2008 Chrysler Aspen

2008 Chrysler Aspen Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Chrysler Aspen was new.

The Aspen is a large, safety-enhanced SUV at an affordable price, but it falls short of competitors' interior space and driving performance.

7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.9
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Affordable sticker price for its class
  • Many enhanced safety features
  • Seats up to eight with optional third row
  • Sloppy handling
  • Uninspired look may not appeal to some buyers

2008 Chrysler Aspen Overview

Reviewers generally agree that the 2008 Chrysler Aspen is a fair entry in the affordable large SUV market, but in a class with more established and better performing competitors, the Aspen is an also-ran and ranks near the bottom of the class. Still, some reviewers appreciate what others think are the Aspen's shortcomings: minivan-like styling and performance that make it an accessibleand easy-to-drive large SUV.

  • "A competent full-size SUV that offers the hauling and towing capability of a truck. In snapshot comparisons with the competition, the Expedition feels roomier, the Tahoe/Yukon rides and handles better, the Armada feels, and is, heavier, and the Sequoia feels better put together." -- New Car test Drive
  • "As the newest entry in a once-hot class, the Aspen has arrived so late to the party that the food is gone and the floors are being swept." -- The New York Times
  • "If you truly need and like a full-size SUV that can hold up to eight passengers and has many of the latest, must-have amenities, this new Aspen will likely be a pleaser." -- The Sacramento Bee
  • "With head-turning looks, amenities galore, and truck-caliber performance, Aspen gives other luxury UTE's a run for their bling and money, while still saving a bit of green for its owners." -- Motor Week
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