Used 2008 Chevrolet Uplander

2008 Chevrolet Uplander
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Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride, plenty of storage compartments.
  • Side airbags don't cover all three rows, poor IIHS side-impact crash test score, not as enjoyable to drive as class leaders.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Although it features a slick interior and distinctive styling, the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander doesn't have the top-notch safety ratings, on-road finesse or in-cabin conveniences of the top minivans.

Vehicle overview

Minivans don't typically enjoy a "cool" image. Functional? Certainly. But they're not something your teenager is going to want to drive to the prom. Chevrolet attempted to address this image problem a few years back by rolling out the Uplander, a replacement for the Chevy Venture. Although the Uplander resembles a minivan, it ditches the normal, snub-nosed minivan style for a more prominent front end. Also, the van's side windows are separate and lack the single large window look typical of most minivans. Chevrolet hopes these styling details make the Uplander look more like an SUV and therefore more appealing to the anti-minivan crowd. But in truth, this "crossover sport van," as Chevy calls it, just strikes us as a minivan with a really bulky front end.

Styling aside, 2008 Chevrolet Uplander still offers many of the features consumers are looking for in a minivan, such as a split-folding third-row seat, folding trays between the front seats, plenty of storage compartments and available rear park assist, DVD entertainment and navigation systems. In addition, the Uplander's 240-horsepower V6 provides respectable performance.

Unfortunately for Chevrolet, merely decent doesn't cut it anymore. The Uplander falls short of just about every other minivan out there in key areas. Its driving dynamics are not as polished, its crash test scores aren't as high and a few features, such as a rear backup camera and third-row side curtain airbags, are not available. However, it's likely one could get an Uplander for at least a few thousand dollars less than the comparably equipped class leaders. Still, more demanding buyers who don't mind spending the extra bucks will be happier with rivals like the Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna. Even GM's own Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia crossovers are better choices and are more SUV-like than the Uplander will ever be.

Chevrolet Uplander models

The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander is available in two versions: regular and long-wheelbase. A stripped-down Cargo version of the Uplander is also available. Regular-wheelbase models come in LS trim only, while the extended versions are available in LS or upscale LT trim. The LS offers 17-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, air-conditioning, OnStar communications system and a CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary input jack. The LT trim adds alloy wheels, a passenger-side power-sliding door, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, an overhead console, a trip computer and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.

Noteworthy options include dual power-sliding side doors, rear parking assist, remote engine start, a navigation system, leather seating, heated front seats and a 115-volt power outlet. A Sit-N-Lift power second-row seat is available on the Uplander LT to help those with limited mobility; it rotates, extends out of the vehicle and lowers for easy exit and includes a slide-out footrest.

2008 Highlights

The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander gains additional standard features in the form of stability control, traction control and satellite radio. Trim levels are streamlined, as there is now a single version of the LT trim.

Performance & mpg

Powering all Uplanders is an E85-capable 3.9-liter V6 with 240 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. That power is sent to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates for 2008 stand at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.


Antilock disc brakes, stability control and traction control are standard on all Uplanders. Side airbags for the front passengers are optional on LS models and standard on the LT. Second-row side airbags are optional on LT models only. As with the front side bags, the optional rears protect both the heads and torsos of outboard passengers. Although these modified side airbags do much the same job as the side curtain airbags offered on rival minivans, the Uplander doesn't provide any airbag coverage for passengers seated in the third row.

In government crash tests, the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander received a five-star rating (best possible) for protection of front occupants in frontal crashes. For side-impact crashes, the Uplander earned four stars for protection of front occupants and five stars for the rear occupants. During Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the Uplander scored a rating of "Good" (the highest of four) in frontal offset testing. In that agency's side-impact test, however, the Uplander received an "Acceptable" (second highest) rating with the optional rear airbags and a "Poor" rating (the worst) without those airbags.


Chevrolet has tuned the Uplander's suspension to provide a smooth ride and a moderate level of dynamic handling ability. Upgrading to the optional sport/load-leveling suspension provides more responsive handling, though maneuverability in tight spaces is still compromised by the van's large 41-foot turning radius. Braking capability is average. The V6 provides adequate power and the engine is reasonably smooth, although its powertrain lacks the finesse of rivals from Honda, Dodge and even Kia.


The 2008 Chevy Uplander seats seven and its fold-flat third-row seat offers a 50/50 split. Base LS Uplanders have removable modular seats in the second row, although removing and installing them isn't exactly easy. The LT has fixed captain's chairs. The main advantage to the extended-wheelbase model is its additional legroom for second- and third-row passengers and a larger cargo area. All Uplanders have a two-tone color scheme with faux metal accents that dramatically brighten the cabin's atmosphere. Folding center trays (with cupholders) between the first- and second-row seats are available. An optional remote vehicle start system makes it easy to warm up the Uplander on cold mornings.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander.

5 star reviews: 36%
4 star reviews: 29%
3 star reviews: 6%
2 star reviews: 23%
1 star reviews: 6%
Average user rating: 3.6 stars based on 31 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4 out of 5 stars, So far so good!
LT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A)

Bought used with 133000+ miles. 23+miles to a gallon @ 70 mph. Heater could be better but still keeps us warm in -0 temps. We got it for $6500.00 tax, title, ins, & travel expenses to pick it up. We are very happy with it. January 03, 2018 still running great 163000+. New tires summer of 2016. I installed Lt. & Rt. front wheel hub assemblies May 2017, Because the Lt. wheel bearing was noisy. This is a great vehicle. July 06, 2018 still running great 165900+ just added a towing hitch in May. I pull an 800 pound utility trailer with a riding mower and push mower. pulls well and still get over 15 MPG.

4.125 out of 5 stars, New Owner Experience

After reading all the horror stories about this vehicle and its brothers I bought one anyway because I love the body style and the ease of entry for passengers, and I was able to talk the dealer into $500 for an additional 4 year 48,000mi bumper to bumper warranty. I will be back to report on my ownership experiences as they occur, but I want to start by saying I have just driven about 600 miles from Portland to Sacramento and averaged 24.7mpg @65mph average with about 200# passenger. The driving was a breeze and the support of the drivers seat was excellent. No tired back or legs, arrived fresh and happy. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

2.125 out of 5 stars, Don't buy the Uplander

I bought this vehicle for my wife as she needed a large more reliable vehicle for the family. We have had nothing but problems with this 2008 Uplander. The worst thing is it's not reliable. Charging System Failure continue to be a problem. Some days the vehicle will be just fine, and then other days the vehicle won't start. A dealership has replaced the alternator twice, and again we are still having the same issue. Charging System Failure and the vehicle won't start. When you have a family with young kids nothing is more important then reliability. What is so frustrating is if you google problems with 2008 Uplanders you will get several customers with my exact same story. :(

3.75 out of 5 stars, Suits our needs, good price & value

Sometimes we take long day trips and I wanted something that we could sleep in and I found the Uplander. We've taken the seats out, put in a full size air mattress,velcroed shades to the windows and have slept comfortably and inexpensively at RV parks. We had an 30' RV, needed lots of gas, space and I didn't like driving around with a toilet and every rattling. We are average size people, 5'4" & 5'9", enjoy traveling, dining out and have created our own little over-night pod. We can even take our dogs with us. When we return home, we put the mattress and supplies in a container in the back, keep the 3rd row seats in. If we need more passenger room we can always put the second row back in.

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Features & Specs

LT 4dr Ext Minivan features & specs
LT 4dr Ext Minivan
3.9L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
240 hp @ 6000 rpm

LS 4dr Minivan features & specs
LS 4dr Minivan
3.9L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
240 hp @ 6000 rpm

Cargo 4dr Ext Minivan features & specs
Cargo 4dr Ext Minivan
3.9L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 3
4-speed automatic
240 hp @ 6000 rpm

LS 4dr Ext Minivan features & specs
LS 4dr Ext Minivan
3.9L 6cyl 4A
MPG 16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
4-speed automatic
240 hp @ 6000 rpm

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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Chevrolet Uplander a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2008 Uplander both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Chevrolet Uplander fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Uplander gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Uplander ranges from 17.7 to 74.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Uplander. Learn more
Is the Chevrolet Uplander reliable?
To determine whether the Chevrolet Uplander is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Uplander. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Uplander's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2008 Uplander is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2008 Chevrolet Uplander?

The least-expensive 2008 Chevrolet Uplander is the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander LS 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $21,540.

Other versions include:

  • LT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $29,330
  • LS 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $21,540
  • Cargo 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $23,080
  • LS 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $24,250
  • LS Fleet 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $21,540
  • LS Fleet 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A) which starts at $24,250
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Uplander?
If you're interested in the Chevrolet Uplander, the next question is, which Uplander model is right for you? Uplander variants include LT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), LS 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), Cargo 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), and LS 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A). For a full list of Uplander models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2008 Chevrolet Uplander Overview

The Used 2008 Chevrolet Uplander is offered in the following submodels: Uplander Minivan. Available styles include LT 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), LS 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), Cargo 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), LS 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), LS Fleet 4dr Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A), and LS Fleet 4dr Ext Minivan (3.9L 6cyl 4A).

What do people think of the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2008 Uplander 3.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2008 Uplander.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

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