Although it sounds like a contradiction in logic, the Aspen HEMI Hybrid offers improved city fuel economy with the towing and passing power of a 5.7-liter engine. It also provides a 40-percent improvement in city fuel economy over the non-hybrid V8.
Chrysler's research revealed that, at trade-in time, 25 percent of its customers were swapping their cars for SUVs. The problem was, the brand had none to offer, hence brand-loyal buyers were forced to look elsewhere. That all changes with the rollout of the new Aspen.
Chrysler's introduction last year of yet another large SUV to an already crowded market might have seemed a little like arriving at a party just as was breaking up. But before the idea of four dollar a gallon gasoline and an economy on the fritz, the rationale seemed logical. While Chrysler felt it was necessary to have a player in this segment the future of the Aspen and other SUV's like it now hangs precariously in the balance. If your budget allows it, 2009 may be the best time to go shopping because there are deals to be made on full-size trucks and SUVS. Despite its less than stellar operating costs, the 2009 Chrysler Aspen is an elegant addition to the large SUV landscape, one that features a hybrid version to help ease fuel economy worries and give buyers a way to remain in the Chrysler family when their own families outgrow the Town & Country minivan.
By ArtB on Tuesday, April 03, 2007
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I went from a 96' Range Rover to this vehicle and I feel that I made an excellent decision. When I consider all of the features that I am getting with this vehicle, I realize that I could have easily spent well over $50k for a like vehicle...ie Range Rover, Benz, BMW, Navigator, Escalade. All of these vehicles ranging from the $50k to $70k+. With the Aspen, I received the stylish look, navigation, leather, remote lift/close tailgate, backup-sensors...and much more for less than $40. My wife and I are still getting people stopping us, asking what type of suv is that. And when they realize that it is a Chrysler, they are amazed. The vehicle is gorgeous and rides like a dream. I opted to not get the 4X4 because I have no need for towing or off-roading. That was a feature that I received with my Rover that I never used or needed. We are very happy with the vehicle and we highly recommend it!"
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By JR on Wednesday, November 25, 2009
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
"I have always bought Chrysler vehicles. They have never let me down. My last five where minivans and I decided like most "boys" I had to have a Hemi! My sales person didn't know her facts and because I had sold cars for twelve years I had already done my research. Didn't need her help. There was one salesman that put it this way, " you can get the Hemi and get 12 to 18mpg. Or you can get the 4.7 and get 17 most of the time. I drove both and even the 4.7 had enough power. They had a Ltd. with the Hemi and in Coool Vanilla. It's for real what they say in the other reviews, people stop you and ask what kind of vehicle it is? The Cool Vanilla is very popular. A solid vehicle but with some concern traveling over bumpy surfaces, it tends to hop, for lack of a better term. Perhaps a better choice in tires might cure this? Or rethink the suspension. Mrs. loves the heated seats. I am the local Church coordinator and now am the designated driver for our staff to special events, as long as I take the Aspen! Hate the auto front windows. Auto down would be good enough. You have to play with them when you want them to stop on the way down and then they are so touchy they go back up and down and up and down, you get the idea. Then you get to play with the signal lever. Oh what fun it is. If you touch it by accident it will signal "probably in the wrong direction for three times. You won't be able to stop it before that. So that's all the negatives I have to say. If it wasn't for the low gas mileage I would buy it out at the end of the lease. But will probably go back to the new T&C minivan with MORE interior capacity and seats that fold into the floor, not just fold down half way. I don't know why the T&C isn't rated higher, I think Chrysler always has a better interior than Honda. The Aspen in closing is a great ride for the whole family for those of you that own stock in Texaco. Stay of the gas pedal and try not to show off and you will love this vehicle. Several of my neighbors are looking to buy it from me at the end of the lease. The AWD is awesome and I couldn't make it slip in the rain. Visits to New England make this a very safe ride."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Brian on Friday, March 12, 2010
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I have a very large family and pull a 21' cuddy cabin boat. It's a 2007 with the 5.7 HEMI. We love this vehicle. Only 1 mechanical problem so far. It was transmission cooler line leak. Was under warranty, so it was no big deal. I wish the navigation was touch screen, and also needs a little more cargo room behind the rear seat. This vehicle drives awesome. On snow covered roads, I've never witnesed a vehicle that feels as safe as this one. I also get compliments all the time on the looks of the Aspen. I'm keeping this vehicle 'till the wheels fall off. It has a lifetime powertrain warranty for as long as I own it! I hope this review helps anyone considering buying a used Aspen..They are discontinued for 2010."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful