Spacious interior; seating for up to eight; impressive towing ability; competitive price when loaded with lux features.
The Chrysler Aspen is offered only in a single trim level for 2008, the Limited, available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
A newly reworked 4.7L V8, now making 303 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, is standard and a 5.7L Hemi V8, making 335 horsepower and 370 lb-ft, is optional. The 4.7L will now run on blends of ethanol and gasoline up to 85 percent ethanol (E85), and the 5.7L benefits from the Multi-Displacement System, which only runs four of the cylinders to save fuel when less power is needed.
Aspens equipped with the 4.7L engine and AWD get a single-speed transfer-case system, while Hemi AWD models get a low range good for creeping up steep off-road inclines or boat ramps, or getting through sand. Both systems have a 2WD mode, and they revert to a 48/52-percent split front/back in AWD mode.
The Aspen's truck-based underpinnings are closely related to those of the Dodge Durango. It rides on a stiff hydroformed frame, and has an independent front suspension and solid rear axle with coil springs, combined with a Watt linkage, which helps in roadholding.
Inside, the Aspen is oriented more toward passenger comfort that bare-bones utility. Standard features include wood accents, air conditioning, a garage door opener, front and rear LED lamps, a CD sound system, and a rear power outlet. Eight can be seated comfortably with the standard layout, which includes a second-row bench seat and a 60/40-split folding third-row seat, but there's also an optional seven-passenger layout with second-row bucket seats.
Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, front side air bags, and roll-sensing side-curtain air bags.
The Signature Series, which is promoted as a limited-edition model, is essentially a feature-rich option package that brings a long list of additional equipment at a low price. Features include 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, two-tone leather seating, first-row heated seats, a power sunroof, the MyGig entertainment system, a backup camera, and Sirius satellite radio. The Signature Series is only available in Bright Silver, Brilliant Black, Steel Blue, Light Sandstone, or Cognac exterior colors.
Other major options include heated second-row seats, full leather upholstery, a power memory driver's seat, a back-seat DVD entertainment system, and several flashy wheel designs, including huge chrome-clad 20-inchers.
For 2008, the Chrysler Aspen's standard 4.7L V8 gets a nearly 30-percent increase in power and a 10-percent increase in torque, along with improved fuel economy. It's now E85 compatible as well.
Inside, a recline feature is now standard for the second-row seats, and a 60/40-split bench seat is standard for the third row. Body-color running boards are newly available, as is a back-up camera system. The uplevel sound system adds DVD/HDD compatibility, and the MyGig hard-drive-based Multimedia Infotainment System, which comes with the back-up camera, is another new option.
Also new for 2008 is the limited-edition Signature Series, which adds a long list of extra equipment, such as a power sunroof, MyGig entertainment system, the rearview camera, 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, two-tone leather seating, heated front seats, Sirius satellite radio, and special badging throughout.
A new color, Light Sandstone Metallic, replaces Light Khaki Metallic.
Chrysler's 2008 Aspen offers a unique pairing of serious truck towing ability and durability with interior comfort and luxury features that aren't usually available in this type of vehicle, such as optional heated second-row seats. Chrysler says that the Aspen's towing capacity of 8,950 pounds is the best in its class, and the model also has best-in-class cargo space behind the second-row seats. And while most truck-based SUVs have multiple trim levels with equipment from basic to posh, the Aspen only comes in one very well equipped model, with a simplified list of options to make it luxurious for a modest amount extra.
Vehicle Price: 33,705.00
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