Most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are impressed with the 2008 Chevy Uplander's extensive list of standard and optional features.
According to Edmunds, "the Uplander is available in regular and long wheelbase models as well as a cargo van." Both versions are front-wheel drive, equipped with a 3.9-liter, 240-hp V-6 engines and four-speed automatic transmissions. "It comes in LS and LT trim levels, both of which seat seven with a fold-flat 50/50-split third row seat."
According to ConsumerGuide, the following features are standard on the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander: seven-passenger seating, third-row split folding seat, front air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, cloth upholstery, quad bucket seats, power mirrors, power front windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, digital-media player connection, tachometer, intermittent wipers, and automatic headlights. "OnStar assistance system w/one year service and XM satellite radio are also standard," they write.
Edmunds says in creature comforts, "the Uplander does have a few aces up its sleeve." The LT version's overhead rail system provides easy access to the air conditioning controls and entertainment system from the rear seats. They also like the PhatNoise digital media system and the fact that it has a hard drive to store music so that you don't have to carry around a bunch of CDs.
Cars.Com notes that the Uplander's DVD entertainment system with flip-down screen for the rear passengers has a larger eight-inch screen, and that "the rear entertainment package is standard on the LT models and optional on the LS models."
Kelley Blue Book picks the "Remote Start that lets you start the engine from as far away as 500 feet" as one of their favorite features. They also like the power sliding door, flip-down DVD player with rear audio controls (standard on the LT), and second-row captain's chair seating (also standard on the LT).
However, the Chevrolet Uplander lacks many features that are offered on the likes of the Chrysler Town & Country—among them, navigation systems and Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, not to mention stowable seats and storage bins under second-row seats. In the end, it comes down to usability; the Uplander’s nonremovable seats and its nonstandard PhatNoise system just aren’t as functional or as appealing as Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go seating or its entertainment system’s ability to control an iPod.