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2009 Chrysler Aspen Review

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen is a competent, although not very compelling, 2009 large SUV. With seating for up to eight and a fairly high towing capacity, the Aspen has the brawn to compete in this segment, but most reviewers said you can easily find something better.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful HEMI V8 option
  • Lackluster interior quality
  • Sloppy handling




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2009 Chrysler Aspen Overview

When it was new, reviewers were generally impressed with the Aspen’s optional 5.7-liter V8, but found its handling underwhelming. Fuel economy is typical for the class. The base Aspen gets 14/20 mpg city/highway with its 4.7-liter V8 and rear-wheel drive, but choosing an Aspen with four-wheel drive or the larger V8 means fuel economy will drop slightly. A hybrid version of the 2009 Aspen is rated at 20/22 mpg city/highway, but it was only produced for a few months before the Aspen was discontinued.

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen comes standard with power locks and windows, a backup camera, a power tailgate and a touch-screen stereo with an auxiliary input. Available equipment includes a power sunroof, Bluetooth, leather seating, Sirius Backseat satellite TV and navigation. Maximum cargo volume with the second- and third-row seats folded is 102.4 cubic feet, but some competitors offer more space with all seats in use.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re considering the Aspen, be sure to check out the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe offers slightly more cargo room, and reviewers said it has good performance and handling. One drawback, however, is that the Tahoe’s third row must be removed in order to increase cargo capacity. On the other hand, the Tahoe is still in production, so it may be easier to find a model that suits your needs. A hybrid version of the Tahoe is also available.

Another vehicle to cross-shop with the Aspen is the 2009 Ford Expedition. Higher trims came with a power-folding third row, which reviewers loved. Like the Tahoe, the Expedition is still in production, so it may be easier to come across a good used model. Reviewers also favored the Expedition’s comfortable seats, even in the third row. A long wheelbase variant is available if you need more cargo space.

Compare the Aspen to the Tahoe and Expedition »

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