Last year’s Aspen was Chrysler’s first attempt at building an SUV and this year’s version, the 2008 Chrysler Aspen, is a carryover from 2007, with a lot of the same features and styling. For starters, the Aspen is powered by either a 235 horsepower 4.7-liter V8 or a 335 horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8, with an independent double wishbone suspension system and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Aspen comes nicely equipped, with interior woodgrain trim, cruise control, keyless entry, power steering, driver and passenger-side airbags and an AM/FM/CD audio system.Read more Read less
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.
Spacious interior; seating for up to eight; impressive towing ability; competitive price when loaded with lux features.
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.
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