"Our 2008 Aspen has over 38,000 trouble free miles on the odometer. This includes commuting; sports kids shuttling; hauling furniture, motorcycles and minibikes; a cross-country sightseeing trip with our family of 8 (no one under 10 y.o.) and a Sears X-Cargo up top; and even a bit of mudslinging, some mild rock climbing and a dash across the Bonneville Salt Flats! Through all, the Aspen was flawless: a versatile, comfortable, POWERFUL hauler and it actually handles much better than the KBB review suggests.
Hemi power- this engine shrugs off heavy loads and even western mountain terrain. 100mph on cruise control through southwest Texas, smooth as glass.
Equipment level- great Nav & radio interfaces, easy to master controls, kid-friendly DVD rear screen & dual channel controller/headsets, just enough bling.
Reliablity- Except for one burned out brake lamp, no problems whatsoever. By this mileage, my Sequoia had numerous electronic issues and one "won't start" incident.
Comfort (front row/third row)- Front is great, should be in a vehicle this size. But the third row holds the real "wow" factor because you're not looking for it: at 6'1", 195 lbs I am totally comfortable back there. My youngsters can stretch even 3 across.
Ease of use- for all its features, you are an expert after only a couple of drives. Controls are incredibly intuitive. Best nav interface since my Infinity G35x, and that was a great one.
Styling- has grown on me (although my wife loved it on sight) but it doesn't have the pizazz of say an Escalade. I did install sport racks to the roof rails which add, well, a sporty flair. Will soon add mud flaps and some NASCAR, Giants and Yankees decals to the back for my sons. That will complete the effect I prefer in an SUV. But, LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT- the 20in. chrome wheels.
Comfort (middle row)- wish the middle seats had a fore/aft adjustment. Comfortable enough and certainly not cramped but could have a couple of inches more leg stretching room.
Quality- overall great but some of the interior plastics could have been softer touch."
"I can say it hurt to trade my dodge ram 1500 for this car but it was the best choice I have made as far as a family car is concerned. Just bought the extended warranty just in case for $1k but so far no issues (2008). This car feels like a rock, strong, feels it can take a hit, still feels like when we took it out the lot. I have drivin other 2008 and they do not feel like this, still feels new."
"I bouht my Aspen in October and love everything about it. Two days ago I was on a very snowy road when another SUV went out of control,crossed the center line and crashed into me head-on. There is very extensive damage to both cars but I am here to tell everyone this vhicle was unvelievable in the crash and I do not have a scratch, just a wrenched neck. The front end is gone but the passenger compartment was unharmed. I will buy another Aspen in a heartbeat. Protct your family, buy an Aspen today!!"