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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 New for 2008

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 196 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
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Love this SUV

By on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "interior features and design,HEMI"

Cons: "With the HEMI comes lower gas mileage but not bad"

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

"This is the best vehicle interior wise that i have ever owned, and I have owned many! Exterior gets compliments all the time and has the look of a much higher priced SUV. Wish they still made this vehicle, what a shame that they are no longer in production. And the HEMI is amazing!!!!"

Why In The World Did They Stop Making Them

By on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Features, Price, Ride, Performance, Comfort"

Cons: "None - (they dont make them anymore)"

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

"I looked for about 6 months for a new car in '08. I drove everything, then I found the Aspen. 5.7 Hemi. Yes, the gas mileage is not that of VW bug, but wow what a car. You buy an SUV for certain reasons, and I needed the space. When you get in and close the door, it is solid. I liked at the time the ability to put down the 3rd row seats, NOT having to take them out like a GM product (at the time). Did not want those seats sitting in my garage and not having them when I needed them, like on vacation. Great ride - limo like. The car has about 72K miles, not a ding and looks like it came off the showroom. I like to take care of them and it always pays off. I have not had any issues with this car, outside of typical brakes / tires and a replacement alternator. For the money, this was the best SUV by far. Also, let me add - at the time this car was made Chrysler and they were hooked up with Benz. A lot of the equipment is Mercedes - very nice."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

wish I could buy a new one

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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

"If Chrysler still made this model I would have a brand new one immediately. Have not ever regretted buying this vehicle. I bought it brand new."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

2007 Excellent condition, Aspen with Hemi - Black

By on Thursday, October 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

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

Cons: "None known"

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

"This is one super looking, riding and driving car - still get compliments on it after all these years. Don't want to sell it, but don't need it anymore. To my knowledge, there is absolutely nothing inside or outside, wrong with it. Almost fully loaded. Have always changed oil and totally kept it up. Nice car. Can easily pull a trailer up to approx 8000 lbs."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best car I have ever owned

By on Thursday, October 8, 2015

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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Ride,comfort, features, maintenance minimal,"

Cons: "Gas mileage around town."

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

"This car has been amazing. No major issues, still drives like new and people stop me all the time to ask about it. First car in 50 years I have kept beyond 100,000 miles."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Can travel 800 miles and never tired

By on Friday, September 4, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautiful handling SUV Excellent ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Seven Passenger-Heated Seats Front and seconded row- Heated Mirrors- Back up warning system- ,electric windows- Electric Mirrors- Electric drivers seat- New exhaust system"

2 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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