2009 Chrysler Aspen

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Engine Engine 4.7LV-8
MPG MPG 14 City / 19 Hwy
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2009 Aspen Overview

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen is a big, traditional sport utility vehicle capable of towing substantial loads.The Aspen is in the same class as the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Ford Expedition, but it has more luxury amenities than most of those vehicles.For 2009, a new hybrid gas-electric model joins the lineup for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.

Chrysler Aspen is based on the Dodge Durango and shares its size and mechanical components.Introduced for the 2007 model year, Aspen is distinguished from Durango by its styling, interior trim, and suspension tuning.

The Aspen offers the ability to tow trailers up to 8,900 pounds.Like the Durango, the Aspen uses a truck chassis and engineering.

Boasting a cavernous interior, the Aspen accommodates seven or eight passengers, depending on the seating configuration.Three rows of seats are standard, starting with front buckets, a second-row bench and a third-row bench.Buckets are optional for the second row to reduce seating to seven.

Two V8 engines are available, plus the Hybrid.Buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (AWD or 4WD) with either standard engine.The Hybrid is offered only with all-wheel drive.The standard V8 powertrains earn decent fuel economy ratings, either matching the competition or at worst giving up no more than one or two miles per gallon.The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 gains 30 horsepower for 2009.

The Hybrid boosts city fuel economy by 40 percent and overall fuel economy by more than 25 percent compared with the standard Aspen, says Chrysler.Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 19 miles per gallon City and 20 mpg Highway compared to 13/18 mpg City/Highway for the regular Aspen V8 4WD.We found it very rewarding to silently motor around town and in slow traffic using only the electric motor.Developed with BMW, GM, and Mercedes-Benz, the Chrysler's two-mode hybrid system pairs its 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine with two electric motors, along with a lot of fancy gearing and electronics.The first mode is mostly for around-town driving and can use battery power alone up to 25 mph.The second mode is meant for highway speeds and always uses engine power.Stop at a stop sign and everything goes quiet.You start noticing small sounds like the climate control fan, even on low speed.Total output for the Hybrid is 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, and we found it quite responsive in traffic.

The standard Aspen models rewards the driver with hearty mechanical sounds from the engine compartment, prompt throttle response, solid gear shifts, and thoroughly competent brakes.Ride and handling are average for the class.The Aspen is tall, heavy and narrow.The ride tends to the springy end of the scale, cushioning bad pavement but bobbing at times.

The Aspen is a nice-looking SUV with styling that features Chrysler's traditional but subdued egg-crate grille, mildly curvaceous bodylines reminiscent of the Dodge Durango, and an attractively sculpted tailgate.The wheel wells are filled with good-looking 18- or 20-inch chrome rims.

The interior blends elegant-looking, satin-finish metallic accents with woodgrain trim on the dash and center console.The standard upholstery is Chrysler's stain-resistant fabric.Leather trim is optional and all of …
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2009 Aspen Overview

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen is a big, traditional sport utility vehicle capable of towing substantial loads.The Aspen is in the same class as the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Ford Expedition, but it has more luxury amenities than most of those vehicles.For 2009, a new hybrid gas-electric model joins the lineup for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.

Chrysler Aspen is based on the Dodge Durango and shares its size and mechanical components.Introduced for the 2007 model year, Aspen is distinguished from Durango by its styling, interior trim, and suspension tuning.

The Aspen offers the ability to tow trailers up to 8,900 pounds.Like the Durango, the Aspen uses a truck chassis and engineering.

Boasting a cavernous interior, the Aspen accommodates seven or eight passengers, depending on the seating configuration.Three rows of seats are standard, starting with front buckets, a second-row bench and a third-row bench.Buckets are optional for the second row to reduce seating to seven.

Two V8 engines are available, plus the Hybrid.Buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (AWD or 4WD) with either standard engine.The Hybrid is offered only with all-wheel drive.The standard V8 powertrains earn decent fuel economy ratings, either matching the competition or at worst giving up no more than one or two miles per gallon.The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 gains 30 horsepower for 2009.

The Hybrid boosts city fuel economy by 40 percent and overall fuel economy by more than 25 percent compared with the standard Aspen, says Chrysler.Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 19 miles per gallon City and 20 mpg Highway compared to 13/18 mpg City/Highway for the regular Aspen V8 4WD.We found it very rewarding to silently motor around town and in slow traffic using only the electric motor.Developed with BMW, GM, and Mercedes-Benz, the Chrysler's two-mode hybrid system pairs its 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine with two electric motors, along with a lot of fancy gearing and electronics.The first mode is mostly for around-town driving and can use battery power alone up to 25 mph.The second mode is meant for highway speeds and always uses engine power.Stop at a stop sign and everything goes quiet.You start noticing small sounds like the climate control fan, even on low speed.Total output for the Hybrid is 385 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, and we found it quite responsive in traffic.

The standard Aspen models rewards the driver with hearty mechanical sounds from the engine compartment, prompt throttle response, solid gear shifts, and thoroughly competent brakes.Ride and handling are average for the class.The Aspen is tall, heavy and narrow.The ride tends to the springy end of the scale, cushioning bad pavement but bobbing at times.

The Aspen is a nice-looking SUV with styling that features Chrysler's traditional but subdued egg-crate grille, mildly curvaceous bodylines reminiscent of the Dodge Durango, and an attractively sculpted tailgate.The wheel wells are filled with good-looking 18- or 20-inch chrome rims.

The interior blends elegant-looking, satin-finish metallic accents with woodgrain trim on the dash and center console.The standard upholstery is Chrysler's stain-resistant fabric.Leather trim is optional and all of …Hide Full Review