2008 Chevrolet Uplander Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Chevrolet Uplander was new.
Critics, on balance, are satisfied with the Uplander's interior cabin. According to Kelley Blue Book, "The interior is one of the nicest you'll find in any minivan, and includes a long list of standard features belying the vehicle's starting price." New Car Test Drive, however, adds this qualification: "While the cabin is good, it's hardly perfect. The glove box door feels a bit flimsy; the same applies, more so, to the bins behind the front seats. These are well designed, with secure storage for headsets and discs, but they feel cheap." Automobile Magazine, however, feels that the "trim is all perfectly fine, even when it's obviously fake wood."
Reviewers like the instruments in the cabin. "A handsome, well-organized layout confronts the Uplander's driver," says Automobile Magazine. "Everything about the instrument panel and center stack is just as it should be. Each gauge is easily read, and every control and knob falls readily to hand." Several reviewers note that the instruments are arranged in an uncluttered, uncomplicated manner. "Uplander's instrument panel doesn't try to get cute," says New Car Test Drive. "It's clean, straightforward design is efficient and easy to get comfortable with."
There are three rows of seats in the Uplander, which can hold seven passengers. A few reviewers feel that the seating is slightly cramped. "Though it can seat seven," Kelley Blue Book says, "the Uplander's narrow design makes it a bit tight in the areas of hip and shoulder room," but they also feel that "those who can get by with second-row captain's chair seating should find the Uplander quite livable." Automobile Magazine finds that the "narrowness of the chassis is felt in the lack of elbow and hip room." But New Car Test Drive says that the "Uplander comfortably seats seven."
Consumer Guide feels that the front row offers good head and leg room, and also find that the Uplander's low height "makes getting in or out a simple matter." New Car Test Drive adds that their test car "had second-row captain's chairs, which are amply spacious and comfortable for good-sized adults."
According to Consumer Guide, there is good enough "Adult head and leg room in both rear rows," but they also note that the thin path between the two second-row captain's chars "makes accessing 3rd row more awkward than in some competitors." New Car Test Drive agrees, pointing out that "access to the third row is not the best. The pathway between the individual second-row seats is narrow, hampered further by the folding utility table." But they also feel that the "third-row bench will be no problem for kids through age 15 or 16, even on long drives."
The 2008 Chevrolet Uplander has a wealth of interior features, both standard and optional. New Car Test Drive says that "Uplander has the conveniences that make family excursions or daily driving chores easier and more pleasant, and it holds its own with the best." Standard features include a fold-down DVD player, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, dual power mirrors, OnStar and overhead console storage. Kelley Blue Book points out that "Chevrolet also offers a number of mobility options, including the Sit-N-Lift second-row mobility seat that rotates and extends outward to make it easier for those with mobility difficulties to get into and out of the vehicle, a very thoughtful feature."
The Uplander offers cutting edge entertainment features, though Automobile Magazine feel that this is Chevrolet's method of distracting buyers from the vehicle's shortcomings: "For distinction, the Uplander turns to gimmicks such as programmable infotainment." Nevertheless, more than one reviewer singles out the optional PhatNoise media storage system, with its 40-gigabyte hard drive, for particular praise. PhatNoise adds a second screen to the Uplander's standard DVD player and can store movies, music, ebooks and even video games to keep passengers occupied. (It comes preloaded with samples of each type of entertainment.) New Car Test Drive points out that PhatNoise has enough storage space for "10,000 audio files in virtually any format, or 40 feature films in the MPEG format." It can be controlled via a voice-browsing feature and buttons on the hub of the Uplander's steering wheel.
The Uplander has a cargo capacity of 17.7 and 26.9 cubic feet with all seats up in the regular and extended wheelbase models respectively. Consumer Guide complains that "GM's minivans have less storage space behind the 3rd-row seat than rivals with a hideaway-seat well." With the third row seats folded, storage expands to 71.0 and 74.1 cubic feet. With both the second and third row out of the way, the Uplander's cargo capacity is 120.1 and 136.5 cubic feet. New Car Test Drive says, "Configured for maximum hauling capacity, Uplander offers 136 cubic feet of cargo space. That's twice as much as a full-size SUV like the Cadillac Escalade, but in the lower half among minivans, which range from 130 to 160 cubic feet."
Some reviewers find it awkward to remove the Uplander's seats. "The rear seats can ... be removed without too much difficulty," says New Car Test Drive, "but they don't simply tumble into the floor as they do on some minivans." MSN says, simply, "Removing the second-row seats is cumbersome."