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2008 Chrysler Aspen

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2008 Chrysler Aspen Review

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On the surface, creating a new large SUV in the current market might seem a little like arriving at a party just as it's breaking up. Scratch that surface, though, and a rationale emerges. The segment for large sport utility vehicles, while shrinking, is still substantial, and Chrysler has had no player in this market. Based on the successful Dodge Durango platform, the 2008 Chrysler Aspen is an elegant addition to the large SUV landscape, one that gives buyers a way to remain in the Chrysler family when their own families outgrow the Town & Country minivan.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your lifestyle regularly requires a vehicle with room for six or seven people, or lots of cargo, or you tow a trailer, or your travels or your climate make four-wheel drive more a necessity than a nicety, you now have another quality choice for your shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Perhaps higher fuel prices took you out of the large SUV market, or perhaps you never really needed one in the first place. If so, you may find that a mid-size SUV, or a station wagon-like crossover, makes more sense and will use less gas, too.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 4.7-liter E-85-compatible V8 engine bumps up the horsepower and refinement considerably. Chrysler's MyGIG multimedia audio system now includes a rear back-up camera.

Driving the Aspen

Driving Impressions On the road, the Aspen has a well-cushioned ride fit for the longest road trip. Too big to be agile, the Aspen nonetheless handles with sure stability, and that includes...

during towing. Rearward visibility to the sides is hindered by wide C- and D-pillars. Four-wheel-drive models with the 4.7-liter V8 get a single-speed transfer case, while 5.7-liter powered four-wheel-drive models pack a two-speed unit, with all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive high and low modes. Few Aspens are likely to be called upon to venture off-road, but for such situations there is an optional skid plate package that provides protection for the transfer case and fuel tank (standard on J Package four-wheel-drive models).

Smooth Powertrain
The optional 5.7-liter V8 and five-speed automatic transmission combination is smooth and powerful. The HEMI engine is responsive on the road and strong enough to tow a maximum of 8,900 pounds.

Three-Row Seating
Aspen doesn't have a bad seat in the house. If your passengers complain, it will be about your driving, not their accommodations.

2008 Chrysler Aspen Details
Interior

The Aspen has a roomy, refined interior and seats seven to eight people in three rows. Getting in or out of the third row doesn't demand the nimbleness of a gymnast, and those consigned to the third row won't feel slighted. With the maximum number of passengers on board, minimum cargo capacity is 20 cubic feet. Both second- and third-row seats fold nearly flat, and storage space increases accordingly from big (68.4 cubic feet) to bigger (102.4 cubic feet). Lift-over height in back is low, and the opening is usefully wide, but those over six feet tall will need to duck under the liftgate door when loading luggage or lumber.

Exterior

The latest editions of the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator sport enough brightwork on their front ends to make a 1950s car blush but, by comparison, the Aspen's face comes off as conservative—which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The four-bar grille is capped by a winged, heritage badge, and hood strakes are similar to those on Chrysler's Crossfire sports car. Buyers who want to boost Aspen's bling factor can opt for the 20-inch, 10-spoke chrome rims. The Aspen otherwise strikes a traditional SUV profile, with beefy, squared-shoulder styling.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Aspen is available in two trim levels; E Package and up-level J Package. Both versions are offered in two- or four-wheel drive. Standard equipment in the Aspen Limited E includes an E85-compatible 4.7-liter V8, Electronic Stability Program, light-emitting-diode (LED) interior lighting, stain-resistant interior fabric, power driver's seat, reclining second-row seats, 60/40-split third-row seat, AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD, side-curtain airbags, roof rails and 18-inch aluminum rims. The J Package includes the HEMI V8, 20-inch chromed wheels, Premium audio with a 20-inch subwoofer, heated leather power front seats, power liftgate with ParkSense, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and automatic temperature control.

Optional Equipment

The Aspen can be optioned with a variety of information and entertainment features, including a navigation system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio (standard on J Package) and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Aspen J models are also equipped with a number of features that can be added as stand-alone options on E versions, including the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 and running boards.

Under the Hood

The standard powertrain in the Aspen is a 4.7-liter V8 matched to a five-speed automatic. The 4.7-liter is E85-compatible, and thus able to run on gasoline, ethanol or a mixture of the two. Optional is Chrysler's 5.7-liter HEMI V8; somewhat surprisingly, the bigger engine provides significantly more power and torque with fuel economy that's actually a little better. The 4.7-liter works well in the Aspen platform, but if you can swing the extra money ($990), there's really no incentive not to buy the HEMI, as it offers more "go," more "tow" and better fuel economy than the smaller engine.

4.7 liter V8
303 horsepower @ 5650 rpm
330 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17 (2WD, Gas), 9/13 (2WD, E85), 12/17 (4WD, Gas), 8/12 (4WD, E85)

5.7 liter V8
335 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
375 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD)

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2008 Chrysler Aspen Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 184 Ratings for the 2007 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

My 2009 chrysler aspen hybrid is still all i want

By on Thursday, September 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Gas mileage,Towing ability, ride Stability, Accele"

Cons: "Engine placement, knowledgable mechanics,rear visi"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Towes my 5000 lbs. trailer all over 9 states and gets 24 mpg as long as i use cruse control at 69 mph any higher doesn't stay in 4 cal.mode when in trailer mode doesn't use 4 cyl. mode but still gets 15 mpg at 70 mph. My grandchildren always ask to go in my car for the movies.no issues but have always changed oil every 3000 miles and pump 4 qts. transmission fluid using marine electric oil pump. add acetone to gas 4 oz. every tank full of regular to burn off carbon buildup and raise octane level. I will tell you I'm a college engineer that was a line mechanic for a large chevy dealership and race nostalgia super stockers.I am 75 years old and have held numerous titles in drag racing since the late 50's till today still racing.I raced the 409 chevy, 426 thunderbolt fords(factory sponsored) and for the last 25 years a 1965 Dodge Hemi .You Chevy lovers should stop bad mouthing Chrysler as you don,t know what your talking about criticizing after a 5 min. test ride try to get a chevy to last 100,000 miles then talk"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I love this car...great to drive

By on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "can't recommend, no longer made"

Cons: "can't recommend, no longer made"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"still looks great and is going on 6 years old. of course only having 13,500 miles on it helps. leather is in wonderful condition, drives like a dream, I never expected a Hemi to get good gas mileage :)"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Most maintenance free car I've owned.

By on Friday, June 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought the first one I could find because of the design, but it ended up being the most maintenance free car I've ever owned. I'll never understand why they were discontinued."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle Ever

By on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"this has been my favorite vehicle. It is so fun to drive and plenty of room. Looks so sporty too and great in snow. My only problem is it doesnt get good gas mileage. And since gas keeps going it, I might trade it off because of that. Otherwise I wouldnt."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

One of the best vehicles I have ever owned

By on Wednesday, May 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, great gas mileage for a V8 SUV"

Cons: "Very thirsty in city driving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I traded a Chevy trailblazer in on the Aspen and there is no comparison. Pulling a 4000 pound trailer cross country was a breeze. Never would have known it was on back. On the road without the trailer, the Hemi cruises on 4 cylinders and consistently gave me 23 mpg or more at 75-80mph. I have 81,000 miles on it now and it has been virtually trouble free."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Still in love with my Aspen

By on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Luxury, stability, comfy, beautiful SUV"

Cons: "Gas milage is about 14-18 mi/gal"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought it brand new with 4 miles. Has never had problems. It is still beautiful. It's a luxurious, classy, tough, durable, heavy duty vehicle for a family of 6. Very well made, quality vehicle. Comfortable on trips with plenty of leg room and all the goodies. I can't say enough about it in 7 yrs of ownership. I just wish Chrysler would make Aspens again and I would definately buy another one."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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