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The Uplander does have a few aces up its sleeve
Low step-in makes getting in or out a simple matter
GM says it is dedicated to improving the interior quality of its cars and the Chevrolet Uplander proves it
Kelley Blue Book
Just about all the auto reviewers agree that the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander has a much nicer interior than its predecessor, the Venture. However, the Uplander’s interior doesn’t live up to the flexibility standards set by Chrysler and Honda.
The Uplander features include a 50/50-split rear seat that folds into the floor; the second-row seats are also foldable and removable as needed to maximize cargo-carrying abilities, but they don't stow in the floor like the state-of-the-art seats in Chrysler's minivans. “Base LS Uplanders have removable modular seats in the second row, although removing and installing them isn't exactly easy,” Edmunds reports. “The LT has fixed captain's chairs.” On top of that, Kelley Blue Book claims that the 2008 Uplander's narrow design makes it tight in the areas of hip and shoulder room for most passengers. However, ConsumerGuide agrees that the Uplander's cabin has generous head- and legroom in the first two rows, but says the third-row seats are too close to the floor for ideal adult comfort. The "low step-in makes getting in or out a simple matter," which is one of the advantages of owning a minivan.
ConsumerGuide also notes that while an available cargo organizer helps keep stuff from rolling about the cabin, "GM's minivans have less storage space behind the third row seat than rivals with a hideaway-seat floor well." Cars.com points out the 2008 Uplander's flexible rear cargo system has three dividers. "Total cargo volume on extended-length models is 136.5 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded and 26.9 cubic feet with all the seats up. Regular models have 120.1 cubic feet of total cargo volume; it's 17.7 with the seats up."
Interior quality in the Uplander is improved from the days of the Venture. Edmunds claims that the interior two-tone color scheme and materials have a "pleasing overall look." Kelley Blue Book states, "GM says it is dedicated to improving the interior quality of its cars, and the Chevrolet Uplander proves it." The French-stitched seams on the door panels and seats look classy, and the dash instrumentation "gorgeous." There's also a healthy dose of sound-deadening insulation to "make life with the Uplander a thoroughly pleasant experience."
The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander offers plenty of comfort, but it’s not as roomy or as flexible as the latest Chrysler or Honda minivans.