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2008 Chevrolet Uplander Trims

LS

Avg. Price: $9,048

The Chevrolet Uplander LS minivan rolls into the 2008 model year with only a few minor changes, including the addition of XM satellite radio and an MP3 player input jack for the audio system. A 240-horsepower, 3.9-liter V6 engine provides power, and the engine links to a four-speed automatic transmission.

A soft-ride suspension, rack-and-pinion power steering, and four-wheel antilock disc brakes are all standard on the Uplander LS, though some drivers have reported having braking problems with the vehicle. The StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System, which improves the vehicle's stability on slick surfaces, can be added to the equipment list as an option.

As expected with an entry-level trim, interior features are a bit sparse on the Uplander LS. Single-zone air conditioning, power windows, dual-stage front airbags, and OnStar all come standard, but side-impact airbags, cruise control, and remote keyless entry must be added as options. What's more, drivers who want to add certain entertainment options, such as a CD changer or a DVD player, must opt for a higher-level trim, since they're not available as options on the LS.

The good news is that the Uplander LS can seat up to seven passengers, thanks to three rows of seats. And to provide additional cargo space, the second and third rows of seats can be folded down or removed.

Generally, drivers report having good experiences with the Uplander, citing its handling, versatility, and safety features as among its positive points. For the most part, drivers note that the Uplander is a reliable vehicle, though some point out that it can be noisy at times.

LS Ext

Avg. Price: $8,432

For families who need extra space, Chevrolet adds 13 inches to the overall length of the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander LS Ext (for extended wheelbase), compared to the standard LS. This results in an extra inch and a half of legroom for second-row passengers, an extra two inches for third-row passengers, and an extra 16 cubic feet in overall cargo space. The extended version also comes with a larger fuel tank (25 gallons, as opposed to 20 gallons for the standard LS), and a curb weight that's about 120 pounds heavier.

Other than that, the LS Ext matches the standard LS in mechanics, power, and standard features. A soft-ride suspension, rack-and-pinion power steering, and four-wheel antilock disc brakes are all standard, though some drivers have reported having braking problems with the vehicle. The StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System, which improves the vehicle's stability on slick surfaces, can be added to the equipment list as an option.

Power for the front-wheel-drive Uplander LS Ext comes in the form of a 240-horsepower, 3.9-liter V6 engine, which links to a four-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission. Air conditioning, power windows, dual-stage front airbags, and OnStar are all standard, but side-impact airbags, cruise control, and remote keyless entry must be added as options. Some entertainment options, such as a CD changer and a DVD player, are not available as options on the LS Ext trim.

For the most part, drivers appear to be happy with the Uplander LS Ext. Specifically, drivers like the vehicle's air conditioner, handling, versatility, and safety features, as well as its reliability, though some drivers point out that the vehicle can be noisy at times.

LT Ext

Avg. Price: $9,832

The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander LT Ext combines an expanded list of standard features with the extra interior space that comes with the vehicle's extended wheelbase. Chevrolet has added 13 inches to the overall length of the Uplander LT Ext, compared to standard-wheelbase trims like the LS, resulting in an extra inch and a half of legroom for second-row passengers, an extra two inches for third-row passengers, and an extra 16 cubic feet overall in cargo space. The extended version also comes with a larger 25-gallon fuel tank and has a curb weight that's about 120 pounds heavier than the standard-wheelbase Uplander.

As a step up from the Uplander LS, the LT Ext adds such features as side-impact airbags, cruise control, remote keyless entry, rear-seat air conditioning, and an overhead storage system to the standard equipment list. Power sliding side doors, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, and Solar Ray deep-tinted glass are also part of the package. In addition, the LT Ext comes with a DVD player with a flip-down screen and rear audio controls, headphone jacks, and input jacks for gaming devices.

A 240-horsepower, 3.9-liter V6 engine powers the Uplander LT Ext, while a FlexFuel engine that can accept E85 fuel (an 85-percent gasoline/15-percent ethanol blend) can be selected as an option. The engine links to a four-speed automatic transmission.

Generally, drivers give the Uplander LT Ext good marks for its interior comfort, reliability, handling, and versatility. Some drivers have noted problems with the brakes, however, and other drivers note that the vehicle can be noisy at times.