2009 Chrysler Aspen Values

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen hybrid system, jointly developed with GM and BMW, is the big news this year. The Aspen is combined with a Hemi V8 exuding 345 hp/380 lb-ft of torque and estimated 25% fuel economy increase, resulting in 19 mpg city/20 mpg hwy. The Aspen is available in rear-wheel drive or 4WD. The standard engine is a 4.7L V8 good for 303 hp and 330 lb-feet of torque paired with a 5-speed automatic. Fuel economy is 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy and 15 mpg combined for models with 2WD. Four-wheel-drive Aspens with this engine have a 13/17/15 mpg rating. Optional is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that produces 376 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque and a 5-speed automatic. Fuel economy is 13 city/19 hwy and 15 combined with 2WD and 13/18/15 with 4WD. The 8-passenger 2009 Chrysler Aspen SUV comes with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, trailer sway control and side curtain airbags.

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There are two significant changes in the Chrysler Aspen line-up for 2009. The first is a 41-hp gain in the 5.7L Hemi V8 engine. The second is the availability of a 399-hp two-mode Hemi Hybrid, which incorporates a detuned version of the Hemi as well as a 40-hp. 300-v battery. Chrysler claims the unit improves fuel efficiency by almost 54% in the city and nearly 40% overall. It comes as an AWD model paired with a continuously variable transmission.

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Spacious interior; seating for up to eight; impressive towing ability; competitive price; hybrid powertrain availability.

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Chrysler's 2009 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 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. Further, the new 5.7L Hemi Hybrid model is claimed by Chrysler to be the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class. 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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