plus 7 years or 75,000 miles of roadside assistance such as towing, jump starts and gas delivery. The GMC and Chevy are only warranties for 3 years or 36,000 on their models and also so include some form of roadside assistance, but nothing more. For the reasons listed above, the Ascender looks to be a good contender for the other heavy hitters in the segment. On the other hand, one must wonder what will become of Isuzu down the road as the competition continues to mount.