Almost every online auto news, auto-talk or chat room I visit indicates Iuszu is near finished in the US Market. All the critics claim the Ascenderis either such poor quality or labeled a warmed over GM Trailblazer and that no one should waste their money buying one. After reading all those doom-n-gloom articles I feel like an idiot for buying an Ascender. But now that I've had my 2005 (5) seater for 8mo, I'm perfectly content on being a card carrying member of the idiot club. I have friends that drive 2004/5/6 Pathfinders, Highlanders, 4-runners, Jeeps, Durangos, and Endeavor's, of which they all paid $Ks more than I paid for my Ascender, and I find the ride/comfort in the Ascender just as comfortable as those others.