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STYLING | 5 out of 10
Designed to be more hip than the average mom-mobile
It has sport utility vehicle styling cues
One of the nicest interiors you'll find in any minivan
Kelley Blue Book
The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander owes its SUV-like appearance to a slightly higher ride height and unique styling cues, though it retains sliding rear-side doors and offers three rows of seating for as many as seven passengers. Compared to the well-detailed Honda Odyssey, it's forgettable and outdated.
The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander has been around since 2005 when it replaced the Venture. Edmunds notes that Chevrolet classifies the Uplander as a "crossover sports van" and that it's "designed to be more hip than the average mom-mobile." Unfortunately, nobody is buying the rather clever designation. Edmunds adds, instead of being clever, the Uplander “strikes us as a minivan with a really bulky front end.”
Cars.com feels the same way about the Uplander's styling. "Though it has sport utility vehicle styling cues, its seven-passenger seating capacity, low step-in height and sliding side doors mean it isn't far removed from the minivans that GM has offered for years." Of course, "the company hopes to avoid the minivan's tame image, though." The 2008 Uplander can be ordered in both regular and long extended-wheelbase versions, as well as a flower store delivery-capable cargo van.
Nearly all the consumer car Web sites reviewed by TheCarConnection.com agree that the Uplander's interior is among its best attributes. Kelley Blue Book notes "the interior is one of the nicest you'll find in any minivan." ConsumerGuide agrees and adds, "Switchgear and cabin materials show upscale flair"--though they're not too keen about the dashboard trays and drawers because of the "budget-grade plastic" they're molded from.
Even when disguised as an SUV, the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander shows its old-school minivan roots.