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2009 Chrysler Aspen Sport Utility

RWD 4dr Limited

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2009 Chrysler Aspen Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Chrysler Aspen Sport Utility

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.

What's new for 2009?

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.

Model Strengths

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

Model Review

The Chrysler Aspen is available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

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Source: The Car Connection

In order to compile this comprehensive review of the 2009 Chrysler Aspen, TheCarConnection.com researched the best professional reviews on the Internet. Then, after driving the Chrysler Aspen for themselves, TheCarConnection.com's editors incorporated their own observations.

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen is a full-size SUV with three rows of seating and rear- and all-wheel-drive variants. It's closely related to the Dodge Durango. New for 2009 is two-mode hybrid model of the Chrysler Aspen that offers a welcome, if not spectacular, boost to fuel economy.

With a traditional body-on-frame design, the Aspen is a truck underneath; this doesn't do wonderful things for ride quality, but it does make the Aspen a great choice for heavy towing needs. The Aspen is capable of towing 8,950 pounds when properly equipped. Four-wheel-drive variants include a tow/haul mode for the five-speed automatic transmission, while Chrysler's exclusive Trailer Sway Control helps to maintain vehicle stability while towing.

A 303-horsepower, 4.7-liter V-8 engine is standard on the Aspen, while a 345-horsepower, 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 is optional--and worthwhile for those willing to pay for the performance boost, as it doesn't make the fuel economy any worse. The HEMI also includes Chrysler's Multi-Displacement System (MDS), which can shut off four cylinders during low-power situations, which makes its highway fuel economy ratings actually 1 mpg better than those for the 4.7-liter. Both engines achieve an unimpressive 13-mpg EPA city rating with 4WD--no better than full-size models.

There is an alternative for those who can't swallow the idea of driving a guzzler. 2009 also marks the debut of the Chrysler Aspen Hybrid, which boosts fuel economy by 25 percent overall and up to 40 percent in city driving. The Aspen Hybrid puts out a combined 385 hp and 380 pound-feet of torque and pairs the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. The engine drives a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that helps the Aspen Hybrid achieve an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway--not bad for a vehicle that can carry seven or still tow up to 6,000 pounds.

Power from all three powertrain combinations is more than adequate, but the Chrysler Aspen's considerable curb weight and truck-based underpinnings are evident in the way the Aspen brakes (with lots of nosedive) and handles. For a vehicle with no independent rear suspension, the Chrysler Aspen offers a rather soft ride, but it is also bouncy on all but the smoothest roads. Steering is generally good for a 5,000-pound SUV, but twisty roads will demand judicious use of the brake pedal.

Interior room and design inside the 2009 Chrysler Aspen are strong points, as the controls and displays are attractive and well designed. The wood grain trim brightens up the interior nicely, and the front seats are both comfortable and supportive. Moving toward the rear, the middle row is comfortably spacious, but reaching the full seating capacity of eight requires some considerable squeezing by the rear passengers. The Aspen's folding third row affords 68.4 cubic feet of total luggage space.

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen comes exclusively in Limited trim with standard features that include 18-inch wheels, leather trim, and air conditioning. The Aspen also includes a standard AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary input jack for connecting MP3 players.

Optional features on the 2009 Chrysler Aspen include a power rear liftgate, 20-inch wheels for filling out the wheel wells, running boards, heated first- and second-row seats, Chrysler's uconnect GPS system and MyGIG music storage with 30-gigabyte hard drive, and dual-zone air conditioning. New for 2009 is the Sirius Streaming Video package that comes with the available rear-seat video entertainment system.

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen earned a top five-star rating from the federal government in frontal impact, but wasn't tested in side impact, nor by the IIHS. The feds flagged it with their lowest three-star rating in rollover because of its high center of mass. All-row side curtain airbags, front side airbags, and electronic stability control are standard on the Aspen.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen has a nice interior but--Hybrid model aside--there are few other reasons to choose the 2009 Chrysler Aspen over roomier full-size SUVs.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std
Back-Up Camera Std
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Chrysler Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125 point
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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