"I have the 07 Aspen Limited, which is the 2WD and 4.7l V-8. Just took it on a cross country trek going from Seattle Washington, through California, then across to Biloxi, Mississippi. The car was as full as it could get with 4 adults and the rear area packed with 6 full size suitcases and a lot of smaller items.
In constant stop & go traffic the Aspen averaged 13MPG. On the freeway, with this full load, the on board computer by the rear view mirror displayed an average of 20MPG. At best, in New Mexico, heading East, with just 2 adults and 5 luggage, we measure 23.2MPG. Now, on the Mississippi coastal roads, it averages 17MPG. This 4.7L V8, though about 100hp weaker than the 5,7L HEMI, still had plenty of power to haul a full load without any hesitation. The low end torque is incredible, snapping the heads back on a quick launch.
Without a load, the suspension does feel a bit stiff, yet softened. The Aspen really settles in when a load is present (full of passengers or a heavy load in back. The ride with a moderate to full load is so smooth you feel as if the car is standing still. The interior road noise on the freeway is remarkably quiet--VERY quiet! On the road trip, many folks stopped me to compliment the car, saying they thought it was a Cadillac. It looks very regal on the road...I only wish the Aspen's interior--though very well laid out and appointed (even for the base model), was more luxurious than the Durango's.
The 2nd & 3rd row bench seats could have been softer, but the 2 adults sitting for up to 8hrs in the 2nd row never complained.
Cargo room is ample, and the use of LED lighting in the interior is a nice touch.
The AC gets FREEZING cold when set to max...even for this huge cabin area!
Overall, I am very pleased by the Aspen Limited (base model). I may just trade up to the Limited Plus, which has the 4WD and towing package."
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