2008 Chrysler Aspen

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Chrysler Aspen. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Price
  • Many standard features
  • Third row roomier than most
  • Highway stability

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Comfort for shorter drivers
  • Truck-like handling
  • Some cheap controls

Notable Features of the 2008 Chrysler Aspen

  • Related to Dodge Durango
  • More power from standard 4.7-liter V-8
  • Optional Hemi
  • Seats seven or eight
  • Full-size dimensions

2008 Chrysler Aspen Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Not content to let Dodge have all the fun, Chrysler adopted its own version of the Dodge Durango full-size sport utility vehicle for 2007. For 2008, a more powerful standard V-8 sits under the hood, and there are minor tweaks to option packages and features. The Aspen is an upscale version of Dodge's Durango and competes with similar SUVs such as the GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition.

The platform isn't the only component Dodge donated: The vehicle's nameplate, Aspen, was Dodge's replacement for the Dart in 1976. Chrysler presumably hopes this Aspen, its first SUV, will surpass the original car's five-year run.

Essentially a well-equipped Durango, the seven- or eight-seat Aspen sports Chrysler-signature side markings and grille elements. Under the hood is a choice of two V-8 engines, the latter being Chrysler's 5.7-liter Hemi. Two different four-wheel-drive systems are available.

The Aspen is built alongside the Durango in Newark, Del.


Exterior
The ladder-frame platform sits on the same suspension as the Durango — an independent, double-wishbone front design and a non-independent solid-axle rear — so the ride is unlikely to be dramatically different.

Interior
Though similar to the Durango's, the Aspen's dashboard gains plenty of wood-like trim. Upscale touches include an available navigation system and available heated seats in the first two rows. Standard cloth upholstery can be upgraded to two-tone leather or a leathe...
Vehicle Overview
Not content to let Dodge have all the fun, Chrysler adopted its own version of the Dodge Durango full-size sport utility vehicle for 2007. For 2008, a more powerful standard V-8 sits under the hood, and there are minor tweaks to option packages and features. The Aspen is an upscale version of Dodge's Durango and competes with similar SUVs such as the GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition.

The platform isn't the only component Dodge donated: The vehicle's nameplate, Aspen, was Dodge's replacement for the Dart in 1976. Chrysler presumably hopes this Aspen, its first SUV, will surpass the original car's five-year run.

Essentially a well-equipped Durango, the seven- or eight-seat Aspen sports Chrysler-signature side markings and grille elements. Under the hood is a choice of two V-8 engines, the latter being Chrysler's 5.7-liter Hemi. Two different four-wheel-drive systems are available.

The Aspen is built alongside the Durango in Newark, Del.


Exterior
The ladder-frame platform sits on the same suspension as the Durango — an independent, double-wishbone front design and a non-independent solid-axle rear — so the ride is unlikely to be dramatically different.

Interior
Though similar to the Durango's, the Aspen's dashboard gains plenty of wood-like trim. Upscale touches include an available navigation system and available heated seats in the first two rows. Standard cloth upholstery can be upgraded to two-tone leather or a leather and suede combination.

The Aspen seats seven occupants in three rows, although an available third-row bench seat bumps capacity to eight. Middle-row seats can be ordered with two captain's chairs or a three-seat bench, both of which recline up to 11 degrees. They also fold flat, the latter in a 40/20/40 split. The third row is split 60/40. Folding both rows provides the maximum 102.4 cubic feet of cargo volume — a bit less than the Ford Expedition and Chevy Tahoe, which both have around 110 cubic feet.


Under the Hood
Two V-8 engines are available: last year's 4.7 liter gets a bump in power and now generates 303 horsepower and 330 pounds-feet of torque, up from 235 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 with 335 hp and 370 pounds-feet of torque is available. The latter engine features a cylinder-deactivation system that shuts off four cylinders under light load situations for increased fuel economy. Both engines use a five-speed automatic transmission.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, and two four-wheel-drive systems are available. One matches to the 4.7-liter engine and features a single-speed transfer case incorporating a four-wheel-drive "high" mode — best for road and off-pavement use. The other works with the Hemi V-8 and has a two-speed case with both four-wheel-drive "high" and "low" modes for more challenging offroad situations.

When properly equipped, the Aspen can tow up to 8,900 pounds.


Safety
Standard safety equipment includes an electronic stability system with Chrysler's rollover mitigation technology, which can apply brakes in short bursts to avert impending rollovers. Also standard are four-wheel-disc, antilock brakes and side curtain airbags that cover all three rows of seats.


2008 Aspen Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love it!

by Brady from Cairo on July 12, 2018

One issue I had was the radio was glitchy, $150 part and installation, but other than that I absolutely love this vehicle! Fantastic for pulling out camper and boat! Read full review

(5.0)

My 2008 Chrysler Aspen

by Rob law from Pittsburgh,pa on June 6, 2018

Best vehicle I have ever owned hands down I love it and wouldn't trade it or get rid of it for nothing in the world Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Chrysler Aspen currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Aspen received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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